Tuesday, June 24, 2014: Bear hounding, quilting, national park support

Posted June 23, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.

Vote Emerson

I am pleased to hear that Oscar Emerson of Bradley is running for Maine House District 137. I’ve recently had the chance to talk with Emerson about his campaign, and I am excited for what he has planned. He is moderate in his views and believes in personal freedoms, such as women’s right to choose and the right to bear arms. He also believes the state of Maine has the potential to prosper by utilizing innovation rather than villainizing groups of people. He believes environmental laws should protect our significant natural resources without unnecessarily encumbering the rights of the property owner. I couldn’t agree more.

He is most definitely a “real Mainer.” He achieved his success through the school of “hard-knocks,” obtaining all of his licensures without a college degree, and is now a practicing civil engineer and land surveyor. He remembers where he came from and is thus compassionate for the less-fortunate, but he also understands the hardships of the small business owner.

He is passionate about his community and has served on the municipal planning board and town council for nearly 20 years, holding the position of chairman for the majority of that time. His motive for seeking office is his willingness to work together with all House members, on both sides of the aisle, if it benefits his constituents. I urge you to join me in casting a vote for Emerson on Nov. 4.

Brandon Chapa

Bangor

 

Needle’s eye

Quilting, as well as the sewing of clothing, is not a hobby. It is a householder’s method of providing for the well-being of her or his family. In the past, quilting was as needed an activity as preparing dinner. It was a necessity. It is the original recycling method to make use of scraps left over from the construction of clothing and for making use of partially worn-out clothing into something direly needed. Finding ways to help a vision-impaired wife become more proficient in her sewing activities, in spite of vision impairment, is an endeavor to be encouraged and applauded.

In a June 19 BDN article there was mention of how a caregiver helped a wife thread the needle on her sewing machine. There is a sewing machine, a Pfaff, that has a needle threader built in, which would make it an ideal machine for a person in her situation. It is very easy to use and is a boon for anyone who does any kind of sewing, but it is especially so to those whose vision is impaired. Also, there are hand needles that have tiny slots on one side of the needle’s eye through which a thread can be slid along that side until it falls through the slot, into the eye, and the needle is ready for use.

Both of these implements can be purchased at fabric stores. But if a local store does not offer these aids, they can be ordered via the mail. Anyone with impaired vision will benefit from having those two simple implements.

Dana Allison

Mapleton

Park values

Mainers must keep in mind that preservation of our natural wilderness areas is a legacy that will give back to all of humanity for all time. In contrast, development has a finite value. At the first jab of a shovel into the ground, wilderness is irrevocably scarred. If we leave anything to the future generations of Mainers, let it be a legacy of preservation, as it is a gift that keeps on giving.

Elliotsville Plantation Inc.’s gift of land to create a national park and national recreation area is such a gift. I encourage the people of Maine to accept that gift. Instead of considering what could be extracted from that land, consider how it can be cultivated. Mainers value our unspoiled forests and abundant wildlife; a national park and a national recreation area are consistent with those values.

Peter Crockett

Argyle Township

Respect bears

As a dog lover, I must respond to the June 20 letter titled “Bear facts.” Although some dogs may love to hunt, I wonder how they’d feel if they knew about their chances of being ripped apart by a cornered bear. How would they feel if they knew they could wind up in a shelter once their usefulness is over at the end of hunting season?

Sadly, there are many that do end up in shelters. How many of them would prefer to be treated as cherished family pets rather than hunting equipment? And how many of them would just love a peaceful walk or playing catch in the woods with their owner, instead of running with a pack of uncontrolled dogs followed by people chasing behind them with loaded firearms?

If you love dogs and respect bears, you should help protect them by voting in favor of the November referendum to ban hounding, trapping and baiting our iconic black bears.

Kathleen Pietra-Santa

Searsmont

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