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Page 4 THE QUODDY TIDES 27 July, 2018 The temporary lack of a seasonal pri- The restrictions on islanders because of vate ferry service to Campobello Island, the border crossings can lead to both a which provides access to the Canadian physical and emotional impact, which can mainland without having to cross through affect people's health. For example, com- the U.S./Canadian border, has pointed to panics that drill wells or install septic sys- the possible need for the island to have a tems either come on the seasonal ferry or more guaranteed means of connection to wait until there is a demand for at least the rest of the country without restrictions three before driving across the border to on mobility. At present, that unfettered do the work. Child care service agencies connection is only available during the require two days of preparation to come summer months by the private service that to the island to provide services, and busi- is at the mercy of market forces, nesses must post bonds to transport com- During most of the year, islanders who mercial goods through the border. want to get to mainland New Brunswick The feeling of isolation from the rest of to see a dentist or doctor, do their banking the country may increase, as tariffs are or purchase goods and services not avail- being imposed on more products by the able on the island face a two-hour round- U.S. and Canada in the current trade war trip drive to St. Stephen, with four border caused by the Trump administration. The crossings. Back in 2009, Gerry Hicks, then tightening of border controls may result in chairman of the Campobello Island Health border crossings no longer being just an and Wellness Advisory Committee, wrote, inconvenience but something to be feared, "Restricted mobility of people, goods and as a sense of hostility from the U.S. gov- services has had a pervasive negative im- ernment continues to grow. pact on the economy, education, employ- A new ad-hoc committee is again look- ment and mental and physical well-being ing at the possibility of a year-round ferry of our residents, resulting in an unneces- service, with a consulting firm consider- sary threat to the viability of our commu- ing its feasibility. East Coast Ferries of nity." Statistics from that period appear to Deer Island, which operates the seasonal have borne out that claim. From service, has proposed a year-round ferry 2001-2006 Campobello had an 18.9% un- to the provincial government in the past employment rate and experienced a 11.6% without success. We believe it may be time drop in population. Nearby Deer Island, for the province to seriously consider plac- though, had a 12.8% unemployment rate ing the ferry run out to bid and provide a with only a 3.2% population decline. New subsidy for the service. Perhaps during Brunswick as a whole had an 8.8% unem- the winter months daily trips would not be ployment rate. needed, but a regular run a couple of times Establishing a year-round ferry was one a week could make a significant differ- of the committee's main goals. Hicks stat- ence in people's lives. Different arrange- ed, "It's the ferry that makes a seamless merits and options can be considered. The connection to achieve the big picture goal. push, though, will have to come from the The goal is prosperity for the island as a islanders themselves. We urge islanders to whole and what that means for infrastruc- carefully weigh the benefits that such a ture and connections to health, recreation, service could provide. amenities and employment." Edward French CONGRATULATIONS In lieu of the rash of the ruthless attacks TO THE QUODDY TIDES on journalists throughout the world, in- To the editor: eluding those in Pads and here in Arling- I have been remiss in not expressing ton, Va I applaud you and papers my appreciation to you, your staff and throughout our nation for their importance associates for the important contribution in the continuing struggles to maintain the you make to the community. The necessi- freedoms that reasonable peoples every- ty to maintain a strong and free press in where cherish. communities across our nation is even Congratulations to you and your family more significant today in light of the cur- on the anniversary of the paper's found- rent political environment. It is the respon- ing. sibility of all citizens to speak up and Peter Oswald demand that the press and all forms of the Cutler and New York City MARGARET CHASE SMITH ESSAY The "Margaret Chase Smith Essay" by Eastport resident Linda Cross Godfrey ap- pears in the Maine Policy Review special issue titled "Leadership." In 1968, as a junior at Central Michigan University (CMU), Godfrey was active in the nation- wide Associated Women Students organi- zation. When the opportunity came to attend the annual convention at the Uni- versity of Maine in Orono, eight other CMU students and Godfrey attended. Godfrey and the other students sold the Bangor to Boston portion of their flight home and rented a van and drove down the coast of Maine. Godfrey writes, "Years of studying Margaret Chase Smith's leadership style, visits with her and written correspondence have influenced me personally and pro- fessionally. Receiving the senator's per- sonal words of encouragement, her mentoring and what we today call 'per- sonal coaching' gave me an influential and admired voice to shape my thoughts, words and actions. Thankfully, I have a lovely stack of letters, tied up with a white silk ribbon, that continue to inspire and guide me." Inspired by Margaret Chase Smith's leadership example, Godfrey founded the Atlantic Leadership Center in Eastport. The center's newest initiative is the Three-Nation Leadership Initiative. "The intent of the program is to expand leadership work by bringing together tal- ented, and younger, thinkers and leaders from Washington County, three tribal communities and Charlotte County, in- cluding the Fundy Isles, of New Brun- swick," writes Godfrey. Starting in April 2018, the program is offering six classes in six communities: Calais, Trescott, Eastport, Milbridge, St. Stephen and Campobello. Godfrey also writes about a five-year project to fmd examples of communities showing positive leadership that culmi- nated in a new book, Our Town: A 100,000 Mile Journey into the Heart of America. 'q'his book will turn the spot- light on Eastport - and 28 other selected communities" and our collective work to revive and advance our community. The American Futures Project, a partnership THE QUODDY TIDES ESTABUSHED: NOVEMBER 1968 Tel.: (207) 853-4806 Fax: (207) 853-4095 E-malh 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 EIIsworth, 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 Eastport, Me. 04631 and St. Stephen, N.B. Permit No. 9435 Notice to Postmaster: Send 3579 to The Quoddy Tides, P.O. Box 213, Eastport, 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 -- Sue Moore Copy Editors -- Caitlyn Stellrecht and Lindy Weston Accounting -- Inez Pastore Photographers -- Don Dunbar and Chessie Crowe 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 As the season changes, the wild black- eyed Susans appear in local gardens un- touched by the deer. Wild and cultivated daisies, both Shasta and Fiesta, bloom freely. Eastp0rt has become the place to be on Saturdays, judging by the number of cars and people. Along with the usual attrac- tions, the farmers' market has increased in size. It takes about 20 moltings over five to seven years for a lobster to become an adult. Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, "Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air." media are fully protected. Contrary to the APPRECIATION FOR EMTS of The Atlantic, National Public Radio and current administration's position of attack- . Esri, launched this nationwide exploration To the editor ing the press whenever it reports or edito- . : in 2013 to f'md the best example of a resil- AWA~n~ rializes information of a disagreeing A friend from away was wsltmg us m ient and reinventive city or town in each In s-dn-.timew~'thev'ore-are Eastport last week She tripped and fell on t, ~ y v v nature, we must protect its integrity at all " state Through personal visits and inter- ,t. ! ~ our stone patio, hit her head, scraped her . . . . u,~m~,~ costs views, the journalistic team of James and Starting as mere seeds in their home un- Knee ant openea a wounu on ner wrist we ~ " Debra Fallows and Kam Rysdall has col- der"round cleaned and bandaged her up, but when s lected stories of the selected locations over t-,t o~ ,t.o;~ ~. a ~ o " Corrections she began to see stars and sweat profusely,me'" ast" five ears ana now wm take melr s ,~,n,~. . ,P Y Emergqng gently then s routing to hfe we didn t know what to do. Call the clin- " P " " work into the world, with the publication Coming into the world with style The article in the July 13 issue of The Quoddy Tides about the special ses- sion of the Maine Legislature held in June should have stated that legislators considered 43 bills that were vetoed by Governor LePage. The more than 200 vetoes he has issued have been during the 128th Maine Legislature, dating back to March 2017. The list of winners for the rubber ducky race during the Eastport Fourth of July celebration should have stated that the second place winner was Sage Jellison. Also, the list of runners in the Dale C. Lincoln 1-mile run left out Ni- kolias Theriault, who had a time of 7:28. ic? (closed), drive to the ER in Calais? (too far), call 911? That's what we did! But my heart fell when the dispatcher said he was in Machias (a looong way from Eastport). Not to worry. Two EMTs showed up in less than five minutes (sta- tioned at local firehouse). They were very patient, soft-spoken and calming, checked her vital signs and ex- plained what to watch for and what action to take. We want to send a big thank you to the father and son team who were so help- ful and kind. We appreciate the work you do. Sally and Nadeen DeCicco Eastport, Vermont and Puerto Rico of the book this spring." SOCIETY NIGHT BOATS The Portland Monthly magazine's most recent issue provides readers with a sev- en-page report by Michael L. Grace about past society night boats. America's famed night boats regularly sailed between New York, Boston and Portland for nearly a century until World War II. During the summer, Maine's coastal cities, towns and resorts rivaled Boston as the preferred ports of call. "Swanky Yankee Hanky- Panky: More than just a way to get here from there" presents readers with photos of various past ships and ballroom evening clothes. Stems and leaves growing, buds forming Watched daily, awaiting their big moment When at last they burst forth in full bloom Tulips, lupines, buttercups and others The flowers of spring and early summer Awakening to be enjoyed by us Admire their beauty, smell their fragrances Rejoice in one of God's gifts to us. Larry Conrad Lubec Thought for a fortnight Thanks heavens, the sun has gone in, and I don't have to go out and enjoy it. Logan Pearsall Smith