Collins’ support for Maine byways

As a member of the National Scenic Byway Foundation and Coordinator of the Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway, I want to thank Sen. Susan Collins for her steadfast support of legislation that passed last fall allowing new nominations of byways to National Status. That law is now in effect and Maine byways are taking advantage of it to promote their rural character and local economy.

If selected, they can share in national pride with the current 150 national byways across the country. National byways are selected based on outstanding unique intrinsic recreation, culture, scenery, history, archaeological and natural qualities. Sen. Collins’ effort has made it possible for several Maine byways to apply to increase their recognition.

The Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway wishes all of the other applicants the best of success in the rigorous Washington screening process! Sen. Collins made this possible!

Bob Haynes


Old Canada Road National Scenic Byway


Stop the hoarding

Maybe we should all take a moment or two to work out a few problems. Assuming the manufacturers are still producing products at the same level they were three weeks ago, why would there be any shortages? We all have the answer to that question.

Some folks are hoarding, and in doing so have put the distribution system out of whack. If these same people would back off for just a couple of days, assuming that several month’s worth of anything is enough to suit their needs, I expect the normal route of manufacturer to retailer to consumer would soon be satisfied.

I’m fairly certain the chickens have not stopped laying eggs and I am equally certain this applies to just about everything we need and use.

So, I offer this to the selfish hoarders, you are screwing things up for everyone else.

Russ Irwin


Joining the fight on Earth Day

Earth Day, celebrated each year on April 22, has always been special to me. For one, it’s my birthday. My parents named me Marina, and I grew up on the Maine coast with a passion for environmental and water issues. I am blessed to be a lifelong Mainer and to have always had access to our beautiful array of natural resources. In fact, it wasn’t until I moved out of Maine that I realized just how good we Mainers have it.

Now, I have moved home because our water and natural spaces are at risk due to climate change.

As young Mainers who will have to live with the consequences of climate change for decades to come, we need politicians committed to taking action. I am working with NextGen Maine day in and out to get young people to the polls and involved in our political process. If our generation turns out, we can achieve more policy like the offshore wind initiatives implemented by Gov. Janet Mills.

Sen. Susan Collins is one of those politicians who, I believe, does not represent our values. She voted to confirm Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Throughout his career on the bench, Kavanaugh has taken a hostile position toward crucial protections for our water and air. As a deciding vote on the high court, Kavanaugh now has the power to dismantle environmental laws at the worst possible moment.

Young Mainers believe in leading action on climate change, environmental justice, and protecting the natural beauty of our state. We believe in not just celebrating Earth Day, but taking the necessary steps to build a healthy planet for ourselves and generations to come. At the very least, it would be a highly appreciated birthday gift to me for anyone who can to join the fight for environmental progress.

Marina Mozak


Smithfield shutdown

Regarding the recent shutdown of the Smithfield Foods meat processing facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, it might be of interest to know the length of time COVID-19 can survive on refrigerated pork products being distributed nationwide to food stores.

Rodney L. Hanscom