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Page 4 THE QUODDY TIDES 26 January, 2018 With citizens becoming increasingly ac- tive in political affairs on the national and state level, it would be good to see that civic engagement more on the local stage, too. With continuing threats to democratic forms of government, an informed and engaged citizenry helps ensure that de- mocracy will continue to thrive. Among the dangers faced by democrat- ic institutions are both apathy and the overuse of social media. Those in power can take advantage when the public is not paying attention, and, in addition, post- ings on Facebook and other social media are often not reliable sources of informa- tion and can quickly turn acrimonious. In- stead of learning about the processes of government and the reasoning behind de- cisions by elected officials, such postings become rants of opinions that may be rath- er uninformed. We suggest instead that citizens attend meetings of local government - the city council, selectmen, school boards, plan- ning boards - to find out what is really going on and how decisions are made. They also will learn about how local gov- ernment functions, how the boards and committees interact while handling differ- ent roles and how they make decisions. How does the county jail system differ from the state prison system? What is the process for adopting a school budget in a town, and what are the sources of funding I LOST HIS MIND? To the editor: When I read Dale Ferriere's latest ill- informed effusion in the January 12 edi- tion [of The Quoddy Tides], my first reaction was that he has f'mally lost his mind. Then of course I realized that this would be impossible. Kenneth Bradford Richmond, Va. ON THE ROAD TO PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN CANADA To the editor: Thank you for publishing the article by Lora Wbelan on July 28, 2017, regarding our long road to Canadian permanent resi- dence. We are delighted to say that about a month ago our applications were finally approved, and we are now walling to re- ceive our official cards and counting "days present" in Canada towards an eventual application for citizenship. It is such an immense relief not to fear losing our work permits and being forced to move on short notice. We received so many good wishes from our neighbors both in Campobello and Lubec after publication of the article. We appreciate it very much. Frances and Jim Langerfeld Wilson's Beach Campobello A CASE FOR THE DRAFT To the editor: Every American should serve this coun- try for a minimum of two years. No ex- ceptions. No exemptions. Everyone The article about food assistance programs in the January 12 Quoddy Tides erroneously stated that emergen- cy food distribution at the Garrapy Food "Pantry in Eastport is held on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It is only held on Tuesdays. overnment for schools? What is the role of a city councillor or a school board member in the decision-making process? These are questions to which citizens should know the answers. Residents don't need to attend every meeting - that could lead to bum-out, as the governing process can be a slow slog. But that's important to learn about, too - the tedious and at tunes irritating nature of meetings of local governing boards and committees. Having patience with our- selves and with others is an important skill to develop. We encourage citizens to learn about their local government and to ask ques- tions but also to be respectful, recognizing that those serving on boards are volun- teering their time in service to their com- munities. For we still live in communities, here in Washington and Charlotte coun- ties, where people have formed relation- ships with one another knowing that they all are working together to help each other for the common good. With civics being taught less in schools today, real-life civics lessons will help en- sure that abuses of power do not occur, that citizens are informed with accurate information and that they will want to par- ticipate in ensuring that local government and democratic institutions remain alive and vibrant. Edward French serves. Black, white, Hispanic, Asian, male, female, Jew, Catholic, Muslim, Bap- ist, Congregationalist, gay, transgender, ich, middle class and poor, no matter. We ill must serve. It is what we owe for the privilege of living in this free and demo- cratic society. I was raised in a small nearly all-white small town in the hills of western Massa- chusetts. Arriving at Fort Dix in June of 1961, I began sharing a barracks with most of the above. We were awoken at 5 a.m. to the record- ed sound of reveille, trained in close order drill by a Puerto Rican sergeant, given f'uearms training by a black NCO, and led by another rough white drill instructor vet- eran of the South Pacific war. We cleaned latrines, crawled under barbed wire under fire. We found we shared the same humani- ty, the same gripes and became a unit un- der adversity. And it gave me a perspective on race that has lasted a life- time as a civilian and citizen. Most of our presidents have served: Eisenhower, Truman, Kennedy, Carter, Nixon, both Bushes and others. Neither Obama nor Trump has ever served in the military. Neither has ever stepped forward and taken the oath to defend our nation against all enemies, never put his life on the line. Wealth and privilege and the elimina- tion of the draft have insulated them from military service, and that is a shame. They have been deprived of the privilege of sharing those same barracks with their peers and of cleaning those same latrines. I hated the army. The thought of killing another human being turns my stomach. I hated my three years of military service. But, as I said, I am a better citizen because of it. Our president has not served. And our nation and the world in this nuclear age suffer mightily from that lack of service. I pray for our future. Dick Hoyt Lubec FEWER MOSQUITOES NEXT SUMMER? An article in Popular Science is titled "Does all this cold weather mean there will be fewer mosquitoes next summer?" It notes that some species of mosquitoes are adept at weathering cold weather. Af- ter all, some of the most legendary mos- quitoes swarm Alaska and other parts of the Arctic. Mosquitoes that can survive such locales have adapted to the cold, with eggs that can endure freezing tempera- tures and adults that add biological anti- freeze to their body. They also go through diapauses - kind of like hibernation - where their metabolism slows while they wait for warmer weather to return. Not all mosquitoes have the same adap- tations, and this is where there might be a glimmer of hope for your weary, insect- dreading soul. Some bugs that have made inroads into colder regions from warmer places might be killed off by this deep freeze. That includes some mosquitoes and perhaps even the dreaded lone star tick, whose territory is expanding with ris- ing global temperatures. "We saw the Asian tiger mosquito for the first time in Wisconsin and in a number of states in the upper Midwest," says Susan Paskewitz, the chair of the Department of Entomolo- gy at the University of Wisconsin Madi- son. SCHOOL YOURSELF IN SUSTAINABILITY An article in the Maine Sunday Tele- gram suggests some classes to take, films to see, books to read and groups to seek out for Mainers looking to learn more. Staff writer Ray Routhier writes, "Not long ago, the idea of taking a class to learn about electric cars or solar heat pumps sounded like something out of a science fiction novel." He notes that those very subjects are offered at adult classes in Maine, and if you want to educate your- self on any number of sustainability issues the resources are easy to find. Besides adult education classes all over the state, you can sign up for tours of the ecomaine recycling center in order to see firsthand where your trash goes. The Nat- ural Resources Council of Maine has web pages set up to help you organize plastic bag or foam container bans, and the Sena- tor George J. Mitchell Center for Sustain- ability Solutions at the University of Maine keeps a large archive of informa- tion. Readers are reminded there are the groups that many consider the granddad- dies of sustainability education in Maine, including the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association and the University of Maine's Cooperative Extension. AN ARMY OF NUT MILKS An article in The New York Times asks, "when did finding something to put in your coffee get so complicated?" For the lactose intolerant or merely dairy adverse, there are more alternatives to good old cow's milk than ever. First, there were powdered "creamers," with their trouble- some corn syrup solids. Then came soy, which comes closest to the real thing in nutrients and consistency. Grocery stores now stock an army of nut milks - almond, cashew, hazelnut, macadamia, you name it. THE QUODDY TIDES ESTABLISHED: NOVEMBER 1968 Tel.: (207) 853-4806 Fax: (207) 853-4095 E-maih qtides@midmaine.com or qtides@myfairpoint.net Website: www.quoddytides.com Address: 123 Water St P.O. Box 213, Eastport, Maine 04631 Published the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month at 123 Water St Eastport, Maine. Publisher: Edward French Printed at Ellsworth, Maine Subscription rates: $35.00 a year in Washington County, Maine; $42.00 a year outside of Washington County, Maine $42.00 a year in Canadian funds. Single copy, $1.50 + tax. 2nd class postage paid at Eastpart, Me. 04631 and St. Stephen, N.B. Permit No. 9435 Notice to Postmaster: Send 3579 to The Quocldy Tides, P.O. Box 213, Eastparl, Maine 04631 Publication No. USPS-453-220 Publications Mail Agreement No. 40021969. Return undeliverable items to The Quoddy Tides, P.O. Box 213, Eastport, ME 04631 USA Winifred B. French -- Editor & Publisher 1968-1995 Editor & Publisher -- Edward French Senior Editor -- Marie Jones Holmes Assistant Editor & Publisher -- Lora Whelan Reporter -- Susan Esposito Circulation Manager -- Sharon Cook Advertising Representative -- Robin Farrin Copy Editors -- Caitlyn Stellrecht and Lindy Weston Accounting -- Heather Patton Photographers -- Don Dunbar, Chessie Crowe and Robin Farrin Book Reviewers -- Lora Whelan and RJ Heller Contributing Artist -- Jerome Andrews Cartoonist -- Luke Webb Cooking Columnist -- Jack Sivertson Member of Maine Press Association New England Press Association ICE STORM '98 when winter arrives and people get cold, There will be forever a story told Of people who survived Mother Nature's fate, The storm that was known as Ice Storm '98. The storm that made the young and old think twice In Maine, we don't just have snow, we also have ice. Although some can remember, way back when Look out your windows, it's happening again. The trees bow down like performers on stage, Then wind passes through with a fierce winter rage While inside we huddle and wait by the hour, Surviving the best we know how without power. Repair crews out working, performing their roles To clean up downed trees; and fLX wires and poles. Neighbors helping neighbor the best that they can, The goodness in all people coming out of them again. The roads ever so bumpy from ice staking its claim, Ice-covered rooftops from the snow mixed with rain, Icicles hanging from railing to rail, Covering all mailboxes and freezing all mail. But dwell not on the bad, for there's one important thing: Only two months to go before the first signs of spring. Try to remember not just the bad but things that were great, For I know that no one will ever forget Ice Storm '98. Charlie Sawyer Pembroke