December 18, 2012

Letters to the editor: Any reason not to hike taxes on the rich?

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John Boehner
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House Speaker John Boehner and other Republican leaders have resisted tax hikes on wealthy Americans. A reader says the rich wouldn’t feel the pinch.

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It is the middle class and those in the lower economic class, who are working two and three jobs to try to achieve being in the middle, who need your help. The folks struggling every day to have a life that is not filled with terror about their future -- struggling to eat healthy food, pay their mortgages, have decent health care, save for college for their children.

The super-rich do not have these concerns themselves, but why are they not concerned about other Americans? Do Republicans believe, had they been up for re-election last month, that they would have had the support of their constituents who have seen their lack of flexibility regarding taxes on the wealthy?

The majority of Americans want change and some action by our elected leaders in the direction that will make change possible.

Joan Lourie


More coverage needed for theater project's upside

Although the Press Herald's coverage of the Friends of the St. Lawrence Church's recent neighborhood meeting did say support exists for its performing arts space plans, it failed to include any description of the arguments supporting the essence of the design ("Critics say Munjoy Hill design is too 'boxy,' " Dec. 10.

Architectural projects are notoriously difficult to describe, particularly as they seek to develop a neighborhood's character. For all the concerns about the proposed building being boxy, isn't it obvious that on some level we all live in boxes, some with peaked roofs, some without? Walking to my home on the Hill last night, I noticed many "original" buildings that happen to be boxes. It's a tricky project: How many buildings can afford to diminish the volume of the interior space by faceting or curving the exterior surfaces?

The original plot of the St. Lawrence sanctuary is relatively small. In order to provide for a 400-seat theater, lobby and attendant spaces, architect David Lloyd has had to push the interior space to the corners of the lot, hence a box.

At the meeting, I said that all robust neighborhoods can withstand the presence of a contemporary building, and that such a distinct building would help us reflect more deeply on the Hill's energies by its juxtaposition among our 100- to 200-year-old homes and businesses. The revitalization of Boston's South End is a perfect example: The gorgeous, 19th-century red-brick townhouses beautifully framed by contrasting handsome contemporary buildings such as the Calderwood Pavilion for the Arts, and the Boston Ballet's "box" of an administrative and rehearsal space.

Christopher Akerlind



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