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Monday, June 18, 2012: Tar sands, expensive elections and the future of newspapers

Coal tar sands

The development of coal tar sands in Canada is very scary. With the promise of renewable energy just on the horizon, I am so disappointed with this obvious greed for revenue over “doing the right thing.”

Stephen Harper has long made it his business to ram through Big Oil’s agenda, from destroying a forest the size of England to sending his lobbyists to meddle in U.S. climate policy.

But censoring his opponents is more than just a step too far, it’s an abuse of power that could very well bankrupt critical groups at the head of the tar sands fight. This is a shocking attack on both democracy and the global climate.

Suzanne Hachey


Bravo to Penobscot Theatre

Once again, Penobscot Theatre has gone above and beyond. The recent performance of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” was incredible.

Exceptional versatile role playing and musical vocal ability by the four cast members, along with superb orchestral accompaniment, made for a great performance. We are very fortunate to have such professional talent and amazing theater staff in a city the size of Bangor. If you have never attended a performance at the Penobscot Theatre, do make a point to. There is nothing like live theater.

Rodney Duplisea


Deep pockets

Put the teachers out of work. Cut health care. Close the rest areas. Ignore the highways. Stomp on the elderly. And so on. And then go out and spend hundreds of millions, maybe billions, of dollars trying to get elected to this or that office.

And now Gov. LePage has classified the Wisconsin recall attempt as a “cheap prank.” Understand that, allegedly, $78 million was spent on that prank by the combined parties. And that is cheap?

Spending all of this money on elections is positively crazy. Take a minute and think about what good that money could do. Folks are struggling to pay their bills and the politicians are asking us, on a daily basis, to send them more money so those already in office can continue and those seeking that office can get in the game. And evidently “someone” keeps sending it.

I for one, am finished giving to politicians who, once elected, do little else than posture themselves for the next election.

We don’t have to send them a red cent. We can express our sentiments by spending a few dollars for gasoline and driving over to the polls and voting them all out. And, if the new guys are no better, out they go on the next election.

Keep your money in your pocket and let these guys and gals spend their own money to represent themselves.

Russ Irwin


Quality of life

You know the quality of life is going downhill when Portland needs a military armored vehicle for police work.

Richard Mackin Jr.


Slow down

I’ve never felt compelled to write to the editor, but after a life-changing event after the Zac Brown concert I had to. My husband, best friends and I were visiting Bangor. We left the concert early to head back to our vehicle when the unthinkable happened. A hit-and-run before our eyes, imagine the shock and anguish that came over us.

My husband and best friends Ron and Julie Eby sprang into action as I hollered to anyone that would listen that we needed a doctor. In the meantime some young woman in a Neon is accusing us all of drinking as this is all unfolding. Before you judge people, lady, we were not drinking, not one sip for the record. You know who you are. It was all to no avail as Joshua Richard Constantine at the young age of 37 lost his life that night.

He did not die alone; he was surrounded by people who cared. I too have lost a son to terminal illness so I know the pain of losing a child, it is so unnatural for our kids to go before us. My heart goes out to all of Joshua’s family and friends. From all accounts I have read he was a wonderful human being.

This letter is not only about the terrible loss, it is to tell people to slow the hell down. What is the hurry? So much lost in that instant, so many dreams dashed far too soon. Do something nice for someone in his memory and the world will be a much better place to live.

Patricia Dunn


New media

Commenting on a recent Michael Cuzzi and Anthony Ronzio editorial titled ” Maine’s newspapers remain strong.”

Just reporting the news isn’t enough to sell newspapers today. What is needed is investigative reporting. Exposing fraud and corruption that impacts society in both the public and private sectors will sell newspapers.

This is the kind of reporting which, in addition to reporting the news, contributed to the success of newspapers over the last couple of hundred of years. In today’s society, news is everywhere, in every format imaginable, from newspapers to the latest electronic media. Investigative reporting will ensure that newspapers remain a relevant medium in contemporary society.

Ed Kokoszka



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