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Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2011: Swearing, prayer and poverty

Waterfront profanity

Sunday night’s receipt from Shaw’s Supermarket states that I purchased groceries at 7:29 p.m. Before, during and after my shopping, I could hear the Bangor waterfront concert noise. I am in favor of the concerts, as they bring business to Bangor.

Because of what I heard as I was placing my groceries in my vehicle, I feel compelled to write. It wasn’t clear whether it was My Darkest Days or Sick Puppies, but a man was speaking in between songs. He was using profane language and continued to swear, but also described different sexual positions and various sexual experiences. He then stated that he could not begin the next song until they saw 10 sets of breasts, although he used a different word.

If I shouted these things, or approached someone with these words, at the Bangor Mall or in downtown Bangor, I believe I would be confronted by concerned citizens. It wouldn’t be considered appropriate to mention these things in a public way, particularly in the presence of children. Would it even be breaking some public profanity law, or considered solicitation?

If these concerts took place indoors, it would be the ticket purchaser’s choice to put themselves in the atmosphere of such vulgarity. However, these are outdoor concerts, loud enough for many square blocks to hear all that is sung or said.

I did not buy a ticket, but was angry that I had to hear the crude words spoken. Had my children been with me I would be even more enraged. I think some censorship should be considered for these outdoor concerts.

Wendy Smith


Conserve separate church, state

In his effort to promote government controlled by God, Rev. Greg DuBois loses all credibility when he states that his god “is the one true God.”

As long as there are religious zealots claiming that their god is the only true god, there will be conflicts, divided nations, killing and war in the name of religion. As long as there are these religion-fueled divisive elements in our society trying to coerce their fundamental views onto everyone else, there will need to be those who are more levelheaded and inclusive, on guard to conserve the separation of church and state.

Michael W. Grondin


LePage strange on poverty

Gov. LePage has a thing about poor people. He lacks compassion. You can hear it in his tone of voice. It’s the one reason why, though he may get to be good, he’ll never be great.

Ever notice that most guys who grow up poor and then succeed retain a soft spot ever after for down-and-outers, but that there are a few who come to hate being “low class” so much growing up they begin to identify with their oppressors? For these guys, their abhorrence of poverty becomes a twisted compulsion to blame the victim. One such is LePage — like the toughie worker who gets to be foreman then brow-beats his old co-workers.

Face it, governor, there is more money ripped off in one case of corporate welfare fraud than in a hundred TANF cases. And I’d like to see a tally of how much the state spends ferreting out have-not cheats compared to how much is recovered.

In these hard times, it’s better to search out folks who deserve help but are having trouble getting it.

Willard Morse


Prayer and thanks

On August 6, part of my regular daily routine will be to pray privately, in my room with the door closed (See Matthew 6:6). The easy part will be the “love your neighbor” piece. Tougher, but essential, is the “love your enemy” piece. As always, I will give thanks for diversity and tolerance, for living in this great country, which allows us our own beliefs.

I will give thanks that our wise and pious founders worked carefully to keep Christianity out of the Constitution and to make room for all. I will pray for that “Inner Light” to shine in all of us — especially those who are different or despised.

Lin Parker


Waterfront language

I have been a huge fan of the waterfront concerts, especially since they are loud enough that I can hear them in my home or outside in my yard, a benefit of living close to the stages. However, tonight I was upset by what I was hearing in my home, in my yard and in my town. Loud and clear, it was the F-word all the time. Taking my granddaughter for a little ride down Main Street and the F-word was everywhere, and very, very loud.

I could not turn the inappropriate station off, turn the sound down or even close the windows — it was in our face; there was no escape. It was Sunday and I didn’t want to hear this language and I definitely didn’t want my granddaughter to hear it.

Isn’t there a profanity law in Bangor, and if not, shouldn’t there be? The waterfront bands usually sound great — but the band playing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday sure didn’t sound very respectful, and I would never pay to listen to that — yet I had no choice.

Ann Birmingham


Health care coverage

Thank goodness my tax dollars provide Michelle Bachman with government health insurance that pays for her doctor’s visits and prescription medications so she can control her migraine headaches. That means those pesky headaches won’t cause her to miss a chance to vote against universal health care for the rest of us.

She may be able to control her headaches because she has great taxpayer-paid health care coverage, but she and her colleagues, who would deny universal health care to the millions of Americans who have none, give me a headache.

Rebecca A. Irving


Supporting Maine production

I have not purchased any Nike footwear since it moved its production facilities out of Maine in the late ’70s and early ’80s. My chosen casual footwear is — and has been for the past 30 years — New Balance.

Congratulations to the management for keeping production alive in Maine.

Irv Fletcher

Woodburn, Ore.

American flags

As a real estate broker, I am often on the road, driving through Maine towns both large and small. It is always a pleasurable sight to see American flags waving from power poles lining a roadway. I just wanted to remind towns this patriotic gesture needs some maintenance. The flags that are snagged, wound up or hanging from one grommet diminish the wonderful image you have created. I hope all of the flags will be proudly waving the next time I have an opportunity to drive by.

Jo Ann Higgins


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