Saturday/Sunday, Aug. 13-14, 2011: Wedding bands, Native American roots

Posted Aug. 12, 2011, at 8:28 p.m.

Band of gold

I could relate to Sarah Smiley’s column about her husband losing his wedding band in a pond at Mount Katahdin.

A few years ago my husband’s wedding band was damaged and because of the way it was made, it could not be repaired, so we had it melted into a gold nugget for a chain and I wore it constantly. I decided to fly to Florida to surprise my daughter on her birthday. I stayed at the Days Inn on Odlin Road in Bangor, as I had an early flight and didn’t want to drive to Bangor in the wee hours.

That morning after I got dressed, I put the nugget on, but apparently I didn’t hook the chain properly because when I got to Florida the nugget and chain were not around my neck (I had a turtleneck sweater on, as it was March). The hotel room, hallway and lobby were all carpeted, so I didn’t hear it when it fell. As soon as I discovered that I didn’t have it, I called the Days Inn to see if anyone had turned it in. Of course, no one had. I called my husband and told him (between tears) what had happened, he said, “it was only a ring.” I said “but it was your ring.”

We have been married for 57 years on Aug. 21 and in my mind’s eye, I can still see what his wedding band looked like 57 years ago.

Lois M. Farr

Dover-Foxcroft

Don’t scrub history

I glanced at the BDN’s recent Mini-Page titled, “The 1800s, a Time of Hope.”

In the section labeled “The Buffalo,” there is no mention of Native Americans. The section simply states, “Many people thought it was good to wipe out or remove the buffalo so new Americans could have the land.”

I have Native American roots, so I feel very strongly about this. The buffalo were the main source of food for the plains Native Americans, such as the Sioux, Pawnee, Kiowa and Crow. The white settlers who came into the area essentially wanted to wipe out the natives, so they attacked the roaming herds of buffalo to try to starve the natives out.

I think it is very important to educate children about the great wrong that was done to the natives in our past, but some people are willing to overlook it.

Cala L. Coffman

Bar Harbor

Peace is silent

As a P.O.W. from the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, Kurt Vonnegut, who died April 11, 2007 from a head injury, survived the the fire bombing of Dresden, Germany, which killed more people than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima.

He was born on Nov. 11, 1922 and mentioned in “Breakfast of Champions” that Nov. 11 used to be called Armistice Day, when the people from each of the 32 nations that fought in World War I would be silent on the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year because in that minute in 1918: “millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another.”

He added that the World War I vets he talked to said in different ways that the silence of that moment “was the voice of God.”

Maybe you remember the Aug. 27, 2007 Bangor Daily News “Spotlight” photo by AP photographer Adil Al-kazali showing four-year-old Hibba Ali with the head injury she suffered from a battle between U.S. and Iraqi forces and the Mahdi Army bandaged.

Shhh.

Keith Taft

Van Buren

GOP at war with middle class

Reagan declared war on the middle class in the 1980s, and we lost. The gulf between the rich and the rest of us has grown beyond measure. Reagan’s cuts in education have become the norm. Now, a college degree comes with a staggering debt, which is exactly what the Republicans want.

Nationwide, Republican governors and legislatures are passing laws that give huge corporations the right to impoverish workers and taxpayers. Gov. LePage has happily joined the parade.

Everyday there is a new outrage. Republicans are not to be trusted. When possible, they will do what they can to block any progress that might help an average person. Want a job? Don’t ask them! Give more millions to a rich guy? How can they help?

Our senators are nothing more than opportunists who make votes of showy independence. Why would we expect any different? They are Republicans.

James I. Scroggy

Blue Hill

Do your job

When the government talks about budget cuts, the budgets they cut first deal with education, Social Security, Medicare and defense. If you Google “government waste” and read some of the articles about that the government spends money on, it is absurd.

If I was trimming the budget I would take a closer look at these wasteful spending decisions. How about politician salaries, benefits and expenses? They are well-paid and they don’t even do a good job. If we took corruption, fraud, greed and sex out of government, we might actually have a decent government.

If a company ran within its budget, the company wouldn’t need government subsidies, and if you pay top executives big bonuses at the end of the year, why would you need government subsidies? We have families going hungry in our own country, yet we have politicians (with taxpayer dollars) eating out to the tune of $13,000 for one meal.

How about our young men and women fighting for our freedom? While our politicians sleep in lavish hotels, our soldiers at war don’t even have toothbrushes. Who is in charge of the bookkeeping anyway? Obviously they are not doing their job either.

If the working-class American doesn’t pay their bills, they lose homes, their ability to care for their families, and their worldly possessions and their dignity. Also, why does it take 10 years to make changes to the budget?

Come on politicians — do your job, the one we pay you to do.

Ann Brewer

Brewer

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