July 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Cottage could be haven for writers

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Visitors take a tour of the buildings at Timber Point in the Rachel Carson Wildlife Refuge in Biddeford. Allowing Timber Point Cottage to be a writers colony would be a tribute to Carson, an inspirational and gifted writer, a reader says.

2013 File Photo/Derek Davis

We are disappointed in Reps. Mastraccio, Noon and Plante for their treatment of our military. We hope they will have an opportunity to change their minds.

Richard and Joan Nass


Potential Maine residents put off by LePage's actions

My family is moving north next year so that we can live near Canada, where my daughter-in-law has relatives. We are considering Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. However, Maine will not be considered if Paul LePage is still the governor.

How can a state that has elected such independent U.S. senators have such a bigoted and closed-minded governor? His vote against cleaning up the chemicals in children's food packaging is just the latest example of his irrational behavior.

Roger Gambert

Palm Harbor, Fla.

Speech provides insight into healing our divisions

Everyone who cares about education and America should read "A Speech Every American High School Principal Should Give," by Dennis Prager.

Look it up on your computers. It should be published in every paper. It might make people really think about how to bring our country back to what will unite us and stop all the dividing that we've been fed.

Janet Romano


Letting horse, rider proceed worth the 30-second delay

To those of you who might encounter a horse on the roadway on which you are driving:

Horses, being led, ridden or driven, have the right of way over cars, trucks, bicycles. The person in control of that horse has the right to ask you to stop your vehicle, and you must obey that request.

Horses are flight animals, meaning that no matter how well trained they may be, they still react to fright by running, leaping, bucking, rearing. If you tear past me and my horse spooks into your vehicle, you will think you have hit a moose or a tree. Except that I will sue you.

You will pay my medical bills as well as my veterinary bills. You will be way more sorry than you would have been had you simply taken your foot off the gas.

I apologize if I am a 30-second inconvenience to you. I am not riding on the road because I want to -- believe me, you make it dangerous and unpleasant enough that I hope I never have to utilize my dead-end roadway again.

I have more than 100 acres where I generally work and train my horse, but this spring has been so wet, my land is too saturated to get any work done and I am forced to put my life on the line with you fools in a hurry.

So give us a break, please.

Polly Merrill



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