Jan. 13 Letters to the Editor

Posted Jan. 12, 2009, at 8:10 p.m.

By design

Isn’t it wonderful to be getting this state-of-the-art Customs facility in the city of Calais? It is interesting that the Canadian side is ready to go, complete with a four-lane limited access highway from Nova Scotia to their side of the bridge.

Meanwhile, on our side of the bridge, our much-needed new Customs house and inspection station won’t be open until next November.

What I find troubling is that once travelers get over the bridge and enter our wonderful state they will be greeted by one of the smallest traffic circles that I, in my 3 million miles of driving, ever have seen. Have the designers on our side ever seen a truck?

This is supposedly the new commercial crossing point between the U.S. and Canada. As it stands now, that cute little miniature traffic circle requires truck trailer wheels to ride up on the wonderful speed bump of an island in the middle, just to travel directly into town. When the bridge opens they will be required to go three-quarters of the way around the circle. Can anyone imagine oversize loads trying to navigate this?

Once motorists clear this obstacle, they will be greeted by another 90 miles of two-lane highway before they can find anything compared to what they had in Canada. I guess we are laughingstocks by design.

Thomas Bonner

Alexander

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‘Magic money’

I see that Gov. Baldacci is getting in the bailout-economic stimulus handout line.

When will people realize that the federal government cannot create money out of thin air? All of this “magic money” has to come from somewhere. And guess what: It’s going to come from taxes.

You just think you have tax problems now. Wait until this chicken comes home to roost.

Actual, tangible wealth comes from producing a product, be it physical or intellectual, that people need or want to buy. It’s time to let businesses that made stupid decisions fail. It’s time to let people that insist on living beyond their means deal with the consequences. It’s time for all the people who make money by playing with money to get a real job.

It’s time this country got back on the track that made it great in the first place.

Paul Fox

Prospect Harbor

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Historical omission

The BDN’s Dec. 31 editorial, “The Year That Was,” states that 2008 was the first presidential election since 1928 with no sitting president or vice president on the ballot. It is an observation that was noted many times during the last year or so by various commentators, pundits, reporters, etc.

I have one question for all these brainiacs: Who was the sitting president and-or vice president on the ballot in the 1952 election?

John Purington

Southwest Harbor

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A new spirit

There’s something in the air at this inauguration.

More than a political achievement or groundbreaking accomplishment, I sense in the inauguration of Barack Obama a pervasive “breath of spirit” invigorating us all.

I was certainly aware of catching this spirit when my wife and I attended an Obama rally in Bangor some months ago. We went out of curiosity. But along with thousands of others in line to enter the auditorium, we were strikingly aware this was much more than a political event.

It was an outpouring of visible fervor for the future of our country. Even before candidate Obama spoke, the unspoken spirit of hope and change was there. Something special, even profound, was in the air. It went beyond age, race, religion, gender or political affiliation. Not only Barack Obama’s, but ours.

If this could happen in Maine, I thought, it could happen anywhere. And did. It was a powerful and uplifting sign!

What a long way the people of our country have come, as we breathe and find breathtaking a new spirit of unlimited hope and unfettered possibility for coming together and moving forward as a nation.

With the inauguration of President Barack Obama I breathe deeply the spirit at work among us as we thankfully and eagerly anticipate the days and years ahead of us.

Bruce W. Meyer

South Thomaston

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Topless coffee shop no joke

The Vassalboro business where a coffee shop with topless waitresses will open used to be called MacDaddy Pub; “McDaddy” is “street” lingo for pimp. I’ve even heard rumors of prostitution in the neighborhood.

Some say this business won’t degrade women or hurt anyone. Try explaining that to an abused child who has been raped after her father or uncle or brother left the “coffee shop.” Try explaining that to the brokenhearted dad who has dreamed of a better life for his daughter. Try explaining that to the neighborhood residents who suffer the decline in property values and an increase in crime. “Not hurting anyone.” “Their choice.” “Who cares?”

Perhaps that is the problem. More people need to consider the impact their choices have on other people.

Charla Bansley

Ellsworth

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Keeping memories alive

I was very pleased to learn that the bowling alley in Millinocket has been sold and will reopen in May. This will be a wonderful source of recreation for the entire family, especially for the teenagers. It is located at 75 Penobscot Ave., the site of the former modern and beautiful Millinocket Theatre.

I wish now, more than ever, that the Millinocket Museum had used a picture of this theatre on its calendars as I requested. I also tried to have a photo of the 1946 children free Christmas movie show in the local paper, but none was printed.

The Millinocket Theatre, the Opera House and the Four Star Theatre were the major sources of family entertainment in this area during the late 1930s through the 1940s and 1950s.

I am trying to keep those wonderful memories alive through these many years.

Glen Wheaton

Pittsfield

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