Saturday/Sunday, March 17-18, 2012: Doonesbury, Fund for a Healthy Maine

Posted March 16, 2012, at 3:56 p.m.

Fox News stunt

I am very disappointed that the Bangor Daily News chose not to run the Doonesbury comic strip this week and instead replaced it with what must be fill-in panels. Even the Houston Chronicle, a newspaper in the very conservative state of Texas, is running the panels on its editorial pages.

Reproductive choice for women is being eroded and the people of Maine could be informed on the subject in a somewhat humorous, somewhat ironic manner, should the newspaper do its job. You run Doonesbury on the editorial page for a reason, so quit pulling a Fox News stunt with selective offerings and omissions.

Martha Williams

Bar Harbor

Save healthy funds

There is a public health crisis looming on the state’s horizon: significant cuts to the Fund for a Healthy Maine that would dismantle the local public health system infrastructure.

Here in Androscoggin County, we have our local version, Healthy Androscoggin, doing community-level prevention, policy and environmental change work. The members of the Lewiston Auburn Public Health Committee know firsthand the value that Healthy Androscoggin brings to our community.

The Healthy Androscoggin collaboration with the LAPHC was vital to the success of our recent bath salts forum, as well as last year’s bed bug forum. Healthy Androscoggin and the LAPHC have been able to respond to the public health needs of our two communities.

Many Maine residents may not be aware that the Healthy Maine Partnerships are the cornerstones of the structure and funding for work on local public health priorities which include work site wellness and childhood obesity prevention. Additionally, Healthy Maine Partnerships are the state’s local tobacco control system, working on tobacco prevention and cessation in every Maine town.

The ongoing work of Healthy Androscoggin is a vital contribution to the public health efforts of Lewiston and Auburn. On behalf of the LAPHC, I urge our communities and legislators to see the long-term value of prevention on the rising rates of health care costs to business and the community as a whole. Preserve the Fund for a Healthy Maine, the Healthy Maine Partnerships and our local public health infrastructure.

Phil Nadeau

Vice chairman

Lewiston Auburn Public Health Committee

Brewer residence requirement

I just read a story in the BDN about the Brewer City Council proposing to require that future school superintendents be residents of Brewer.

There is no mention of Councilor Larry Doughty’s reasoning behind his proposal, but all I can say is that I think it is ridiculous to limit the Brewer’s choices for a potential leader of our children’s educators, just to force some show of loyalty, or make a few extra tax dollars, in exchange for our children’s quality of education.

I hope the people of Brewer will vote this down by a landslide.

Steve Campbell

Brewer

CORRECTION:

At the request of the author, a letter about text messaging while driving was retracted.

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/03/16/opinion/saturdaysunday-march-17-18-2012-doonesbury-fund-for-a-healthy-maine-and-texting/ printed on July 28, 2014