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Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014: Christmas generator, Fox Hill, wind power, Dirigo


Special Christmas

For Christmas, my family always comes from out of state to my home in Eddington. It’s a full house with 11 people. Like thousands of others, we lost our power on Dec. 23, and my family was greeted with no lights, heat or water. How were we going to have our wonderful traditional Christmas?

My husband investigated buying a generator and, on a whim, I called rental places hoping for a miracle. I found one, in the form of NES Rentals on Odlin Road in Bangor. They informed me they had just one. I asked if I gave them a credit card if they would hold it for me. Rich Leighton told me there was no need and said, “Just come on down, and it’s yours.”

Soon we were up and running. Our special Christmas became even more so. The generator worked to keep us warm, the house and tree were lit, and all felt right in the world. As much as a blessing as that was, the true blessing and Christmas miracle came when Rich emailed me the invoice for the generator, which we returned on the morning of the 27th. “Item returned at no charge, this family was without heat and electricity for Christmas, Amount Due — Zero, Merry Christmas!”

The goodness of Rich and his crew touched the hearts of all of us. It is so wonderful to see such kindness and generosity in people, especially at this time of year. Thank you Rich and NES Rentals for a Christmas miracle trimmed with thoughtfulness and the spirit of generosity.

Cindy Frick


Fox Hill proposal

I am writing to all residents and others regarding the real-life benefits that will be reaped from the project currently before the Camden Planning Board and hopefully in the near future to all the voters. I am speaking, of course, about the proposed Fox Hill project, which seeks a zoning change to open a rehabilitation residential center for recovering alcoholics and addicts along Bay View Street.

I have worked with teenagers in the area for 30 years as a professional school counselor at Medomak Valley, Oxford Hills, and from 2004 to 2012 as a counselor at Camden Hills Regional High School. The real possibility of having the resources of a top rehabilitation and behavioral sciences hospital, McLean, in conjunction with the Harvard Medical School is something all youth workers in the area would relish.

We would be one of dozens of agencies, schools, professional therapists, counselors, social workers, organizations, churches and all those who work with troubled youth and their families who could and would benefit from having McLean resources at our “beck and call.” When I use the word “resources,” I am also including financial. All services for our area youth require a financial base that just does not exist in the amounts necessary today.

There is an underground world of substance use and abuse by young people here in Camden, whether we want to face it or not. McLean would open unimagined and unrestricted resources for us to help our young people.

John Parkman


Energy independence

As a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, I’ve seen the good jobs provided by wind energy projects. These jobs are exactly the sort that we should be working to bring to Maine. Over the last several years, IBEW workers have become the best in the business when it comes to working on alternative energy projects. We’re eager to keep working and to help position Maine as a leader in renewable energy, but we can’t do that if the state stalls projects like Bowers Mountain.

The more difficult we make it to do business in Maine, the more likely we make it that companies will take their business (and the jobs that come with them) to other states. We’ve already kicked over $120 million out of the state with regulatory changes, and now the Department of Environmental Protection is trying to do it again by citing regulations that don’t exist to justify stopping investment in Maine. We just can’t afford to do that.

This project has the support of state business, environmental and sportsmen groups, the local communities of Carroll Plantation and Kossuth Township, as well as the Passamaquoddy Tribe. These groups all agree: This project will have a positive impact on the state and local economy, create jobs and help secure Maine’s energy independence.

There are Maine people waiting to get to work on this project, and others like it; I hope they get the chance.

Scott Cuddy



Others money

I’ve been waiting many years for a Dirigo insurance recipient to thank the multitude of people who have had to pay for his or her own insurance policies, plus a state-mandated fee on top of the high price the insurance policy cost.

I have two grown children who also pay for their own health insurance, as well as my wife and I. We all pay surcharges on our policies. If it weren’t for many people like us there would never have been any Dirigo. I thought I was going to realize a dream in the BDN Dec. 31 letters to the editor when Deborah Oliver gave kudos to former Gov. John Baldacci, the 122nd Legislature, Harvard Pilgrim and the dedicated DHA staff in Lewiston.

She stated that the Legislature and the governor killed Dirigo. It was Obama who killed Dirigo when he and his administration created Obamacare.

I thought for sure the hard-working people who make sacrifices in their own lives, so they can provide health insurance for themselves and their families, might just get a note of gratitude for paying a surcharge on top of our policies, to provide insurance at a free or reduced rate to those who are either unable or unwilling to provide for themselves. We never had a say as to whether we wanted to contribute. These monies were taken from us.

I guess those who receive “others’ money” feel entitled instead of thankful.

Leroy Bridges

Deer Isle

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