November 23, 2012

Letters to the editor: 'Natural Foodie' writer draws on science

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Second-grader Abby Simonelli helps make carrot slaw during a recent lesson on healthy eating at South Berwick Central School. A reader praised Avery Yale Kamila’s column about the lessons, but was puzzled when the column ran the same day as an article including a recipe that used sugar and butter.

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And who knows, maybe some of that money could actually help those who are in need. Wow, wouldn't that be a shocking trend!

Jean Carbonneau


Subcontracting rail service would have several pluses 

Why not have Amtrak subcontract the Boston-to-Portland service from Amtrak to the Massachusetts Bay Commuter Railroad?

First of all, the MBCR does not have to pay trackage rights on Pan Am Railways, which Amtrak must.

Secondly, they could easily take it under their heavy umbrella and run it as part of their normal system. They also upgrade equipment far more frequently.

Peter Folger


Newspaper now mouthpiece for Sussman, Rep. Pingree 

Every time the Portland Press Herald mentions its employer, Donald S. Sussman, the billionaire hedge fund manager from Greenwich, Conn., or his spouse, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, it inserts an obligatory qualifier reminding its readers of their relationship as a married couple and the fact Sussman owns the paper.

Similar to the qualifiers attached to millions of Wall Street-generated documents, like "past performance is not indicative of future performance," these perfunctory reminders are often skipped over by readers.

But reflexively dismissing warnings is done at one's own risk, as countless Wall Street debacles have proven.

The Sussman/Pingree alerts are equally instructive and don't absolve the Press Herald from bias. Indeed, this past election cycle may well go down as one of the most embarrassing debacles in Maine media history.

It's one thing for Sussman's servants to be at his beck and call, but quite another when the hired help includes the supposed unbiased editors of Maine's largest newspaper. Think about it: Can anyone name one significant piece of legislation rubber-stamped by those editors over the past six months that didn't come directly from the Sussman/Pingree talking points memo? Just one?

A few weeks back this paper listed the 10 largest political donors in Maine this year ("Top Maine political donors betting on Democrats," Oct. 22). No one came close to the millions Sussman deployed in an egregious attempt at force feeding his "value system" to Mainers.

This is a value system that resulted in Barack Obama calling Sussman's industry "enemy No. 1" because of its obscene exploitation of the carried interest tax loophole, which allows the Sussmans of the world to pay a 15 percent tax on ordinary income versus 35 percent for the rest of us.

The Democrats won at the polls, but the loss of media integrity in southern Maine will be felt for generations to come.

C. McLane Smith


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