August 3, 2013

Letters to the editor: Commuter enjoys the road less traveled

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The Maine Turnpike Authority’s decision to raise E-ZPass tolls for commuters was a boon to one Portland resident, who now saves money, gas and stress by taking back roads to her job in Lewiston.

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If Mike Michaud wants to be governor, he must respect the concerns of all of us, not only those who have particular religious beliefs.

Meredith N. Springer

Scarborough

Exempting industry from ozone rules a big mistake

I am outraged that the LePage administration and Maine Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Patricia Aho would even consider exempting any industrial polluters from measures reducing ground-level ozone.

Great strides have been made reducing this harmful respiratory irritant because Maine has cooperated with 12 other states in the Ozone Transport Region. To bow to industry and sacrifice the health of Mainers is totally unacceptable.

The direct effects of ozone are quite impressive: lung inflammation, decreased lung volumes, coughing, throat irritation, chest tightness, wheezing, increased hospital admissions and increased mortality.  Most at risk are children, adults working outside and the elderly.

In addition, ozone can lead to reduced agricultural crop and commercial forest yields.

Clearly, our citizens do not deserve this.

James M. Klick, M.D., FCCM

Freeport

A plea for help saving iconic French toast dish

Bintliff's Orange Graham French Toast is an iconic meal in my mind. As a former Portland resident who grew up in this city and called it home until shortly after my 25th birthday, I hold this breakfast treat in the highest regard.

Every time I return to Portland from my current home outside of Philadelphia, I make an effort to frequent Bintliff's and explore the many other delicious choices on their menu. I consistently fail. The spectacular creation calls me back and entices me.

Imagine my horror when we went to Bintliff's recently with my fiance for his birthday and our server informed us that the Orange Graham French Toast would soon be vacating the menu. I knew we had to take a stand and make sure this never came to pass.

I'm asking that Portland residents who love and cherish this dish attend Bintliff's as they finish designing their new menu over the next few weeks. Make sure to order the French toast and keep a Portland treasure intact on our plates and in our stomachs. Show the chefs and owners that the popularity of this meal requires it remain a staple.

I will thank you. Future generations will thank you. Take a stand and make your voice heard.

Megan Carrie

Philadelphia

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