February 11, 2013

Letters to the editor: Wake-up call needed on teens' bedtimes

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The school day would start an hour later at Portland High School, above, and other city secondary schools under a proposal by district officials. Without parental oversight, a later start to the school day means that teens will probably stay up later “playing video games and tagging friends on Facebook,” a reader says.

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What in God's green earth does his being a fan of conservative talk radio have anything to do with this hard-news story? Unless, of course, you want to demonize conservative talk radio. I am sure your new owners, Donald Sussman and his wife, Chellie Pingree, would never want that to happen.

I also wonder what would have been printed if the killer had been a fan of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. I guess those charges about slanted news stories are getting some traction.

Larry Davis

Hallowell

Consumers get little help as hotline goes unanswered

I am wondering if anyone else has had difficulty reaching the consumer hotline in the Maine Attorney General's Office, and, further, if you have encountered the same response as we have. Bottom line: There is no one answering the phones!

For the second time, I made a direct call, I was informed by a pleasant voice to "please continue to hold ... we will be on the line shortly ...," etc., as well as providing the website, email address and snail mall address. If I had online access, I would use it. Previously, I have forwarded a snail mail letter without response.

Back to the phone calls. After waiting 22 minutes each time, a last message informed me, "Due to high volume ...," and then my call was disconnected again.

I informed the Attorney General's Office of the ridiculous practice -- again. The first time I did so, the human answering the phone offered to connect me to the consumer hotline. If you are paying by the minute for calls, that does not seem to be sensible. Additionally, I requested a friend to phone the line, and the same thing occurred.

We are wondering: Is there a "phantom" office in the bowels of the State House in Augusta?

Loretta M. Turner

Biddeford

Background checks backer bigoted against gun owners

I must question the wisdom of this newspaper in publishing such mean-spirited thoughts from Richard B. Innes in Maine Voices ("Expanding firearm background checks makes all kinds of sense," Jan. 24).

Mr. Innes' bigoted views on gun owners have added nothing to the debate on the Second Amendment. If we are to come together and work on these issues, the narrow-minded rambles of Mr. Innes are not needed.

John DeSilvia

North Berwick

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