May 4, 2013

Letter to the editor: Park's troubles stem from city's neglect

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Congress Square Plaza could be as attractive as other public spaces in Portland if the city hung on to the park and made a commitment to redesigning it, a reader says.

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We cannot afford as Maine taxpayers to go another day without affordable dental care.

The solution is before us, and we have to let our voices be heard.

John Cole


CEO salary cuts could fuel increase in minimum wage

I've read about the fantastic salaries that some CEOs and administrators receive.

And, too often, I think that their businesses have prospered while paying too many of their workers minimum wage.

That usually means that my taxes and your taxes then have to go to support their underpaid workers' food stamps, Medicaid and rent subsidies.

It doesn't seem fair, either to the hardworking employee or to us.

Maine Democrats have suggested increasing the current $7.50-per-hour minimum (and remember, 6.2 percent is taken out for Social Security) gradually over the next few years until, in 2016, it would reach $9 and then increase along with the rate of inflation.

Seems fair to me. 

Mainers working full-time minimum-wage jobs earn $15,600 a year. A minimum wage of $7.50 an hour is not enough for any Maine family to live on (the federal poverty level for a family of four is at $23,550).  

Someone motivated to work a regular job should at least be paid poverty-level wages.

It's way past time for some of that money to filter down from the top.

Polly Shaw


Maine needs bill to ban cruel slaughter of horses

Does Maine want to be known as a conduit for the transportation of horses to slaughter in Quebec?

Do we want horse slaughterhouses operating in Maine?

I hope not!

One might ask if we slaughter cows, sheep and pigs, why not horses, too?

The sad fact is that horse slaughter is not regulated and there have been many documented cases of extreme animal cruelty during transportation and at slaughter time.

Additionally, horses are bred to be companion animals while the breeding of cows, sheep and pigs has produced animals that have docile behaviors, an advantage during transportation and slaughter.

There is already enough misery in the animal kingdom. Maine doesn't need to contribute to it any further.

Please support L.D. 1286, An Act to Protect Maine Communities by Prohibiting Horse Slaughter in Maine For Human Consumption and the Transport of Horses For Slaughter.

Lega Medcalf


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