What a joy it was to see the front-page picture in Saturday’s Press Herald of Cassie Guy and Katelyn Roberts reacting to a horseshoe crab’s unexpected movement.

Their inquisitive nature, a delightful childhood trait, was obviously interrupted by the simple motion of the crab’s tail, as revealed by their incredulous expressions.

The innocence of childhood is displayed here at its best.

While it’s usually the bad news that makes headlines, it’s the good news and light moments that keep me coming back.

Please continue to show us the good side on the front page!

David F. Bower


Theater’s ‘Side Show’ was pleasing to Brunswick man

I greatly enjoyed and was moved by the current production — “Side Show” — at Portland Players. I strongly encourage anyone to see it if possible before it ends on Monday.

I also thought the review in a recent “Audience” section was informative and generally fair.

However, I felt it did not give due credit to Nate Williams in the role of “Jake,” whom it listed merely as one of the Midway characters, when in fact he ably and convincingly played a much more important role, which also included leading the rousing chorus “The Devil You Know” and singing “You Should Be Loved.”

Frank J. Heymann


Objection to health costs doesn’t understand insurance

I am writing in response to “Another View” by William Vaughan Jr., who expressed his opinion about health insurance (“Health care costs are sending country to the poorhouse,” May 14).

Mr. Vaughan contends that he and other “healthy people” should not have to “subsidize” the health care costs of people with pre-existing medical conditions.

Well, Mr. Vaughan, that’s just the way insurance works. Those who never file claims cover the costs of those who do.

Does Mr. Vaughan think anyone wants cancer? Does he think anyone enjoys the hours of chemotherapy, radiation and surgery required to, possibly, regain their health?

I’m wondering if he is over 65. If so, he has the “pre-existing condition” of old age. Unless he is able to buck the statistics, he could be one of the 64 percent of men over 65 with hypertension; one of the 37 percent of men over 65 who are obese (and at risk for diabetes) or, through no fault of his own, he could get cancer, too.

If he is over 65, he is probably enjoying the benefits of Medicare, which I help pay for regardless of his pre-existing condition of old age.

I wish him a long and happy life, but he shouldn’t begrudge those less fortunate than himself the health care support they need when they are most vulnerable. Health care should be a right, not a privilege.

Lynn H. Allen


State needs unbiased media, should keep MPBN funding

I would like to state my extreme opposition to Gov. LePage’s proposal to cut funding for MPBN.

Unbiased public media is one of the most important things we can invest in as a society, and is essential to maintaining an informed democratic state. His lack of support shows his desire to keep people uninformed and misled.

It is an appalling proposition and must not be allowed to go through.

Laura Kahn


Why do officials drive far beyond the speed limit? 

Recently I have noticed an unusual amount of public vehicles driving over the speed limit. If I’m not mistaken, the limit means “not more than.”

One group of these that bothers me the most are the drivers of law enforcement vehicles.

Today I was crossing Tukeys Bridge by the B&M bean factory doing 45 mph in a construction zone that was limited to that speed.

An undercover law enforcement car (with a uniformed driver) passed me doing a very excessive speed but lacking emergency lights or siren.

I turned off I-295 at Franklin Street and found myself beside the same car at the stop light on Marginal Way.

I motioned for him to lower his window and I asked him why he thought it was necessary to speed on the bridge. He apologized to me. It was a nice gesture that didn’t answer my question, but did let me know he was guilty.

I have also seen sheriff deputies and local officers not obeying the laws, too many to list here. What they do is dangerous, it is a lousy way to be an example, and now with the price of gas, it is expensive for taxpayers.

To expect compliance of all vehicle laws in non-emergency situations is, I think, wise of law enforcement. They should lead by example.

Steve Hamblen