To the Editor: Fair enough 

To the Editor: 

I would like to add my voice to those expressing appreciation to the many people who organize and volunteer for the annual Blue Hill Fair. This year’s iteration was no exception as it continued a long-standing tradition of excellence with the addition of the exhibit honoring E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” and the entertaining productions of the play by the same name by folks from the Grand Theater in Ellsworth. Bravo. 

One item that officials might want to look into, however, was a T-shirt vendor on the midway who had numerous black shirts emblazoned with large white lettering including the “F” word hanging front and center on their tent. The fair has always been great family entertainment and this vendor’s embrace of obscenity in obvious hopes of financial gain seems anathema to that.  

Private organizations such as the fair have every right to prohibit such rude and juvenile displays. Doing so is not censorship; rather, it is making a statement that the fair and broader communities that sustain it have standards and prize civility.  

I have every confidence that families and small children strolling the midway next year will not be subject to similar exhibitions of crude and crass commercialism. 

Earl Brechlin 

Bar Harbor 

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