October 15, 2013

Letters to the editor: Reporter sets poor example for readers

Slipping into a closed national park to roller-blade makes the rangers’ job more difficult.

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A self-portrait by Staff Writer Glenn Jordan during his journey along the vehicle-free Park Loop Road in Acadia National Park on Oct. 3. While Jordan’s roller-blading in the closed park was undoubtedly fun, it also added to the workload of the skeleton crew of rangers there, a reader says.

Glenn Jordan/Staff Writer

The Rev. Dr. Myke Johnson
minister, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church
Portland

The persistence of poverty reflects badly on our society

Shame on us – all of us!

A recent editorial headline in the Press Herald read: “Our View: Childhood poverty rate a disgrace for Maine” (Sept. 22). The Oct. 1 column by the president of the rightly esteemed Good Shepherd Food Bank (“Maine Voices: Reducing food stamp spending would fray lifeline for poor Maine families”) points out that a shocking one in four Maine children don’t always get enough food to stave off hunger. And this is before the proposed draconian cuts to food stamp programs.

While fewer and fewer rich Americans accrue more and more billions, more and more of the rest of us have less and less to share. One result: Millions of innocent American kids kids go hungry day after day.

What can we do? Short-term, give every cent we can afford to Good Shepherd and other programs to feed the hungry. Long-term, make it clear to elected officials at every level that we will never support or vote for anyone heartless enough to punish poor families and let their kids go hungry.

Can America the Beautiful ever fully meet its promise while one child goes hungry? Is Maine really “the way life should be” for the 15 percent of us who live in poverty or the quarter-million of us who depend on food stamps?

Norman Abelson
Moody
 

Reader asked to explain how he’d choose parents-to-be

(Editor’s Note: William Vaughan Jr.’s letter was mistakenly published twice, on Oct. 4 and 12.)

Amazing letter from William Vaughan Jr. of Chebeague Island (“Another View: To reduce childhood poverty, make would-be parents pass test,” Oct. 12). Equally amazing is the fact that the Portland Press Herald published it twice!

In his letter, he is responding to your editorial of Sept. 22 concerning childhood poverty in Maine (“Our View: Childhood poverty rate a disgrace for Maine”). He gives statistics regarding children in foster care and then proposes a solution: He would set certain standards that couples would have to meet before giving birth.

Interesting concept. Perhaps Mr. Vaughan would compose a follow-up letter explaining just how he would accomplish this.

Elizabeth Kolodin
Pemaquid Harbor

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