April 13, 2013

Letters to the editor: State cuts will destroy Portland schools

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An educational technician greets a student at Ocean Avenue Elementary in Portland in 2011. Reductions in state aid could result in drastic staff and programming cutbacks at public schools in Portland, readers say.

2011 File Photo/John Ewing

David Diyen embraced the opportunity to spread a message of love to the entire world through his song "The One." Watch it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxDWYlVRDdM.

Obed Musafiri

Rwandan writer


USM singers' performance dazzles with 'sheer beauty'

A few years ago, I heard from a local clergyman that a sign of the reality of God is the existence of beauty. How simple; how perfect!

The night of April 2, I was reminded of that wisdom when I attended a concert in downtown Portland by Robert Russell conducting the University of Southern Maine Chamber Singers.

I'm not clever enough to adequately describe the experience, but it involved being surrounded by sheer beauty!

My heart was still warmed as I walked home in the chill of the evening, and the memory of that music's beauty will stay with me.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you. You gave me a gift of such beauty that it could only have come from God. (I cry as I write this.) Again, thank you.

Elliot Burton


Timing of elver law change should raise some questions

I read with great interest "Maine official: Tribe's defiance imperils elver fishery" (April 3). I assume that that headline was a quote, but since there were no quotation marks, it also seemed to lead the reader toward a bias against the Passamaquoddy Tribe.

Although the article was informed and well researched, I was left with one unanswered question:

Why, just before the start of the highly lucrative elver season, did the state Legislature remove the "Passamaquoddy exception" put into place by then-Gov. Angus King in 1998?

Who was responsible for deciding to remove the "Passamaquoddy exception" and why?

I am aware that the Legislature passed the bill, but I can't help thinking that the whole story sounds fishy.

Rachel Schwartz

South Portland

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