December 15, 2012

Letters to the editor: Performance hall would be blot on Hill

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This architect’s rendering shows a 450-plus-seat performance hall proposed for the site of the former St. Lawrence Church sanctuary and bell tower in Portland. After seeing the proposed design, a reader says he had the impulse to look up the word “monstrosity.”

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If those who left the graffiti did so out of hate, we must respond quickly and forcefully to let them know that hate is not welcome in Maine. If some of us might want to shrug it off as the work of ignorance, we must use this as a teaching moment, to educate them as to the historical meaning of this symbol.

We at the Hate Crimes Response Project of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine, along with all Mainers of good will, stand with the students, teachers and parents of Greely Middle School, and the people of Cumberland, in rejecting both hate and ignorance.

Rabbi Hillel Katzir

director, Hate Crimes Response Project of the Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine

Auburn

Time for DA to streamline the trials of alleged 'johns'

Enough, enough, enough, enough. Could we not have Justice Nancy Mills, prosecutor Kathryn Slattery and prosecutor Justine McGettigan meet privately in judges' chambers and strategize the trials of the 150 men who have been arrested or are going to be arrested for allegedly patronizing a prostitute?

It seems like Justice Mills could have all the warrants served and continue all cases for two consecutive Saturday mornings. Seventy-five or so men appearing in court, each approaching the bench, a guilty or not guilty plea taken, a fine given.

The men could then go to the clerk's office, pay the fine and case closed. Mills could clear the docket in a month. Then they could concentrate on the trials of Alexis Wright and Mark Strong Sr.

By doing this, the publicity would be at a minimum and the citizens of Maine would not be so embarrassed. Please, police, prosecutors and judge, do something for this to go away.

Edward Stawecki

retired Hartford, Conn., police detective and retired Connecticut state bail commissioner Old Orchard Beach

'Spin machine' exaggerates impact of increase in taxes

The Republican spin machine suggests that raising taxes on small-business owners making more than $250,000 per year will hurt the economy.

While an overwhelming majority of small-business owners earn less than that, the few who would be affected might consider avoiding the tax hike by limiting their pay to $249,999. They could then use the difference to reinvest in their own businesses, thereby promoting growth and creating jobs.

Granted, they would have to squeak by on less than a quarter million dollars a year, and that's a hardship -- just ask anybody.

Paul Sarvis

Portland

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