December 12, 2012

Letters to the editor
Taping LePage pointless, provocative

Well, I never thought that I'd be siding with Gov. LePage, especially to the point of writing to the newspaper ("LePage's ultimatum disappoints Democrats," Dec. 5).

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By paying a tracker to follow Gov. LePage with a video camera, the Democratic Party is sowing discord between the executive and legislative branches of state government, a reader says.

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Gov. LePage has made his share of foolish statements – some of them even thought out and not off the cuff.

However, when the Democratic leadership condones and even pays for a person to tail the governor to record every thing he says, it is not only unfair and nasty, but it also guarantees that there will be no cooperation between the executive and legislative branches.

During a day – or, for a greater chance, during a week – of continuous interaction with people, who of us would not say something that we wish we had not said if it were made public?

I think the public wants politicians to concentrate on the "big stuff" and back off from the political trickery. I'm ashamed of the Democrats who sanctioned this action.

Jon Gale Sr.



Mother's disappearance prompts outpouring of help


Care of an Alzheimer's patient can seem a lonely task, but my mother and I felt the full kindness and capabilities of the Portland community last week when she slipped away from home for the first time, disoriented and worried.

The Portland Police Department provided an immediate, strong, impressively thorough response; neighbors abandoned their tasks of the day to help search and offer comfort; and the local chapter of the Alzheimer's Association provided invaluable assistance and coordination.

This newspaper had a notice on its Web page within minutes of being notified, Facebook links to it popped up quickly and a reporter from WGME prepared a story in case my mother had not yet been found by airtime. All of these efforts helped to turn her up safely, and we were deeply moved by the community's generosity.

I've also learned of the many resources Portland has to offer Alzheimer's patients and caregivers, and hope others will gain valuable information through them without having to experience a crisis – even if it did come with a silver lining and a happy ending.

A.B. Davis



Fuming classical music fan plans to halve MPBN pledge


I've been stewing since the announcement of the imposed changes in classical music programming by MPBN. They have been chipping away at classical programming for a long time. It's supposedly "what we want."

The only way I can express my dissatisfaction is with my pocketbook. Thus, I am contributing an equal amount of my MPBN pledge to the Portland Symphony Orchestra at the expense of MPBN. I'm doing something I thought I'd never do. I'm becoming a freeloader!

As for the remainder of their programming, the airwaves are filled with good and bad "news and public affairs" material ad nauseam 24 hours a day. Classical music is a wonderful antidote! Too bad MPBN doesn't listen to its own broadcasting. I expect "From the Top" is somewhere on the list.

Arthur VanDerburgh


Community pays high cost when prostitution is illegal


Perhaps the answer the Kennebunk community (and perhaps Maine in its entirety) should be looking for in response to the alleged prostitution ring is a change – in the law.

Prostitution should be legalized. If so many community members are concerned about the release of "the list" and what it will do to the families involved and the larger community, imagine if there were no list to get everyone riled up in the first place.

Making prostitution illegal drives it underground (it will never not exist); clients are susceptible to blackmail, and sex workers are subject to abuse and a lack of appropriate medical services. The community submits itself to humiliating those charged.

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