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Monday, Dec. 17, 2012: Pearl Harbor Day, political trackers and MPBN

Terror then, now

With the recent passing of another Dec. 7, I can’t help reflecting on what we can enjoy in this country. I looked up at the sky the other day and was taken by its beauty and serenity. After watching the daily bombings in the Middle East, I relished the security and peace of our sky here at home. Pearl Harbor Day will always be the reminder that we too can have bombs dropping around us.

My Hawaiian mother was there that day with her family. Her dad was a serviceman. Bombs rained down as my grandmother herded her four kids to a bomb shelter.

That was the day America experienced the terror seen around the world today. That day the serenity in our skies was broken. We must be ever vigilant to prevent another attack here at home. I hope we can also be respectful and caring towards those suffering such senseless bombings elsewhere.

Tom McDonald


Replace tracker with civility

After being elected by a margin of 11 votes to represent the citizens of Clinton, Detroit and Pittsfield in the 126th Legislature, I found the following quote from former President John F. Kennedy: “The margin was narrow, but the responsibility is clear.” Clearly the voters in my

district have tasked me with the responsibility of changing the dysfunctional atmosphere that currently exists within our political system in Augusta. The voters know that a collaborative effort between their elected representatives is what’s needed to turn our economy around.

It’s my intention to bring that change to fruition. So, I have taken some initial steps toward making that change happen. I contacted the chairman of the Maine Democratic Party, Ben Grant, but was unsuccessful in my effort to convince him that it would be in everyone’s best interest if the MDP removed the tracker that it placed on the governor. I asked this of Grant because I believe that the negativity generated by this serves only to dampen prospects of collaboration between political parties during the upcoming session.

As a Democrat, I ask the MDP to afford us, the members of the 126th Legislature, the opportunity to start fresh, without this outside interference. What’s needed is a collaborative effort by you, the citizens, to get the MDP to do the right thing. Therefore, I ask you to contact your district representatives regarding this matter. Help the Legislature to get off on the right foot.

Stanley B. Short Jr.

State Representative for District 29


Media, then and now

Bruce Porter is quite right in suggesting that trackers are just another name for stalkers (BDN, 12/11/12). But the malice of tracking goes beyond stalking, in hopes of recording a ruinous event.

An ugly example: The photographers at the 1932 Cleveland National Air Races, who ignored the race and never took their eyes off Jimmy Doolittle’s wife, waiting to catch her expression when Jimmy’s fast but dangerously unstable Gee Bee would probably crash. It did not, and Doolittle won the race.

Such practice by the media, then and now, is contemptuous.

Henry D.M. Sherrerd, Jr.


Return ‘Memory Lane’

MPBN canceling “Memory Lane,” as reported in the recent article by Tom Groening, didn’t surprise me in the least. My only concern and problem with MPBN is that when soliciting funds from its listening audience, it takes great pride and care to stress the “P” in the acronym for Maine Public Broadcasting Network.

How can one segment of the public be ignored in this arbitrary decision to terminate this program? Shouldn’t the public’s voice have some say in this decision? What happened to the public since 1979 when “Memory Lane” was introduced? Did the public lose listening interest in the recorded songs and music of 1940 to 1950?

If the writer George Orwell (“1984”) were still around, he probably would say, “I warned you about erasing history and what can happen as a result.” No more “Play it Again Sam,” “Satchmo,” “Bing, Frank and Ella,” and by all means, let’s forget about the big swing bands that kept WWII sentiment and sanity alive in those years. Didn’t the listeners get enough talking in this last election? Getting rid of “Memory Lane” is like getting rid of family photos from that period of time.

It’s my hope that “Memory Lane” is returned to MPBN or else the “P” in the acronym MPBN may have to mean private.

Elizabeth Jalbert Pecoraro

Fort Kent

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