March 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Public deserves protection from toxins

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Toy tugboats made from recycled milk cartons that are free of BPA and phthalates are seen at the International Toy Fair in New York in 2010. Readers support a proposal to identify everyday products that contain phthalates, BPA and other toxic chemicals and remove the chemicals from these products.

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Andrew Hikade

Portland

Civic-minded Sarah Tracy would serve Freeport well

We are submitting this letter in support of Sarah Tracy, candidate in the Freeport District 2 Town Council election, which will be held Wednesday.

We have had the pleasure of knowing Sarah and her family for eight years, and in that time have found her to be exactly the kind of person who we believe will serve the interests of Freeport extremely well.

We know that Sarah's extensive professional experience as a lawyer, most recently working for the state of Maine, and her personal experience as the parent of three young daughters in the Freeport school system will equip her well for Town Council.

She is an excellent listener, very accomplished at balancing the needs of multiple constituents and finding workable solutions. Perhaps even more importantly, Sarah is a person of strong values and ethics and one of the most hardworking people we know. We know she will work hard to make our town the best that it can be.

Sarah has already demonstrated her strong commitment to Freeport, where she grew up and attended the local high school, by returning to here after college to build her career and raise her family.

Sarah has volunteered extensively to make our community stronger, including serving on the board of Wolfe's Neck Farm for five years, and as co-organizer of the major annual fundraiser for Freeport Community Services for eight years.

We know that Sarah is now ready to take on an even more important role on the Town Council to help keep Freeport a great place for all residents.

Fiona and Rob Wilson

Freeport

'Outing' gun-permit holders treats them as lawbreakers

I read with considerable disgust and dismay the article in the Press Herald by Michael Shepherd titled "Big push for gun-data shield at Maine hearing" (March 13).

The argument that "public oversight of officials will be compromised" by protecting the privacy of permit holders is a red herring.

The real agenda of the left is to "out" the permit holders as if they were registered sex offenders or something, in order to put them in a negative light and tell the public who these "evil" permit holders are.

Statistics prove that concealed-carry permit holders are many times less likely to commit crime, and there has never been a problem with permits being granted to dangerous people.

This is just a smokescreen to continue the assault on the Second Amendment and law-abiding gun owners, as well as a great way to tell the burglars which houses have guns.

The Bangor Daily News is no different from the paper in New York that did the same thing. It is a political ploy and nothing more.

Peter Howe

Standish

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