October 29, 2013

Letters to the editor: Cleeve controversy begs many questions

Maybe Portland’s city officials should concern themselves with more important issues than 'rumors.'

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This statue of George Cleeve, one of Portland’s founders, stands on private property at Portland Yacht Services. A writer suggests that decisions about public art should be based on fact instead of rumor.

2013 File Photo/John Patriquin

The poll that was put out by NBC and The Wall Street Journal was completely false (“Polls highlight fallout from shutdown,” Oct. 13). If you looked at the internals of the poll, those surveyed were 43 percent Democrats, 32 percent Republicans and 20 percent government workers. Just remember, NBC is all in for the Democratic Party and the president.

And now I learn that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has decided to come out against the tea party.

Chamber President Tom Donohue knows he has to marginalize the Republicans and the tea party to get immigration reform, aka amnesty. This so they can sell out the American worker again. They want cheap labor to increase their bottom line.

Years ago, I said it was time for the Republican Party to stand up for the American worker and vote against the free trade agreement, but they voted for it and sold out the American worker.

I am not a Republican or a tea party member but a concerned citizen.

David R. Ginchereau

Sanford

Legislative colleague likes Hinck for City Council

I write in support of an outstanding City Council candidate, Jon Hinck.

I served with Jon in the Maine Legislature. He impressed me as a dedicated and effective public servant.

In my first term, Jon was the ranking minority member on my committee, Energy, Utilities & Technology. Jon provided principled leadership as we worked to secure policies encouraging lower electricity costs and promoting renewable energy.

Energy policy is one of the more challenging arenas for legislators to work in. Jon was an informed and persistent advocate for the best interests of our citizens. His goal was always intent on achieving consensus on issues that were on many levels noteworthy for their technical complexity. Jon saw beyond the engineering reports and identified their consequence on the average family budget.

I also saw Jon work hard for innovative solutions on such diverse issues as campaign finance and the unlawful diversion of pharmaceutical drugs as a means to address the scourge of addictive drugs like OxyContin. Jon was a clear voice for the city of Portland and the interests of his constituents back home. I was impressed with how hard Jon worked for people here.

If we send Jon to the City Council, we can expect him to give that responsibility his all and achieve great things for our city. On Nov. 5, I will be voting for Jon Hinck for Portland City Council.

Democratic state Rep. Mark N. Dion

House District 113

Portland

Removal of Christmas tree gives Bar Harbor bad name

In light of the controversy concerning the removal of the veterans’ lighted Christmas tree by the town of Bar Harbor, perhaps it’s time for the town to rename itself “Bar Humbug.”

Byron L. Green

Brunswick

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