August 26, 2013

Letters to the editor: Selling part of city park is short-sighted

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If it sells part of Congress Square plaza, Portland will buck a trend toward adding green space in cities, a reader contends.

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 If Michaud and Cutler do not seriously consider Kesich's advice to run against the incumbent and not each other, the outcome of the election may very well be four more years of LePage's eccentric actions and his penchant for "speaking his mind freely."

The governor and his hard-core supporters, with the benefit of another divided vote, may very well have the last laugh and it will be on our state. 

Sam Kamin


Suzanne Nance's presence will be missed in Maine

Yes, we at Portland Ballet shall miss the divine voice of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Suzanne Nance. And her intellectual curiosity. And her humor. And the myriad reasons she selected her classical morning "playlist." 

Her candor and enthusiasm drew listeners in time and time again, often causing many to wait just a few more minutes in a car to finish hearing some tidbit about a composer or listening to the piece she had just started.

From performing with community arts organizations, interviewing artists and even providing the narration for our children's production of "Little Red Riding Hood," Ms. Nance has been engaged (yes, I know: Congratulations!) and a consistent catalyst for the performing arts. Gloriously, she was willing to share her enthusiasm for music throughout Maine before heading to Chicago.

We shall miss Suzanne Nance -- introducing new music to our ears was such a small portion of her creative identity -- and how fortunate we are to have had her here. Thank you, Suzanne.

Eugenia L. O'Brien

artistic director, Portland Ballet


Letter writer got it wrong about Planned Parenthood

Philip Kennard's letter to the editor ("Anti-abortion activists can protest where they like," Aug. 9) says Planned Parenthood offers "precious few healing methods." 

He is flat out wrong. Planned Parenthood is the only place a young woman can go to find the kind of healing that birth control, mammograms, Pap smears, pregnancy testing and nonjudgmental counseling can offer.

Mr. Kennard's letter, on the other hand, is full of judgment, accusation, hateful rhetoric and misinformation. 

Perhaps pro-choice advocates could stand outside Mr. Kennard's home with their own posters of women and medical personnel killed in the name of "protecting" the unborn. Or perhaps Mr. Kennard could adopt unwanted children and put his energy where it might really heal. Or perhaps we could all stop this ranting, acknowledge that a woman's body is hers and hers alone, and get on with making the world a better place. 

Judge not, for in your judgment is but judgment of yourself. Only kindness and understanding heal. In my experience, that is all I've ever received at Planned Parenthood.  

Amy Haible


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