March 1, 2013

Letters to the editor: Working people deserve living wage

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Colleen Callahan, manager of Kamasouptra, a soup shop in Portland’s Public Market, supports President Obama’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour, and readers agree with her.

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There is a growing number of conscious and committed consumers out here. The businesses that don't realize that will pay a price higher than any increase in the minimum wage.

Mary Lou Bagley

South Berwick

LAPD's troubled record doesn't justify homicides

Pope Benedict XVI often cautioned against moral relativism, which he felt was the central problem of our time.

Though he has now concluded his papacy, Benedict's words are more resonant than ever.

Indeed, a number of people have embraced suspected murderer Christopher Dorner as a kind of folk hero.

In their view, Dorner was merely trying to clear his name after being unceremoniously fired by a police department with a history of corruption and brutality.

What these individuals fail to grasp is that regardless of the sins of the Los Angeles Police Department, they do not justify the murder of innocent people.

On Feb. 3, Dorner shot and killed Monica Quan and her fiance outside their apartment.

They were apparently targeted because Monica's father was formerly a colleague of Dorner's at the LAPD.

Additionally, Dorner had allegedly addressed Quan in an online rant, stating: "I never had the opportunity to have a family of my own, I'm terminating yours."

These are not the words of a hero or a crusader for justice, but of a madman consumed by vengeance.

To be sure, the Los Angeles Police Department has its own skeletons and a record that is far from spotless.

Yet we must have the moral clarity to see that Dorner's actions have resulted in nothing but pain and suffering for all those involved. Underlying this terrible episode is an objective truth: that murder, by definition, will always be on the side of injustice.

Sean Feely

South Portland

Investigative talents bring Woodard well-earned kudos

Colin Woodard's investigative report on "virtual schools" and the shenanigans behind them provided an enormous service to Mainers, and I was pleased to read that he has been recognized with the George Polk Award ("Reporter Colin Woodard earns prestigious award," Feb. 18).

His report was a true wake-up call for many who hadn't even thought of the implications of how these so-called schools operate and how they would affect Maine students. 

One friend was so shocked by what she read that her whole political perspective changed, and she is now questioning more of the ways those "in charge" wield their power and influence.

The Press Herald deserves credit for providing Woodard with the months it took him to fully expose and write about everything he found. This is how great newspapers once served their readers.

The paper is indeed fortunate to have Woodard on its staff. 

Barbara Doughty

Portland

 

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