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Dec. 22 Letters to the Editor

EMMC crosswalk hazard

In light of the recent pedestrian-car accident in a crosswalk in front of EMMC, I would hope that a committee has been formed to study this accident in an effort to protect other health center employees who also utilize this crosswalk. Traffic and pedestrian patterns need to be studied and examined in an effort to determine how to eliminate any further accidents or “near misses” which seem to happen more frequently then we know.

Our fine employees of EMMC should not have to dodge cars and trucks on their way to and from taking care of our fellow community members

Yes, we all need to slow down in this zone — but this accident highlights the fact that what is in place is not working and another solution needs to found. Please work to solve this issue before anyone else is injured.

Jann Jones



MPBN decision saddens

With great sadness I read in the BDN about the decision to discontinue radio and television broadcasting by MPBN in eastern Washington County. I think this decision needs to be reversed.

The residents of Washington County and southern Aroostook County deserve the same treatment as the rest of Maine in receiving this important programming that is partially funded by the taxpayers of Maine. The map of the tower locations concentrates service along the I-95 corridor and southern coastal areas. Granted, these are the highest population areas, but the original funding to PBS by the federal and state governments was to provide service to rural areas that could not receive network television signals. I do not believe that this mission has changed.

The statement by MPBN that the area targeted does not contribute to their fundraising efforts is unfair. We are a county of low population, low incomes and many retirees who live on fixed incomes. We should not be deprived of coverage for this reason.

I have lived in Maine for 32 years and for the first 11 years had no television stations other than MPBN. I wake up to MPBN radio every day and listen to it from 4 to 6 p.m. daily. I can’t imagine my day without hearing those familiar voices keeping me informed about state, national and world issues!

We need the quality and balanced reporting that MPBN provides. Please write to MPBN, your state and federal representatives to help reverse this tower closure.

Nan Bradshaw



Christmas as culture

There has been much discussion of the real meaning of Christmas in the news. Many holidays began in order to commemorate religious or pagan events. Most of them have evolved over the centuries and new rituals have been added or substituted.

Christmas is now a cultural event, one of the few times of the year when people are all engaged in the same activity at the same time. Societies need these common experiences to maintain a sense of cohesiveness. Some emphasize the religious aspect, others the pagan custom of the Christmas tree, others shopping for friends and family, and others have parties or once-a-year family get-togethers.

Whatever we choose to do to celebrate Christmas, it creates a feeling of camaraderie and a desire for social interaction. Other societies have their own rituals. We have ours.

If we were to adhere to a strict interpretation of all our holidays, we would not allow Easter eggs and the Easter bunny. Certainly the religious significance of Easter is as great as that of Christmas, yet we don’t condemn the rituals that have developed around it over the years. Most children don’t even know the Christian meaning of Easter.

It is a contradiction to encourage business and spending money, to believe that our economy is the basis of our success or failure as a nation, while at the same time sneering at one of the most successful economic events of the year.

Part of the significance of the birth of Christ is fostering peace and love. That includes tolerance and recognition of the fact of change.

Cheri Walton



MPBN’s ‘pay to play’

The Beck and Dowe boys at MPBN are at it again.

First it was the offing of our beloved Humble Farmer; now it’s the loosing of a God-awful “pay to play” scandal on Downeast Maine. Right at the time when poor old Washington County needs its radio, TV, and Emergency Alert system most, MPBN (read Beck and Dowe) are threatening to pull the plug unless rural citizens, or Augusta, or D.C., or somebody comes up with the money they say they need.

It’s the worst kind of heavy-handedness, akin to extortion — hitting the neediest first, the folks who should be the last to get cut off. Time for us to fire off a lot of angry letters to those guys, and to Augusta. And time for this good newspaper to do some serious investigative reporting into what’s really behind this mean-spirited threat to our quality of life, and to our safety.

Willard Morse


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