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Wednesday, May 14, 2014: Tony the Tiger, Andrew Tahmooressi, Waterfront Concert noise


I’d like to include a tiny postscript/correction to the obituary on Lee Marshall, “the voice of Tony the Tiger” for Kellogg’s. The original voice for Tony the Tiger was actually that of my father, radio and television personality Tony Marvin, when Kellogg’s first advertised Frosted Flakes in New York. Marshall and another voice personality,Thurl Ravenscroft, did, indeed, take over when Kellogg’s moved production to the West Coast.

Lynda Marvin


Save Tahmooressi

It’s estimated about 11.7 million immigrants are living in the United States illegally.

I propose a trade. We trade all this back to Mexico for U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who’s been held over a month for a wrong turn into Mexico. He faces six to 21 years in a Mexican prison.

Yes, he was in possession of a couple of legal firearms. He did not try to hide this at the border. Not enough? OK, we throw in U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder. He brought in a lot more illegal guns for the drug cartels with Fast and Furious.

Terry Shortt



Noise and health

The Waterfront Concert noise is abhorrent and dangerous to people who have health problems. I will be the squeaky wheel, again, this year, about the Waterfront Concert noise. Last year I spoke before a city council meeting and suggested that the noise, particularly the deep bass reverberation that travels long distances, might be a serious problem for people who are ill. At that time, I intended to look at potential problems to the Bangor population.

However, this is not an intellectual exercise for me any more. Although I couldn’t have foreseen it a year ago, I had a heart attack this past January. My blood pressure is unstable.

I read the recent BDN article about the decibels being decreased, but here in my home on Leighton Street, I can “feel” it, and I’m not satisfied that enough has been done. I am also concerned about people who live closer than I do. The bass sounds and the regular drumming rhythms have an effect that I can feel, and it’s not pleasant.

Someone a year ago had the nerve to suggest that people like me who have a problem with this noise should move out of Bangor. I sure would like a better suggestion than that. I was willing to compromise, but I won’t compromise when my health is at stake.

And I bet I’m not alone. I hope others will stand up against this obscenity downtown. Everyone who cares should notify the city council. Don’t let our residents’ health be sacrificed.

Barbara Sosman


Vulnerable at 16

A few months ago, a 16-year-old from Bucksport decided to take a car out with only her driver’s permit. She ended up getting into an accident, and her friend who was a passenger died. The trauma of experiencing the accident alone is awful. The experience of causing someone to die is something I cannot imagine having to cope with.

The Bucksport community is split with how to find someone responsible. And yet sometimes very good kids with great parents make impulsive decisions.

My understanding is there are businesses in Bucksport supporting this teen who is now facing charges. I also understand that there is a misconception among the teens about placing blame. Not knowing any of the circumstances that led up to this innocent girl taking a car with just her permit, we are not able to place blame. I’m not willing to place blame on her parents, either — because these things happen quickly, and we don’t know the circumstances.

This child did not want or expect this outcome. She was impulsive; she made a bad decision that had devastating consequences. When I hear that a student has decided not to support a local business because of this, I feel that the community is uninformed. Because there is no side to take. A child died, and the community just needs to grieve. More importantly, the family needs to grieve without the nonsense of finger-pointing. A child died. She was loved, and she will be missed.

I encourage everyone to look within themselves and forgive — especially because at 16 we are so vulnerable and should not be held alone in our decisions.

Maggie Haines


Curmudgeonly disorder

I hasten to reassure reader and May 8 letter-writer Randy Day that his brain is not afflicted with a curmudgeon-like disorder.

It is clear, however, from Day’s remarks that he suffers from an advanced case of “false consciousness,” an all-too-common malady caused by the overconsumption of ruling-class propaganda.

The most prominent and destructive symptoms of the disorder are the belief that one’s interests are identical to those who own and control the international economy and the related beliefs that one’s interests are jeopardized by those who, like us, occupy the lower and middle tiers of society and must, therefore, be kept in submission.

Some relief for the disorder may be had by reading the new book by Thomas Piketty, “ Capital in the Twenty First Century.”

I wish Day and his fellow sufferers well.

Robert E. Meggison


Brain vacuum

In the May 8 BDN edition, Randy Day of Garland beseeches liberal Democrats to appeal to the logical side of his brain and his curmudgeon-like thinking. Unfortunately, my own thinking has become curmudgeon-like, and I have been appealing to the logic of both Republicans and Democrats.

This seems to be a trend these days. We have created a vacuum at the bottom of the ladder. The well-paying jobs and the mediocre jobs at the bottom have disappeared. The vacuum is working its way up the rungs of the ladder. People are being left behind or saturating the labor market upwards. Economists, social scientists, educators and legislators feel the best way to fix the problem is to add new rungs to the top of the ladder. With no demand side in the labor market, wages are very low. We need to repair the bottom of the ladder.

Wilbur Clark

Presque Isle


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