ON THE HOOK
Thanks for your sad summary of the fishermen’s plight (“Last of Their Kind,” June 16). Fishermen and their schooners and dories of old have been an active part of my now 80-year-old imagination since a wee lad playing in wooden boats on the Merrimack. I was brought up on a subsistence farm. We had a few working fishermen nearby, and they were much admired by us boys. Fishing and farming were real work, not like shuffling papers. Now, agribusiness has taken over farming. It looks like the once independent fishermen fear the same fate.
Pike Messenger / Middleton
My father and grandfather were fishermen out of Boston. They both supported large families. No one in my family is now fishing — my brothers never pursued it, and for that I’m grateful. Beyond feeling sad and hopeless, I wish there were something our state government would do.
Helen O’Neil / Charlestown
The fish are there — it’s the so-called science that is flawed, and the idiot environmental groups that push for more regulations. The mismanagement of New England fisheries has destroyed an industry and hard-working fishermen. Shame on this government to allow this to happen.
Bob MacKinnon / Marshfield
THE WONDER OF WORK
On the editorial page on June 16, the Globe called upon the state Legislature to maintain funding for YouthWorks, providing summer jobs to low-income youth. In the Globe Magazine on the same day, a Perspective essay by Dan Gelbtuch and Lew Finfer made the case for funding YouthWorks and Connecting Activities. The latter provides monies to place high school students in paid jobs year-round. We strongly believe that funding for Connecting Activities should not simply be maintained but increased to at least $10 million. Both nationally and in our state, job opportunities for high school students have shrunk dramatically. The employment rate for them fell from nearly 50 percent at the end of the 1990s to only 16 percent in 2012. For minority and low-income youth, the job situation is even worse. In-school employment helps youth learn about careers, promotes soft skills such as attendance, and helps build occupational and technical skills. The payoff in terms of improving future employment and earnings of high school students is well documented.
Andrew Sum, director, and Ishwar Khatiwada, associate director
Center for Labor Market Studies, Northeastern University, Boston
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Cindy Watson / Medford
I am on the board for the Friends of Rockland Harbor Lights. A couple of lights in your article didn’t seem to belong in the top 10. Next time you’re in Maine, walk the challenging Rockland Breakwater and visit Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, and then tell me it shouldn’t be on the list. And be sure to admire our harbor seals, schooners sailing by, and lobstermen hauling traps.
Curt J Lefebvre / Montville, Maine
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