September 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: Public restroom no help if it is locked

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A vendor at the Portland Farmers’ Market at Deering Oaks wasn’t happy to find the public bathroom doors locked recently.

2010 File Photo/Jill Brady

Since this new system started we've missed the old way of transportation. It was better than this. This has been stressful, emotional and frustrating.

I think CTS should improve on their responsibilities. I'd like to give my point of view and be a self-advocate.  

I call this a transportation disaster.

Anna McDougal

Brunswick

Failure to act against Syria reminds of WWII mistakes

The current situation in which Congress and the American people appear to reject President Obama's "shot across the bow" in Syria brings to mind the early days of World War II.

The America First movement, consisting of Republicans and such notables as Charles Lindbergh and the elder Joseph Kennedy, was perfectly willing to support Adolf Hitler's atrocities in order to keep the U.S. out of the war. In the end, the war came to us and cost us hundreds of thousands of casualties.

The "shot across the bow" idea probably will prove inadequate. "Boots on the ground" will probably be necessary in the end. The longer we wait, the worse the situation will get. Why must we disregard the lessons of history?

Alden White

Buxton

Proposed 'free' trade deal will likely cost Maine jobs

The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement negotiations continue, based on the same free trade model as NAFTA. 

Maine has lost 30,000 jobs since the North American Free Trade Agreement was implemented. The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement is projected to be the largest free trade agreement ever.

An assessment of impacts of this free trade agreement upon Maine was prepared for the Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission (http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/CTPC2012finalassessment.pdf). The agreement takes aim at policies that maintain health and protect the air we breathe, the water we drink and the food we eat.

The Citizen Trade Policy Commission was established by the Legislature to provide an ongoing state-level mechanism to assess the impact of international trade policies on Maine's state and local laws, business environment and working conditions.

As part of its mandate, this legislative body is holding a meeting and public hearing Sept. 19 in Augusta at the Cross Building adjacent to the State House, Room 214, from 4 to 8 p.m.

The Maine Fair Trade Campaign, a statewide coalition working for fair trade, believes that we cannot afford to repeat the failed trade policy that has offshored so many Maine jobs and threatens the policies our legislators have enacted through a democratic process. 

The coalition is asking our members of Congress to assert control over their constutional authority to set the terms of trade. This Citizen Trade Policy Commission public hearing will help facilitate that process.

Please put this event on your calendar, bring testimony with you and confirm scheduling at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/opla/citpol.htm.

Martha Spiess

treasurer, Maine Fair Trade Campaign  

Freeport

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