Letters

  • 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

    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

    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.

  • Letter to the Editor

    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.

  • Letter to the Editor

    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

  • Letter to the Editor

    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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  • Letter to the Editor

    Using water district easement

    Friday, October 10, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

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  • Letter to the Editor

    FARMS donations

    Friday, October 10, 2014 - 5:45pm

    Dear Editor:

    For the grand opening of our FARMS Community Kitchen in Damariscotta last Tuesday (Sept. 30), our local farmers, grocers, bakers and other food producers donated a great plenty of delicious, very local food and drink from the land and also from the sea. We are very grateful to all of them and to chef Chris Sprague, who prepared wonderful dishes from all these donations.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Say what?

    Wednesday, October 8, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    You may recall a few months back a documentary on TV featuring a White House Detail of the Secret Service, showing the extraordinary lengths to which they go to protect the president.

    When the president has to go somewhere, the Secret Service is with him all the way. When he returns to the White House, the agents breathe a sigh of relief because they believe that he is 100 percent secure only in the executive mansion.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A job well done

    Monday, October 13, 2014 - 9:30am

    Dear Editor:

    What kind of town do we live in when a person who has put his heart and soul into his job for many, many years to make the town beautiful in the summer and safe to drive in the winter, is let go?

    A job well done, Jody Lewis. I am proud to be your grandmother.

    Virgina Brewer

    Boothbay Harbor

  • Letter to the Editor

    Johnson listens and acts

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 10:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Individuals who campaign for elected office must be good listeners and, if elected, act in smart and strategic ways on the collective themes they have heard. A dedicated commitment to listen to the people you are going to represent, understand fully their challenges, and to have the ability to figure out policy actions to help lessen those challenges is a must, no exceptions.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Giving thanks

    Tuesday, October 7, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:

    That bittersweet time of year is upon us once again. We are all ready for a break, but yet, part of us hates to see it end. One by one, the doors of our favorite hangouts begin to close, and we bid farewell to our friends until next spring.

    So it seems that it is the perfect time to give thanks to another season of making great things happen, as a community.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Public education under attack

    Friday, October 10, 2014 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    In a 2013 government shutdown interview on MSNBC, Sen. Bernie Sanders stated, “Obamacare is just the tip of the iceberg.” He noted that the Koch Brothers and their followers want to abolish and privatize almost every government agency, with public education first on the list.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    We need Johnson in office

    Friday, October 17, 2014 - 8:30am

    Dear Editor:

    The other day I had a conversation with Chris Johnson. I asked him about his children and grandchildren and he spoke of them with great love and pride.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Stephanie Hawke: A local treasure

    Saturday, October 4, 2014 - 9:30am

    Dear Editor:

    I recently ran into Stephanie Hawke at the Hannaford poultry counter. As she purchased multiple packages of chicken, I told her I had to remove her election sign from my yard because signs are taboo in my subdivision. We both laughed and agreed that the Boothbay region has changed considerably since we were kids.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Putting out a fire

    Friday, October 3, 2014 - 7:00am

    Dear Editor:

    Sen. Susan Collins has been running an ad on TV claiming to have ended the government shutdown caused by her fellow Republicans. Isn’t that a little like a fireman starting a fire and then taking credit for putting it out?

    Mike Thompson
    Boothbay

  • Letter to the Editor

    Rethinking Collins

    Friday, October 3, 2014 - 3:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Gridlock has been a nearly constant feature in Congress, and its only getting worse. The liberal use of the filibuster as a method of obstructing basic the governing functions of the Congress has undermined the democratic nature of the deliberations and reduced the credibility and respect of our republican system of government.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Choosing friends wisely

    Monday, October 6, 2014 - 1:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Over time, Boothbay and its harbor have benefited from kindly monetary gestures, often given by those from away. None of these donors have been more gracious than Ed and Marie Bosarge. To them, among other gifts, we owe the newly created swimming pool at the local YMCA.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Voting for Cutler

    Friday, October 10, 2014 - 12:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    Maine’s economic future remains grim. Two different administrations, a Democrat and a Republican, have had a shot at umpiring what can only be seen as a race to the bottom these past 12 years. We remain crippled by energy costs, fear of a changing marketplace, and the pillaging of the Maine brand. The best and the brightest, including our children, cannot afford to call Maine home.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    What about the trees?

    Friday, October 3, 2014 - 7:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    There is a lot of activity in the area to try to save the Kenniston Hill Inn from destruction.

    I see no mention of saving the trees that surround the inn.

    Next time you pass by that area have a look at the huge trees that surround the inn, and imagine what the space is going to look like when its all cleared off to make a new entrance to the golf club.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    A 21st century governor

    Sunday, October 5, 2014 - 1:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    We cannot move forward in the 21st century economy if we do not make major improvements to our state’s infrastructure. Our roads and bridges are unsafe.

    Most of rural Maine remains unconnected to broadband. Cell phone “dead zones” along our major highways and in cities and towns vital to our tourism industry like Bar Harbor impede economic growth.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    LePage not qualified

    Sunday, September 28, 2014 - 8:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Again, our governor showed he is not up to facing his opponents. Under the guise of what he calls lies about his view of Social Security as being welfare, taken from his own news release, he says he will not engage in debates that include Michaud.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Support Sen. Collins

    Monday, October 6, 2014 - 3:30pm

    Dear Editor:

    Election Day is nearly here and everyone will gather democratically to make some serious decisions nationally and in Maine. One decision should be easier than most. Help me support Sen. Susan Collins to continue representing the state of Maine.

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  • Letter to the Editor

    The Cuckolds experience

    Monday, October 6, 2014 - 3:00pm

    Dear Editor:

    I would like to thank the staff of the Boothbay Register for the recent article on the reunion at the Cuckolds Lighthouse.

    As a boy, I had previously lived at the Cuckolds Lighthouse in the early '50s. I am interested in hearing from people that had a similar experience. They can contact me by email at leatherking1@myfairpoint.net.

  • Letter to the Editor

    ‘Life Chain’ Sunday

    Friday, September 26, 2014 - 11:00am

    Dear Editor:

    “I wanted to meet my biological mother mostly to see if she was okay and to thank her, because I'm glad I didn't end up as an abortion,” Steve Jobs, adopted as a newborn, is quoted as saying in “Steve Jobs” by Walter Isaacson. “She was 23 and she went through a lot to have me.”

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  • Letter to the Editor

    Voting for Collins

    Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 10:30am

    Dear Editor:

    Negative advertisements may work in other states, but here in Maine we aren't fooled by them.

    Particularly offensive is when political operatives from Washington, D.C. come in and convince candidates to attack one of the most revered figures in Maine's political history, Sen. Susan Collins.

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  • Local brewery supports Susan Collins

    Monday, September 22, 2014 - 10:45am

    Dear Editor:

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