May 9, 2013

Letters to the editor: King should look at pipeline's upside

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Angus King
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As the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline advances, a reader advises U.S. Sen. Angus King, above, to look at the benefits of the pipeline, including the creation of a estimated 40,000 to 60,000 construction jobs.

2012 AP File Photo/Robert F. Bukaty

That sounds like a good idea, but why not take a better and more important step and bring those valuable jobs back to these shores where they belong?

This would not be a simple task, but L.L. Bean, with its great success, profits and resources, could take this concept, develop it little by little, and make it work.

In the meantime we often enjoy a moment of pride when we note the L.L. Bean logo on the jackets of weather and news people reporting on TV. But such a letdown when we realize it's just a name -- the products are not manufactured here!

Bring those jobs back. Let's have something to really be proud of!

P.W. Ambrose

North Yarmouth

Portland police chief says facts support pre-K

In response to the April 29 Associated Press article "Per-student pre-K spending lowest in decade," I would never claim to be an expert on education, but my experiences in law enforcement and as a member of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids have taught me that high-quality pre-K is a win-win.

Youngsters who take part are better prepared for kindergarten, more likely to succeed throughout school and, most important to me, much less likely to get caught up in criminal activity.

These views are backed by respected studies, including research on Michigan's HighScope Perry Preschool Program, which found that 40 years later, children left out of the program were 50 percent more likely to be arrested for violent crimes.

Research on participants in the Chicago Child-Parent Centers program also showed that children left out were 70 percent more likely to be arrested for a violent crime by age 18.

Recently released results from New Jersey confirm that high-quality pre-K programs can produce strong results when implemented statewide.

We also know from the research that a child who drops out of school, uses drugs and becomes a career criminal costs society, on average, $2.5 million.

Support for quality pre-K from both Republican and Democratic policymakers in many states -- including Mississippi, New Mexico, Michigan and Pennsylvania -- demonstrates this is a nonpartisan issue.

Fortunately, the Obama administration has proposed a state-federal partnership that will provide federal funds that states need to create, strengthen and expand their own programs.

Maine should welcome these resources to help kids today and to lower crime tomorrow.

Michael Sauschuck

chief of police



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