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Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012: Maine Air Museum, abortion and loss of student


Visit Maine Air Museum

On Aug. 28, the Bangor Living Innovations Community Connections group had the privilege of spending our morning at the Maine Air Museum.

The museum is a nonprofit, educational institution located right beside the Bangor International Airport. Their primary focus is to preserve the state of Maine’s aviation heritage. From jet engines to link trainers, the museum has an impressive amount of displays that would be enjoyable for anyone in the Bangor community to see.

Our tour guide, Hank Marois, took us through all of the displays and was more than happy to answer any questions that we had. We walked away with new knowledge about aviation, and it was an awesome experience. We strongly encourage the residents of Bangor to support our town’s history and to pay a visit to the museum.

Heather Bacon


Women’s health

I have lived in Sangerville for the last 38 years and in that time there have been nearly 50 million abortions and I have noticed that everyone who is for abortion has been born, and those who call themselves “pro choice” stand for “nothing.”

Those who think women should have access to abortion and the birth control pill should change their mind after reading that in the early 1990s there were 26 major university and hospital studies published in the scientific and medical journals, not only establishing strong links between abortion and breast cancer, but also between breast cancer and oral contraceptives.

In the April 6, 1994 issue of the journal of the National Cancer Institute, for example, research showed that women on the pill for 10 years were 70 times more at risk of contracting breast cancer than those never using the pill.

How much money do you think the pharmaceutical and abortion industry make? Think about it. Is it women’s health they care about or is it the money?

Out of the 50 million abortions, do you think there could have been several men or women who could have found a cure for the many diseases that men, women and children die of at a very young age?

Joseph Rittano Sr.


Angus will build bridges

Having voted for the “person” rather than the “party” in the last 12 major elections, I have been especially troubled by the “party-certainty” and vitriol spewing forth from Washington.

Now Mainers have a chance to raise the level of dialogue in Washington by voting for independent Angus King for senator. Many of us remember his excellent work as our governor and his self-sacrificing approach to our needs. However, that is only part of why I support King. My major reason for voting for him lies in his strong support of family values coupled with education of our children.

To illustrate my point, when King was governor, I happened to attend a few post conference dinners at which he was a featured speaker. On many occasions, he asked if he could present his comments earlier (during dessert, for instance) so that he could be back home in time to read to his kids at bedtime. To me, this is an indicator of his real values.

I believe King will build bridges, not raise barriers in the Senate, bridges to a better future for our kids.

James Folsom


Dad’s district run

I am very happy that my dad is running for the Maine House of Representatives, Bangor’s 16th district. My dad has an exemplary ability to promote positive change in all contexts. For example, at the age of 17, when faced with the death of his father, he stepped in and ran the family pest-control business until it began to affect his health.

At the age of 30, he went back to school on the GI bill and worked in big business. He is devoted to maintaining the Maine way of life, while creating an environment that encourages young people to stay and raise their families here. He embraces all of the beauty that the great state of Maine has to offer. He demonstrates an informed awareness of effective changes that would be beneficial to Maine from an economic standpoint.

My dad, John Schneck, a Democrat, exemplifies our Maine values in every enterprise he undertakes. Hardworking and conscientious, he realizes the importance of perseverance as a critical component to advancement and getting the job done. He is reliable, trustworthy and takes input from people in our community into careful consideration when planning for change. He is motivated and enthusiastic and knows what needs to be done so that Maine is able to live up to its full potential both economically and environmentally.

By running for the Maine House of Representatives, my dad has made a commitment to every individual who is fortunate enough to reside in this beautiful state. He will bring out the best in our state, so we can truly embrace “the way life should be.”

Katie Schneck


Student loss

Last week John Bapst Memorial High School lost a student, Owen Krause, to a tragic auto accident. Owen was a junior from Stockton Springs. A wonderful friend to many, he was full of spirit and leaves a gap in our community that’s impossible to fill.

At the same time, we learned how far that community extends. Within hours of the sad news, the Brewer Schools offered counseling help.

Flowers, calls and emails poured in from Bangor, Hampden, Old Town, Hermon, Orono, MCI, Washington Academy, Erskine Academy and many other schools that I am afraid only of leaving schools out in a short letter like this. Acadia Hospital offered grief counseling, and our neighbor, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and the Independent Schools Association of Northern New England offered support as well. Sunday’s celebration of Owen Krause’s life drew nearly 700 people to John Bapst, and Sekera Auditorium was filled with flowers.

At Friday’s football game at Cameron Stadium, the Hermon team crossed the field to express their condolences to our students and coaches, the truest expression of sportsmanship. On Saturday in Old Town, cross-country teams arrived wearing ribbons in our school’s purple or

headbands like the ones Owen used to wear, and Caribou’s team brought a generous donation to the school’s scholarship fund in Owen’s name.

Thank you to all of the wonderful schools, organizations and individuals who have reached out, recognizing that when a young person passes away, the loss is everyone’s, as is the opportunity to help us heal.

Mel MacKay

Head of School

John Bapst Memorial High School

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