On taking stock
From Woodstock to the Tea Party (BDN OpEd, Feb. 27-28) is a disingenuous piece of stereotyping. There is so much more to the people born between 1946 and 1965 than tea parties and rock concerts.
In 1969 I walked across the USA from New York City to Corvallis, Ore., and found that attitudes from the East to West coasts do not reflect one opinion, one society or one way of life. I found many people my age who never had heard of Bob Dylan, who still herded livestock on the Great Plains, and who worked making the stuff people use every day without a thought of where their kitchen implements, chairs or coffee cups come from.
This city boy learned how to run a combine, break a horse in water, and love Kitty Wells and T. Texas Tyler. Young people who befriended me taught me that these United States are neither liberal, nor conservative, not tea party nor Woodstock, but a great mass of people usually trying to do the best they can for their friends and family.
In the ’70s, I heard people say that the USA was on its last legs, that we were at the end of our run; I know they were wrong then, as I think they are wrong now. We’re in a slump, but we don’t need tea parties or rock concerts to get us back on track. All we need is working folks like those I met while walking many years ago.
Harry H. Snyder III
Obey traffic laws
I hold a Class A commercial driver’s license. I drove tractor-trailers for a little more than 10 years. I now drive the school bus for RSU 20 in Belfast.
As a driver held to a higher standard of professionalism, I would like to address the rising problem of drivers choosing to be courteous at times when they should be obeying traffic laws.
On a recent morning, I was driving west on Route 3 approaching a side street with my left turn signal on. Upon reaching the turn, I stopped to let oncoming traffic pass. The first vehicle approaching stopped in the highway and proceeded to wave me on. I could not believe what I was seeing, especially since there were four other vehicles traveling behind the first one. Luckily, no accident occurred.
Since the start of this school year, this has happened many times, all in the name of courtesy. I have nothing against people being nice; but please, before someone gets hurt or killed, obey the traffic rules. If you’re unsure about traffic laws concerning school buses, ask police or a bus driver. Someone will be happy to answer your questions.
Kudos to Reps. Bernard Ayotte and Peter Edgecomb for their part in presenting the Aroostook County Conservation Association’s predator management petition to our governor. It is refreshing to know that we still have politicians who are willing to represent their constituents.
However, I am very concerned with the lack of acknowledgment in regards to the effect of the deer herd’s decline on our local economies.
Millions of dollars in revenues have vanished the past several years along with our deer. That this fact seems to be of no importance to our Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife and the governor is outrageous.
This administration needs to be held accountable for its political appointments and policies and their impact on the situation we are now in.
Job performance of appointed positions within the DIF&W has to be taken into consideration before the usual shuffle between departmental positions that occur with a new governor. No privately owned business would expect to move the head of a mismanaged department into the leadership of another department with good results. Our state needs to use the same common sense, or we will just continue on the downhill slide we’ve been riding the last seven years.
Recently, there has been debate in the Legislature about including health warnings on cell phones. Why are our elected officials dealing with such things when they should be focused on real problems in the state, such as a 10 percent unemployment rate or the lack of opportunity for people my age?
Granted, there is some truth to cell phone radiation, but what it contains is very small. Even a typical microwave has more radiation. Should we put stickers on these too? I’ll gladly move out of this state before someone puts a sticker on my phone proving that I’m from the state where such foolish leaders helm the wheel.
We’ve got bigger problems than cell phones; believe me.