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    August 4, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Portland city manager’s actions put mayor in a difficult position

    I’ve been disappointed in recent weeks to see Portland’s city manager, Jon Jennings, lash out at our elected mayor with a series of ugly personal attacks. Mr. Jennings has said that Mayor Ethan Strimling is a liar and then openly admitted that he has refused for months to meet with the mayor to discuss city […]

  • Published
    August 4, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Federal cuts in nutrition aid would harm kids and their futures

    With the Maine Department of Labor announcing that unemployment recently rose (“Maine unemployment ticked up in June,” July 22), I started to think, as I often do, about the future of our state. The lack of growth in Maine continues to cause me concern for what the state will look like in the decades to […]

  • Published
    August 4, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Cable companies should end ridiculous prices, gimmicks

    Do cable companies change their names so as to increase their prices? It certainly seems like it! Wouldn’t it be nice if cable TV companies offered packages with a certain number of channels for a set price per month and we could pick the channels we wanted instead of the ones they give us that […]

  • Published
    August 4, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Prepare for better Maine elections with ranked-choice voting

    As an independent, I support the Committee for Ranked Choice Voting and its efforts to bring ranked-choice voting to Maine ballots in 2018. Ranked-choice voting offers a solution to the growing frustration with the current political establishment because it allows for independent and moderate candidates to challenge nominees of the traditional two-party system. Ranked-choice voting […]

  • Published
    August 3, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Strimling misuses office, should work within city charter

    The issues surrounding Portland City Hall, the Portland City Council, City Manager Jon Jennings and Mayor Ethan Strimling are solely the creation and responsibility of one person: Mr. Strimling. He uses political office to his own selfish, power-hungry ends. He seems to have no interest in serving the citizens of Portland or working within the […]

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    August 3, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Wasteful, friction-causing position of Portland mayor should be abolished

    It appears that what we are now witnessing at Portland City Hall is a governance train wreck that was easily foreseen when the position of full-time mayor was created in 2010. A city should not have a mayor in a city manager form of government. A mayor is not necessary to “develop policies” because policy […]

  • Published
    August 3, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Councilors wrong to bemoan public access to Jennings, Strimling session

    At Monday night’s City Council workshop regarding issues between City Manager Jon Jennings, Mayor Ethan Strimling and the council, I was flabbergasted by the boldness of several councilors complaining that the meeting was in public and not behind closed doors in executive session. We’ve seen time and time again that when public transparency is missing, […]

  • Published
    August 3, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Councilor hurts constituents with affordable housing vote

    I want to publicly express my disappointment that City Councilor Jill Duson would take the irresponsible action last week of trying to suppress affordable housing in Portland, by voting against having the council’s Housing Committee take up a proposed increase in the number of affordable housing units required in larger developments. (The majority of councilors […]

  • Published
    August 3, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Single-payer health care is superior to our private system in U.S.

    On Christmas Eve 2009, my 90-year-old grandfather fell in a parking lot. The ambulance was called and, within minutes, he was brought to the hospital. The next day at 7 a.m., he was being prepped for hip replacement surgery. After surgery, he went to rehabilitation in a step-down care center outside the city, where he […]

  • Published
    August 3, 2017

    Letter to the editor: Another round of applause for Sens. Collins and King on health care

    Sen. Susan Collins deserves our thanks for putting people above politics. By bucking her political party and voting along with Sen. Angus King to oppose the “skinny repeal” of the Affordable Care Act, she showed that our two senators are committed to providing health care to Mainers who are the most vulnerable – the poor, […]

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