A mayor for Bangor?
When was the last time the residents of Bangor seriously considered adopting a mayoral-elected municipal government? It would be a move that would certainly take this city in a new and positive direction. If ever this fine city thought of embracing this change, the time to act is now and next November. The midterm elections could make it a reality.
John H. Thomas
War is the villain
What if Fort Hood’s notorious Maj. Hasan were a perfectly sane and sensitive man acting as many Mainers might act under contagiously stressful conditions such as therapists undergo in treating returning servicemen and -women suffering post-traumatic stress disorder?
Even those who face an enemy once removed by piloting Predator drones from cubicles in Utah are vulnerable to PTSD. Like Maj. Hasan, many in the armed forces are stressed beyond endurance. They deserve public sympathy and support more than condemnation. In the Fort Hood incident, war itself is the villain that reached ahead of itself to kill those soon to deploy.
Victory cost church
Catholic leaders in Maine succeeded in helping to overturn the same-sex marriage law. But it was a victory with a high price: The church lost respect and it lost members as well.
In the past, anti-Catholic bias was based only on ignorance and prejudice. After the election, anti-Catholic bias rests on two facts: The church turned itself into a political operation to change a law, and second, to achieve its goal, the church aligned itself with a California media operation responsible for TV ads in Maine that told lies about gay people, about children and about schools.
This was gutter politics at its worst.
A doughnut a day
I was glad to hear that the topless doughnut shop on Route 3 in Vassalboro has risen from the ashes and reopened. I had passed it 20 times before the fire and had never dropped in.
Torching it was an act of terrorism. There’s not much difference between a fire and a bomb. In response to this act, I’m going to make a point of buying a doughnut every time I pass by.
American Taliban take notice: If they are closed when I drive by, I will be making note of any activity around the premises. As Tom Petty sang, I too will sing: “I won’t back down.”
The BDN’s article about the members from various Catholic churches who are, with love and reverence, helping the crew from the David E. Wallace Co. move their Estey Organ to a new home (“A brand-new home for a grand old instrument,” Nov. 11) was very heartwarming. All too many pipe organs have been dismantled, stored in barns, used for kindling, or junked because church members decided not to keep them up. By their nature, pipe organs are expensive, labor intensive to build and to maintain.
My father was a pipe organ builder who began working for the Estey Organ Co. during summers in 1912 at the age of 13. His career began by sweeping floors. He progressed to learning to build pipe and reed organs and to voice the pipes and reeds on the job. He stayed with Estey until the doors were closed in 1958. He could build a pipe organ from the first nut and bolt to the last peep and squeak.
Estey pipe organs were a part of my life, and memories of walking by the humming factory on my way to school are strong.
Certainly the Rev. Wilfred P. Labbe has earned a place in heaven for his efforts to keep their Estey Organ alive. Parishioners can be thankful that the David E. Wallace Co. has the expertise to facilitate the move. An electronic organ is fine for what it is, but can never compare, nor hold a candle to the majesty of the pipe organ.
V. Dana Allison
Pat Lamarche’s Nov. 11 column, “Tyranny of majority unleashed,” was an interesting read. After mentioning Mr. Heath’s opprobrious proposal, she launches into a diatribe on the Roman Catholic Church, implying that the church would support such retrograde thinking.
Her too facile summary of church history was particularly galling. The fact that the diocese stood for the traditional definition of marriage did not surprise anyone. Had the result been different, the tyranny of the minority would have imposed its will and meaning on the majority.
This is a clash of cultures and accusing the majority of being cretins serves no useful purpose. If there is an equality problem with civil unions, let the Legislature remedy that.
Let the people decide
I just finished reading the article about the people who worked so hard to get enough signatures to be able to put the tax reform bill on the June ballot might have [done] all their hard work for nothing. Democratic leaders in Augusta did not want to let it get on the ballot.
I want to know what the Democrats are so afraid of. If this reform bill is going to be so good for the people of Maine, then let the people decide and allow us to vote on it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I am sick of being treated like a child and that I am not smart enough to decide for myself if this is a good thing or not. I have always voted Democrat, but if this is not allowed to have the people decide, then I am seriously thinking about the way I vote in the next election.
It is time for the people of Maine to have their voices heard.
End the wars
The people don’t want these wars. Go into the coffee shops, the garages, the church suppers, the gas stations. You’ll hear it everywhere: Bring the troops home.
Our people need jobs. Our schools need more teachers. Our roads and bridges need repair. Our homeless need shelter. Our children go hungry.
Forty cents of every U.S. taxpayer dollar goes to the military. Our generals are brilliant and tough, but, as Georges Clemenceau said at the end of World War I, “War is too important to be left to the generals.”
And 20 percent of our people here in Washington County live in poverty while we spend $10 billion-$12 billion monthly in Iraq and billions more in Afghanistan.
Barack Obama’s election gave us hope. Let us end the wars. Rebuild America. As a three-year Army veteran, I pray our President makes the right decision. More war is not the answer.