March 15, 2013

Letters to the editor: Newspaper reinforces bias against park

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Jake Lowry takes part in an Occupy Maine-organized cleanup of Congress Square Plaza in Portland in 2012. Press Herald coverage of the park repeats unfounded claims of disorderly behavior there, a reader says.

2012 File Photo/Shawn Patrick Ouellette

Sally Connolly, LCSW

Cape Elizabeth

Modern technology makes billboards irrelevant today

The Feb. 28 paper had an article regarding billboards ("Maine's decades-old billboard, signs law under attack").

The article stated a law was passed in 1977 to remove billboards so that the beauty of the country could be enjoyed. That law was very expensive to enact, but we paid that expense so that everyone could enjoy the beauty.

We did not then have MapQuest or a GPS. These and many other devices are now available to enable people to find their destinations.

There are also many state information facilities available so that tourists and anyone else may find recreational areas. Large signs are no longer needed for this purpose.

I am very much opposed to any changes in this law.

Frank Newell

Saco

Jab at New Jerseyites spoils otherwise enjoyable column

All columnists have the right to express themselves on probably all issues, and they do so in ways witty, biased and, occasionally, fair.

I enjoyed the humorous skewering Bill Nemitz did of Gov. LePage regarding federal Medicaid funding, using New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie as his foil ("Gov. Christie, please phone your buddy in Maine," March 1).

But Mr. Nemitz steps over the line when he digresses from his political discussion and states of Gov. Christie, "But I've always considered you a pretty smart guy -- even if you are from New Jersey." (my emphasis)

"From New Jersey," Mr. Nemitz? Like Thomas Edison, composer John Harbison, writer John McPhee, Tony Soprano? I think an apology or retraction is in order.

Eric Mihan

Kennebunk

Nations' governors failing to stand up for our rights

The National Governors Association represents a group of people who are either too lazy, too stupid or too corrupt to do their sworn duty to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

These governors are the current iteration of a long line of miscreants extending back about 100 years. These people and their predecessors have failed to fight to prevent the federal usurpation of the rights of the states and the people.

We have reached the point where we are now a nation of sheep ruled by a malignant anti-constitutional bipartisan federal aristocracy.

Any of the governors has the position and power to call for constitutional amendments to rein in the criminal federal aristocracy and restore the rights of the states and the people. Ask why your governor is not fighting for your rights.

Norman Linnell

South Portland

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