July 5, 2013

Letters to the editor: Old Orchard recall a democratic success

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Vehicles pass political signs put up by candidates for office in the June 11 Old Orchard Beach recall election. The success of the Recall 4 effort proves that voters will respond when the issues are explained to them, an Old Orchard Beach resident says.

2013 File Photo/Shawn Patrick Ouellette

For years coastal property and business owners have struggled for a reasonable approach to private-property rights and the ability to fairly and reasonably be able to maintain and protect our properties. Past administrations have turned a deaf ear to many of our concerns, even proposing to prevent the rebuilding of coastal properties.

Many of our members have spent hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars trying to comply with past environmental restrictions, to no avail. The simple act of building an elevator (Americans with Disabilities Act requirements) in a building along the coast was prohibitive until a more reasonable approach came in the help of Pattie Aho.

She was able to help forge a new set of common-sense rules, through the Legislature, that allows for reasonable solutions.

While your reporter searched high and low for every disgruntled person one could find regarding the changes implemented by Ms. Aho, under the current administration, not one attempt was made to talk to the thousands of persons who have benefited from the new approach to the administration of our burdensome environmental laws.

Ms. Aho has done an outstanding job at balancing both sides of these very complex issues with grace and personal integrity, a lesson this paper could well learn from.

Michael Severance

president, Save Our Shores-Maine


Faded city street markings not much help to motorists

While I realize these are tough budgetary times, perhaps our elected officials in Portland can find a way to repaint the now-faded center lines and turn lane arrows. Many are now completely faded on city streets, causing confusion and potentially hazardous conditions.

Although such basic upkeep may not be as fun as coming up with new catchy slogans to market our city, it does seem slightly more vital in the day-to-day life of residents.

Michael Steinberg

Peaks Island


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