May 17, 2013

Letters to the editor: Scope of Styrofoam ban questioned

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Maryellen O’Toole of Scarborough carries a cup of coffee from a Portland Dunkin’ Donuts. A reader wonders if the city of Portland’s proposed ban on Styrofoam packaging would apply to things like the cups, which are made not of Styrofoam but of a different material – expanded polystyrene,

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The graduation exercises were held in the very large field house to a standing-only crowd of proud parents and well wishers.

The special graduation speaker was Gov. LePage, who addressed the graduating class with a very fine message. However, I think all the graduates will remember the governor with deep appreciation, primarily for how short his speech was.

Sadly, and possibly the reason for my letter, was the fact that there was no mention of this very special graduation by the Press Herald, nor, to the best of my knowledge, by the Bangor Daily News.

Bill Brennan

retired commander, U.S. Navy; retired captain, Maine Maritime Academy; emeritus commandant of midshipmen, MMA


Governor sets right tone for solving financial crisis

There's a quote that goes, "If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more -- you might live in a nation that was founded by geniuses but is run by idiots."

Gov. LePage deserves a "thank you" for standing strong on the principles necessary to get Maine back on its financial feet. The decisions being made are difficult but necessary for debt reduction. There are two ways of reducing debt: Stop spending so much or pay higher taxes.

His efforts on the revitalization of the waterfront by building a long-term relationship with Eimskip is a big step in the right direction -- more jobs and a larger tax base.

I believe we Mainers need to be part of the solution and not part of the problem. Maine will be a great place to live again, and with everyone's help, it will be sooner rather than later.

Timothy Hiltz


Let's keep public money away from private schools

The idea of giving private schools public money redefines the word "private." Private is private. Why should public money be used for private schools, especially those affiliated with religion?

Unfortunately, Gov. LePage fails to see that there are those who are opposed, diametrically, to many of the teachings of religious-affiliated schools and that using public money to perpetuate that leaves no separation of church and state.

As it is, the city of Sanford gives money to the St. Thomas School, and there are many residents who oppose this because the school is private and because it is religious-affiliated.

If parents want to send their children to private schools, then send them and pay for it without subsidies from taxpayers. Keep "public," public, and "private," private.

A.S. Milton


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