April 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: Boost in promotion boon to lobstermen

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A Long Island lobsterman checks a lobster’s tail in 2008 to make sure it’s a keeper. If the state spends more on marketing lobster, “the worst-case scenario is that we could lose 1 percent of our gross, while standing to gain much more than that in return,” according to a lobsterman from Matinicus.

2008 File Photo/Gregory Rec

Better still, instead of just doing the math, make it a "learning-by-doing" lesson. I would suggest that the best way to come to a decision about raising the minimum wage is to live on it for a week.

Ruth Benedikt


Inspiring air show canceled; president's golf lesson isn't

The State of Maine Airshow is one of the many highlights of summer in Maine, but the feature act's scheduled appearance is canceled this year.

The Navy flight demonstration team Blue Angels will not appear as scheduled at the Great State of Maine Airshow 2013 at the former Naval Air Station Brunswick, scheduled for Sept. 14 and 15, because of cuts to the defense budget.

Recently, President Obama flew to Florida to play golf with Tiger Woods. The cost of fuel alone for his 747 to complete the round trip was more than twice the amount of fuel needed for a 45-minute demonstration flight by the Blue Angels.

About 100,000-plus people watch the Blues or Thunderbirds at an air show and revel in the fact that their tax dollars go to train the finest pilots in the world, who protect this country by putting their lives on the line.

What does the public get for twice the price from a duffer getting a golf lesson from Tiger?

Martin Achilles


Business' generosity helps event for seriously ill child

I would like to publicly thank Rick and Ray's Small Engine Shop on Route 22 in Buxton for their kindness and thoughtful compassion recently.

My uncle (Roger Hare) and I have a 10-year-old cousin who lives in Worcester, Mass. Zachary Hare is in Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital and has been diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.

His family was planning a silent auction fundraiser on April 5 to help with the cost of medical care.

Uncle Bud had a kids' motorized go-cart that he wanted to donate to the silent auction. The problem was that it had been sitting in his garage for years, we could not get it started and it needed some work.

On the afternoon of April 3, we stopped by Rick and Ray's to see if they could possibly repair it before we left for Worcester the morning of April 5 for the fundraiser. When I explained why it was urgent and what it was for, they said that they would try to have it ready the next day.

They called the afternoon of April 4 and said the go-cart was ready to go. When my wife asked about the repair cost, they said there was no charge.

It is wonderful that there are people in this world who are so giving that they go out of their way to help a complete stranger: a little 10-year-old boy and his family. And do it without expecting any fanfare. Thank you so much, Rick and Ray!

Peter Greene



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