July 11, 2013

Letters to the editor: Portland Adult Ed has earned support

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Portland Adult Education staff member Valerie deVuyst shares a hug with graduate Lia Boulis Kodi at the program’s 2011 graduation ceremony. The program needs a new location that will support its growing enrollment, a reader says.

2011 File Photo/John Ewing

A business went on lockdown, parents grabbed their children and ran inside and still he refused to leave while "educating" others by carrying his rifle on private property. Again, it's a family fun center, meaning that kids are all over the vicinity.

Last Friday, a protester with an AR-15 showed up for a Gabby Giffords event in New Hampshire, then took a nap outside the event with his gun.

An armed customer at a chicken restaurant in Oakland, Calif., on July 1 may have become frightened and mistakenly shot and killed two employees.

We do have a problem, and the essence of it is that we do not have the guts to accurately define it and solve it. So, the terrorists run free in our society, free to sell guns without background checks, free to carry without training, licensing, insuring, etc.

George Waldman


Writing by Aho defender displays flaws in thinking

I was reading the Voice of the People section on the Fourth of July, and was intrigued by a letter titled "DEP chief Aho promotes reasoned stance on issues," written by a man named Michael Severance, the president of an organization called Save Our Shores-Maine.

I was intrigued primarily because the organization sounded like an environmental group, and yet the letter was written in defense of a Department of Environmental Protection commissioner dedicated to eviscerating environmental regulations in order to benefit her former corporate clients.

So in the interest of self-enrichment, I went to the Save Our Shores website and was greeted with this gem from President Severance -- a lovely amalgam of ignorance, invective, tortured analogies, forced alliteration (think Spiro Agnew) and sixth-grade writing skills -- to wit:

"Even though during the past year, the global warming alarmist (sic) have been discredited by historical data, some of the anti-private property pests are still using the followers of global warming for their own agenda. Others are like moths flying from one flame to the next; flying from one trendy thing to the next trendy thing. Now the mantra of those moths eroding private property rights is 'we must be prepared for extreme weather.' They, like moths, choose not to learn from each defeating experience."

As the old saying goes, "with friends like these ..."

Jeffery Logan



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