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Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011: Economy, funeral etiquette

Economic unrest likely

I was interested to note the relationship between two recent stories.

Eric Cantor restated the GOP position that top-down tax cuts and throwing out regulations is the path to economic prosperity. The past 30 years of “trickle down” economics has been shown time and again to do nothing except favor the rich by widening the wealth and income gap to the middle class, now at an unprecedented level.

In another story we learn that Sen. Collins is concerned about domestic terrorists. It seems to me that we are in the process of creating the same conditions here that have existed for years in many Middle Eastern countries, and which have been responsible for inspiring massive change, i.e. rebellions.

Young people there see political systems that favor their rich while they can’t even get jobs and share in the prosperity. For example, official unemployment for Saudi Arabia males is about 10.5 percent but some estimates go as high as 25 percent. No wonder young people there feel disenfranchised. I fear that is exactly what’s happening here.

If we cannot figure out how to have more citizens share in our prosperity it will only be a matter of time before young people take matters into their own hands. Revolution anyone?

Reagonomics, trickle down or whatever you want to call it would be considered disastrous by any rational analysis, yet this is precisely what Cantor and many other professional Republicans want. I hope we’re smart enough to not give them that chance again.

Frank John

Funeral etiquette

I attended a funeral locally a couple of weeks ago, and realized how sad it is that people aren’t even aware of the ritual of having your headlights on while travelling in a procession to the grave yard, and, even more so, that other drivers we met on the road don’t pull over in respect any more.

It’s too bad we are all in such a hurry that we can’t even show respect for the deceased. We need to slow down and remember we are all in a hurry to head in the same direction as the person riding in the back of the hearse.

Wanda St. Peter

Standing room only

My husband and I attended the Lady Antebellum concert in Bangor on Monday, Sept. 5. The music was great, but as far as seeing the concert, that didn’t happen because of people standing, starting with the front row.

The lady in front of me was an older lady and not able to stand for any length of time. She complained to several event personnel and was told there was nothing they could do.

They can tell the people to sit down.

I didn’t know there were so many rude, ignorant and inconsiderate people out there. The picture takers are almost as bad, but at least after 10 or so pictures they would leave.

You might as well pay general admission, because you have to stand there. I paid for reserved seating. Yes, seating. Even the rain was more considerate to hold off until almost to the end.

Linnie Pritchard

One hand clapping

I applaud the BDN for your Sept. 7 editorial “Focus on Justice Thomas” and the improper influence of him and his wife on right-wing politics.

I would have even more admiration for you as a member of mainstream media if you had gone a step further to point out his inappropriate attendance at Republican strategy sessions hosted by the Koch brothers. Indeed, you could have called out the unethical fundraising activities of Supreme Court Justices Roberts, Alito, Kennedy, Scalia and Thomas, who have given us the Citizens United decision and many others favoring corporations over the rest of us.

Justice Thomas is right that the “legitimacy” and “integrity” of the Supreme Court are necessary as the last bastion of fairness against the politics of the other two branches, and he is one of the five biggest threats to it.

Since Supreme Court Justices are lifetime appointments and exempt from the federal judicial code of ethics, the only immediate recourse concerned citizens have is to create widespread outrage and work to impeach them. Some groups already working to that end are: Brennan Center for Justice, Common Cause, Free Speech for People, Move to Amend, People for the American Way, Public Campaign, Public Citizen and Think Progress.

Thank you. Keep up the good work.

Karen Emery-Estey

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