January 21, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Mural now apparently safe for all eyes

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Richard and Pat Bamforth look at a mural depicting Maine’s labor history Jan. 14 at the Maine State Museum in Augusta. A reader wonders what has happened to make the mural – which was removed from a state office building in 2011 – suitable for public display once again.

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It makes perfect sense to expect our state's most populous and prosperous municipalities to pay their own way, if they want to provide benefits that exceed affordable statewide standards.

We should be grateful to the LePage administration for this sensible and straightforward management of the state's budget.

James Clingensmith


Humane alternatives exist to cruel practice of trapping 

Regarding the Biddeford hoopla over the coyote sightings ("Some in Biddeford howl over coyotes," Jan. 7), trapping is the ultimate form of animal cruelty.

Since we are not living in the Jeremiah Jones era and we do not need to trap to survive, please consider this:

So loyal are coyotes to their mates that if one gets caught in a trap, the other will bring small game for it to eat, even soak itself in a stream so its trapped partner can lick the water from its fur. The free coyote will stand by until the other's death.

These traps are indiscriminate. Family pets and wildlife are often victims. Foxes, woodchucks, porcupines, even eagles, cardinals and children can spring these traps!

Anything or anyone caught can suffer lacerations, broken bones, joint dislocations, tongue and tooth injuries, hunger, thirst, shock and finally, death.

Solutions other than trapping and maiming? Eliminate the attractants in your neighborhoods: outside pet food and water, barbecue drippings, exposed garbage, etc. Don't leave pets outside unattended.

Any person of any age who receives a state trapping license doesn't prove they are talented or clever, only that they are lacking in compassion for the animals that share our planet.

Compassion for animals begins at home. Now keep your eyes open for cruelty or neglect in your neighborhood, near your workplace, as you drive to the grocery store.

There are laws.

Do outdoor pets have water and shade? See any animal left in a car or truck during too hot or cold weather? Report it to your local police! Many states, including Maine, have laws that protect our innocent beings.

Step up, you are doing right, the offenders are doing wrong and threatening the very lives of our dearest friends.

Nancy Van Reeth



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