June 22, 2013

Letters to the editor: Though charming, sidewalks a hazard

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Portland's sidewalks are certainly picturesque, but not enough to compensate for the risk of being injured in a fall on the "ragged brick," a reader says.

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For instance, one of the big concerns among citizens that constantly comes up is whether to mine using the open-pit method or underground. Mr. Cummings opposes open-pit mining because it would greatly increase the likelihood of serious environmental problems.

I'm sure the citizens of Maine are totally unaware there is a nationally recognized geologist, a native of Maine, who discovered the Bald Mountain deposit.

This expert on the whole area has never been contacted to offer far more information and expertise than anyone else could possibly have. Nor has his name even been mentioned during this rebirth of mining Bald Mountain.

Janis M. Cross

Hallowell 

Don't blame immigrants for our economic troubles

Christopher Reimer's anti-immigrant rant ("Another View: Frank overlooks immigration's cost to average American," May 31) is deeply troubling.

Sadly, his voice is not a lone voice. This country has a history of people blaming immigrants for economic troubles during hard times.

This, however, does not excuse the hateful and unjustified accusations contained in Mr. Reimer's guest editorial.

I am an English teacher who works with the immigrants Mr. Reimer attacks. His sweeping generalizations are far from the truth.

It is easy to denigrate and categorize people you do not know, and, contrary to Mr. Reimer's rhetoric, the immigrants I know are not low-skilled criminals, lawbreakers and trespassers who are destroying the fabric of our culture.

My students have written stories and essays, and I am sending along a publication of these stories that I encourage the Press Herald to post online.

I hope that Mr. Reimer and others who hold a similar position as his might read these stories and realize the error in their thinking.

Sharing stories helps unite and bring people together. It is one way of building community, and community -- people working together to solve problems -- is our best hope for the future.

The legacy of hate that Mr. Reimer perpetuates, though present throughout history, does not help solve economic problems.

Instead, it is positive human capacities such as compassion, tolerance, diligence, innovation and love that have been, and will remain, the path to a better world and an improved economy.

Bo Hewey

Portland

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