November 26, 2012

Letters to the editor: Paul supporters allowed rout of GOP

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Backers of presidential candidate Ron Paul hang a sign at the Maine Republican Convention in May. The “Paulists” didn’t try seriously “to coordinate party resources for victory in either the U.S. Congress or Maine Legislature,” thus undermining the prospects of Maine’s Republican candidates on Election Day, a reader says.

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Kathryn Leffler


Maine crew helped bring New Yorker back to light

Although Sandy left my neighborhood without power for 13 days, I would like to wholeheartedly thank the two crews of workers who restored that power. The tree crew was from Maine, and the electrical crew was from Michigan.

I place no blame on you for the Long Island Power Authority's shortcomings and mishandling of this disaster and the follow-up nor'easter. I hope you are able to return to Long Island in the near future and take in all of its beauty.

Christine Gietschier

Westbury, N.Y.

'Slanted View' of Geffen overlooks his philanthropy

I'm writing in response to John Spritz's view of David Geffen's yacht ("A Slanted View," Nov. 17). I think it's important that the readers of the Press Herald be aware that Mr. Geffen is not the money-grubbing, baby seal-beating anti-Christ that Mr. Spritz's Nov. 17 illustration implies.

Mr. Geffen is actually a very prominent philanthropist. He is a large contributor to the fight against AIDS. He gave a $200 million endowment to the UCLA School of Medicine. He has also employed thousands of people.

Oh yeah, I almost forgot. As of 2002, he has given all of his earnings to charity.

What have you done, Mr. Spritz?

Tim Duchaine


Corporation not the only player in Hostess' failure

I'm not sure which is worse: the quote from Biddeford Mayor Alan Casavant regarding the closure of the Hostess bakery ("The grinch has come back in the form of a corporation") or the outsized pullout the editorial staff at the Press Herald decided to give to this quote ("Bankruptcy judge approves quick closing of Hostess," Nov. 21).

The failure of Hostess stems from a series of poor decisions made by people. Executives, managers, employees and their union representatives all contributed to the demise of this business.

Soon, the brands and equipment will be purchased by a new corporation that will likely revive many of the lost jobs.

Will the Press Herald run a front-page story with a giant pullout quote from Casavant thanking the new corporation that buys the assets of Hostess? Or will Biddeford's mayor and the editors at the Press Herald learn that someone other than Santa Claus provides jobs?

Robert Chatfield

Cape Elizabeth

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