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Tuesday, July 5, 2011: Escaped murder suspect, reducing electric bill, it’s time for a park


Escaped murder suspect

The BDN’s recent article on the escaped murder suspect from Dorothea Dix was remarkable for its pictorial emphasis on parked police cars, short haircuts and law enforcement backsides with someone seeming to point that “he went that a way.”

Not jut one but two relatively large photos were devoted to this otherwise serious article, but God forbid anything to ID a murder suspect in our midst. Were you purposely trying to do a Dorothea Dix-Keystone Cops spin on this?

Joseph Brito


With the flow

The BDN’s reports on raising the speed limit on I-95 from Old Town to Houlton amuse me.

When the turnpike first opened, the speed limit was 70 mph. Presently if traveling from Portland to Gardiner, if one observes the speed limit, one is passed by at least 50 percent of traffic going 75 to 80 mph!

Why doesn’t the Department of Transportation “wake up and go with the flow”?

Ronald Rowland

Swans Island

Reducing electric bill

If you have an electric water heater, I can tell you how to reduce your electric bill.

As an electrician and a past employee of a power company that metered water heaters separately and sold that power for a much lower cost, I can say very certainly that all so-called quick recovery water heaters cost more to operate. The heaters that are classed as quick recovery have 3,500-watt elements and higher in both top and bottom elements.

If the bottom element is changed to a lower wattage of 1,000 watts, the cost operation will drop considerably. The last two that I metered for 30 days dropped more than $15 a month, and they never run out of hot water.

The people that sell all of these so-called quick recovery heaters don’t know and don’t have a way to analyze the cost of one from another because they don’t have the time or the understanding of electricity and water heaters, and they are not metered separately.

Why did the company that I worked for meter the water heaters separately? Because they knew that they could sell it at a lower cost and still make money. And they were in stiff competition with the gas and oil companies at the time.

If you want to lower your electric bill, install a 1,000-watt element in the lower part of your water heater.

I believe that the power companies have known this all along, but they are in the business to sell all the power that they can. Think how much energy has been wasted since 1965!

Richard Eaton


Earn your pay, Congress

Our congressmen in Washington have no concept of where their duties lie.They are corrupt ideologues who are destroying the middle class and protecting the wealthy corporations and individuals that bribe them with contributions.

Their current dance over the debt limit is both macabre and pointless. The two parties are merely vying to see which party receives the credit for pitching the country headlong into a financial abyss.

It is patently obvious that our federal Congress is the tool of Big Oil, Wall Street, insurance companies and any other corporate entity that has the wallet size to corrupt our career politicians in Washington.

We, the people are only brought into this slime pit when they want our votes, our money and the blood of our children as soldiers to accomplish their political ends.

Right now Congress needs to earn their fancy salaries, pensions, health insurance, fancy hours and fancy corporate perks. They have not earned them in the last 10-15 years.

Fred Mendel


It’s time for a park

I wanted to express my view on the Millinocket town council resolution against a national park. The polarizing tone of the resolution does no favors for Millinocket’s ailing economy. Authors of the measure believe it is an either-or proposition. Either the town adopts the measure, sending a signal to the paper and wood products industry that Millinocket is still a pulp and paper town, or the industry movers and shakers will abandon us.

Such an overly dependent attitude on an industry subject to today’s volatile markets is not good for my hometown anymore. I think Millinocket should be as pragmatic about its future as the wood products industry executives are about their capital investments. It’s time our town embraced the merits of a more long-term, diversified view.

A National Park would boost our region’s anemic economy; and there is no reason why its formation will signal a further eclipse of the forest products industry here.

In the years to come, when a National Park is established, the traveling public will be drawn to our region and to our town which will continue to serve as an important hub and gateway to the Maine North Woods. Such a park will underscore the wilderness treasures of our region, which attracted the great 19th century writer Henry David Thoreau and the nationally acclaimed landscape painter Fredrick Remington Church, to name just two important luminaries. To realize this potential we, as townspeople, need only muster the resolve not to fall prey to the polarizing factions in our community that stand in the way of a more hopeful future.

Paul Corrigan


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