Letters

  • Letter to the Editor

    Number one fan

    Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 8:45pm

    Dear Editor:

    As of July 23, I have attended 900 shows at the Carousel Music Theater in Boothbay Harbor.

    I've been going to the Carousel since 1979, averaging 25 shows a year. By 2004, I had attended 600 performances.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Don’t let them change the meaning of entitlements

    Sunday, July 27, 2014 - 11:45am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Chewonki campground

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I am sitting in my tent in Chewonki Campground in Wiscasset at 5 a.m., watching the sun come up through the trees, and I am wondering if they will be here in the near future. According to an engineer's drawings, these trees are "hazards" to airplanes taking off and landing at the Wiscasset Municipal Airport and must be removed to protect imaginary airspace.

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  • Appreciates event volunteers and participants

    Friday, July 25, 2014 - 8:00am

    Dear Editor:

    On behalf of the Boothbay Railway Village I want to thank everyone that supported the 50th anniversary of Antique Auto Days as well as the Rails, Tails & Ales craft beer tastings, a fundraiser for the museum. 

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stop the trapping

    Monday, July 21, 2014 - 5:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I bought and built a house 15 years ago off Pump Station Road which is off the Beath Road. Pump Station Road is town owned and maintained and services a back-up water supply (pump station) for the town.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Church fair is community effort

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 1:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    A heartfelt thank you to all the volunteers, generous donors and community friends who helped make this year’s Southport fair another great success. Many hours go into the planning, collecting, pricing, preparing and cooking, and we greatly appreciate all the people who make it all possible. Southport Island is a very special community and the fair is truly a community effort.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Please take survey

    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Healthy Lincoln County is working to reduce underage drinking and illegal drug use in our communities. We are asking if you would please share some of your thoughts and perceptions about underage use in Lincoln County. Please log on to the following short Web survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/NRJCF7R .

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Last person to offer an opinion

    Friday, July 18, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I’ve been told I have a twisted sense of humor, so maybe it’s just me that finds it comical that YMCA Director Andy Hamblett was quoted in last week’s paper about watershed protection ("Boothbay comprehensive plan public hearing set for August 8"). As a member of the Boothbay Comprehensive Planning Committee, Mr. Hamblett says that we should find a balance between allowing more development and protecting Boothbay’s watershed.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stranger's kind deed

    Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    To the lovely girl who leaped from her car to catch a rolling soda bottle from my cart in the Hannaford parking lot on Tuesday, July 15. In this act of kindness, her cell phone hit the pavement and its screen got chipped.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Hooray for Cuckolds

    Friday, July 18, 2014 - 11:30am

    Dear Editor:

    My family first came to Boothbay Harbor and Squirrel Island in the summer of 1922.

    Our father used to tell us the story of how the family traveled from New York by train to Bath, and to Squirrel Island by steam ferry. It was always exciting when the Cuckolds Lighthouse would come into view because it meant, "We're almost there!" A wave to the lighthouse keepers' children as the ferry rounded to the east for Squirrel Island was affirmation.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Kenniston Inn: A potential opportunity

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 11:30am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Social Security alive in Maine

    Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 1:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Many in America hear from multiple sources that Social Security is going bankrupt. Some believe Congress stole the money, or there won’t be enough to live on, or worse yet, that their children are not protected. I believe this is based on multiple sources of misinformation from think tanks funded by the Koch Brothers. At least one Heritage Institute exists in each state. It is easy to be confused by well-paid misinforming institutions.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Bread on the water

    Monday, July 14, 2014 - 12:30pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Get informed about boating laws

    Monday, July 14, 2014 - 1:30am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Not hearing

    Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Seems like a few people missed the boat.

    I became quite upset after reading the letters to the editor that were written by Jeff Curtis and Mark Fourre, MD, in the Boothbay Register and published July 3. I am grateful to both gentlemen for listing the new services offered by St. Andrews Healthcare, such as the Wound Care and Rehabilitation.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    The proposed new path: A perspective

    Friday, July 11, 2014 - 5:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    OK. Let's start by saying that I realize I'm not the sharpest knife in the drawer. But, please consider the following scenario:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Fortunate to have Cuckolds

    Friday, July 11, 2014 - 6:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Does anybody care? They do in Boothbay Harbor.

    There are 46 endangered lighthouses on the June 2014 "Doomsday List" prepared by the American Lighthouse Foundation. How long will they last?

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  • Letter to the Editor

    South Pacific

    Friday, July 11, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Saturday night I took my family to see the production of “South Pacific” at the Boothbay Playhouse.

    We have seen this musical many times and in many places. We were all very impressed with this production. The actors were perfect. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed myself.

    We are so fortunate to have such good creative people in our area. Thank you to all at the Playhouse for doing such a great job. I hope to make other shows this summer.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Coast Guard excellence

    Monday, July 7, 2014 - 4:15pm
    Dear Editor:

    In response to the letter of last week regarding the activities during the festival, I wish to acknowledge the true excellence of our local Coast Guard personnel and the Coast Guard in general. 

    This branch of the federal service is always in harm's way to assist and service us and truly deserves our gratitude. 

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Urgent care or beds?

    Monday, July 7, 2014 - 4:15pm

    Dear Editor:

    Don't let LincolnHealth bully us into trading rehab beds for night-time walk in care. We need (and had) both! DHHS wants the people in our community to be safe and to have access to care.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Use of fireworks

    Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 5:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    I am writing to protest the indiscriminate use of fireworks over the Fourth of July 4 weekend.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    24-hour care

    Monday, July 7, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    It is obvious to me that those who would deny 24-hour emergency care to the people of the Boothbay peninsula have never needed said care for themselves or their loved ones.

    I would have loved to have been that lucky.

    Elizabeth Villaume
    Boothbay Harbor

  • Letter to the Editor

    ‘South Pacific’ was great

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    My, how time flies, but "South Pacific" remains one of my favorites and this production by the Boothbay Playhouse was just wonderful!

    The cast, staging, singing just can’t be beat. Congratulations to all on another fabulous job. If you haven’t seen this one, you’ve missed the boat.

    Irene and Lou Gerny
    Boothbay

  • Letter to the Editor

    Impressed with Cuckolds

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 2:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Last week I had the opportunity to visit the Cuckolds Light Station. It was the first time I had been out to the island since I was a volunteer at the very beginning of the project, carrying the first load of lumber and plywood above the high tide line.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    With God's help

    Monday, July 7, 2014 - 10:45am

    Dear Editor:

    I always thought it wrong, this nation under God, to hold separate democratic decisions and laws from religious influence.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Re: Coast Guard

    Friday, July 18, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    New economic opportunities: When new is old

    Wednesday, July 9, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Sen. Susan Collins’ recent column on job training and new economic opportunities turns out to be programs dating back to 1996 when they first emerged under Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Job Corps began in 1964 when President Lyndon Johnson launched a war on poverty, building on successful methods used in the Civilian Conservation Corps. It remains a strong and vibrant program today.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Recycling decisions

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 6:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    I want to clarify why the Boothbay Region Refuse Disposal District (BRRDD) stopped recycling all plastics and opted to only recycle #2 plastics. First and most importantly, #2 plastics currently sell for $600/ton, mixed plastics $30/ton.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    LCH does it again

    Friday, July 4, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Well, Boothbay region members — the Lincoln County Health Board of Trustees has done it again. LCH is now fighting the Dept. of Health and Human Services' CON requirements set down by Commissioner Mary Mayhew a month ago.

    The board is appealing the requirement to keep the urgent care center open 24/7. It is disappointing that they remain focused on the money and not dedicated to providing cost-effective, decent healthcare.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Appalled

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 6:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    The family that owns and operates Chewonki Campground are some of the most hardworking, industrious and kind people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Their spirit, kindness and modesty are equally as inspiring as the beautiful coastal property they maintain.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Help celebrate 250 years

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 10:30am

    Dear Editor:

    The town of Boothbay is having its 250th year celebration on August 22, 23 and 24. The Boothbay Civic Association is managing the celebration for the town.

    How did the BCA get involved?

    Early this spring, we heard that the town did not make advance arrangements for the 250th celebration. I presented the project idea to the BCA and they voted me chairman of the event. Joan Rittall and Estelle Appel are my assistants.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Road race collaboration successful

    Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 8:15am

    Dear Editor:

    For the first time in 34 years, the Boothbay Region YMCA’s Annual Rocky Coast Road Race took place on June 28 instead of the first Saturday in May. The later change in date most definitely helped in the 100 percent plus increased race participation.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Urgent care condition not feasible

    Friday, July 4, 2014 - 7:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Since October 2013, the St. Andrews Campus has provided urgent care services to hundreds of patients 12 hours a day, every day. By definition, urgent care services provide treatment for medical problems such as an illness or injuries that need attention but are not life-threatening emergencies.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Re: Money in politics

    Friday, July 4, 2014 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    In response to "Money in politics" in last week's letters: The author speaks of "both sides of the aisle" while referencing the Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson, those
    scurrilous neer-do-wells that donate millions to hospitals, charities, and yes, even lobbyists. But I note that "both sides" does not include the distinguished George Soros, the humble humanitarian feverishly working to help only the lower class: himself.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Coast Guard overkill

    Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 8:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Nice job on the Windjammer Days by the new group. I know they expended considerable efforts to put that whole thing together and we participated in previous years. I really appreciate that.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Better ways to spend our money

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    The LincolnHealth Board of Trustees is asking the state to reconsider its recent requirement that we become the only 24-hour urgent care center in the state of Maine.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Independence Day and freedoms

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:30am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Successful show and sale

    Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 1:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Our group, Kwiltz 4 Kidz, just had a very successful show and sale at the Boothbay Region YMCA during Windjammer Days. We wish to thank Meagan Hamblett and the Y staff who make this possible. All proceeds from this sale goes toward the purchase of fabric, batting, thread and supplies needed to make the quilts.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Be 'bee friendly'

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

    The only pleasure I derive from mowing my lawn is when I reach for that cold beer when I finish. Calling it a lawn is being generous. My lawn, such as it is, is actually a collection odd plants including bright yellow dandelions, pale pink clover and regal purple Self-Heal. There is also some grass there, too.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    This old inn

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Proposed changes at Route 27

    Friday, June 27, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Help us, Obi-Wan

    Friday, June 27, 2014 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    LePage: One man's rules

    Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 5:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Walk to end Alzheimer’s

    Friday, July 4, 2014 - 7:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Dementia changed our family forever. After losing family members and friends to Alzheimer’s and Frontotemporal Dementia, we’re fighting back.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Why does recycling need to create profits?

    Sunday, June 29, 2014 - 5:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Successful sale

    Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    The Lincoln County Historical Association, Old Jail Stewardship Committee, extends a sincere thank you to members and friends for their excellent donations and their time and talents, all of which contributed to the success of the June 21 Third Annual Lawn Sale. Monies raised are designated for building maintenance at the1811 Old Jail and Jailer's House. Items remaining at the end of the sale were donated to local charities.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Cable TV woes

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 7:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Am I the only one who is fed up with the Time Warner ad saying you shouldn't have to pay for something you don't want?

    How about paying for 50 or 60 channels you don't want, so you can get 10 or 12 that you do?

    Time Warner tells us that they have to include these other channels.

    On top of this, 50 percent of the programming time we do watch is sold to commercial advertising. This is a win-win situation for everyone but the cable subscriber.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Money in politics

    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - 4:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Your Ram Island Light Station

    Wednesday, June 25, 2014 - 12:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Recent discussions regarding the disposition of local light houses has prompted the Ram Island Preservation Trust to place its story in the public record. 

    Ram Island Light Station, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located south of Ocean Point and was built in 1883 by order of Congress. Its light stands 40 feet above sea level and its original light was a fourth order Fresnel lens.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Maine’s immigrant out-of-box solution

    Monday, June 23, 2014 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

    In response to several letters and misguided actions of the DHHS regarding asylum seeking immigrants, I propose we explore a different resolution for immigrants entering the state of Maine awaiting work permit papers from the federal government.

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