Ashamed of Bangor
For certain, there are many residents in agreement with Barbara Sosman’s assessment in her letter (BDN, Aug. 30) of the Bangor Waterfront, in particular, the noise.
My concern is the trashy appearance of the waterfront property. Driving by with an out-of-town guest on Sept. 4, I observed and was embarrassed by the ugly concert staging reaching into the sky, fences everywhere, some covered with blue tarps, paper cups and trash strewn over the ground, a mish-mash of trailers, golf carts and miscellaneous equipment and lines of portable toilets.
This is the sorry scene that greets tourists approaching Bangor. Is it any wonder that the cover of the Bangor Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide depicts the Bangor Waterfront at night?
In another area, how many residents have experienced culture shock when passing through the heart of Bangor’s downtown, stunned by the recent “beautification” of Broad Street? Gone is the Fitz-Gerald sculpture and the fountain, replaced with an outdoor beer garden replete with Guinness beer signs on fencing and umbrellas. How sad.
I watched the Republican National Convention with interest, waiting for someone, anyone, to mention the fact that we are at war and that thousands of our troops are in the field. In vain did I wait for the Republican nominee to mention the thousands of American families who had suffered the loss of a loved one, families where a chair will always be empty. I am a member of such a family.
When queried about this absence of comment, Mitt Romney replied that he did not consult “laundry lists” of details while making public remarks.
I have another detail for Romney: we vote.
Is it my imagine or have I missed the boat somewhere? On Page 1 of the weekend edition of the BDN (Sept. 16) the headline reads, “How can rural maine attract business?” Then on page B1 another article headline reads, “Committee formed to fight Quimby national park plan.”
If we had a governor and Legislature who understood this problem, we’d have a committee working on a plan to give low-interest loans and educational assistance to potential business owners if Roxanne Quimby’s land was turned into a national park.
There could be courses helping people understand how to invest in hiking trails, bicycle and kayak rentals and trips, food and restaurant businesses and more to bring people into a North Woods National Park. Acadia National Park brings millions of visitors to the area who spend millions of dollars to hike, bike, kayak, camp and eat, while enjoying the park for seven months every year.
The people who live in the area could be helped to become business owners who would create jobs for others rather than destroying the idea of another national park in Maine. If committees were set up now, the people in the area could determine what kind of park it would be.
People of the area would be smart to look down the road to the year 2025 or later, rather than looking back 50 years ago at how it was. Either we move forward, or we live in a state that has little or no future.
Alice MacDonald Long
Sarah Smiley for School Committee
A commitment to academic excellence by teachers, parents, administrators and City Hall has made the Bangor School System the best in the state. This success is no accident. On Nov. 6, Bangor voters have the opportunity to elect a new member to the Bangor School Committee who will continue this tradition as well as tackle the significant challenges we face as a result of economic and legislative uncertainties.
Sarah Smiley has a bachelor’s degree in education and is involved in a number of parents’ organizations in the area. More importantly, Smiley not only talks the talk but walks the walk as a mother of three boys who attend three different Bangor schools. This unique perspective gives Smiley valuable insight into how we can best support our teachers, allocate resources effectively and open up lines of communication between parents and school officials.
She is the type of person who can bring people together, and that is just what our schools need in order to adapt to a changing educational climate. She has lived all over the country but has chosen to stay here in Bangor and to keep her kids in public schools because she knows how good the schools are and how important they are to our community.
She is a person of great integrity, and she is already an asset to our schools as a parent. She will do even more good as a member of the school committee. I urge all Bangor voters to cast a vote for Smiley this November.
I urge you to vote for Lloyd Chase, the Democratic candidate for Maine House District 44 (Appleton, Hope, Islesboro, Liberty, Lincolnville, Morrill, and Searsmont) on Nov. 6.
I’ve met Chase several times (and his three Labrador dogs) over the summer at local events. He strikes me as informed and concerned about the economy, sensitive and caring about people, and conscientiously clear-headed about his priorities to once again restore “balance and cooperation in state government.”
Born and raised in Maine, a graduate of the County’s Ricker College, a Vietnam veteran serving in the Navy and Air National Guard, recently retired after 30 years with Delta Airlines, long married to Pam and father of two, he’s “too young to whittle; it’s time to give back,” Chase told me.
You can learn more from his brochure he’ll be glad to hand you at Lincolnville’s parades, farmers markets, libraries’ candidates nights and knocking on doors in his seven towns. Running for his first elected post, he’s committed to learning what his future constituents think is important.
A resident of Liberty, Chase pledges to reach across the aisle and work with everyone to eliminate fraud and waste, require accountability, restore state public education funding, protect seniors and others most vulnerable while growing the economy and protecting Maine’s unique environment.
I’m convinced Chase is the best person for the job. I hope you’ll run into Chase soon and see for yourself. If you do, look for his dogs.