April 1 Letters to the Editor

Posted March 31, 2010, at 5:39 p.m.

Jacobson job producer

I recently had the pleasure of accompanying Matt Jacobson on a two-day tour of Aroostook County, and after spending a considerable amount of time with him, I am convinced he has all the tools to be an effective leader and job producer as the next governor of our great state.

When crafting the job description of the next chief executive officer of Maine, I would want a person who has admirably served our country in the armed forces, has successfully run and expanded a Maine business in a highly regulated and unionized industry, recognized what it took to attract jobs to Maine and has actually done so, and who is just a regular person with tons of integrity who cares for his family and fellow residents.

I would also add a footnote to this job description that “previous political experience is not a plus.”

I have just described Matt Jacobson. I can’t think of a better time for Maine to have someone of Matt’s caliber working for us. Matt Jacobson has the whole package and will be a governor who will produce results for Maine residents.

Brian N. Hamel

Presque Isle

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Act before tragedy

Thank you for covering the issue of severe mental illness in your article “Use of insanity defense in Maine on the rise.” I’d like to clarify that I am not an activist for people who commit crimes — I advocate for improving laws for the treatment of individuals with severe mental illness.

I know firsthand how difficult it is to get treatment for a family member too ill to understand they need help. “Lack of insight” is a distinguishing symptom in many individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar who can sometimes benefit from involuntary treatment.

Maine’s outdated commitment laws protect the civil rights of these individuals, which is important, but often do so at the expense of safety and quality of life for the individuals, their families and the community.

I have worked with Sens. Peter Mills and John Nutting toward changing these laws to strike a balance between the civil rights of the individual, and consideration of the rights of the families — the true caregivers of the mentally ill.

LD 1360, a bill drafted by Sen. Mills, will soon be up for a vote in the Legislature. This legislation will bring us one step closer to getting severely mentally ill individuals the help they need, reducing the stress on families, and more importantly — before tragedy occurs.

Joe Bruce

Caratunk

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Nostalgic for Bangor

Occasionally I miss a story written by Wayne Reilly in the BDN. Fortunately, his past stories are posted on the BDN’s Web site.

Bangor has a fascinating past. Wayne Reilly has a unique flair for incorporating lines and quotes from past newspaper articles from the Queen City’s bygone eras into his stories. When reading his columns, not only do you get an invaluable history lesson including facts and photos, you also get a feeling of nostalgia.

The quotes of actual Bangoreans capture the lingo, local political and civic concerns and the signs of the times. It’s very much like unearthing a time capsule. Quoting a sentence in his last article regarding the former Bijou Theater, “Many people I suspect, would gladly pay the price of a new DVD player, perhaps even an entertainment center, for a chance to go back in time to the old theater to revisit once more what popular entertainment was all about before the big box theaters and the VCR took a lot of fun out of going to the movies.”

Wayne, I’d gladly pay the price!

Rodney A. Duplisea

Bangor

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Gastro gross-out

There was an article in the March 25 edition that I had a hard time reading.

It seems that there is a group of people in this country who call themselves “gastronauts.”

They are on the East Coast, the West Coast, and many places in between. These people make me sick. In the first paragraph of the article, one man in New York ate a live octopus, as it was writhing on his plate. Not only is this disgusting to me, I believe it is inhumane.

If this is news, I’ll eat my hat. No pun intended.

Lois M. Farr

Dover-Foxcroft

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