September 13, 2012

Letters to the editor: City policy encourages panhandlers

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A woman panhandles from the median at the intersection of St. John Street and Park Avenue in Portland in July.

2012 File Photo/Shawn Patrick Ouellette

It is time for us to stand up and tell our government officials and schools what great progress has been made in education in the last 20 years and what a great job Maine schools are doing.

I am a mother of two young sons, and I have spent time in each of their classrooms each year. The curriculum is outstanding, the kids are tested regularly, the teachers are amazing (they put their heart, soul and unequalled energy into the classroom), the administration open and responsive.

It is frustrating that public tax dollars could be diverted from public education to charter schools with no input from the public.

Tell your teachers what a great job they're doing (if you feel that way), and contact your state legislators, Gov. LePage, Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Olympia Snowe, Rep. Mike Michaud, Rep. Chellie Pingree and Mitt Romney and tell them Maine does not want charter schools and school vouchers.

Heather Maines

Gray

Troopers need to step up to enforce headlight law

I recently spoke to a state policeman about one of my favorite road gripes: the nonuse of headlights when it is raining. It is, after all, a state law that they be on.

The state policeman said that he was aware of the law, but, like most of his fellow troopers, tended to ignore it because it would involve getting his uniform wet.

Because I was taken aback, and because you learn early on not to argue with a guy in uniform with a gun, I did not say what I wanted to, which was "Aw."

I tend to flash everyone with my headlights, because many have cars without always-on lights, and I recently had a car like that. Most, but not quite all, ignore me.

Will it take a serious accident to wake up the law to this issue? I hope not.

Dave Snow

Falmouth

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