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Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013: Bangor football, food security and ‘The Butler’

Posted Sept. 09, 2013, at 12:32 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 12, 2013, at 10:52 a.m.

Under construction

While Cameron Stadium is under construction, the Bangor High School football team opened its season playing at Boucher Field at Husson University. The question is, why does the team have to play there and not at its true home? They waited until the middle of August to start tearing down Cameron Stadium. By the time they had it all down and started to build it back up, the preseason was already underway.

The young men on the team did not know where they were going to be playing, and the fans did not know where their team would be. My overall point being they should have started with the construction as soon as the snow melted. The stadium could have been up and running by now, and the boys would be able to open their season where they belong — at Cameron Stadium.

Whomever is to blame for this should know my — and many others’ — displeasure toward this situation.

Tyler Grindle

Bangor

Make a difference

September is Hunger Action month. This means summer is ending, the fall season is beginning, and holidays are coming upon us faster than we may be prepared. For many Mainers, this is a difficult time of year, particularly where food is concerned. Regrettably, too many households have to skip meals or take other steps to eat less because they don’t have enough money for food. Unfortunately, Maine has the third highest rate of very low food security in the nation.

As an AmeriCorps VISTA member in partnership with AARP Foundation and AARP Maine, I have seen firsthand the impact hunger has on the people in this state. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, otherwise known as food stamps, is one of the country’s most effective tools to address hunger and poverty. In 2011, SNAP kept 4.7 million people out of poverty, including 2.1 million children. In Maine, every $1 in new SNAP benefits brings $1.79 into the local community, which helps support local farmers and grocers. In 2012, more than $376 million came in to our state as a result of this critical nutrition assistance.

SNAP is an excellent resource for low-income families who struggle to put food on the table. If you think you know someone who might be eligible, go to www.maine.gov/mymaineconnection or call 1-800-442-6003 to connect to your local Department of Health and Human Services office. Together, we can make a difference in Maine and help leave hunger in the dust.

Brooke Libby

SNAP Outreach Coordinator

Portland

Assisted living fans

The thing I have loved the most since moving back to Eagle Lake in the St. John Valley in 1998 is entertaining with my singing and my karaoke. I have enjoyed singing at the Crosswinds in Fort Kent, the Ridgewood Estates in Madawaska and the Country Village in Madawaska. It truly pleased me to please them.

It even was more pleasing when they would get up and dance. I will never forget Louie, a client at the Ridgewood Estate in Madawaska, when he would use his walker for support and dance the Charleston, which is a lively ballroom dance, to the beat of “Honky Tonk Man.”

I last entertained them back in April, and even though my total hip replacement has got my body back to normal, my mind won’t allow me to. The physical abuse that was forced on me in the emergency room is irreversible. Soon I’ll be singing to new fans in Heaven. God bless you for

being my fans, and you will see me again when you cross over to the other side.

Kenneth Ouellette

Eagle Lake

Movie shock

I recently saw the movie ‘ The Butler,’ which is primarily about the Civil Rights Movement in the 50s and 60s. I felt sick, watching how we treated black people in those days. After the movie, I asked myself, “Who are the black people today? Who do we ostracize? Who do we consider second class citizens? The answer was the gays and lesbians. We are treating them just like we treated black people. We have not yet learned the lesson of Civil Rights.

Remember, all you straight people, being gay or lesbian could have happened to you. When the egg and sperm came together to form a human being, a spirit entered that union. If it was a female spirit and the fetus developed into a male body, it was trapped there for the life of that body. It is not God’s fault. It is the human condition, thanks to Adam and Eve. Please be more compassionate to those who seem different.

Shirley Aube

Skowhegan

CORRECTION:

An earlier letter to the editor said that Maine has the second highest rate of very low food security in the nation. The statistic, however, was from 2009. Based on 2012 information, Maine ranks third in the nation.

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