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Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017: Change Maine guide law, only one way for North Korea to avoid war, Bangor’s historic engineer’s house


Change Maine guide law

Under Maine law, “guide” means “a person who receives any form of remuneration for that person’s services in accompanying or assisting a person in the fields or forests or on waters or ice within the jurisdiction of the State while hunting, fishing, trapping, boating, snowmobiling, using an all-terrain vehicle or camping at primitive camping area.”

What the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, which drafted this law a century ago, is saying is that it isn’t necessary to be a Maine Guide in order to lead clients on a hiking trip for hire. Anybody can do it without needing to know first aid and CPR, how to read maps and compasses, or how to find lost people.

As a Registered Maine Guide, I’ve never performed CPR while leading a hiking trip, but I have remedied blisters, twisted ankles, broken legs, dehydration, heat exhaustion and plain old panic at places like Katahdin and Gulf Hagas — only two of the most hazardous hikes on the East Coast.

By allowing anybody to lead hikes for hire, the department is promoting negligence and flirting with disaster — and you’d be surprised how many nonprofits are in agreement with them. What surprises me is this law has been around for a century and nobody has ever challenged it — not even other Maine Guides, who have remained mum on the subject. If any of them wish to keep this law as written, their license should be revoked.

If you are concerned with this law, just use your voice and speak.

Christopher Keene

Registered Maine Guide


Appeasement defers crises

The president and his team can solve North Korean nuclear aggression without firing a shot.

China has been using North Korea as its client state since the Korean conflict. President Harry S. Truman fired Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1951 for wanting to push the Chinese back into China by advancing our forces across the Yalu river during the Korean War. Appeasement prevailed, MacArthur was forced to retire and for some 64 years we have been protecting Japan and South Korea from their nemesis above the 38th parallel.

It it now time to end the appeasement and solve the problem once and for all. First, the U.S. should tell China to stop military activities in the Spratly Islands, then tell them we are going to repatriate at least $100 billion in manufacturing capability to U.S. shores from China. U.S. consumers would be more than willing to pay more for products made in the U.S., while not wrecking our trade relationship entirely. We must remember they need us more than we need them.

As far as North Korea, a reunification with the South would be preferable to China than the collapse of the regime caused by military action. Peace through strength works. The tear-down of the Berlin Wall and the resulting reunification of Germany as well as the many other positives of free Poland, former Soviet republics and others should remind us that” appeasement” and “strategic patience” only defer the inevitable crises.

Dudley Gray

Rangeley Plantation

Only one way for North Korea to avoid war

There is only one way for North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un to defuse the potential for war.

As “a great person born of heaven,” he will free his people, proving his greatness as no leader has done before him.

He will then lead with the mandate from his people based on respect and adoration as opposed to fear of thinking, breathing, speaking, enslavement, torture and execution.

As the “great successor to the revolutionary cause of Juche,” by creating an open society, he will be the shining example in the world of enlightened leadership. His people will prosper and grow stronger as individuals and as a nation. Peace, not fear.

Armed conflict will maim and annihilate countless innocent lives. There is a better way. He can be the great leader and free his people and become the celebrity of other nations and their people.

There is only one justification for conflict, whether by nations or individuals: self-defense. The resolve and commitment to self-defense by Americans should never be questioned or tested.

Chris Lyons


Government not a business

I am tired of hearing people say that what our government needs is a good business person. That shows a lack of understanding of both business and our governing system.

The purpose of a business is to make money for its owner(s) and shareholders.

The purpose of our government is to do, as a group, the things that make all our lives better and that are difficult or impossible to do as individuals.

There are other differences and even a few similarities, all of which have important implications. But that basic difference of purpose, of reason for existence, puts the two types of organizations in completely different categories.

What we need in our democratic government is not an autocratic CEO with only the bottom line in mind, but good leadership from our fellow citizens who work together to solve problems and better our world.

It’s just not the same thing.

Judee Reel


Historic engineer’s house

What a terrible shame to hear the historic engineer’s house on State Street in Bangor was scuttled in the night. Bob Kelly and his house revivers have always done a marvelous job at their renovations of historic buildings, and I’m sure no less than an exemplary job would have been done with this one.

I have always scratched my head and wondered whose brain child decided the waterworks should be developed into subsidized housing for “very-low-income adults at risk of homelessness.” These gorgeous historical buildings have such value and potential to improve our waterfront. I remember reading with dismay about the new tenants trashing the place provided for them. The money spent on that project would have gone much farther on conventional construction for habitation.

The preservation commission denied application to tear down the engineer’s house in 2012, but the city board of appeals overturned this decision. Where is Bangor’s respect for our old buildings that Kelly holds innately?

Kate Tuck



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