2015-11-13 / Letters

Letters to the Editor

The following letters are from a class of refugee, asylum seeker and immigrant students at Southern Maine Community College, taught by South Portland resident Rosemarie De Angelis. They are all non-native English speakers who are learning the power of word and the value of Freedom of the Press.

Consider the homeless

To the editor:

Many people look down on homeless people instead of helping them. Sometimes we think that if it is not me suffering out there, so I have no reason to worry. Well I am telling you that you do. Imagine if that was your child sleeping out there on the street without any blanket or jacket to wrap around her body in the winter. Wouldn’t it worry you? You can help make a difference for a homeless person today.

Donating things like newspaper, toys, blanket, kennels and crate, beds, towels, food and treats, leashes and collars and laundry detergent to Preble Street Resource Center, Portland Maine will make a difference. If you feel like donating money, you can do that online at Justgive.org.

Susan Saverio South Sudan

Learn languages

To the editor:

To speak multiple languages you must have a brain that is more adept at processing new information. Also you should clearly define your goals to learn that language and keep them in mind throughout the learning process.

When I was living in Turkey, I was only able to speak Arabic. After a few days I met a Turkish person. She told me to write what you hear, read whatever you see in the street and listen to Turkish music as the best ways to learn the language.

I enrolled in a Turkish course for three months. After three months, I could understand everything they said. I became a good Turkish speaker, and at the same time I could write and read well.

It is difficult to learn a second language, but it is not difficult for the person who has determination. My advice to everyone learning is to read books with the language you want to learn. Listening to songs and watching movies helps you to learn better. Further to improve the language you want, you should make friends with people who speak only the language you are trying to learn. You can learn any language you want. Don’t wait until you are ready, because you may never consider yourself ready.

Rana Alrammahi Iraq

Why not smile?

To the editor:

A great free gift we can give everyone is a smile. We can change people’s day with our smile and send them positive energy; this can change our own mood too. Once I was waiting for the bus and I had a really bad headache. A car stopped at the red lights next to me and I saw a man sitting next to his wife. He smiled. At first I didn’t understand why he smiled at me then he asked, “How are you?” I took off my headphones and answered with a smile, “I’m good. Thank you.” He changed my day. I got distracted and my headache got better. He sent me positive energy and I smiled to people the whole day. After a while my headache and sadness had

disappeared. That day the man didn’t give me just positive energy, he also taught me how a smile can affect people’s lives. Let’s give everyone a smile, a free but valuable gift. If you smile at someone and she doesn’t smile back, smile again because if she gets your positive energy, she will send it to others and it will go on and on. Let’s change our community’s feeling with a smile. Sincerely,

Parastoo Seddiqi Afghanistan

Don’t text

To the editor:

Electronic devices are becoming very important but also very harmful. People focus on social media rather than having a social life, especially teenagers who are obsessed with electronic devices. Research shows that texting while driving is the reason for 3,ooo deaths and more than 300,000 injuries every year; 58 percent of these people are only 18 years old. Also, most teens prefer to text rather than having face to face conversation. Phones could save us time, energy and sometimes money, but phones could be dangerous too, if we don’t know when to use them.

Finally, everyone should care about their lives more than material things. Children should learn when to use devices and learn how to develop face to face conversation. Parents or guardians have a big responsibility to teach their children because education starts at home.

In my opinion, if parents love their children, they should do what they can to keep them safe. Let’s care about our lives and the people in it.

Yordanos Gebremikael Ethiopia

Support dance

To the editor:

Southern Maine Community College has a variety of sports and clubs. My first year of college I wanted to join a dance club but there wasn’t any. I went to ask how to start my own club. My friend and I went around the school questioning people to see if they’re interested in dancing. I found most of them were very interested. I could see how everyone had the same interest and passion. It can be a great way for our students to come together to share interests and make friends.

At the show we provide food and drinks to everyone coming to enjoy seeing dance moves that you’ve never seen before. We have fantastic dancers. We chose great music and choreography.

This is the very first time that Southern Maine Community College will open up a dance performance. Our members worked hard to make this club a reality and to entertain everyone who is interested supporting us. We want to show everyone that we can make this dance club as significant as other sports and clubs.

Please come and support our Southern Community College dance show. We will make sure you’ll get the update on the dates of our performance. Your support will make a difference. Kimheak Seng Cambodia

Be careful

To the editor:

Texting and driving has become a very serious issue, leading to accidents, injuries, and deaths. They should seriously strict these laws and stop texting and driving for good.

There are about one million accidents per year, three hundred thousand injuries and the majority of deaths are teenagers. Lawmakers are trying to make cellphone use while driving illegal. Texting and driving fee would be from $250 to $500, but people seem to be getting away with the law and not seen by police. Stopping this will save more lives than you can imagine.

Stop texting and driving. You have friends and family who love you. Imagine you not getting home on time for dinner while your parents are waiting, and all of a sudden they get a phone call from the police department, “ Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, your daughter has gotten into a car accident due to texting and driving. I’m sorry to say that she did not make it.”

It’s very simple. Turn off your phone.

Lyly Lim Oum Cambodia

Recycle more

To the editor:

You might not know that recycling has a good impact in your community. It transforms materials from waste of potentially useful materials to reduce air and water pollution. Recyclable materials include many kinds of glass, paper, metal, plastic, textiles and electronics. The composting or other reuse of biodegradable waste such as food or garden waste is also considered recycling.

As you know, garbage is piling up everywhere, and many infections or illnesses that we get are from bacteria that can be hidden in waste products. You can avoid this and keep your area clean by participating in your community recycling program.

However, a good organization of your garbage is important. You should prepare two trash cans. One is for organic garbages such as food items (scraps, peels, bones, shells), tea bags, paper towels, and household plants, and the other one is for recyclable trash such as aluminum, cardboard, glasses, newsprint, plastic bottles and containers, milk and juice boxes, shredded paper, and steel cans. Once your trash cans are full, get them ready for a curbside collection.

Always remember that participation in your community recycling program will reduce garbage, save energy and protect the world for générations to come.

Joel Kabambi

Let’s talk

To the editor:

I think that the Portland and South Portland community should make a night where all of the immigrants sit together and talk about their lives and what they have overcome. Many of the immigrants are going to have a lot to say.

The immigrants have a lot inside them. It would be nice to sit down and talk about what they have endured. The stories that they have inside them are sitting on their chests and once they talk it would make them feel better. It would be a good opportunity for everyone to get to know each other too. This evening could be at the Portland Public Library or at South Portland Public Library. Everyone is welcomed. Volunteers would be welcomed too because they will be in need.

Rosemarie DeAngelis, my English teacher at SMCC, is supporting me with this idea. To make this happen I will need all of the support that I can get from everyone. Also I will need to talk to both of the libraries and maybe talk to the council or the Mayor to see if they can help. This night will make people feel better and it might even change their whole life.

Sarem Mahmoud

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