March 24, 2013

Letters to the editor: Story misrepresents guard's actions

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Capt. Shawn Welch, a guard at the Maine Correctional Center, showed “professional leadership” during an incident in which he used pepper spray against a restrained inmate who had just spit on an officer, a reader says.

Turning off our car motors. Engines that idle wear out faster, spew noxious gases and (no surprises here) get zero miles per gallon.

All of us can reduce household expenses and be environmentally conservative, helping to control consumption of the Earth's resources by treating them as if they are finite (which they are) rather than unlimited (which they are not).

It's all part of a long Maine tradition that practices frugality and uses whatever assets at hand in the most economical way possible while planning for the future. It could also be called "good citizenship."

Don Loprieno


Thank you for the excellent front-page article March 17 asking, "Is Maine ready for climate changes?"

One does not have to agree with the scientists who say that changes in climate are caused by human activity to recognize that changes are indeed happening.

These characteristic changes in the frequent severe-weather events certainly warrant priority attention at the state government level. Executive and legislative branches share the responsibility here.

Climate change is not something that we can ignore in our long-term economic planning for infrastructure needs for roads, stormwater, water quality, private property values and tourism. Maine's brand is in the balance for our No. 1 industry: tourism.

Let's get this one right at the state level. I think your article framed up the state-level challenges well.

Ray Sirois


Frank commentary needed counterpoint for balance

I am quite perplexed at the front page of Insight on March 17. Is your mission to inform or influence public opinion?

I would have liked to have seen an additional view to the unsubstantiated claims by Barney Frank ("All together: Government spending can create jobs").

Rhonda Lemay


LePage doesn't live up to vow to support seniors

As a Maine senior citizen, I am speaking out against Gov. LePage's budget cuts.

Many people in Maine are struggling to make ends meet. With the rising costs of food and fuel, we cannot enjoy the luxury of vacations and eating out in a nice restaurant.

Many have been taken off MaineCare, and now Gov. LePage wants to take away the homestead exemption. We do not need higher taxes.

The low-income and what is left of the middle-income population, if any, will be in danger of losing their homes in addition to many of the benefits that have already disappeared.

Gov. LePage must listen to the people and find solutions that will help rather than hinder. Are we to become a state where only the wealthy can prosper and live? Cutting health care and education and raising taxes is unacceptable!

I recently picked up a copy of Maine Seniors magazine, and on the back of the last page was a letter from Gov. LePage stating how much he cared about the welfare of Maine seniors. You tell me!

Barb Ericksen

St. Albans

Banning guns won't deter people who misuse firearms

A thought on gun-ban laws:

A person steals guns (which is against the law); shoots and kills his own mother (which is against the law); transports these guns loaded (which is against the law); brings guns onto school property (which is against the law); breaks in to the school (which is against the law); discharges the weapons within city limits (which is against the law); murders 26 people (which is against the law); and commits suicide (which is against the law).

And there are people in this country who somehow think passing another law banning guns would protect us from someone like this.

If you haven't noticed, people like this are not concerned about breaking laws -- they only care about fulfilling their own twisted agenda.

The only people that a gun-ban law would impact are the law-abiding citizens, which will only serve to cripple the ability to protect ourselves.

Gene Graves


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