Letters

  • Letter to the Editor

    Patriots’ Day, Boston, 2014

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    The city was alive with Boston Strong T-shirts. The mood was upbeat. Nobody seemed afraid to be out on the streets, waiting for the runners to pass by. We pushed our way onto the subway, standing nose to nose with other Red Sox fans on their way to Fenway Park. Another stop and more got on. Can’t imagine how they could pack another bunch in at the next station, but they did.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Fraudulent numbers can lead to disaster

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    When a leader takes money from the poor (TANF) and uses nearly one million dollars to pay for fraudulent math to create a $400 million shortfall in Medicaid expansion (and does so after having deleted 70,000 working poor from MaineCare access) do we applaud them or scratch our heads and wonder what they’re thinking?

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A conflict of interest?

    Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 9:00am

    Dear Editor:

    I’m wondering what the Boothbay Harbor Sewer District board’s agenda is, in allowing its manager to run for the office of trustee for the Boothbay Region Water District, its largest customer.

    It seems that this is a conflict of interest. I am curious if any discussions dealing with the sewer district would consider the water district customers first, and not the sewer district’s.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Eliminate the apostrophe

    Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    April 18 ought to be Paul Revere Day. 

    You can call April 21 anything you want. I call it Monday this year. Next year it will have a different name.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A fairer tax code

    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 4:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    April 15 has come and gone, but “double taxation” is still a tool that unscrupulous politicians are using to pay off supporters, attract donations from those seeking preferential treatment in the tax code, and divide people into the rich, the middle class and the poor.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    TIF and selectmen

    Monday, April 21, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

    The Boothbay selectmen have prudently declined to bring before the voters most of the warrants rejected at our last election. They have scaled back the proposed changes regarding digital, illuminated signs to what seems reasonable. They are asking approval of a TIF in order to keep more of the taxes generated by the Boothbay Harbor Country Club’s improvements.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Exceptional attention

    Monday, April 21, 2014 - 8:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Approximately a month ago, the very efficient Boothbay Region Ambulance Service was called to take my husband to the Miles Campus Emergency Room. Within a short time after his arrival at the ER, his situation severely deteriorated. He was transferred to the intensive care unit (ICU).

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Don't skimp on branding signage

    Friday, April 18, 2014 - 8:30am

    Dear Editor:

    It was with great interest that I read in today's Boothbay Register online edition of the Walkability Study and new "branding" of the region effort. I couldn't agree more with the purpose of the study as I perceive it: to put a consistent and impressive face on the region for the purpose of attracting more visitors and in general, just improving the quality of life of the region.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Wishing Rep. MacDonald a fine retirement

    Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    CMP's proposed rate increase is unfair

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:

    I am one of the half million customers who will be affected by Central Maine Power’s proposed unfair rate increase if the Public Utility Commission approves their proposal. I decided to make my voice heard about this by testifying before the commission at a public hearing on April 3. I’m glad I did.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Lions Club fundraiser

    Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Boothbay Region Lions Club would like to thank everyone who attended the Boothbay Craft Brewery Event on Friday, March 28, celebrating our “Lions Tale Ale.” A special thanks to Win, Lori and Cody Mitchell for the use of their tavern and the idea for the event. Thanks to Win for making the “Lions Tale Ale.”

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Market study for gambling?

    Monday, April 14, 2014 - 4:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    I wish government will get out of the business of subsidizing business. The latest bill (LD 1853) from Rep. Louis J. Luchini of Ellsworth would have us pay $150,000 to perform a market study for feasibility the expanding gambling in Maine.

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  • Letters to the Editor

    All these years

    Monday, April 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    And to think all these years I thought it was spelled “ambulance”! :)

    Jim Brown
    Edgecomb

    Editor’s Note: Pobody’s Nerfect, Jim.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Support Douglas Burnham and Stephen Ham

    Monday, April 14, 2014 - 1:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    As a member of the planning board, I have many occasions to attend Boothbay Selectmen's meetings.

    Among my observations, I see both Mr. Burnham and Mr. Ham interacting with other board members and residents with care and concern. They both strive to do what’s right for our town. They both act with the town's agenda in mind without any personal feelings.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Will always wonder

    Saturday, April 12, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

    The timing of Sebelius resignation as Secretary of Health and Human Services is interesting for a number of reasons. But one stands out. Let's give credit where credit is due — she obviously fought a long and tough battle before succumbing to the pressure from the top to be the fall guy for the Obamacare debacle.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Honored

    Friday, April 11, 2014 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

    To Meagan and friends at the Y, thank you for your kind words at the Y Annual Dinner. I was stunned! This may sound odd in light of my vocation but, as a middle child, I prefer not to have the spotlight on me. That being said, I truly felt honored and humbled to receive the Character Development Award.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Great veterinary care

    Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I wanted to write a letter to the Boothbay region community to let them know what a true gem they have in the veterinary care they have right on their peninsula.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Super supper

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 1:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Rotarians ventured up Route 27 to the American Legion for the 18th annual Soup Bowl Supper. They were joined by about 180 friends, relatives and neighbors. Daren Graves, our MC, got festivities rolling at 6 p.m. sharp, raffling off the opportunity to eat first.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Misleading headline

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    The Boothbay Register's headline about Consumer Report's evaluation of Miles Hospital/aka LincolnHealth, "Consumer Report names LincolnHealth best in United States," is misleading in the extreme.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Enough already

    Monday, April 7, 2014 - 5:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Smarten up and be responsible for your pets.

    Our most scenic, beautiful areas (roads, gardens and lawns) are being soiled and spoiled by dogs owned by people distracted by the beauty and their conversations, who do not pick up after their dogs, and who do not keep their animals under control.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Exuberant venue

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    We, and our Pan Fried Steel bandmates, want to thank all of our old friends and supporters, as well as our new friends, who joined us at the Opera House on Saturday, April 5 for the eighth annual Caribbean Night. Your enthusiasm and energy (all the exuberant clapping, dancing and singing) made the start to our gig season a joyful experience for us. We thank you for coming out and helping us celebrate the end of a long, harsh winter.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Another scam

    Monday, April 7, 2014 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    The scammers have a new ploy. They are sending out what looks like a Wells Fargo check for over $4,000 to "HELP" pay for the processing fee for $350,000 you have won. The fee is a whopping $3,850 to be sent by certified check to an address they will give you by phone. Then a courier will bring you at check for the $350,000, your “winnings.”

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  • Letter to the Editor

    School seeks local information

    Monday, April 7, 2014 - 9:00am

    Dear Editor:

    We need your help! We are the Anselmo-Merna fourth grade class. The kids in our class are 9 or 10 years old. Our home is in Custer County, which is in rural central Nebraska. The school has students from two towns and the surrounding farming and ranching area. Our school has about 180 students in pre-K through 12th grade and 21 students in fourth grade.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Taking away more

    Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 7:30am

    Dear Editor:

    It’s hard to believe, but LincolnHealth has done it again. They weren’t happy enough with taking away our hospital (“for the better”), taking away our emergency room, and taking away jobs from the region. Now, they will not give the towns money to help pay for the increased ambulance services, though they did last year.

    Oh yes, they are going to pay for some education for the ambulance crews ... thank you so much, LincolnHealth.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Another email scam

    Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 8:00am

    Dear Editor:

    I got this in my email this morning, purportedly from a woman I know quite well, her correct email address and everything.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Re: YMCA timber harvest

    Monday, March 31, 2014 - 2:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Something is wrong with the Y management that they went ahead and harvested all that timber without having gone to the planning board first. It represents either arrogance or incompetence, perhaps both.

    As a member of the Y and one who lives on Lake Knickerbocker, I agree with Water District Manager Jon Ziegra and I hope the reclamation efforts are closely monitored. We need to protect our water quality.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Giving away the store

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Here is something to look forward to from Congress to your local post office: bigger rate hikes, elimination of Saturday delivery, cluster boxes down the street instead of doorstep delivery, and driving to Staples or Walmart for all your postal needs.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Help feed the children

    Monday, March 31, 2014 - 8:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Did you know that nearly one in four Maine children, about 24 percent, is food insecure? According to the Good Shepherd Food Bank, Maine ranks 18th in the nation and first in New England in terms of food insecurity (www.gsfb.org/hunger).

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  • Letter to the Editor

    It's not what good neighbors do

    Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

    A huge loophole in the Boothbay Harbor zoning code allows any individual, group or business to buy residential property anywhere in Boothbay Harbor and turn it into a parking lot as long as they do not charge for parking in the lot. This is exactly what two individuals from Squirrel Island are doing, unless the appeals board stops them. But any business that wants free parking for its customers and employees could do the same.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Evil incarnate

    Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Aviation experts the world over are utterly baffled as to why Malaysian flight 370 would set course for the empty reaches of the Indian Ocean, with no place to land or refuel.

    Well, here's one more theory: Al-Qaeda was behind it all.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Remembering Linda Clark

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    To Linda: Norm and I returned after four weeks away to learn of your death, followed by a Celebration of Life — packed to the gills. I think you sang that night; you were heard, probably will be for a long, long time to come.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    In appreciation

    Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    The family of Bob Cunningham would like to thank everyone for all of the kindness shown to us during Bob’s time in the hospital and his passing.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Appreciate the love and support

    Monday, March 24, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

    We would like to thank our family, friends and donors (some of you are anonymous) for your prayers, support and donations in helping Chanel (Stoddard) with her fight against cancer.

    Thank you Harry and Anita for her weekly goodies; Brandi for coming to the house when needed; Allison, Leslie, Amy, Justin, Vicki, Mike and members of the Methodist Church — you are just a few of the wonderful people who have been such a great support system.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Seasonal water turn-on may be delayed

    Monday, March 24, 2014 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    On March 11, I reported to the Boothbay Region Water District board of trustees that due to the abnormal cold this winter, our seasonal customers should not expect seasonal water as early as usual. For instance, in 2012 we established service on April 13 and in 2013, we had all of our customers up and running on April 15. To me, that is superior customer service in that the law states we have to establish service May 1 (as does our insurance carrier).

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Raise your voice before they raise your rates

    Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Central Maine Power (CMP) is asking state regulators for a rate increase that would mean you would see the fixed monthly portion of your bill double, along with other increased rates. CMP is proposing a rate increase that AARP believes is unfair and unreasonable.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Fires and big oil greed

    Saturday, March 22, 2014 - 7:30am

    Dear Editor:

    It seems like every morning when I turn on the news, you hear of yet another house fire somewhere in the state.

    I can’t help but wonder if it wasn’t for the greed of the oil corporations and people didn’t have to resort to alternative means of keeping their homes warm, how many of these fire could be averted?

    David C. Hutchins
    Boothbay Harbor

  • Letter to the Editor

    Federal domination of medical services

    Friday, March 21, 2014 - 3:30pm

     

    Dear Editor:

    The Boothbay Region Ambulance Service asks the taxpayers each year for many thousands of dollars. It is forced to do so because the federal government (Medicare and Medicaid) dictates what it can charge patients to cover its costs of operation. This year the demand is for more than one third of a million dollars ($350,726).

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Another slam dunk season

    Friday, March 21, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    What an exciting year of basketball it was for me this past winter. I was lucky enough to coach two different teams, the fourth-sixth grade girls YMCA league and the eighth grade girls travel team. I love coaching. The delight in watching a green player get nothing but all net as she sails the ball through the air, the accomplished feeling of observing a seasoned player master a new skill and the thrill of bringing home a win.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A park, not parking

    Thursday, March 20, 2014 - 5:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    A few thoughts regarding the Boothbay Harbor tennis courts and their impending destruction.

    I don’t understand the need to increase parking at a school whose population has decreased dramatically and continues to do so. Often, when I drive by the school, the lower town lot is only partially full.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Hootenanny hoorahs

    Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I’d like to thank all the musicians and all my lady singers who did such a great job this year at the Hometown Hootenanny. It was such a pleasure to work with you all.

    It was a great night and we raised some good money for our Opera House. Cathy (Sherrill) and her crew do such a great job each year. The sound guy, Joe, was superb. The Sweating Bullets band did another great, bang-up job. If you missed the show this year, mark your calendars for March next year.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Great concert

    Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Thank you, Cathy Sherrill, for bringing Carlos Nunez and his band to Boothbay. It was one of the most energized concerts I have experienced on St. Paddy's Day in a long time. The music was joyful, haunting, exciting and most of all full of spirit. We clapped, stamped our feet, danced and just had a grand old time.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    No biking routes in region

    Monday, March 17, 2014 - 6:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Over the past several years, the Boothbay region has been promoting biking in the region.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    In tribute

    Monday, March 17, 2014 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    It was with a sense of great sadness and loss that I learned of the passing of Lemuel L. Brown. He was both an outstanding surveyor and an exceptional person. Behind his quiet, unassuming presence was a kind heart, a sharp mind and a keen sense of humor.

    His gentle spirit touched the lives of those whose paths he crossed. He was a truly good man with a compassionate concern for others. I am grateful to have known him not only as a surveyor but also as a friend.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Providing adequate education

    Monday, March 17, 2014 - 11:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Opportunity is foundational to prosperity. But in order to seize an opportunity one must first recognize it and have the resources to bring it to fruition. By analogy, it is like the recipe for bear stew that begins with “First go and catch a bear.”

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Informative article on TIF

    Friday, March 14, 2014 - 9:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Boothbay Register reporter Ryan Leighton deserves credit for a detailed review of the TIF proposed for Boothbay Center encompassing the golf course development. As a Southport taxpayer with no association with the country club or its developer, I was curious about this proposal.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Appreciate the love

    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

    We wanted, for some time now, to sit down and express our family’s appreciation to all who have helped us in our time of need.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    No shrimp, no smelts

    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    When shrimp were plentiful, so were the smelts. I think the shrimp came to shallow waters to find the best temperature for dropping their eggs. The smelts chased them there, feeding on the eggs.

    That’s my past experience, back to 1950. Hopefully, enough smelts will show up at the camps so the camp owners can earn a living renting them.

    Myron McLellan
    Boothbay

  • Letter to the Editor

    It’s not about money; it’s about life

    Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    On Thursday mornings in Augusta, Mainers have been witnessing people standing up for the 25,000 who lost healthcare coverage on December 31, 2013 — of 70,000 total who need MaineCare expansion. Different faith leaders and impacted Mainers join together sharing the burden of those “Lives on the Line” whose stories are read.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Let's arm forest rangers

    Monday, March 10, 2014 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Maine's forest rangers should have the same right to protect themselves as other law enforcement officers in our state. I strongly support legislation that would allow forest rangers to be armed.

    As a retired state trooper, my circle of friends includes law enforcement officers in many places. Some are New York City police officers who have remarked how dangerous it is to work in Maine.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Quarantine Syria

    Monday, March 10, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Syrian dictator Assad has slaughtered thousands upon thousands of Syrians to hold on to power, while the world mostly wrings its hands and imposes a few economic sanctions. The sanctions have failed to make Assad step down. Sanctions are the right idea; they just don't go far enough.

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