March 8, 2013

Letters to the editor: Catholic schools strive to welcome all

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Students in a drawing and painting class get a lesson in perspective outside Cheverus High School in a 2008 photo. Bethany Potter uses a ruler to gauge building details as teacher John Frisoli helps Eliot Pickering. Cheverus and McAuley make scholarship money available so students from diverse backgrounds can access what the schools have to offer, readers say.

2008 File Photo/Gordon Chibroski

Mary Lee King

theology teacher, Cheverus High School

Portland

Seven years later, Obama's view on debt has changed

Given the (entirely predictable) hysteria emanating from the left side of the aisle in Washington in re: the catastrophic effect of the budget cuts that took effect March 1, let's go back seven years to the more peaceful days of March 2006 and present this quickie quiz.

1) Q: Who said this?

"The fact that we are here today to debate raising America's debt limit is a sign of leadership failure. It is a sign that the U.S. Government cannot pay its own bills. It is a sign that we now depend on ongoing financial assistance from foreign countries to finance our Government's reckless fiscal policies. Increasing America's debt weakens us domestically and internationally. Leadership means that 'The buck stops here.' Instead, Washington is shifting the burden of bad choices today onto the backs of our children and grandchildren. America has a debt problem and a failure of leadership. Americans deserve better."

A: U.S. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., March 2006.

2) Q: Since there was no agreement before March 1 and there is an automatic spending cut of $85,000,000,000 -- I always like to write out the full number so folks can get a good look at it -- what part of the current federal budget is that amount of money?

A: 2.3 percent.

Terence McManus

New Sharon

Accused in Zumba case, woman faces biased media

The name of the woman accused in the prostitution case in Kennebunk is printed almost daily in local newspapers. Almost everyone is aware of this woman by now. It is stated she is accused of more than 100 charges of prostitution. It is stated that she is charged with breaking a law.

I think the name of every single person who allegedly went to this woman for services should also be printed in the newspapers, for they allegedly broke a law.

It has been said many of these "johns," as they are called, are very prominent people. These people clearly broke the law as well. If they held very prominent positions, perhaps in politics, it is more important to put them under the microscope.

This case should not be an old-fashioned witch hunt, which further denigrates women and lets men off the hook in a male-dominated, patriarchal society. Hypocrisy in America cannot continue as normalized behavior.

The media has prejudiced this case against Alexis Wright. Therefore, the case against her should be dismissed.

Joe Ciarrocca

Brunswick

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