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Thursday, June 5, 2014: Rockweed, Troy Jackson, Emily Cain, Hancock County sheriff


Language truths

We use language to tell the truth, and we use language to distinguish between truth and falsehood, right and wrong. It is crucial that we use language carefully and accurately, especially if we want to reveal the truth.

The headline in the May 27 BDN, “Pope fords Mideast obstacle course,” is neither clear nor accurate. We ford streams and rivers, but we never ford obstacle courses, not in English.

We can, however, negotiate an obstacle course. We might even clear or leap over or cope with an obstacle course, but we never ford one. Mixed metaphors such as this headline do not clarify, do not enhance communication (which, I take it, is the task of a newspaper). Instead, they obfuscate and thus obscure the truth, the reality of the idea being communicated.

William J. Murphy


Vote Troy Jackson

For those of you who do not know Democrat Troy Jackson, I hope to enlighten you. I don’t know the other candidates running for the vacated seat by U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, who is leaving Congress to run for governor, so I can neither say good nor bad about them.

I do know Jackson very well. He is on a mission to fight for what’s right for Maine. Jackson was born and raised in northern Maine — the “other Maine,” as some have referred to.

His endeavor has always been for the working men and women of Maine. Jackson knows what hard work is all about. He probably does not have the big monies behind him as some of the other candidates might have, but I think it’s time to bring all of Maine together.

I am truly positive that Jackson has the capability to do just that. A veteran myself, he will be a proponent for all veterans and their issues. He truly is a gentleman and takes pride and the extra effort to talk to many and all constituents. He goes out of his way to help whomever he can.

Veterans out there can make a big difference in the outcome of this vote. As I previously said, Jackson is all for the rights and issues of the people and especially the veterans of Maine.

I urge residents to make the right decision when they cast their vote.

Allen Oakes


Emily Cain understands

I am voting for Emily Cain in the Democratic primary for the 2nd Congressional District on June 10 because she looks out for Maine workers while protecting our values as a state.

Emily has a 100-percent rating from the AFL-CIO. When Gov. Paul LePage tried to make Maine a “right to work” state, a move that would have decimated Maine’s working families, Cain was one of the first people to stand up to him. She spoke out vocally against his draconian attempts to limit collective bargaining, weaken child labor laws and cut pension benefits.

Recently, she’s been a staunch advocate for raising the minimum wage and expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, which would cover an additional 70,000 Mainers.

Cain understands that our economy grows best when all of our workers, both union and nonunion, are treated with dignity and respect. Maine’s hardworking people are what distinguish our state from others, and we need leaders in Washington who will be by their side at every turn. Cain is one of those leaders. Please join me in making her the Democratic nominee for Congress for the 2nd District on Tuesday, June 10.

Benjamin Weiss


Rockweed harvesting

The history of rockweed harvesting in Maine — condensed to one sentence — is: Three or four processors have been collecting rockweed from the same beds year after year since the 1970s with no indication that the ecosystem has been affected in any way.

During an average year, the total of all the commercial harvesting along the coast of Maine has climbed to about 1 percent of the resource, according to the Maine Department of Marine Resources. Ice damage and wave action “harvest” much more rockweed than all the commercial harvesting operations combined.

Quite the opposite of “coves being stripped bare,” the Maine processors and harvesters (sometimes the same people) are literally cultivating the wild plants. The practical truth is that the larger plants are easier to harvest, and trimming them back (to a minimum of 16 inches) prevents them from breaking off on windy days and opens up the bed to more sunlight and thus faster growth — for the next visit a year or two later. There is neither the equipment nor the incentive to “strip” a cove.

The Department of Marine Resources, appropriately and pre-emptively, has acted to establish rules to ensure that as the industry continues its growth in Maine, its future practices will be as responsible as its past practices — and, most importantly, we will have formal rules and limits in place in the event “big offshore money” ever considers setting up shop near the coast of Maine.

George Seaver

Vice President, Ocean Organics Corp.


Elect Alan Brown

As a lifelong resident of Hancock County and having volunteered several hours over the past 10-plus years with the Hancock County Sheriff’s Cup basketball tournament, I have had the privilege of working side by side with several of the dedicated sheriff’s office employees.

I wanted to offer some insight as to who I believe is the most qualified candidate for the upcoming sheriff’s election. Alan and Stacie Brown have been strong supporters of the sheriff’s tournament and charities program. My wife and I have worked side by side with the Browns during the fundraising tournament and also have shopped for several hundred children each year with them through the Christmas is For Kids program, using monies from the sheriff’s charities funds.

Through my time working at the tournament, I have grown to know Brown and have seen him as a leader and strong supporter of these programs. It would be a sad day for Hancock County if these programs were not continued and supported.

I am confident in Brown’s dedication and support for these programs and the people of Hancock County. He has the qualities that are needed for a well-rounded and qualified sheriff of Hancock County. On June 10, vote for Brown as our next Hancock County sheriff.

Kenneth Silsby


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