Oct. 16-17 Letters to the Editor

Posted Oct. 15, 2010, at 8:34 p.m.

Re-elect Michaud

Michael Michaud deserves to be re-elected to Congress.

Having followed his work ethic; his concern for the people and state he represents; his tireless efforts to ensure military veteran benefits and problems are heard loud and clear in Washington; and his clear and outstanding votes on all the issues affecting those he represents, he has been correct and on-target always. Plus, his character, demeanor and gentleness set him aside from others and make me (and, I hope, others) feel proud of him being a congressman from the great state of Maine.

Hal Wheeler has served the people of Bangor well on the city council during the past three years. He is an articulate, experienced and hardworking representative of the people. I have followed with amazement the effort and time he puts in weekly to ensure he is up-to-date on all issues and thoroughly studies all aspects of an issue before voting. He is a definite asset to and deserves re-election to the Bangor City council.

Nelson Durgin, a newcomer seeking election to the Bangor City Council, is articulate, experienced and knowledgeable and possesses the demeanor, leadership and management skills gained through serving in numerous high-level executive positions in the Air National Guard and state and local communities that would make him an invaluable member of the Council at a time so necessary. He would be a great asset to the city and deserves our support in electing him to the City Council.

Charles J. Birkel

Bangor

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Probate choice

A recent letter from lawyers in support of Knox County Probate Judge Carol Emery said court participants come away “feeling they have been heard and fairly treated.” That doesn’t describe my feelings after a probate hearing for my purchase of a house from an estate.

With both seller (lien holder) and attorney representing the estate very willing and ready to sell, we needed only a hearing and court approval to complete my purchase.

The property had been listed six months, shown 40 times and received no other offers. I had been waiting 2½ months for the hearing.

I came prepared with substantial research supporting why the contract price was fair. Yet Emery immediately granted an attorney for an unprepared relative of the former owner two more weeks to “figure out what the property is worth,” even though the estate’s debt was too great to yield anything to heirs.

I was not permitted to present my material; I felt treated as an unwelcome interloper in her court.

The unnecessary delay caused me great expense and frustration. I came away from Carol Emery’s court with no confidence in her judgment. To me and many others, having Sarah Ruef-Lindquist as a choice for the judge of probate position is most welcome.

We need fresh wisdom born of extensive experience relevant to probate issues in this important position. Sarah Ruef-Lindquist is that person.

Anita Brosius-Scott

Camden

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Slow the wind

I fail to understand why the permitting process for wind turbine projects is moving forward despite the negative information concerning industrial wind “farms” that continues to be unearthed each and every day.

Developers have been exposed over and over again as untruthful, and scientists have discovered the detrimental effects of turbines on people’s health and the environment worldwide.

Increasingly, the people of Maine do not want 400-foot-tall turbines installed on our mountains, yet the permits move forward. We really need to slow down and take a better look before it is too late and our mountaintops are irreversibly ruined.

Bob Brooks

Montville

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Straight talk needed

I would rather look some smooth-talking con man in the eye and tell him to go to hell if he was trying to wreck my country. And I don’t want any less from my governor. We all know where this politically correct talk has gotten us. It is time for straight talk.

I’m for Paul LePage.

Irving Spencer

Bangor

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LePage’s role as mayor

I found glaring errors in Joyce Blakney’s accusations regarding Mayor LePage in her guest column Sept. 29.

As a former school board chair, I can truly sympathize with the struggles a classroom teacher faces each year with the lack of supplies and how to deal with the loss. During my tenure, I had to approach a town council fighting for the bottom line on our school board budget.

According to Waterville’s charter, Ms. Blakney should be railing at everybody but the mayor.

Under Article IX of the charter, the Board of Education shall issue copies in the form of a budget to the mayor, city manager and each member of the city council. And they’re supposed to provide full information on all budget estimates.

Also in the charter, the council shall have the power to raise funds for the support of public schools. And the council may elect, by ordinance, to assess and bill for school needs separately.

The mayor does have the power to veto any ordinance other than the city budget. Unfortunately, nowhere can I find in the charter an article that gives the mayor the power to veto any fiscal proposal, especially the school board budget.

I believe we should look to our responsibilities as concerned citizens and attend all budget hearings, if only to learn before we speak.

Jim Annis

Dover-Foxcroft

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Correction and clarification

Due to an editing error, Friday’s column “A caring court candidacy” misstated Judge Allan Woodcock’s age. He is 89.

Thursday’s editorial “The Right to be Nasty” requires clarification. While Sen. Olympia Snowe did not sign the brief in the Snyder v. Phelps case, it was because her office did not receive it. If she had been given the opportunity, Sen. Snowe would have signed it.

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