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Tuesday, August 27, 2013: Empty chairs, bullying and good Samaritans


Best seats

The best seats at the American Folk Festival were all empty. I was enjoying the African folk music coming from the Railroad Stage on Saturday when I couldn’t help but notice all the empty lawn chairs. Hundreds of festival goers who stake their claim early in the day, for music they want to attend later, are extremely selfish. The prime area, from the front row to at least 10 rows back, was filled by vacant lawn chairs, blankets and umbrellas.

Those who want to enjoy the show now have to find a spot off to the side or way in the back.

Furthermore, it is not fair to the performers to look out over a sea of empty chairs. I hope that in the future the great folks who run the festival can address this issue.

Brent DeLong


Common sense

I find it inconceivable that President Barack Obama has renamed the action of Major Nidal Hasan as workplace violence. Obama ignores the fact that Hasan yelled “Allah is Great” during his murderous attack on our unarmed service men.

Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder have no sympathy for our men in uniform or their families when they decided to deny these victims military assistance and support, by renaming this tragedy workplace violence.

These two decisions defy common sense, which we Americans see slipping away. When one’s actions are nonsensical, I worry that the president has another agenda.

I also fear what is next when common sense is lacking at the presidential level.

Paul A. Shapero, M. D.


Shame on bullies

What are bullies all about? Someone must ask them. Is it homegrown bully parents teaching (thereby conditioning) their bully children? We had better wake up and do something about it. Bullying is becoming an ugly energized epidemic, and we all must care about what it is doing to our species’ children. I call this social media-fed atrocity the “Internet Inquisition.”

The freedom to do and write whatever anyone wants to on the Internet, without any supervision and/or social policing, spawns fierce hatred, prejudice and evil. Internet Inquisition proves humans are not ready to handle unsupervised freedom of speech on the World Wide Web.

Every single community in our country must start looking into bullying because we are losing family members, friends, schoolmates, ourselves, etc. Why are schools and police shy about working with the abused and the abusers? Mediation is a good place to start. Communities may choose to form groups of residents who truly care about stopping this abominable practice.

Libertarians beware. This is what your quest for total control will spawn: The horrendous culling of our species by thugs, brutes, murderers, tormentors, bullies and other evil-fueled human activities.

Come on humans, let’s stop bullying. It has been going on long enough, and the humans practicing bullying have done enough damage to “humanity.” (When humans truly become “humanity” I will stop putting it in quotes.) Shame on bullies; they are humans who have somehow become pathetic heartless and soulless beings. God and Goddess bless us all.

Jackie Freitas


TV coverage

This is in response to local TV coverage of the American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront. Speaking as a former Bangor resident, who has enjoyed watching Bangor over the past decade begin to reclaim its former title of “Queen City” and show the world that we are indeed the “little engine that could,” what I saw last night on a local Bangor news station was TV programming at its worst.

The two news anchors from this station not only displayed a less-than-stellar attitude by remaining in the newsroom, they had a news reporter make silly comments about the food and display an unprofessional attitude overall. Their coverage was absolutely abysmal. If this local Bangor news station cannot do better, they should cease and desist any coverage in the future.

Carol B. Smith Fisher



Embarrassment to state

Gov. Paul LePage is an utter embarrassment to the state of Maine. If anyone questions this statement, just read the newspaper, watch the news or tune in to late-night television.

If the governor truly cares about the people of Maine, he should resign and save our state from further embarrassment.

Sandy Gardner


Special thanks

Last week on my way home from work, I came upon a small accident. A gentleman had tipped over in his motorized wheelchair and fallen into the shoulder on State Street near Cascade Park. Three kind men stopped, not caring about backed up traffic, and gently helped right the wheelchair, collected the belongings and eased the man back into his chair.

To the three good Samaritans in Bangor who may or may not read this letter, thanks. Thanks for stopping and getting out when a fellow being was in trouble. Thanks for the gentle, kind compassion while righting the gentleman who could not right himself.

Thanks for proving we are, in fact, all in this together and can still act as a community on occasion. That caring humanity was overwhelmingly encouraging, and I’m grateful I happened to witness it.

Alison Mitchell



Dreams of striking it rich

I retired to Franklin to live a quiet, simple life. The experiences I have encountered, engrossed here, have helped me become both a Hancock and Washington County resident. Some of them are shocking, though.

Jobs are scarce. After the tourists leave, incomes decrease. I know in Washington County per capita annual income is about $19,500, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

Calais Mayor Marianne Moore is a dreamer, stating big-time gambling will help solve our economic woes. She states casinos offer a win-win situation. I foresee a win-lose situation.

Casinos and racetracks really will profit in our area. The citizens, financially strapped now, will succomb to the false belief of instant riches. There is a progression here, kind of a dynamic one, starting with the scarcity of jobs, leading to low incomes. Folks will become poorer as betting increases. Businesses will suffer as fewer goods and services are sold. The economy becomes more stagnant.

But, the casinos are flourishing. The mayor will be happy. Does this make sense? I applaud this newspaper for its opposition to state big-time gambling. The people of Maine are truly becoming the prey of the gambling wolves. It is not fair.

Ronald Ferri



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