Letters, Aug. 22, 2019

Aug 22, 2019

The adult/child

The adult/child still speaks like a child with a child’s vocabulary. The adult/child thinks like a child believing that repetition equals persuasion. The adult/child acts like a child by name-calling and seeking revenge against those who will not be persuaded.

As the adult/child grows up, he/she is introduced to the more nuanced thinking of the adult world. However, remaining sheltered within the child’s more protected world (substantial financial resources help) can create an often volatile and unpredictable adult.

If the adult/child attains authority and power through the fusion of these two worlds, the volatility and unpredictability are multiplied. All who find themselves enveloped in the world of this adult/child have reason to be afraid.

Richard E. Brown

Stockton Springs

Nordic Non-sense

An open letter to Carol Dibello , Submerged Lands Program, Belfast Planning Board, Maine DEP and BEP

Dear Carol and friends, It appears that Nordic's attorneys live in an alternative moral and legal universe. In this universe, boundaries of "lots" and "sufficient TRI" are created not by registered transfers of interests to property, deeds which should be careful descriptions written and interpreted on the ground by licensed professional surveyors, i.e., "Boundary Surveys," but rather other types of documents such as the:

1. Unregistered and unregisterable "release deeds" (blacked out names) backed up by the "We have the genealogist and he says, in fact, that they are the heirs” (William Kelly Esq. Belfast Planning Board meeting Aug. 5).

2. Submitting survey-like documents requiring that some attorney would be advised to look into Clark Staples' “Good Deeds” findings that the Eckrotes’ lot description was altered by Lee Woodard from the original grantor’s description.

3. Don't forget the “You can use our wet sand letter.”

4. Now, Aug. 16, Joanna has "Lots created and Monuments" by the last will of Harriet l. Hartley. The same will was declared by the Probate Court Philadelphia County, in 1951, by Pennsylvania after Harriet died, "Ineffective" and an Intestacy was declared. (Inv. Book 143, Page 395, Schedule D)

What is intestacy? The state or condition of dying without having made a valid will. Brown v. Mugway, 15 N.J. Law, 331 (Black's law)

5. Joanna's latest! Mouth of the Brook theory from Webster’s International. Well, what can I say? Please refer to Mr. Richards' PLS analysis of The Shalowitz definitive treatise Vols. one and two, "Shore and Sea Boundaries," 1962 and 1964, for actual legal definitions of Mouth of River or Brook.

6. Adverse possession "claim" Southridge Corp. v. Board of Environmental Protection, I am starting to get bored by this virtual “claim" by Touranguey and chorus!

7. The Colonial Ordinance! Ta Dum! Yeah, just what is a rebuttable presumption? Here you go, Joanna:

Black's Law Dictionary: ... A presumption which may be rebutted by evidence. A species of legal presumption which holds good until disproved.

group·think: the practice of thinking or making decisions as a group in a way that discourages creativity or individual responsibility.

It appears that our elected and selected adults in the room, with the ever-evolving layers of Nordic's contradiction, lack courage to take individual responsibility, unlike the innocent young man who is the first to declare "the emperor has no clothes."

Nordic Aquafarms has no rights, sufficient or otherwise, in the real property law universe to the intertidal private property. Nordic has no "sufficient rights" in the administrative rule and common law universe, and Joanna and the rest of Erik's agents are no longer even capable of making up serious, legitimate third, forth and fifth bites and theories of TRI.

In a few days Mabee/Grace will have a registered survey to back up the actual location on the ground as described in the WCRD and it will be legally monumented. This property will be held in a conservation easement. No pipelines and no permits utilizing these premises allowed. Under Maine law fowling, although this is discouraged, fish, navigate and stroll, with the kind permissive use of the easement holders.

Paul Bernacki


Belfast needs living wages, affordable housing

I was, and remain, saddened and disappointed to read in the May 15 Republican Journal that Bayview Apartments will no longer receive HUD subsidies. I am particularly saddened by this news, because I know people who live in Bayview, and I worry what the future holds for them, as this development will surely further exacerbate the already critical shortage of affordable housing in Belfast.

In the Journal article, Bayview owner Bob Hutchinson cited the proposed Nordic Aquafarms industrial fish farm and other business developments, and the workers they will supposedly attract, as reasons for converting his units to market rate. And therein lies the rub.

Belfast doesn't need more jobs. Belfast has plenty of jobs. In fact, local employers often find it difficult to fill positions. What Belfast needs is living wages for its workers — all its workers — and affordable housing. And projects such as Nordic Aquafarms do nothing to address these problems. In fact, there is little if any evidence that Nordic will even produce jobs for Belfast residents. Some months ago Nordic announced that it had hired a total of 30 people, very few if any of whom were living in Waldo County at the time they were hired.

In the wake of this very unfortunate Bayview announcement, we can no doubt expect more talk about affordable housing from a City Council and city administration that so far have proven too busy bending over backwards for Nordic Aquafarms to do anything substantive about Belfast's affordable housing crisis. And the problem with talk is that it provides no protection from rain, snow or wind for our low-income neighbors.

Lawrence Reichard


Comments (13)
Posted by: Kevin Riley | Aug 28, 2019 20:28


In the interest of full disclosure I don’t live in Maine yet.  Native born but we need to get a few more ducks in a row before we can move home.  As such I do not comment on local issues or politics only national and international issues.  Although Eric thinks I do. When I told Eric we are planning to move to Belfast he went all snowflake saying, in effect, “We don’t want your kind here”.

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Aug 28, 2019 20:05

Herr "Blowfish"  Schrader,

As a non-resident apparent snowbird, do you reserve your nonsense for those of us here in Maine or are you a full time blowfish year round?

Posted by: Kevin Riley | Aug 28, 2019 07:53


Eric's a snowbird and thinks he knows what's good for everyone in Maine. As you can see he loves to denigrate the city and all who live there. He's just such a Trumpster. He doesn’t what to debate he only what’s to shout people down. There are no other facts or opinions but his and if present demonstrable facts to support what you say he ignores them.
He seems to want this to become the Eric board.

I had an interesting conversation about him at the dog park yesterday. We talked about Ron as well but Eric was the main subject. Seems most can see right through him.


Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 28, 2019 04:10

That's the problem, Ralph. Here in Maine, if you never leave the State, your frame of reference is incestual or worse yet, non existent. You have to know the difference between being somewhat "dim witted" and downright obtuse. Obtuse, that's a funny word. I have an idea. Why don't you join the Upchuck Watch crowd at the next Planning and Zoning meeting, stand out their with your placards, make the newspaper and be labelled "class clowns" into perpetuity.

Posted by: Kenneth W Hall | Aug 28, 2019 01:05

I find attacks of personal nature to belittle the opposing thinkers so Trumparian.  I also do not consider a debate a "serious beat down" LOL  Truly laughing  You can twist words and attack characters, but in Maine those behaviors are seen through quite easily.

Asking for a bond, on a piece of property the size of the proposal, would be something someone truly concerned of the Maine coast would not be a stretch to protect the beauty of our State.  Situations arise that are unforeseen, and posting a refundable bond shouldn't be any sort of stretch.   IF NAF really cares about the nature.  Why not stop the purchase of the preserve and post a bond required to cover the building risks.   Then, if the project is built out to completion then use the refund to purchase the preserve.  That would be a win-win.  NO ONE can predict the future so protect yourself as well as the City NAF claims to care about.

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Aug 27, 2019 18:49

Looking forward to seeing NAF and their enlightened legal team's response to the latest court filing by Upstream Watch. NAF has a very difficult row to hoe with this one.

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Aug 26, 2019 19:31

You are in Maine now Herr Schrader.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 26, 2019 09:54

Hey Ralph, I think you're getting a little long in the tooth. Your response is quite obtuse and it's Mr. Schrader to you! If you knew anything about tradition, "A Florida Man needs no introduction". Look it up!

Posted by: Ralph Stanley | Aug 25, 2019 18:58

Thanks to Paul Bernacki for digging deep and revealing NAF for being the lousy neighbor you claim otherwise. Belmont has many folks who live and work the land and also live and work in Belfast. Standing? I don't think he has an interest in standing but providing background information on the rights of landowners. Paul can easily handle organic farming and pounding the registry or city hall. What are living wages, Mr. Blowfish? What is affordable housing, Mr. Blowfish? These topics have been a discussion not only here but beyond. 5 Years ago, 22 per hour was considered on par to afford what was being offered food and shelter wise. It takes all manner of working individuals up and down the economic scale to make an economy work. The Feds run the subsidized housing environment. MBNA gave an upload to the community that paid dividends but what now? BOA bought out the Banksters and now is facing a downturn. NAF spearheading "affordable" housing? What are you smoking? Smart people? They messed up with ownership of the submerged lands. Sorry, but your teriyaki salmon will have to wait. Buy some from Hannaford and pretend. Most of what they sell as farm raised gets thrown out. No taste but your sauce must be delicious. Blowfish. Maybe Nordic could look into that species. I can see it now. Blowfish care of Herr Schrader.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 25, 2019 04:48

Hey Ken, you received a serious beatdown from Domenic, so I would suggest that you take a sabbatical on your social justice commentary, cuz nobody really buys into it anymore. I hear Breadline Bernie Sanders is looking for volunteers.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 23, 2019 04:15

Hey Ken, the local management for NAF live in Waldo County, unlike our City Manager that still has legal residence in Castine. Face it, wouldn't you rather live in the Portland area with all the amenities that are offered and it happens to be where their US based business is domiciled. What are you doing about bringing good paying, career oriented jobs and affordable for sale housing to Belfast instead of just making backbencher remarks.

Posted by: Kenneth W Hall | Aug 22, 2019 22:44

They are so smart they bought their homes in Portland and not locally.

Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 22, 2019 19:21

As previously stated Bernacki, you have no standing in the matter of NAF living in that bastion of activity, Belmont, so you're wasting your breath. Focus on your organic farming and leave the salmon farming to the experts. Can't wait for my teriyaki salmon dinner and a nice cold beer.

And Lawrence Reichard, you're getting to be like a bad rash. Just can't get rid of it. You state "Belfast doesn't need more jobs. Belfast has plenty of jobs. In fact, local employers often find it difficult to fill positions. What Belfast needs is living wages for its workers — all its workers — and affordable housing. And projects such as Nordic Aquafarms do nothing to address these problem.  What a ridiculous statement. Belfast needs to diversify it's economic base with higher paying, technical jobs like they have at Jackson Labs in Bar Harbor. How about a technology incubation center at the old National Guard Amory. With living wages comes an education, including advanced education that justifies higher salaries, not just because people "deserve it". You want to work at the McCrum potato factory for the rest of your life, don't apply yourself in secondary school and graduate a slacker. Oh, and don't forget affordable housing. Now just where is that supposed to come from? Subsidized rental apartments in the area are just that-subsidized. You need some bold initiatives to make this happen. There are ways to get it done, but the City Administration does not have the expertise to pull it off. They can't even get something going with the assets they already have, namely, Belfast Yards and the old Public Works land. Don't discount NAF spearheading an effort to bring affordable "for sale" housing to the area. They are very smart people and have already shown that they will be a good corporate citizen.

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