March 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: Recalls won't resolve issues in OOB

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Old Orchard Beach Town Clerk Kim McLaughlin goes over a blank recall petition Tuesday with David Francoeur, who’s leading an effort to recall four of the seven town councilors. On Thursday, a separate group started a drive to recall the other three councilors.

2013 File Photo/Gabe Souza

Concerning choice: I have no problem with parents who have the financial resources sending their gifted children to McAuley or Cheverus, but it cannot be said that this practice is Christian or democratic.

Coleman P. Gorham

Portland

As the times change, so do Obama's views on deficit

In the 2008 campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama said that the $4 trillion debt that occurred under President Bush was irresponsible and unpatriotic.

President Obama said this week during an interview that the debt is not a pressing issue.

He has added almost $5 trillion in four years. I guess this is no longer an irresponsible or unpatriotic problem.

How do you say "hypocrite"? He accepts no responsibility for anything.

John Walkenford

Gray

Gov. LePage meets criteria for safely carrying a gun

Recently, the Press Herald printed a picture of Gov. LePage holding up his license to carry a concealed gun ("Maine Voices: Releasing concealed-carry data violates permit holders' rights," Feb. 27).

When I first saw the picture, it made me nervous.

Then I realized that the governor has all the qualities one would want to see in someone who may be carrying a gun.

He is calm under pressure, slow to anger, able to distinguish a real emergency from an imagined one, never threatening and circumspect. I felt much better after thinking about the matter.

Gerry Brookes

Brunswick

Bill usurps residents' right to decide on local concerns

Do our "representatives" in Augusta really think they know more about what the people want/need than the people themselves?

Case in point: Biddeford residents passed an ordinance requiring individuals to live in their fine city if they are employed by the city (school superintendent), and then quashed a proposed change to the charter. It is important to the citizens that those individuals have an investment and belief in the school system.

The crux of the situation is that the people of Biddeford spoke. Are our legislators in Augusta trying to take away their rights?

I am not a Biddeford resident, but if my vote on a town or city issue were dismissed by the state Legislature, I would be incensed ("Maine panel backs school superintendents residency bill," Feb. 21). It is difficult enough to get an ordinance passed by citizens of a town or city, and when the people speak they should be heard.

Ernest Eaton

Sanford

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