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August 11 Sports Letters to the Editor

Bangor Daily News

Best to you, Ron

I read the sad news today of the passing of Ron Brown. I was shocked and saddened though now I see that it’s been a long road for him. I haven’t seen him since high school. I still think of him as Ronny, the keyboard player in our band, “Paxton’s Backstreet Carnival,” circa 1968. I don’t know where we dug up that name. It sounded cool, I guess. Ron(ny) had a Vox organ and Vox amp, just like the Dave Clark Five. We played the school dances and had fun, mostly.

I remember rehearsing at his house one day and his father smashing a golf club in the front driveway over his frustration with the noise level. Noise, well, we thought it was music!

I live in California now and write music for a living. Perhaps my neighbors are smashing golf clubs up and down my street, but, hey, what can I do?

Ron was a great guy. A real passionate people person. A poet in his soul. I can see how he probably brought his poetic spirit to guiding the players through the triumphs and defeats of the game.

Out here in California there is a lot of talk regarding past and future lives. Hey, it’s all good, I say, though for now can we focus on the life we’re currently living! Nonetheless, I hope I do run into Ron again somewhere down the road, and play a little music together.

Best to you, Ron, wherever you are.

Larry John McNally

Los Angeles, Calif.


Lightning should be taken seriously

First, let me congratulate Bangor Junior League on its state championship and to wish them the best of luck as they travel to New Jersey. They certainly earned it in the last game — a game that shouldn’t have been.

I have been to many ballgames and have umpired many as well, and I realize mistakes will be made and no one is perfect. But when a clearly written rule in the rulebook is disregarded, i.e., the rule on lightning in all local baseball rulebooks, and the health and well being of all in the stadium is put at risk because the home team is behind and if they call the game, as should have been the case, well your state champs would have been the Waldo County All-Stars, who had already beaten Bangor 4-3 and were ahead 8-4 when the game should have been called.

I can only hope this never occurs again, and it would be my recommendation that in all state championship games, there be an umpire from each zone represented in the tournament instead of having all the umpires from the same zone, Zone 3 …Bangor.

Brian Corliss



Sports broadcasts, tobacco shouldn’t mix

Radio station WAEI in Bangor now broadcasts University of Maine athletic events. At the same time, the station advertises “The Cigar Shoppe” store and associated tobacco products. By doing so I believe WAEI betrays its public trust. Young people are drawn to athletics and WAEI is enticing them to an addiction that will shorten their lives, making them vulnerable to lung disease, heart disease and cancer. The solution is simply to turn off WAEI, and ask the University of Maine to broadcast its athletic events on a responsible station sensitive to its listeners’ health.

Dave Danielson

Blue Hill


Sour grapes, Sox fans?

Say it isn’t so, Big Papi!

Even though the story of Big Papi was released from New York, Papi should deny everything. Remember the Maine man in the investigation of all users, George Mitchell, has ties to the Red Sox. So why did it take so long for Boston players’ names to come out? There are your sour grapes. More sour grapes: 26 championships to how many? Too few to mention.

Ed Grant



Recognition deserved

I opened up the sports section Friday morning expecting to see a nice headline about the Falmouth boys winning the 9- and 10-year-old Little League tournament. Alas, that was not the case.

There was an article about Hermon winning the softball 9-10 tournament and in the middle of this writeup was one sentence that said Falmouth had won! I’m sure if it had been Bangor or Brewer winning the tournament, it would have been on the front page. Other local teams wouldn’t have been front page news but at least gotten some little writeup in the sports section. Maybe Falmouth is down the highway from us, but my nephew plays on the team and I would have liked to have seen some kind of writeup about a team that won a state tournament. That is quite an honor no matter how old you are or what town you happen to play for.

Kathy Plaisted


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