February 28, 2013

Letters to the editor: Buffer zone would shield clinic's clients

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Opponents of abortion protest outside Planned Parenthood’s clinic in Portland last October.

2012 File Photo/Gordon Chibroski

Katie Zema


Skills of first responders reassuring at crisis scene

Early one evening recently at an event put on by the Sebago Lakes Chamber of Commerce and hosted by Sebago Lakes Automotive, we experienced a bit of drama.

The meeting was going well when one of our members suddenly stiffened and collapsed to the floor.

Several of us, all trying to remember our Boy Scout or military first aid procedures, rushed to assist our fallen friend.

In a heartbeat, Kevin Joyce, the sheriff of Cumberland County, came to the side of our friend, quietly stating that he was an EMT. In a calm and sure way, Kevin spoke with our friend, checked her vital signs, all the time speaking quietly so as to calm the situation.

A few minutes later, the emergency responders arrived on the scene and again, without any drama whatsoever, saw to the needs of our friend.

It was very reassuring to see these people in action, to see them expertly discharge their responsibilities, and remind us all that this is why we hire them.

Good job, one and all.

Thomas Hartwell


Two-way traffic supporters overlook needs of motorists

Bravo, Brian Peterson! You got it right ("Foe of State and High traffic change wonders how walkable city has to be," Feb. 18). 

As the old saying goes, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." 

The traffic situation on State and High streets was fixed in the '70s by making them one-way. To reverse that solution, spending an estimated $1 million to $2 million, is ridiculous. 

The proponents of making them two-way disregard the inconvenience of drivers who must cross town daily. They don't seem to recognize the increase of pollution from the exhausts of idling cars waiting for lights to change, and they disregard the cost and inconvenience factor, particularly from double-parked vehicles, or breakdowns or construction in one lane.

I hope the Portland City Council has the courage to ditch the two-way plan. 

I encourage readers to check out Peterson's website (www.stopchickenlittle.com). He makes a lot of sense.  

Bob Tripler

Cape Elizabeth


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