Letters to the Editor (74)

Letter to the Editor: The Real Progressive Candidates Are...

Thank you Phoenix for your in-depth analysis and considered endorsements — mostly. As a progressive, and noting that you hold being progressive as an acknowledged preference in your endorsements — I want to take issue with two of them.     “As a wickedly smart, law degree-holding, LGBTQ son of first-generation immigrants, Marpheen Chann would be uniquely capable of voicing the concerns of underserved communities.” This is a description of identity, not track record. Mr.…

Hidden in this picture — Proposed casino ordinance is a bad deal for horses

With regards to the proposed ordinance, An Act to Allow Slot Machines or a Casino in York County, Question 1, which will appear on the November ballot, there is no provision in the ordinance to fund retirement homes for harness racing horses at the end of their careers [The proposed ordinance stipulates that an allotted 10 percent of a mandatory 39 percent of net slot machine income must be distributed to a fund that to…

Letter to the editor

Dear Portland Phoenix, Zack Barowitz's article ("Conflict By Design: How a Power Struggle Between Mayor and City Manager Was the Plan All Along," in the June 29 issue) about the Charter's role in the ongoing struggles between the mayor and the city manager is interesting and informative. But it tells only half the story of the current mayor.If Ethan Strimling had done what he said repeatedly during his campaign he was going to do as mayor,…

Letter to the editor: Maine needs solar jobs

Last year, I got a new job. It wasn't just new for me, it was growing-the-economy new, and it was in solar.   I wasn't alone — across the country, 1 in 50 new jobs last year was in the solar industry. That's more growth than natural gas, oil and coal, combined.   But right now, Maine is lagging behind the nation and our New England neighbors in solar jobs.  How do we get more…

Letter to the editor: As Senate Considers ACA Repeal, Planned Parenthood Celebrates Pride Month

We don't typically publish letters from organizational bodies, but this week we're making an exception. As Pride month winds to a close, the upcoming Senate vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act in favor of Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell's American Health Care Act would strip health insurance from 23 million vulnerable Americans (according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office), as well as de-fund vital health organizations like Planned Parenthood. Maine GOP Senator Susan Collins…

Letters to the Editor

This letter is concerning the upcoming May 5th protest of the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife’s lack of law enforcement at DEW Haven in Mt Vernon, Maine. Julie Miner shot Baghwa the lion in (2005?) because Bob Miner left a gate unlatched and attacked Bob, so they say. The Miners have put out at least three different versions of the event and the authorities were never notified, as required by law. The Miners hid this from…

Letter to the editors: Applying for a moose permit

LD222: An Act Regarding Maine’s Moose Lottery sponsored by Sen. Paul Davis (R-Senate District 4 Piscataquis County) would prevent hunters under the age of eight years old from hunting moose and participating in the moose permit lottery (voted ought not to pass by the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Committee, now dead, and placed in the legislative files).   LD558: An Act to Improve Moose Hunting sponsored by Rep. Gary Hilliard (R-Belgrade) would prevent children under…

Letters to the Editors

Dear People: For many years I have complained about my government’s lack of concern for the present and future of struggling people and the planet. I have withheld one hundred dollars from my properly-calculated tax payment as a protest, and sent that money to an organization that distributed collected funds to organizations helping people in need and causes worth supporting. Every year there has been good reason to do it, and every year I have…

Letter to the editor

The Trump administration infrastructure package should tackle the $12B National Park repair backlog. During his confirmation, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said one of his main goals as Secretary is to tackle one of our national parks’ biggest challenges: more than $12 billion in necessary infrastructure repairs. Zinke said he wants national parks to be part of the Trump Administration’s larger infrastructure package. Including our parks in this package is a natural fit, as parks repair needs include crumbling buildings,…

Letters: If Senator Collins is against government waste, she should vote against the natural gas repeal

Senator Susan Collins could be a deciding vote when the Senate soon takes up a measure to repeal a rule to curb natural gas waste and get taxpayers a fair return. Hopefully, Sen. Collins will see past the politics and vote against repealing the rule.   The Bureau of Land Management manages millions of acres of federal land located mostly in the American West. It is charged by Congress to ensure a fair return to…
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