Thursday, June 20, 2013
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Former Gov. Angus King’s run for Sen. Olympia Snowe’s Senate seat draws support from writers.
2012 Press Herald File
A quick trip to grab a cup of coffee and I saw kids smoking and tossing cigarette butts, yelling and hollering, littering and swearing loudly.
I felt badly as a mother tried to wheel a stroller through as a boy zoomed by her on a skateboard.
Sadly, I'm used to the reality that warm weather draws out kids and that those kids will sometimes be a little unruly.
But I would find the situation to be very off-putting if I were just visiting Portland.
And while I'm quite accustomed to seeing this kind of behavior, I'm really not particularly interested in walking through an area that reeks like an ashtray and having a kid hurl F-bombs at someone that is flying by on a bike.
It's really not the way I'd like to start or end a trip in which I'm likely drop $100 plus on a dinner for two in one of the Old Port's restaurants.
I can't imagine how I'd feel if were just a visitor.
I should think that Portland would be interested in maintaining the integrity of these city open spaces, particularly with the summer tourism season looming.
At a minimum, these spaces should be clean, well-lit and a safe place for both young and old.
Too often, the these parks are none of these things.
Gentle conversationalists weren't gentle (wink, wink)
In response to the recent pro-homosexual "marriage" column written by Bill Nemitz ("No Wonder Anti-Gay Group Went Confidential," April 1), I have to say "wink yourself, Bill" as you make out the homosexual marriage supporters as gentle "conversationalists."
After the last campaign, these diversity lovers met in private at my place of work (a public school) to come up with a complaint against my professional license.
Also, I have been called bigot, Nazi and other wonderful words by these conversationalists, because I dared to publicly oppose this bizarre movement that seeks to vilify anyone who disagrees with the notion that all urges and behaviors are equal.
At my "hearing" at the state licensing office, I got to hear one of the committee members wax on about my case being "like pre-war Germany."
Luckily for me he was out-voted by folks who had a crazy, and probably a bigoted notion (wink, Bill), that I had a right to express my opinion.