September 17, 2013

Letters to the editor: Don't let Congress slash food aid

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Proposed reductions in federal food aid target a vulnerable population, says a nutrition educator with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

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Residents of communities on the southern Maine coast should be on alert -- the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service may be changing the signs on your beaches any day now.

Stephen Hanly


Bird's death overshadowed by deliberate animal cruelty

The proposed fine by the federal government to the town of Scarborough for the death of a plover chick on Pine Point Beach baffles me.

I understand that the issue is the death of an endangered bird and not the ethical treatment of animals, but as a reasonable human being, I am more concerned with our cruelty to animals in the food industry; the fact that trapping is still legal, unregulated by the federal government and widely practiced in the state of Maine; and that puppy mills are still in operation even though 3 million to 4 million dogs and cats are euthanized in this country every year.

The accidental death of a plover, while unfortunate, seems small to me, considering the big picture of human disregard for lesser animals.

While it is easier for the government to go after a handful of peaceful dog-walkers than big business, I would rather see my tax dollars spent to clean up Perdue Farms and leave my early morning beach walk with my two dogs alone.

Caroline Ahonen


At N. Yarmouth celebration, honor razed venue's memory

North Yarmouth Fun Day is a "GO!" thanks to our Fire and Rescue team!

As a member of North Yarmouth's Events Committee, I wanted to publicly thank the North Yarmouth Fire and Rescue team -- and the neighboring towns' firefighters -- for their tremendous efforts at Wescustogo Hall on Aug. 30.

The roaring blaze lasted most of the night, and regrettably the grange hall was lost in the dramatic fire. Luckily, no one was hurt and no adjacent property was destroyed.

North Yarmouth is a small town,and the loss of Wescustogo is huge. It means the loss of a central meeting and events place. Additionally, we lost a lot of town equipment and supplies.

Yet despite the damage, the Events Committee wants everyone to know that North Yarmouth's annual celebration, Fun Day, will take place Sept. 21 as scheduled. There will be a parade, entertainment, food, games and lots of memories of events and evenings held at our beloved town building.

For more information, go to and join us on Fun Day to celebrate our amazing community and make some new memories!

Jen Tyll

North Yarmouth


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