September 15, 2013

Letters to the editor: Baiting best way to hunt bear

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A black bear nibbles on some meat near Greenville. Maine’s bear habitat is so dense and thick that baiting is the only productive hunting method, a reader says.

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Cartoon misstates services
Planned Parenthood offers

I am a regular reader of your Sunday paper. I wanted to correct a false statement in Steve Meyers' View (Aug. 25). Planned Parenthood does not do cancer screening, as stated in his cartoon.

I found it ironical that on the opposite page, one of the wire service cartoons concerning carbon emissions states, "Our survival plan is to sacrifice our children." That is just what is happening right now at Planned Parenthood.

Mary Rose Pray


I also was led to believe that a major benefit to be derived from these meters was that they would be a money saver -- not only for CMP but also for me the consumer. Couple that with being duped by slick TV commercials for "Electricity Maine" that stated they would save me substantial dollars and cents over the standard offer if only I would switch over.

Well, I did, and I may have saved a few pennies in the beginning, but now I may actually be paying more. That must have been buried in the fine print somewhere.

They tell me I should feel better about not saving the money they mentioned in their advertising campaign because they are donating a percentage of their profits to charitable concerns all over Maine.

Thanks for trying to make me feel better about myself, folks, but I will make my own decisions about who gets my charity. You stick to delivering electricity.

Fool me once, shame on me. Fool me twice, well, shame on you again!

Jim Brown


Tattoo clients should seek safe practices as well as style

A recent article about body art/tattoo artists, "Tattoos are a hot brand" (Sept. 1), was thorough and well-written. However, I was concerned to find no mention about a very important item that a potential client should examine: health and safety practices.  

A client should know that needles used are single-use, and that inks and other items are protected from cross-contamination.

I read the article three times and found only a slight reference to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, and the article did not clearly state what is expected for licensure. Without attention to infection control, tattoo work can put clients at risk for hepatitis C and other blood-borne infections. 

The advice to make an appointment and listen to the artist's advice is good, but there should also be a clear understanding of best health practices and infection prevention, and how the artist ensures this aspect of their work.  

A "cover-up" is expensive, but liver damage is even more so -- make sure your artwork is healthy as well as beautiful!

Beth McCarthy, R.N.

Tamworth, N.H.

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