Good for them ("All hands on deck make light work," The Daily Astorian, Feb. 16). I, myself, am a master, and see so many young guys come out here, and just want the money, and can't even tie a line right after months of service in the Merchant Marines.

This kind of training, especially to younger guys and gals just starting out, is desperately needed in this industry today. Not many people like to be away from home for months at a time, and for people who do like the job and can make the cut, I think that they will see a few years down the road, when navigating busy harbors with barges in tow, whether towlining or pushing, that the training they received at an early point in their career will prove to be priceless.

Capt. Todd Maddox

New Orleans