June 18, 2013

Letters to the editor: Story overlooks impact of school cuts

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A teacher leads a class at Gorham High School in 2008. A reader says the Gorham School Department’s 2013-14 budget trims spending in ways that will hurt students.

2008 File Photo/John Patriquin

Most gun owners would rather not have to jump through all these expensive hoops, and would not have to, if it were not for easily offended busybodies who think the world should revolve about their liberal views.

George A. Fogg

North Yarmouth

New Orleans offers lesson to Camp Ellis on jetty spur

To the residents of Camp Ellis who believe the Army Corps of Engineers will have a solution to the problem it created in the 1860s; that is, creating a jetty to facilitate shipping (last used for that purpose in 1940):

Let me tell you how eerily that scenario reflects what happened to New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina.

In its wisdom, the Corps of Engineers created the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet Canal, a 65-mile channel to aid shipping. This channel was seldom used.

However, this same channel was the artificially created path that allowed the Gulf waters to rush through the Lower 9th Ward, responsible for hundreds of drowning deaths and unbelievable destruction.

I lived in New Orleans for 37 years, including 2005, when Katrina turned my adopted city into a likeness of Dante's vision of hell.

So good luck, Camp Ellis. Let's hope the Corps can keep the ocean at bay with a proposed jetty spur! Nature does not suffer well the arrogance of those who would challenge her.

Linda Cornish Rioux

Old Orchard Beach

Small sales tax increase won't drive away visitors

My wife and 1 have been in our Mesa, Ariz., manufactured home for 13 winters. The real estate taxes on our home are $150 a year, not $600 to $800.

Why is that so? The sales tax in the city of Mesa is 8.05 percent, and the town next to us, Apache Junction, charges 8.9 percent for sales tax. (Both of these totals include state, county and local sales taxes.)

These areas realize that hundreds of thousands of seniors come storming down from Canada and from Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota and other Northern states for the winter months. We all pay the tax because "it is what it is."

Here in Maine, we should realize that the many visitors who enjoy coming to Maine in the summer and winter can help us pay a small increase in our sales tax from 5 percent to 5.5 percent. I don't want to hear that a half a percentage point increase is a burden on us poorer folks.

Carroll Guest



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