April 07, 2020

Food fight, continued

I applauded George Chebba’s letter (BDN, Dec. 25) criticizing the waste of food thrown from windows during a recent fund-raiser in Bangor. However, I found Craig Brann’s response (Dec. 30) to that letter to be terribly unfair as he apparently misinterpreted the cause of Chebba’s “indignation.” Now really, Craig, what person in his or her right mind wouldn’t support the providing of assistance to needy children? The purpose of the fund- raising event was not the issue at all for Chebba’s (and my) objections. I see the throwing out (and wasting) of food as sending a poor message indeed, especially when trying to help those in need. Why not bean bags, or better yet, water balloons? Barbara Smith Eastport

The end does not justify the means. The goal of Christmas Daddies is noble, but throwing fruitcakes is a pathetic and outrageous way to gain attention for a good cause. The symbolism of wasted food is repellent in a world where malnutrition victimizes so many. Give fruitcakes to the needy and devise a more sensible contest. Stephanie Woodlock Ellsworth

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