January 12, 2013

Letters to the editor: School rankings math doesn't add up

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A recent Portland Press Herald story noted that Maine eighth-graders ranked 13th nationally in math in 2011, but a reader says that “rank order can be and often is quite meaningless” unless other variables are taken into account.


We see it year after year after year. How fair or how much fun is it for the local schools to play these private schools that are loaded with the best athletes from various towns?

I truly believe that if the private schools played each other and the public schools played each other, you would see many students staying in their own town and playing on their local high school teams. I also feel that if this happened, we would see much better competition among all schools.

The MPA should stand up and do what's right and fair!

Elizabeth Flaherty

South Portland

Pair's abandonment of dog no way to treat loving pet

I was saddened to read in the Portland Press Herald about the couple who moved and left a small poodle behind, thinking someone would find it and give it a home ("Maine couple accused of abusing poodle," Dec. 26).

As a pet owner, I get upset when I read about such cruelty to animals. These pets have so much love to give and are so dependent on their owners for food and loving care.

I recently read where six southern California cities already ban circus elephants because of the cruel way they are treated. In several cities in that same area, it is illegal for pet owners to declaw their cats.

My pet cat, Maggie, I brought home from the Animal Refuge League. She was found abandoned in another city. Someone found her hiding in a shed. She was scared and very ill. She had no defense -- she was declawed.

Maggie had been at the Refuge League, in quarantine, for some time. She had recovered and had just been on display. Looking at her in the cage, she looked so tiny and frightened I paid the fees to adopt her that same day!

She has become a loving companion and a happy cat. She's been spoiled, too. She has brightened my life.

I cannot understand people who think nothing of getting rid of a pet, especially when these pets have no way to communicate and no way to defend themselves.

Donald G. Knight


'Needless' administrative jobs add to city tax burden

Portland has a city manager, a mayor and now a deputy city manager at $125,000 a year.

I'm outraged that instead of trying to consolidate and save money, the city keeps adding on needless positions. No wonder our taxes are so high.

Way to go, again, city fathers.

Ed Reagan


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