September 29, 2013

Letters to the editor: Park plan, forest group linked

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The Seboeis River runs through Elliotsville Plantation Inc.’s northern Maine land. It’s doubtful Elliotsville’s vow to maintain local access will be honored if the land becomes a national park, a reader says.

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I am glad that North Cairn ("Refreshed by puppy love at first sight," Sept. 22) has found a replacement golden retriever puppy for her beloved golden that she had to put to sleep.

We are on our fourth dog, a rat terrier, after a pointer mix, a greyhound and a West Highland terrier. My first dog, the Westie, was a pure-breed; the rest were rescue dogs.

Cairn wrote a long paragraph on the issues of surrendered dogs, "animals who have wed their fates to human beings."   

Go look at the pros and cons of the myriad types of dog breeds and mixtures. Nothing is guaranteed. They can be expensive.

Yet ask any dog owner who has rescued any breed. We all say the same thing: They are so grateful and so are we, their owners.

Please do not ignore surrendered, stray or abandoned dogs. They are wonderful. I am sorry to say Cairn did a grave disservice.

Cydne Buckley

Old Orchard Beach

While whale hunt goes on, boycott of Iceland justified

In response to Tom Bell's report on Iceland in the Sept. 22 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram ("Portland's fresh connection with Iceland"), I would like to remind people that despite diplomatic sanctions, Iceland is ignoring the moratorium on killing endangered fin whales and has plans to kill up to 184 in 2013. It is also killing minke whales to export the meat to Japan.

Please reconsider doing business with or traveling to Iceland until it stops killing whales.

Tracey Allen


American flag isn't flying at school that lacks pole

There is an unorganized territory in Penobscot County called Kingman. I grew up in this small town and have fond memories from there.

The residents of that town pay their taxes to the state of Maine. They have an elementary school in the town that does not have a flagpole.

Somehow, I thought that it was a law that schools had to display the American flag. If not, then it should be.

I am asking all of my friends to share this message with hopes that someone in state government will pick up the message and cause a flagpole with an American flag to be installed at the school. Will you help me to circulate this message?

Linwood "Jake" Mulligan


Despite clamor for labor, IT graduates can't get jobs

In 2012, industry created 14,000 IT jobs. In 2012, our colleges graduated 14,000 IT workers. Industry lobbied for 8,000 offshore guest worker green cards for IT workers and displaced more than half of the graduates.

This is just another example of corporate manipulation of labor markets to reduce labor costs. Corporate America proclaims it cannot find skilled labor, though 50 percent of math and science graduates can't find work that requires a college degree.

Rep. Mike Michaud has recently announced a $13 million grant to Maine community colleges to fund IT programs and proclaims this will benefit Maine business.

I have a friend with an IT degree who has not been able to find work for 18 months.

Wilbur Clark

Presque Isle

Reviewed pickup doesn't meet 'full-size' standards

Why is it now so difficult to buy a real pickup truck? In the Sept. 8 Telegram, Terry Box of The Dallas Morning News extols the merits of the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado LT.

The model he references is a four-door pickup, and he calls the bed "standard." That is so much nonsense. He also refers to it as a "full-size pickup"!

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