April 30, 2013

Letters to the editor: Baxter Academy hasn't earned charter

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A screen shot of Baxter Academy's new website, www.baxter-academy.org.

Steven B. Kurtz

Portland

Trial of abortion doctor deserves media attention

I have a very simple question: Where can I find coverage in your paper regarding the trial of Kermit Gosnell, the Pennsylvania abortionist accused of killing babies by cutting their spine?

Allan Amoling

Kennebunk

If trouble erupts, good guys at risk in 'gun-free zones'

I commend Gregory Woolley (Letters to the editor, "NRA gets an F on guns-in-schools plan," April 12) for his brave reactions during the shooting in the bar, as he described in his letter. He is a brave man, and many are thankful for this. I salute him.

He asked why no one stepped up to aid him and shot the attacker. This is a valid question, and the answer is straightforward. The other patrons were obeying the law and did not have their guns with them, as it is against the law to have your gun where alcohol is served.

So this is another striking example of how safe "gun-free zones" are.

The good guys obeyed the law and left their guns "outside" while the bad guy came in and shot the place up. Bad guys do not care about the law, and no law you pass will make any difference to them. Simple truth.

So when trouble starts, who do we call? We call the guys with the guns, the police! But the police are just minutes away when seconds count, be it in the bar, in a school or anywhere.

Again, I thank Mr. Woolley for responding in seconds. Well done.

Richard Prince

South Portland

Accountability called for after fertilizer plant deaths

Two young, apparently Islamic terrorists allegedly bomb the Boston Marathon and go on a crime spree. Total casualties: four dead and more than 170 injured.

An undetermined number of free-market capitalists apparently allowed maintenance at a dangerous fertilizer plant in West, Texas, to be lax, possibly cutting corners to make more almighty bucks. Total casualties: 14 dead and 200 injured.

We will undoubtedly and appropriately try to convict a 19-year-old in connection with the first crime. What will we do about the second?

Pamela B. Blake

Freeport

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