September 27, 2013

Letters to the editor: Alleged Maine ties to violence overplayed

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A security officer helps a wounded woman Saturday outside a mall in Nairobi, Kenya, during an attack that left dozens of people dead. A reader criticizes the “overhyping” of allegations that a Somali-American Mainer was involved in the raid.

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The technology can help increase production with fewer chemicals, and improve the health and nutrition of foods. It's not a perfect solution to current and future needs. But Portland Press Herald readers deserve balance, objectivity and accuracy in reporting on this as well as other topics. But, then, I digress.

Bruce R. Stillings


Collins' security comments at odds with her gun votes

I got sort of a kick out of Sen. Susan Collins pontificating in your edition of Sept. 18 on the security at federal facilities ("Sen. Collins critical of security gaps after D.C. attack"). 

So I wonder if she would also like to enlighten your readers on why she voted "no" on both limiting the number of rounds in magazine clips and banning assault weapons.

Walt Stephenson


Maine only hurt itself by reneging on Statoil

It angers me greatly that Maine's obstreperous governor may have destroyed our state's best chance of being on the forefront of the emerging global offshore wind generation industry.

Reneging on contractual commitments to one of the world's leading energy firms, Statoil, may have scuttled an opportunity for Maine to take a leadership role in developing a new multifaceted, high-paying industry.

Statoil, a publicly held, but majority-owned national oil company of Norway, has access to the deepest financial pockets in the world, Norway's sovereign wealth fund, and can afford to make ultra-long term investments and do things right.

Let's hope that Maine will elect a more forward-thinking governor next time. For the University of Maine (speaking as an alumnus) and its commercial partners to think that they could hold a candle to Statoil's engineering and financial capability is absurd.

Gore Flynn


Doctored magazine photo puts best face on Maine

As an amateur digital photographer, I can see the beauty in both versions of the approach to Orr's Island mentioned on the front page of the paper ("Down East magazine attracts criticism for altering photo," Sept. 19).

Having traveled this route to Lands End many times, I've enjoyed all of the many things the region offers, many which are highlighted In regional tourism magazines.

The logic that an enhanced view of that wonderful stretch of road is somehow contrary to the cover of arguably one of the best tourism magazines for this part of the world is folly. Let's put our best faces on -- our region depends on it.

Mark Cook

Barkhamsted, Conn.

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