Saturday, July 6, 2913: Fish biology, missing comments and gender identity

Posted July 05, 2013, at 12:02 p.m.

Listen to experience

I was interested in V. Paul Reynolds’ BDN July 1 OpEd piece, “A tainted process over use of live bait fish” on the increasingly adversarial situation at IF&W. I think it would be interesting to gather factual information on the educational backgrounds of Commissioner Chandler Woodcook and his cronies in the head office and publicly compare them with the credentials of the fisheries biologists. I’ll bet it would soon become apparent that unqualified political appointees should keep their mouths shut and listen to what scientifically trained and experienced field personnel have to say.

Carroll B. Knox

Caribou

Seat souvenir sale

What an exciting day it was for fans of the old Bangor Auditorium. We were going to be able to purchase a pair of seats as souvenirs from all the numerous games and events we enjoyed in the “Mecca.”

The excitement turned to upsetting when realized that on the Friday of the sale, the seats were sold out as the sale was just beginning.

Conflicting news reports suggested different times of the sale and when they were sold out.

This was all terribly frustrating. Did others experience the same effect? I am sorry I missed out.

Merrilee A. Kirby

Glenburn

Noticeably absent

I am wondering what happened to the comments on the story of Police Chief Mark Hathaway shooting himself? All the comments have been erased. I have never seen this happen before. Noticeably unusual and suspicious. Do you dare tell the story? Blame it on the National Security Agency?

Patrick Quinn

Winterport

Word play

What a hypocritical world we live in. Paula Deen used the N-word some 30 years ago, and we rush to judgment and strip her of her business. On the other hand, Gov. Paul LaPage makes an extremely vulgar remark referencing the use of Vaseline, and he gets to keep his job. There is something wrong with this picture.

Robert Emery

Howland

Correct agenda

If a child thinks he is an adult, and identifies as one, what should we do? Should we give him all the rights of an adult, and accept him as one? Such behavior would be patently absurd. No less so if the child identifies with the opposite sex. Nevertheless, some young transsexuals have been in the news lately, with their families trying to get them accepted as the opposite sex.

These parents, although I am sure acting in good faith, are psychologically abusing their child. I can hear the teeth gnashing and cries of bigotry already. Hold on for a moment. Transsexualism is part of a larger gender identity disorder. However, instead of getting their child the help he needs, these families are encouraging him to continue. Obviously, people have become more concerned with advancing their agenda than getting their child help. Meanwhile, the rest of us have to deal with the results of this agenda, with the invasion of politics into (until now) separate sex bathrooms. I am sorry for Nicole Maines and Coy Mathis if they feel exiled for having to use the staff bathroom. But I feel more sorry for all the females who will be forced to share their restroom with a biological male. Their feelings don’t matter if they are against the politically correct agenda.

Elsa Tiemann

Ellsworth

Rethink BAT system

Last Thursday I attended a town meeting regarding a proposed move of the BAT Bus hub. This is a crucial issue for many community members. I was very happy to see the council chamber packed with so many caring community members, many of whom spoke at the meeting. I would like to reiterate some of the good points I heard and add a few of my own.

First, from an efficiency standpoint, it makes sense that a transfer station be central to the area served by the transit system. Importantly this helps minimize extraneous transfers and also reduces the amount of fuel required to keep the system operational. Similarly, it makes economic sense to keep the hub in its current location. Given the current financial situation of the city, I don’t see why we should spend more of our budget to build new infrastructure. Moreover I fear that moving the bus hub will decrease ridership and hence the financial sustainability of the BAT system. My biggest concern though is our community members; at the meeting, many riders from college professors, to young professionals to the elderly, stressed the importance of keeping the bus hub in its current location.

The BAT system has grown over the years and perhaps it is time to rethink the transfer station. I believe renovating the current location can address the infrastructural issues at a lower cost than relocation and at the same time ensure that the BAT is accessible for those who use it most.

Matthew McEntee

Bangor

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/05/opinion/letters/saturday-july-6-2913-fish-biology-missing-comments-and-gender-identity/ printed on July 26, 2014