I am writing about two recent articles. The first, on May 4, was about hearings on mill pollution licenses. It was titled “Workers: Tough river rules cost jobs,” and was limited to one column. It mostly reported what paper mill workers said about what would happen if stricter regulations went into effect.

Even though the column was on the front page, the “big” story was about the Maineiacs’ “Quest for the Cup.” The rest of the river article was pushed to page A10.

The second article, May 5, was titled “River still not clean enough,” in letters almost as large as the Sun Journal’s flag. This article covered two-thirds of the front of the Maine section, with pictures and opinions from people in the Turner, Auburn, and Lewiston area. Most thought the river could be cleaner. The rest of the article was on page B3.

In fairness, the paper should have also gone to Jay, Livermore and Livermore Falls, and asked for opinions there.

I shouldn’t be surprised the Sun Journal would print these articles the way they did; after all, it is a Lewiston publication. I’m glad I don’t subscribe.

I am a shift worker at Wausau Otis paper mill in Jay, with little time to read the paper. Please remember this, the paper upon which the Sun Journal is printed was made in a paper mill, and more than likely near a river.

Nick DeMillo, Jay


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