May 10, 2013

Letters to the editor: Baxter offers many long-term benefits

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This photo shows the building in Portland where Baxter Academy plans to open this fall. A parent praises the charter school’s “passionate, innovative educators.”

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And I admit that I will probably still listen and will even enjoy the music.

But, oh -- how much we've lost!

Terry Schmidt

Biddeford

Ending junk food subsidy seems to be a no-brainer

I'm confused.

Michelle Obama told us that soda and junk food should not be sold in school lunch programs because those types of foods lead to childhood obesity.

Gov. LePage wants to eliminate junk food purchases by food stamp recipients to ensure that taxpayer-provided dollars would be used to purchase healthy food options.

There appears to be bipartisan agreement -- junk food and soda are poor dietary choices and do not need to be subsidized by the U.S./state taxpayer. Why the controversy?

Susan Gillis

Cape Elizabeth

Kermit Gosnell story sure seemed newsworthy

If they haven't already, people, regardless of political persuasion, will wonder where we as a society have gone off the track.

One of the most recent glaring examples would require a Google search of Kermit Gosnell.

Afterward, the most begging question will be, "Why wasn't this in the news?"

People can come up with their own theories, but one thing is obvious.

Freedom of the press was never intended for news outlets to exercise the most extreme forms of political bias, while attempting to dumb down the public.

Shame on you, Portland Press Herald (along with almost every other media outlet), for your varying degrees of bias, complacency and your willful disregard for what is your most basic responsibility as a (so-called) news organization.

You blew it.

David Del Camp

Portland

Farmers Market at Oaks deserves better 'facilities'

The Portland Farmers Market is back at Deering Oaks. Customers are growing in number. Tourists and Mainers from other towns soon will outnumber local customers.

There is, however, a new unpleasant situation that many visitors have no choice but to experience. The old historic building with its clean restrooms is locked, and the only choice is to use one of several dirty, fouled portable toilets.

I have had the misfortune of visiting these toilets on two desperate occasions. These outhouses are no way to advertise Portland -- quite the opposite!

Let the town fathers and mothers visit and enter these outhouses. Then let them decide what is to be done.

Betsy Mitchell

Portland Farmers Market vendor

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