September 24, 2013

Letters to the editor: Paper dings Down East at own peril

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In the interest of maintaining a supply of well-educated scientists and engineers in the region, I urge the university to halt plans to downgrade the department of physics.

Derick Arel

Harmon's take on climate relies on incomplete facts

I write to remind people that M.D. Harmon's Sept. 20 column on climate change is just more spin ("Facts undercut claim that scientists agree on global warming").

Contrary to his opinion, climate change is going to be (and is already) exceptionally disruptive, costly and catastrophic to many species on the planet and there is scientific consensus on the key issues.

The problem with Harmon's analysis is that he plucks statements from many sources and delivers them to readers in bullet form without including other the information that changes the meaning of the statements.

Climate scientists such as those at our own University of Maine tell us to stop arguing with climate change deniers and start doing the work that must be done to get us off fossil fuels. I had to argue a bit today, in case anyone is on the fence.

Sarah MacColl
Cape Elizabeth

Decision to tax newspapers another blow for the poor

I got the letter last night. I was very sorry to hear Maine has begun to tax the newspaper. I have heard so much about the newspaper businesses being in trouble.

I enjoy my Sunday newspaper and can afford the increase. But can lower-income people?

The greed of our state. It just a form of suppression for the poor, no different than having to provide ID at the polls. The folks in Augusta should hang their heads in shame.

John Grindle

Nation's newest citizens deserve voting safeguards

Just imagine! Newcomers to America spend up to four months studying English, American history and civics. They then take tests and are interviewed. All this to get a prized American citizenship and its main feature: the right to vote.

Democrats and Eric Holder's Justice Department think anyone who can fog a mirror should be able to walk in off the street and vote. They shouldn't even be burdened with making the effort to prove their citizenship and get a valid ID.

I wonder how those who worked so hard to earn citizenship and the right to vote feel about having their vote canceled by an unqualified voter or even fraudulent voter. Who really is being disenfranchised?

Peter F. Erlin
South Portland


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