Letters

  • Letter to the Editor

    The VA gives back in many ways

    Saturday, November 1, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald recently told the Baltimore Sun, that not only does the VA provide healthcare for almost 9 million veterans, but also its research has led to advances in medical care and training generally unrecognized. In the article, it was stated that few people understand that VA medical professionals:

    • Pioneered and developed modern electronic medical records.
    • Developed the implantable cardiac pacemaker.
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  • Letter to the Editor

    Volunteers have more fun

    Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Laughing and making friends while helping your neighbors is what volunteering is all about. "To give is to receive" is true. It's wonderful therapy.

    And whether it is volunteering at the St. Andrews campus, the Gregory Wing at St. Andrews Village, or St. Andrews Auxiliary Thrift Shop, the St. Andrews Auxiliary is helping LincolnHealth and all the other nonprofit healthcare providers in the Boothbay region to deliver the best possible care — here at home.

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    Appreciates the celebration

    Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I want to sincerely thank you my friends, family members and neighbors for joining the birthday celebration for myself and my nephew, Larry Johnson. The outpouring of kindness, goodwill, and birthday wishes touched our hearts more than you could know.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Kindness and hugs

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 6:00am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Elect Bellows

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Washington is corrupt. A study has proven that voters have zero influence because federal government policies are determined by big donors. We get what they want. Pervasive legal bribery sweeps up even good politicians of both parties. The bumper sticker advice “Don't vote. It just encourages them” solves nothing.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Vote no on bond question 4

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:30am

    Dear Editor:

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    Voting for Johnson

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:15am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Garden helpers

    Friday, October 24, 2014 - 6:45am

    Dear Editor:

    The Boothbay Region Community Garden group would like to thank Mr. Gorey, advisor at Boothbay Region High School, and the ninth grade students who participated in putting our garden “to bed.”

    Their help was invaluable and we appreciate their hard work and great attitudes.

    We welcome them and their families to join us next year as we start our growing season anew.

    Kriss Rubio and Enid Johnson

  • Letter to the Editor

    Write in Catherine Moore

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Lincoln County voters have elected me every four years as Register of Probate since 1987. I am asking that your write in Catherine H. Moore as Register of Probate on Nov. 4. 

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Bill Coombs, Independent

    Monday, October 20, 2014 - 11:15am

    Dear Editor:

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    Write in Gottlieb

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Join me on Election Day and vote for write-in candidate Stephen Gottlieb for Lincoln County Register of Probate.

    I’ve known Stephen for decades, and know him to have the integrity, intelligence and work ethic to do the job exceptionally well. Stephen has the right sort of experience from his years at Industrial Safety and Supply and Carousel Marina, as well as having run two successful small businesses — Small Boat Works, and now the Center Café.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Vote for Coombs

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 8:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Bill Coombs from Edgecomb is running as an independent for State Representative in House District 89. No formal Republican or Democratic party endorsements. No Republican or Democratic money. Just there to represent you, owing favors and absolute allegiance to no one. Bill will represent Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Edgecomb, Southport, part of South Bristol and Westport Island.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Thanks to our patrons

    Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Support Hawke, Fossel

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:45am

    Dear Editor:

    We need community leaders Stephanie Hawke and Les Fossel in Augusta.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stealing credit

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:45am

    Dear Editor:

    Scholars at Princeton and Northwestern have concluded a study of federal legislation passed from 1982 to 2002. They examined which economic interests supported legislation that passed.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Vote for environment

    Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:15am

    Dear Editor:

    Our ecological environment is an important issue. We are fortunate to have in the state senate Chris Johnson who has a proven track record of supporting legislation that protects our ecology and has bona fide endorsements from the conservation community.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Believe in Chris Johnson

    Monday, October 20, 2014 - 2:45pm

    Dear Editor:

    As we approach the mid-term election, most of us have our preferences lined up and are ready to do our part by voting on Nov. 4.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Thanks for ‘Hometown’ donations

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 7:30am

    Dear Editor:

    The Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club's Hometown Heroes committee would like to thank the following for their most generous donations to the Hometown Heroes fund. In brief, this fund was established in 2002 after the 9/11 tragedy. In the past 10 years, this fund has provided useful equipment to our local police, sheriffs, EMS, fire departments, etc.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Fair bear hunting

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 11:15am

    Dear Editor:

    If you have an unshakable belief in anything, no amount of evidence (or lack of evidence) can convince you otherwise. And so it goes with the debate over fair bear hunting.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Puddin' head

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Gov. Paul LePage thinks he deserves another term as governor. Many agree, but many call him a national embarrassment while others call him Mr. Magoo.

    The hallmark of an enlightened society is compassion and assistance to those in greatest need.

    Maine has its problems but this is not the time for pudding-headed thinking and harsh budget cuts.

    John VanOrsdell

    Boothbay

     

  • Letter to the Editor

    Elect Sinclair for District Attorney

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 8:45am

    Dear Editor:

    I’m writing to support the election of David Sinclair, who is running for District Attorney for Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties. Whoever wins the election will be responsible for all criminal prosecutions in those four counties. District attorneys in Maine operate largely behind the scenes, outside the limelight, and away from cameras.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    It’s just wood

    Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:15am

    Dear Editor:

    In response to Helen Meserve's two line “tragedy” letter, I had the pleasure of meeting with Adam Rice, the “local” woodcutter doing the work on Kenniston Hill. He gave me some “positive” info I would like to share with everyone.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Don't be fooled by anti-hunts

    Monday, October 20, 2014 - 6:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Is bear hunting with dogs different from rabbit and raccoon hunting? Are they next on the anti-hunt agenda? Baiting is the only way to determine if a bear has cubs or is a harvestable class. Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) is being challenged by the anti-hunts. IFW outlawed steel traps for bears and removed bear bounties, which applied to all bears of all ages.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Have we forgotten the handicapped hunters?

    Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 6:45am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Appreciates the party

    Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 6:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you.

    Where do I begin? I so very much appreciated the fantastic party that was given in my honor on Sunday, Oct. 12. I want to thank Rocktide Inn for hosting this spectacular event. Betsy, Daryl, Susan, Dusty, Jim, John and Jayne, and everyone else that had a hand in putting this retirement party together.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    End the LePage era

    Monday, October 20, 2014 - 6:15am

    Dear Editor:

    Our loose cannon governor has again done his "ready, shoot, aim" act for what appears to be purely political reasons that do nothing but create fear and mistrust.

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  • Lettter to the Editor

    Voting for Hawke

    Sunday, October 19, 2014 - 6:15am

    Dear Editor:

    I am going to vote for Stephanie Hawke to represent District 89 in our state legislature. Why? Because in my belief she is the best candidate for the job. Secondly, in my belief, far too much party politics is dominating our national, state and local governments.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    BRHS students lauded

    Friday, October 17, 2014 - 6:00am

    Dear Editor:

    I am writing to acknowledge the exceptional work that Mr. Ben Powell’s freshmen class performed this morning (Oct. 15) for the Woodchucks.

    Kyle Ames, Hunter Arsenault, Caitlin Chaousis, Jay Hasch, John Lucas, Colette Perry, Lillian Sherburne, Nicholas Simpson, Denise Stover, Jacob Wilson, J.J. Littlefield and Tony Cocco all spent the morning gathering and stacking firewood at the Boothbay Public Works Depot to fulfill their Community Service commitment.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Political sign damage

    Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 6:00am

    Dear Editor:

    It is a sad state of affairs when a person(s) drive onto private property in the middle of the night to deface a political sign with an unprintable word on one side and “stupid” on the other, and steal almost all of the remaining signs. The defaced sign was apparently too large to steal.

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    Stolen signs

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Recently, my "Vote Yes on #1" signs have been knocked down once and stolen twice. I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that the kind of people who support cruelty to animals have a number of thieves and common criminals in their ranks.

    Voting no on #1 is voting in favor of cruelty.  

    Diane Schyberg

    Boothbay

     

  • Letter to the Editor

    Election Day volunteers

    Friday, October 17, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Here in Lincoln County, the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections (MCCE) action group is recruiting volunteers to collect signatures on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. MCCE believes that everyone should be represented in our democracy — not just the wealthy, that we need to keep the power of our government where it belongs — in the hands of the people, and that we deserve politicians who are accountable to us.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A fine tribute

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

    I would like to publicly thank Sara and Michael Harvey and Jeff Fortier for their thoughtful and sensitive action in requesting the Wiscasset board of selectmen to rename their road Micmac Drive. To honor their ancestors in this manner is a fine tribute indeed.

    The selectmen who were present at Tuesday’s meeting are also to be commended for their unanimous agreement in granting this request.

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    Celebration of life

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Nancy Roberts’ family and I thank all who made the celebration of Nancy’s life at the Tugboat Inn Lounge on Saturday, Sept. 27 very special for her. We particularly wish to thank Bonnie Stover and the Tugboat staff for their attention to detail, Boothbay Region Greenhouses for the excellent flower arrangements, Hall Funeral Home in Boothbay, and pastor Tom Kerr for his spiritual participation.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Supports Lewis

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:00am

    Dear Editor:

    I am in full support of Public Works Director Jody Lewis. I have served on many boards for the town, such as planning board, school committee, budget committee and charter commission. Having lived in Boothbay Harbor for 84 years (my age), I have never seen such an outstanding job that the public works department has done since Jody became its director.

    If it ain’t broke, why fix it.

    Chester F. Fossett

  • Letter to the Editor

    Chris Johnson: A lot more than his resume

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 8:45pm

    Dear Editor:

    In the four years I’ve known Chris Johnson, I’ve been impressed time and again by his hard work, his abilities to solve problems and get people to work together, and his keen interest in learning about new opportunities for Maine.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Appreciates art classes

    Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 6:30am

    Dear Editor:

    I’d like to extend a special thanks to Rocktide Inn for hosting the Paint and Pour sessions this summer and especially to Selina Reid for her art instruction. Her classes were the highlight of my summer, besides the natural beauty here.

    Selina has a rare and wonderful talent — being able to make watercolor painting accessible and fun to people who don’t know how to draw or who were traumatized by earlier efforts.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Bragging rights: Are you a hero?

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    When do we give ourselves bragging rights? Students have the right to brag when they do well on a test, but using the term hero is easy for us to give and difficult for soldiers or rescuers of a child to accept because they feel they did nothing different than anyone else would do in the same circumstance.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Voting yes on Question 1

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 8:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    As a lover of animals, it saddens me that our state is the last in the nation to allow the trapping, hounding and baiting of bears. Maine already forbids trapping, hounding, and baiting deer and moose. But we allow people to trap bears in cruel traps and kill them at point-blank range while their heads are stuffed in a barrel of donuts.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stop cutting trees

    Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 6:45am

    Dear Editor:

    I used to "enjoy" the ride to the dump. Now it appears that a tornado came through and it has become a disaster area. What a darn shame!

    Joyce Armendaris

    Boothbay Harbor

  • Letter to the Editor

    Write in Moore

    Friday, October 17, 2014 - 5:45am

    Dear Editor:

    Lincoln County voters have a golden opportunity to ensure a write-in victory for Catherine H. Moore of Jefferson as Register of Probate. She is a declared candidate, which means her name may be written in on the ballot.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A prudent senator

    Thursday, October 16, 2014 - 9:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Since 2012, it has been my honor to work with an honorable, thoughtful and civic-minded legislator. State Sen. Chris Johnson is a remarkable legislator in that he understands the concerns of his constituents and addresses those concerns without fear of the powerful special interests.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Reelect Johnson

    Friday, October 10, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Will voting for Cutler help LePage?

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 7:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Let's not repeat the last gubernatorial election where the Paul LePage opposition vote was split between Cutler and Mitchell, allowing LePage to become governor. With it highly unlikely that Cutler could get the votes to win, he could draw enough votes to result in another LePage victory.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    What a tragedy

    Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:

    What a tragedy ... to cut down more than 200 trees (I counted them) ... some more than 100 years old, to make way for a driveway to the golf club. 

    All sense of history and place has been lost.

    Helen Meserve

    Newagen

  • Letter to the Editor

    Vote for LePage

    Saturday, October 11, 2014 - 11:30am

    Dear Editor:

    "He's been denounced and dismissed, ridiculed and royally roasted, but there is no doubt that Gov. Paul LePage says what he thinks and generally does what he says," said Ruth Leubecker in her "The View Downeast" column in the Machias Valley News Observer back on Dec. 11, 2013.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Waldoboro facts

    Sunday, October 12, 2014 - 8:45am

    Dear Editor:

    With all the misleading statements in the current political campaign, I would like to highlight some facts which should be of concern to all Waldoboro residents.

    Since Gov. Paul LePage has been governor of Maine, revenue sharing from Augusta to the town of Waldoboro has decreased nearly $130,000.

    During that same period, state aid to educate Waldoboro's children under the GPA has decreased $300,000.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Journey of a lifetime

    Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 7:45am

    Dear Editor:

    I am 63 years old and have had the opportunity to travel a considerable amount. I have to say the hospitality, graciousness and overall friendliness in Boothbay Harbor during the BikeMaine event was second to none.

    We stayed at the Harborage Inn, took a tour boat, purchased local artwork, and enjoyed the restaurants. A great place.

    Thank you all who made this a journey of a lifetime.

    Frank Roberts

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    Help the family

    Thursday, October 9, 2014 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Hope it can be worked out

    Friday, October 10, 2014 - 8:45am

    Dear Editor:

    I don’t know the circumstances of the dismissal of Jody Lewis, but I do know what my opinion is of what he has done for the town of Boothbay Harbor: Our sidewalks, streets and public areas are the best kept of any town. When a crisis arises, Jody is immediately on scene to correct the problem and he gets right in the trenches to work. The way he takes care of our town is very important to me as I live and own a business in Boothbay Harbor.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Choose Chris Johnson

    Friday, October 10, 2014 - 10:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Chris Johnson is running for reelection to the Maine Senate and based on his excellent record he deserves our continued electoral support. He has provided thoughtful leadership in Senate debates, which have often led to bipartisan Senate approvals, especially with regard to Maine coastal marine legislation.

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