Comments for: After vandalism spree, Belfast teen wants to get back on track

Posted Oct. 22, 2012, at 6:37 p.m.

BELFAST | The vandalism that greeted the downtown on the morning of Aug. 8 was disheartening to business owners, many of whom were enjoying one of the best tourism seasons in years. The downtown streets had been spruced up to welcome those many visitors, and the vandalism tarnished the …

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  • Anonymous

    So this is the little punk who ruined the end of summer swimming at the city pool.  My son and I went to the pool the day, as we do once or twice a week during the summer, after this happened and were shocked to find the pool closed and the snack shack closed. I spoke to the shop keeper and owner of the snack bar and he showed me all of the damage, which was quite extensive.

    It’s easy to say your sorry after the fact but only time will tell if he truly is sorry. I hope he truly is and maybe reading my first hand account of how he disrupted a small piece of the summer fun my son and I enjoy together will help to emphasize what a poor decision he made.  

    • Passadumkeagah

      A punk he indeed was…maybe a punk no more.

      • Yawningattrolls

        I think we’ll be seeing his name in the court news again within the next year or two……

  • Hopefully he’ll think about getting his GED. The letter at least shows the slightest bit of maturity, and we all make mistakes. Hopefully it’s not a recurring theme. Way to man-up.

  • Manipulative. I don’t hear anything in this article that comes close to accepting responsibility. This guy is 19 not 12. Get a job. Join the Army. Get a life. Hard work cures a lot of problems. Hanging out with trouble makers leads to trouble. Blaming alcohol is a weak excuse. Just saying “I’m sorry” works for a child. Not so much for a man acting like a child.

    • Anonymous

      Well said Harry…I do however agree with him about nothing to do in Belfast…It is a no fun zone that just caters to old hippies , artsy types and tourists…They killed the Bay Festival…They even thought about banning Harleys..You can’t even open a daycare or build a new Sheriff’s office without a major fight…Not everybody likes to sit and stare at the water…

      • Anonymous

        Really?Belfast was named as one the top “coolest places to live” recently! Too bad about the Bay Festival.what happened with that? And,come on,you know what the ‘loud motorcycle ‘thing is about..If not,Take a walk on the sidewalk when 8 or 10 of these really loud toys run thru town.Its painful.Still,its too bad about the Broiler/Holy Mackerel/Bay festival…

        • Anonymous

          Rated by who ?? LOL…What happened to the Boiler/Bay festival was it was tossed out of the park because it tore up the grass a bit if it rained and they wanted to plant more flowers … I QUOTE from The Republican Journal “we don’t want to attract that kind of crowd to the downtown” when it was suggested it be moved to the waterfront…The Holy Mackerel tournament just never took off..Point is there really isn’t much for kids in Belfast…

    •  “I like to ask ‘Why?’” he said. “I was never really accepting of people telling me this is the way you have to do things.”

      Other issues aside, he does NOT sound like a good fit for any of the armed services.

    • Anonymous

      You must have a HS diploma or GED to join the Armed Forces now.

  • Anonymous

    I wish you the best. I respect the strength it takes to come public and admit it. God Bless and don’t mind the naysayers.

  • Anonymous

    It’s  a  nice start.  But he’s going to have to work for years to overcome his now-tarnished reputation…In short, you have a lot of work to do to offset our mis-trust of you.

  • jdtex

    I hope the guy turns out ok.  One common thread through most of these stories of young adults in trouble is that there is no father in the house. If a couple has a kid, they should stay together and raise him.  Don’t bail out like a selfish coward. If you have trouble in your marriage – that’s up to you to fix.

  • Anonymous

    Here’s hoping that your life is turning to the positive and I wish you well proving your sorry and manning-up. To the naysayers don’t judge this young man for a stupid act of ignorance but embrace him and help him to become a role model not a career criminal. Also to the naysayers look back in your whole life and tell me that you have never made a serious mistake in your life that you wish you could take back. I have made mistakes in my life and am sorry but I became a responsible adult and learned from mistakes as well as life lessons. My advice to Damien is get your education and reach for the stars because they are obtainable with honesty, hard work and a conscious for your actions. Best of luck young man for respect for yourself and others is a virtue not weakness and the lesson you have learned at 19 will be seared into your conscious and you have to choose the right path at this fork in the road. After writing this comment I found another article about this young man in the BDN in 2011. Interesting read and may Damian remember this as positive and the vandalism as a negative as in everyone of us is good and bad but we all hope we are 99% and at least 1%bad as I have never met anyone who is perfect.

    http://bangordailynews.com/2011/08/24/news/midcoast/teen-invited-to-canada-for-special-history-event/

  • Randall Flagg

    a GEd these days is worthless

    • Anonymous

      Not true

  • Anonymous

    Vandalism sprees,vehicular homicide,drug dealers,murderers, burghers ,thieves 

    Anyone else noticing these criminals in this state are being turned into folk heroes ?

    • Anonymous

       no

      • Anonymous

        I guess you have missed reading the many news stories of Maine teenagers and young adults , killing other people and or themselves with their vehicles recklessly, then the friends  and family members come on here, throwing up how their piece of garbage is a good boy

    • Anonymous

      This kid was in trouble,looking for a place to stay,3 years ago.Its not going to get any better,unless HE wants it to.

    • Anonymous

       Exactly my thinking — why on earth did he write the letter to the city and let this become “news”?  This isn’t news, but certainly is a vainglorious path on the road to self-absorption!  Too many of those in our lives now!  He is 19, still does nothing, has no plans and wants no advice from anyone.  Why on earth was this “NEWS”??

  • Anonymous

    Listning to some of these comments, I think we need to give the guy a chance. We all have made mistakes, and in some cases stupid. I am certainly glad listening to some of these comments that, when they were 18-20 or around that age that they did not make any mistakes stupid or otherwise. I pray the best for him.

    • Anonymous

      true, he just got caught. I’m sure no one in this room did anything wrong when they were teens! He might turn out ok. at the least, he conveys guilt.

  • Anonymous

    Great. he wants to get back on track. So what is stopping him? He is the only one who can truly get in his way, or make himself succeed.

  • Anonymous

    The best thing for this kid would be to get educated.

    • Anonymous

      Not for everybody…If there was anything to build around here he could jump into a trade which is what USED to happen…Work with your hands…But that’s a dying thing here in the Build Absolutly Nothing Anywhere Near Anything state..

      • Anonymous

        That’s the spirit . . .

  • Anonymous

    Stole a bunch of cars when I was young. dropped out of school,   drank too much, “ruined my reputation” which was already ruined by my becoming a teenager.

    Judge gave me a break / I was 17. 

    Small town was never going to fit in…So

    I packed a backpack and walked across the North American continant.  From New York City to Corvallis Oregon, where I got a job in the Corvallis Children’s Farm Home and began to learn that my life was a breeze compared to these unfortunate children.

    My advise Damion / and I know you propably don’t take advise from adults, but I’m giving it anyway/
    is finish your restitution, say you are sorry to the folks you wronged, and get-the-hell out of Dodge.

    I found that folks out west have a different view then here in the East.  They don’t much care what you did yesterday, they want to know what you are doing today.  Take a year off.  see the Country…It is a great country still… work on a ranch, work in North Dakota’s Oil fields (plenty of good paying work out there) Try Texas there’s plenty of work there too.  Then if you want, return with your references and do something here. 

    Too many folks think that there is nothing beyond their small experience.  Life is more than just New Hampshire and Eastern Canada. 

  • Anonymous

    The article doesn’t mention anything about his court date. It’s just a ploy to get off easy. But the again with the judges here in Maine he hasn’t anything to worry about.

  • anonme 527

    Vandalism and Nanorobotics?…oh, how times have changed…This kid is screaming for a focus in life with not enough discipline to get started in a positive direction and not enough patience to suffer through the basics, like many kids that age do.
    There was a time when doing things like vandalism meant that his folks would kick his a**, drag him down to the town pool, make him clean and fix everything, take away any privileges and lock him in his room for a few months to focus on homework and “reflect” on his actions.  I guess people are just too busy working (or whatever) these days to guide kids behavior like this in a better direction. Too bad it had to come down to the legal system. It will stay with him for the rest of his life when most likely all he needed was to be challenged by something positive.
    Move past it and find your focus, man.

  • Anonymous

    BS detector is SOUNDING OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The young people are ‘bored’, ‘they dont have anything to do ‘ Open up a book.

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