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Page 4 THE QUODDY TIDES 25 December, 2015 * To our readers, friends and advertisers 3 From the staff of The Quoddy Tides , Editor and Publisher Edward French ~ ~I, Senior Editor Marie Jones Holmes Assistant Editor and Publisher -- Lora Whelan Reporter Susan Esposito I Circulation Sharon Cook Advertising Robin Farrin Bookkeeping -- Jaime Mitchell Copy Editors Caitlyn Stellrecht and Kay Young Photographers Don Dunbar and Chessie Crowe-Gartmayer Keyboarding Ann Sullivan Book Reviewers Lora Whelan and RJ Heller Contributing Artist Jerome Andrews CartoonistLuke Webb Cooking Columnist Jack Sivertson CORRESPONDENTS Lura Jackson Calais Dorinda Davis and Addie Carten Campobello Eileen Clark Charlotte Karen Holmes Cooper Delia Farris Cutler Joyce Stuart Deer Island Mary McFadden Dennysville Arlene Benham and Abigail Ross Grand Manan Norma Harrop and J.D. Rule Lubec RJ Heller Machias area John Lynch Pembroke Helen Brooks -- Robbinston Cierra Seeley and Brooke Robinson -- Shead High School Mary-Alice Look Whiting COLUMNISTS AND CONTRIBUTORS Cindy Baine Ed Mekelburg Jackie Davis Michael Morse Fred Gralenski Micah Pascucci Elaine Hall Charlie Sawyer RJ Heller Jo Tilley RIGHT TO DEFEND HOME AND FAMILY To the editor: Anyone with a modicum of common sense should realize that not only are there out-of-control psychos in society seeking popularity by shooting innocents but copy cats and criminals who would greatly ben- efit by ending our Second Amendment right to own a firearm. But there are also realists who know the historical outcome of disarming an entire population to insert a dictatorship. Where there is no deter- rence, fear replaces security and freedom. Noting society's trend toward acts of terrorism early on and coming from Maine, where I learned about gun safety and how to be an accurate shooter, I re- solved early on to teach my daughter how to use firearms as a deterrent and, if at- tacked or ambushed, to defend without mercy or remorse should no police assis- tance be available. Notice on letters Have an opinion? Let everyone know what you think. The Quoddy Tides welcomes letters to the editor. To be considered for publication, all letters to the editor should be signed and give the writer's name, address, and a daytime telephone number. Let- ters may be edited for style, length, taste and libel and should be no more than 400 words in length. They should not include any direct thanking of indi- viduals or groups. My hope is that she will never have to use that training, but should she need to, her would-be assailant will stand little chance, since she is a permitted, expert shooter who carries. One doesn't have to be an NRA [Na- tional Rifle Association] member to gain such knowledge; until the uninformed propagandist terminates our Second Amendment, we have the right to defend home and family. Those who seek to re- linquish that right will relinquish freedom itself. Be vigilant, and live free or die. And one last thing, all lives matter; it is not relegated to any race. Doug Wardwell Kingstown, R.I. CONCERNS SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED To the editor: I became a member of the Eastport Budget Committee o~ the recommenda- tion of Colleen Dana-Cummings when she was the liaison to the committee from the city council. I have witnessed the impor- tant contributions she has made. She is cool-headed and has always put the needs of the people of Eastport first -- a truly wonderful council member. I am very dis- appointed she has resigned from the city council. The concerns that led to her res- ignation include harassment of her busi- ness and lack of patronage of local goods and services by agencies of the city and others. For the good of Eastport, these concerns should be investigated. Kendall Zeigler-Woog Eastport A LOOK AT EASTPORT Back in October, Mainebiz magazine held an "On the Road" event in Eastport. Peter Van Allen writes, "Apart from the deer we hit on the drive back, the entire visit to Eastport was one of the highlights of the year. Eastport is spectacular, even by the freakish standards set by the rest of Maine." The writer says, 'I'his was my first time in Eastport. Walking down Water Street, we did see a number of businesses that were closed for the season, but very few empty storefronts. There were girl Shops, galleries, restaurants and a wildly colorful candy store. There was a vitality that seems to be missing when you look at the Google maps street view images, which date to October 2007 and show numerous vacancies in the downtown." Van Allen states, "Where Eastport needs some help is in attracting people permanent residents, homeowners, busi- ness owners, investors and so on." Re- cently, City Manager Elaine Abbott got in touch to say that the city is launching an organized economic development effort and has created a website and an eight- page brochure, "Eastport Leads the Way." The city's effort revolves around the deep- water port, an effort to harness tidal pow- er and its airport. Eastport is also stressing its "fast-track" permitting process and workforce development initiatives. Other attributes highlighted by Eastport include its downtown redevelopment efforts and quality of life, including arts and culture and local food initiatives. U.S. NAVY'S SHIP COMES TO THE RESCUE The crew aboard the U.S. Navy' s new- est and most technologically advanced de- stroyer came to the rescue of an ailing fisherman off the coast of Maine on De- cember 12. The U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call from a 45-foot fishing boat named Danny Boy stating that the captain was experiencing chest pains and was in need of medical assistance while about 40 nautical miles southeast of Portland. A Coast Guard helicopter was launched to medevac the patient, but once on scene the aircrew determined the hoist too dan- gerous due to the configuration of Danny Boy's deck. The Coast Guard issued an urgent ma- rine information broadcast requesting as- sistance from nearby vessels. It just so happens that the USS Zumwalt, a more than $3 billion stealth destroyer built at Bath Iron Works, was in the area and of- fered assistance. NATURAL GAS PRICES DROP Natural gas prices dropped to the low- est level since 1999. Gas futures have fall- en for five consecutive sessions, as higher-than-average temperatures show no sign of letting up. Warm weather in the U.S. caused by the E1 Nino weather phe- nomenon has sharply limited demand for the heating fuel this year. About half of U.S. households use nat- ural gas as their primary heating source. "The potential for early winter is gone," according to Donald Morton, senior vice president who runs an energy-trading- desk at Herbert J. Sims & Co. "They're talking 65 degrees in New York on Christ- mas day." 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 EIIsworth, Maine Subscription rates: $31.65 a year in Washington County, Maine; $36.93 a year in Maine but outside of Washington County. $35 a year if subscriber lives outside of Maine; $35 in Canadian funds. Single copy, $1.25 + tax. 2nd class postage paid at Eastporl, 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 --~ Robin Farrin Copy Editors -- Caitlyn Stellrecht and Kay Young Accounting -- Jaime Mitchell Keyboarding -- Ann Sullivan Photographer -- Don Dunbar Book Reviewers -- Lora Whelan and RJ Heller Contributing Artist -- Jerome Andrews Cartoonist -- Luke Webb Cooking Columnist --~ Jack Siverts0n Member of Maine Press Association New England Press Association The first measurable snow of the sea- son fell on the Quoddy area on December 15. The day had started off with torential rains and strong winds, but the precipita- tion turned white in late afternoon. It's tune to put out shelter for feral cats. An upside-down foam cooler with top taped on, a hole cut in the front and a weight on top is an easy solution. We know the cold has returned when we see Jack Frost sketches on windows and iced-over puddles. CHRISTMAS See the happy faces Around the Christmas tree Little eyes are all aglow, As happy as can be. I see an angel on the tree, But these angels are for real, A tiny little blue-eyed boy, A little brown-eyed girl. I know not what the future holds I hope it brings much joy For these tiny little angels This little girl and boy. Mary Pushee Lubec Thought for a fortnight Ring out the old, ring in the new, / Ring, happy bells, across the snow; / The year is going let him go; / Ring out the false, ring in the true. Alfred, Lord Tennyson