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letter to the editor

  • Published
    November 1, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Getting stuff done is not the same as getting along

    Many in this campaign for Mayor are saying that what we need in a leader for our city is simply someone who will “be agreeable.” Someone who will make sure we all get along. But getting along on behalf of whom? Agreeing to what? Developers who are over-gentrifying our city? Big business that is blocking […]

  • Published
    October 31, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Bruzgo is right choice for South Portland

    As a small business owner in South Portland, I endorse Katie Bruzgo for City Council. I remember when Katie and Naomi bought their house in South Portland. I knew then that Omi’s coffee shop would be moving “over the bridge” eventually. At the time, Omi’s was steps away from my home, and fueled my daily […]

  • Published
    October 31, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Strimling is the mayor Portland needs

    City policy, politics, the free market and basic math have conspired to make affordable housing become mission impossible. If 30 percent to 50 percent of residents cannot afford to live here, we have already failed in the mission. Spencer Thibideau is a real estate lawyer whose goal will be to maximize his clients’ profits at […]

  • Published
    October 31, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Send the message that bike helmets work

    On Oct. 24, you published a photo of a young man jumping his bike over steps at Mechanics Park in Biddeford with the headline, “Cycling, A Green Form of Transportation.” Please, in the future, don’t publish photos of riders doing tricks like this who are not wearing helmets. Photos like these inspire younger kids to […]

  • Published
    October 31, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: How would a straw from Portland get in the ocean?

    The question I have is this: I thought the trash from Portland goes to Westbrook, where it is burned then turned into energy. I’d like to know how any straws can get into the ocean when that same trash is turned into energy? Portland’s ban on straws isn’t doing anything to save the planet and […]

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  • Published
    October 31, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Why I’m endorsing two candidates for mayor

    On Nov. 5, I will be ranking both Spencer Thibodeau and Kate Snyder for mayor of Portland. I urge Portland voters to do the same, in any order, but rank them both to ensure your vote counts. Thibodeau and Snyder deserve credit for running positive, “high road” campaigns, and they understand that the job of […]

  • Published
    October 30, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Strimling has long record of good works

    I have known Mayor Strimling for over 20 years. We first met when he started working at LearningWorks (formerly known as Portland West). He reached out to learn more about community resources and get input on the needs of individuals and families. I got to know him better when we were members of the Greater […]

  • Published
    October 30, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Kargar right choice for District 3

    A famous Cuban poet wrote: “I choose the poor as my people and share their troubles. I’d rather lose every comfort than turn away from their struggles.” Layla Kargar embodies these words in what she does for her community. Despite her opponents receiving many endorsements, her endorsements comes from the people she’s helped. When a […]

  • Published
    October 30, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Kate Snyder is the real deal for mayor

    The first time I spoke with Kate Snyder, I was taken aback by how much she genuinely wanted to know about me. Even though we were on a phone call about her possible campaign for mayor and how I might be able to help her, she took most of the time to ask questions about […]

  • Published
    October 30, 2019

    Letter to the Editor: Mayor doesn’t know about schools

    At the Portland Education Association mayoral forum on Oct. 1, the candidates were asked to name five current Portland Public Schools teachers. Our incumbent mayor Ethan Strimling has occupied a cushy, full-time, taxpayer-funded position for the last four years – a role whose largely ceremonial duties center around community engagement. And Ethan Strimling only managed […]