Dec. 12-13 Letters to the Editor

Posted Dec. 11, 2009, at 7:31 p.m.

Uncertain future

I just read the article “An uncertain future” in the weekend edition business section.

Federal and state governments are going to drive our last sardine factory out of business. Is anyone going to speak up? Are people who work there going to tell the public that their jobs are being taken away because of more junk science and that their livelihoods are being attacked by the current administration of Gov. John Baldacci and President Barack Obama, who are hellbent on destroying this state’s and the nation’s economy?

The Democratic administrations are trying to take the businesses over. We need to stand up united and defend ourselves and our small businesses.

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Don’t try to explain why the herring should not be fished. There used to be 75 canneries, and now there is not enough fish to supply one cannery.

Tell me why people who use herring for bait can’t find different bait — because the state won’t let them. With so many rules and regulations from local ordinances to mandated red tape from the state level from the Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Protection Agency, Land Use Regulation Commission, other roadblocks and red tape, you can’t do anything.

It is time to vote the bums out in 2010! Join in the fight at www.join912.org. Get involved in helping this state and the federal government get back on the right path.

Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter … In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemy, but the silence of our friend.”

Carter Jones

Aurora

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Vote Mills for Maine

I grew up working summers for my father’s lobster and marine worm business in Gouldsboro. After graduating from the University of Maine at Machias, I interned in Sen. Susan Collins’ D.C. office where I began following the 2006 gubernatorial election. One candidate grabbed my attention: state Sen. Peter Mills.

In reading “Changing Maine: 1960-2010,” Peter’s chapter on tax and budget policy impressed me with its classic Republican sense of assessing the use and value of tax money. I continued watching the gubernatorial race with much interest as I was teaching civics classes at my alma mater, Sumner Memorial High School.

While attending the Muskie School of Public Service, I realized that Maine missed a great opportunity in 2006 for Peter’s leadership.

Teddy Roosevelt’s quote: “The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly” is fitting as Peter has been in the Legislature for 15 years running into Democratic opposition on all fronts. Whether the problems are budget deficits, health care or education reform, one candidate knows these issues inside and out and is ready for office on Day One in January 2011.

Peter exemplifies the hardworking and independent minded lobster fishermen and worm diggers that I know.

If Peter is not the Republican nominee in the general election, I fear there will be more years of Democratic mismanagement from the Blaine House. I hope you will join me in volunteering on the Mills For Maine campaign.

Ryan Boyd

South Gouldsboro

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Insult to injury

In the debate about health care reform, it is important to keep in mind that the familiar delays, inequities, obstruction and wasted money are not simple byproducts or accidents of the system: They are business practices by the insurance industry, and they serve to increase profits.

So if the Congress passes legislation (like that supported by our senators) that forces all Americans to buy the products of the very insurance industry that is to blame for the problems we all face, but refuse to allow a Public Option alternative, they will be adding insult to injury.

Mark Kandutsch, M.D.

Bar Harbor

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Honor friendships

Last Thursday, I attended the funeral of one of my old friends. He was only 41 years old when he died at his home. He leaves behind a loving wife, two beautiful children, and more family and friends than most people ever will have. He was a retired military man, and though he did not die on the battlefield in Iraq, I believe his experience there led to his untimely death. He will not be on the U.S. casualty list, but I know.

And as a veteran myself, I have plenty to say about our current global situation, but that is not what this letter is about.

This letter is about how I failed my friend as a friend. I failed his family and many more old friends and their families at the same time. I failed by not taking the time to keep in touch with friends that I love. And it took the death and funeral of one of my best old friends to truly understand my failure.

I write this letter in hope that by you reading it, you might call an old friend, write a letter to an old friend, or get in the car and go visit an old friend. Take the time and go and do it. Do not make excuses; I will not.

Do not wait. As I found out, you may not get the opportunity to hug and visit with that person or their family ever again.

Rich Elliott

Millinocket

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Education in Maine

The Military Academy nominees list highlighted in the BDN on Dec. 9 clearly illustrates the educational goals disparity in the state. Northern and eastern Maine were represented by a mere three high school students of the dozens nominated by our senators. This illustrates a continuing concern regarding the educational plight of the “other state of Maine.”

Students applying to the academies represent the “cream of the crop” of our young people setting the highest goals. Without high goals, our students settle for less, which results in dropping out of school or failing to graduate from higher education. Maine ranks among the lowest states in college completion. Our commissioner of education might spend more time on quality of our education than on cramming half-baked institutional reform down our throats.

Peter Duston

Cherryfield

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Post office complaints

Regarding the recent article on the postal service cuts, the post office spokesman says the post office doesn’t have any complaints. I can say as a retired postal worker that two or three years ago the postal service did away with the complaint forms so no one could complain.

Don Litz

Rockport

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