September 26, 2013

Letters to the editor: Smartphones also enable rude adults

I appreciated Meghan Gaven's Maine Voices column regarding smartphones and audience etiquette ("Misused, smartphones a tool for teaching kids to tune out live performances," Sept. 16).

Live-music venues have a responsibility to see that restrictions on smartphone use are enforced during performances, a reader says.

However, I must insist that this is not only a problem with kids. The commentary could be totally rewritten, addressing the behavior of self-centered, ill-mannered adults.

I have had more than one evening ruined at Merrill Auditorium and One Longfellow Square (particularly) by smartphone owners who insist on checking their mail, copying playlists as the music is happening (for three hours!) and even videoing most of the performance by occasionally leaning over me for a good shot.

The intense, bright blue screens of smartphones are distracting and uncomfortable to the eyes in the dark.

Having asked the management at One Longfellow Square to make an announcement about this and being ignored after an assurance that they would remind offenders, I have ceased going there until the "anything goes" policy changes. (Needless to say, asking offenders to stop yields nothing.)

Like Ms. Gaven, "I am not a Luddite who hates smartphones." However, until live venues adopt zero-tolerance policies for these and similar devices, I am pretty happy with the audio opportunities in my living room. It's a shame; there is great live music out there.

Susan A. Bloomfield

West Kennebunk

'The crew' gets high praise for Goodall Park grooming

The Sanford Mainers baseball team wants to express their utmost gratitude to Marcel Blouin, Brian Desrochers and the rest of the crew for their expertise in maintaining the field at Goodall Park.

They manage year after year to bring Goodall Park into pristine condition and keep it that way for the whole summer. The Sanford Mainers players are extremely proud of their field, as I am sure the Sanford High School and Babe Ruth teams are, too.

Every team that plays at Goodall Park is envious of the facility, and we have been told by our baseball players and players from each of the other teams of the New England Collegiate Baseball League that it is by far the best field in the league.

The parks crew maintains Goodall Park along with keeping all the other fields and parks around town looking beautiful.

The Sanford Mainers' general manager, assistant general manager, board of directors, coaches, players and business manager want "the crew" to know they are very much appreciated for the exceptional work they do each and every year.

Goodall Park is a gem in the city of Sanford, and we can all be proud of this field and grandstand thanks to the work of the Sanford Parks and Recreation Department.

Bravo, gentlemen!

Sara Gauthier

chairman, board of directors, Sanford Mainers Baseball Team


Immigration reform holds no threat to black workers

Again, Jonette Christian's premises ("Maine Voices: Immigration reform locks black workers out of the American dream," Sept. 18) are that the Creator/Big Bang ordained the earth's bounty for the fittest, not for all, and that we have no responsibility for the 10 million to 12 million Mexicans, displaced from family farms by the greedy dictates of NAFTA, who had no choice if they would survive and feed their families but to cross into this country.

Ms. Christian's heartless substitute for a Christian welcome and justice is to send these 12 million back to starvation in Mexico.

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