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Friday, April 25, 2014: Calais hospital cuts, Jackman moose encounter, safe cycling, dogs on the beach

Jobs and services

So Calais Regional Hospital is down $500,000 in two months. Its plan is to cut jobs and services and reduce hours for 90 employees. The hospital in 2011 paid $998,734 to its management company, Quorum Health Resources. The CEO’s pay was $200,000, as reported in the BDN.

Clearly Quorum is failing terribly. I think I found the money to save all the jobs and services at Calais Regional Hospital.

Matthew LaPlant


Snowmobilers face off

I read about the New Hampshire couple’s snowmobile encounter with a moose in Jackman, and I am completely appalled. I took a look at the YouTube video of this event, and it was completely clear that the couple was gaining on the moose too fast, to the point of the moose getting agitated. As an avid outdoorsman, you know when you come up on a moose you stop until it is out of sight or until it gets out of your way.

Also, I was very curious whether the woman had a concealed weapon permit valid in the state of Maine. She did state in an interview her handgun was in a pocket of her snowsuit and, by the video, it was loaded, so, all in all, everything they did could be wrong.

Norman Morrison


Ride safe

Now that the weather is warming, Harley riders are coming into their full glory. What gives them the right to individually make more noise than any other combustion engine on the road besides an 18-wheeler? And groups of eight to 10 Harleys outdo any other road noise by far.


Engine noise won’t protect people when every other four-wheeled vehicle is sealed tight and couldn’t hear a bomb go off 25 feet away.

And why the idiotic revving of their engines while stationary at a light or just chatting with other similar engine-revvers? Nervous tic? Too quiet for them?

Here’s a safety plan for Harley riders:

  • Install big headlights fore and aft, and on the sides if possible. Keep those lights on all the time.
  • Wear big orange outer clothing and a helmet of day-glow orange, preferably with a blinking light on top.

While Halloween is a long way away, they would resemble armies of giant jack o’ lanterns streaming down Maine roads until then. What could be safer than that?

Just think. The Toy Run in Augusta in September could be seen from outer space, like the Great Chinese Wall or the Grand Canyon. Happy riding.

Denis Thoet


Simple solution

In reference to the letter writer who commented about allowing dogs on Scarborough beaches: I am a dog lover. However, dogs belong in homes with their owners. Dogs don’t belong on beaches. The plovers, sandpipers and other sea creatures do. That’s their home, their territory. It’s as simple as that.

Charlotte Lowell



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