Letters

  • Letter to the Editor

    Donate to the Diaper Drive

    Friday, May 22, 2015 - 9:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Most of us agree that basic human needs include food, shelter and clothing. We can also agree that children who lack food, shelter and clothing (including diapers) are at a distinct disadvantage. 

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Great support for GAPP

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 10:30am

    Dear Editor:

    The GAPP supper and auction was a great success on Saturday, May 16, earning over $2,000 for the kids to put toward their trip to Bad Harzburg, Germany in 2016. We'd like to thank the following businesses, families and friends of the GAPP program again for their generous support:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Memorial Day 2015

    Thursday, May 21, 2015 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Remember our veterans each and every day — especially on Memorial Day.

    If not for our veterans, you could be speaking a different language. We owe everything to our veterans, past, present and future.

    God bless our servicemen and women.

    God bless America.

    Munro Dodge

    Boothbay Harbor

  • Letter to the Editor

    Technology without a moral compass creates an unsafe world

    Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 8:45am

    Dear Editor:

    Has the world changed for mothers? For the developed world like the United States the answer is “yes” and they point to all of the technological advances.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Transition to renewable power

    Monday, May 18, 2015 - 2:30pm
    Dear Editor:

    Maine's future economic and environmental health is on the line this week at the Legislature. Bills focused on expanding renewables (solar energy and heat pumps) and preserving programs that help businesses and homeowners make their homes and facilities more energy efficient, will be worked on in the Maine Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee. 

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Editorial misses the point

    Monday, May 18, 2015 - 11:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Mary’s Musings, published May 14, entirely missed the point on employers that pay poverty wages. Workers, including tipped employees who give an employer and honest day's work, have earned and deserve a wage that they can live on. It’s a matter of fairness.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Thank you

    Monday, May 18, 2015 - 10:45am

    Dear Editor:

    I would like to thank the voters of Edgecomb for reelecting me for another term. I appreciate your votes.

    Deb Boucher

    Tax Collector

    Edgecomb

  • Letter to the Editor

    There’s an app for that

    Monday, May 18, 2015 - 10:30am

    Dear Editor:

    I just read the article about loud music from some venues in the Harbor being a problem and that the Boothbay Harbor police do not own a decibel meter.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Misguided legislation

    Friday, May 15, 2015 - 8:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Watch your step if you are a hiker, boater or camper. A bill in Congress would make reckless changes to our public lands policy. A huge percentage of our public lands are already open to hunting, but this bill — the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act of 2015 (S. 405) — would expand that by mandating that hunting be allowed on all U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A 'Better Deal' holds no secrets

    Wednesday, May 13, 2015 - 9:15am

    Dear Editor:

    Budgets longer than two years contain greater risk that future projections will not materialize. Citizens expect their state would have different budgets reflecting their unique resources, needs and desired goals and objectives generating increased productivity, reduced expenses and greater prosperity for the majority.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Town of Edgecomb Woodend Fund

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 3:30pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Positive influences

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I recently sold my restaurant, Lobsterman’s Wharf, in East Boothbay and would like to take this opportunity to thank my many friends in Boothbay, Boothbay Harbor, Christmas Cove, Bristol and South Bristol who have supported me throughout my journey, including a debilitating auto accident three years ago to the present.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Vote against withdrawing Woodend funds

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 8:30am

    Dear Editor:

    On May 16, Edgecomb voters are asked what amount if any they want to transfer from the Woodend Boat Fund at town meeting.

    This fund was established more than 50 years ago by our forward thinking selectmen. The purpose of this fund is to provide public access to the shores located in Edgecomb. They realized without public access, a large portion of Edgecomb residents would not have the enjoyment of views and recreation that the residents with private access have.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Vote of confidence

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 8:15am

    Dear Editor:

    Many thanks to all the Boothbay Harbor residents who participated in the elections on May 1 and the town meeting on May 2. I am truly appreciative of the support that made my reelection bid to the board of selectmen a success. Serving the town is an honor. I hope to earn your trust and support by my actions on behalf of the town over the next three years.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Inspired by town meeting debate

    Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 7:45am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    The Hawke agenda

    Monday, May 11, 2015 - 2:15pm

    Dear Editor:

    I am happy to report and grateful to Rep. Stephanie Hawke for her generosity in sitting down with me for an hour and discussing my concerns.  

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stunned

    Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 4:45pm

    Dear Editor:

    I’m stunned that there was not one comment or concerned citizen response regarding sewer district public notice request in the April 30 edition of the paper (for dumping 640,000 gallons per day of secondary treated effluent in Atlantic Ocean, Boothbay Harbor)!

    Let’s wake up, folks!

    Janice Newell

    Boothbay Harbor

  • Letter to the Editor

    National Nurses Week

    Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 2:45pm

    Dear Editor:

    The week of May 6 marks National Nurses Week. This year the American Nurses Association has declared the theme of Nurses Week as “Ethical Practice. Quality Care.”

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  • Letter to the Editor

    High praise for sheriff’s office

    Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 8:15am

    Dear Editor:

    In this time of serious and valid discussion of police conduct around the country, I would like to mention our Lincoln County law enforcement agency. 

    Having lived here for 13 years and prior to that in various places including outside the U.S. and professionally having worked with many police agencies throughout the world, I have the absolutely highest regard for our county police officers and their leadership. 

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Balancing the budget

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Nice meeting Rep. Hawke

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 11:30am

    Dear Editor:

    On Sunday afternoon, I had the pleasure of meeting Rep. Stephanie Hawke to discuss LD 1270, patient-directed care at the end-of-life. Our representative was engaged, interested and available on short notice to meet with Shawn Lewin and with me to discuss this legislation. 

  • Letter to the Editor

    Does corporate gold blind us?

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 10:00am

    Dear Editor:

    From time to time in Maine I have heard the question: “What happened to the 70,000 who were denied Medicaid access to medicines?”

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Pledging my support for Mike Smith

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 9:45am

    Dear Editor:

    For years and years, I have continued to drop hints to Mike Smith hoping he would be moved to run for the thankless job of Edgecomb town selectman. Mike and I do not agree on everything, but that is not the point.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Would appreciate votes

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:15am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Election and town meeting

    Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Congratulations to the winners of last Friday's town elections, as well as those other folks who made the effort but didn't finish on top. A kudos as well for all who showed up for Saturday's town meeting. It was a poor turnout but it showed that some people still value participatory democracy.

    Palmer Payne

    Boothbay Harbor

     

  • Letter to the Editor

    RE: Woodend Fund

    Monday, May 4, 2015 - 3:30pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Rep. Hawke deserves better treatment

    Monday, May 4, 2015 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Fred Nehring (“Hawke needs to be family friendly,” April 22, 2015) may share our Boothbay ZIP code, but his business and economic views seem to come from a distant planet.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Re: Minimum wage bill

    Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 2:15pm

    Dear Editor:

    In the minimum wage letter of April 23, 2015, about the only accurate statement is that the Maine minimum wage is not likely to change. Beyond that, most of the statements in the letter are not accurate.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Re: Racism isn’t all about color

    Monday, April 27, 2015 - 1:30pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Hawke needs to be family friendly

    Monday, April 27, 2015 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I was hopeful that Rep. Hawke might have just picked up the phone and said something like: “Hey Fred, we didn't get a chance to talk, let’s talk about your concerns now.” But instead she responds, through a proxy, with excuses, insults and gross misrepresentations.

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  • Minimum wage bill

    Friday, April 24, 2015 - 4:15pm

    Dear Editor:

    The legislative bill concerning raising the minimum wage in Maine, originated by “progressive” political groups, is justifiably moribund and will wither away because it stands on baseless notions and has no declared principles or reason attached to it.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Medication collection April 25

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 4:15pm

    Dear Editor:

    I would like to draw attention to the fact that there will be a state wide Medication Collection this Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Good news for residents

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 2:15pm

    Dear Editor:

    As the town office prepares for the upcoming town meeting on May 1 and 2, I thought it would be helpful to preview what to expect this year regarding the proposed budget for next year. 

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  • Letter to the Editor

    When choices matter

    Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 10:15am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Ranked voice voting

    Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:00am

    Dear Editor:

    It’s hard to believe that we have to start getting serious about elections again, but, in fact, 2016 is just around the corner.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Leave Woodend Fund alone

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 5:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I do not support offsetting the town of Edgecomb's tax liability by taking any funds from the Woodend Fund. The Woodend Fund was approved by the taxpayers to be used for future shorefront access. It seems the issue with lack of surplus is caused by not setting the tax rate properly.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Is business friendly really bad?

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 4:15pm

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Crink family thanks community

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 2:45pm

    Dear Editor:

    Thank you to everyone involved in the search for Lynne Crink, including Sheriff Todd Brackett and the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office team, especially Detective Terry Michaud, the Maine State Warden Service, the Maine Marine Patrol boats and planes, and the Maine State Police, including the dive team.

    We are grateful for your intense efforts. Each and every person involved was not only diligent and professional, but also courteous and respectful.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Awesome generosity

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 2:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    The Boothbay Harbor region seems to have many people who are willing to help and contribute to the betterment of our neighbors. Some of those folks are Janet and Oliver Cusano and the staff at the Southport General Store.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Appreciates the support

    Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I wish to thank everyone for the support and donations to the M.S. Walk. It is very appreciated.

    Scott Long

    Wiscasset

  • Letter to the Editor

    Congratulations

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 1:15pm

    Dear Editor:

    Congratulations to everyone who helped publish this summer’s Midcoast magazine, “Summertime.”

    This is our perfect promotional informational 2015 offering.

    Damn, it says “Free” on the cover. I’d hoped I could pick up a few scattered copies at the dump or libraries and sell them to the tourists for $5!

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Racism isn’t all about color

    Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 10:45am

    Dear Editor:

    Definitions of racism are more than perceived color divides highlighted in newspapers. A definition covering a broader span of racism is: “Racism is the belief that a particular race is superior or inferior to another, that a person’s social and moral traits are predetermined by his or her inborn biological characteristics.”

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Re: Firearm legislation

    Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 8:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Jaryl Larson’s latest missive (Letters, 4/9/15) had some pretty far fetched ideas. I’m not positive but I doubt that any concealed carry law would have stopped a monster like Charlie Manson. Why would someone like that balk at not following a gun law?

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Sandy Hook does not fade

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 12:15pm

    Dear Editor:

    The thought and vision of 20 first and second graders shot by a deranged young man with easy access to weapons does not quickly fade.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    The Hawke agenda

    Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 8:45am

    Dear Editor:

    State Rep. Stephanie Hawke was portrayed in last week’s newspaper as a hard worker.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    We're so blessed

    Monday, April 13, 2015 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Last night, Lincoln Arts Festival raised over $400 for Boothbay Region Community Services. (I’m referring to our showing of “Little Shop of Horrors” at the Harbor Theatre. There was food, fun, very cool music, and a man-eating plant named Audrey II. What more do you need for a grand evening?)

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Public access in Edgecomb

    Monday, April 13, 2015 - 7:45am

    Dear Editor:

    Edgecomb selectmen are debating the need for the Woodend public water access fund, which was started over 40 years ago to have funds available to buy reasonable public access to the shores of the two rivers and possibly the Lilly pond located in Edgecomb. Everyone should have access to the water recreation areas in Edgecomb.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Fund support appreciated

    Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 10:30am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Caribbean Night thanks

    Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    We, along with our Pan Fried Steel bandmates, want to thank all of our friends and supporters, old and new, who joined us at the Opera House on Saturday, April 4 for the ninth annual Caribbean Night. Your enthusiasm and energy, all the exuberant clapping, dancing, singing, conga lines and limbo bar challenges, made the start to our performance season a joyful experience for us. We thank you for coming out and helping us celebrate the end of this long, harsh winter.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    In gratitude

    Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 11:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Thank you for this opportunity to express my gratitude to members of the Midcoast community for their cards, letters and emails of congratulation. It has been gratifying to hear from so many friends, neighbors, former students and colleagues, and parents of kids I taught over the years both in Boothbay Harbor and at the Center for Teaching and Learning.

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