Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014: Airport construction, Bangor kindness, Cape Elizabeth gun club

Posted Aug. 20, 2014, at 1:01 p.m.

BIA construction

I recently started flying to Bangor International Airport rather than Bar Harbor after discovering nonstop flights from my hometown and reasonably priced shuttle services to Mt. Desert Island. But while it’s good to see the airport being renovated, the poor management of the construction project is causing unnecessary problems that discourage flying here.

Shuttle services providing affordable, scheduled transportation to towns nearby have been instructed to use a parking lot at some distance from the terminal, forcing passengers to walk a long way and carry their luggage over large areas of dirt and rocks — through the middle of a construction area. Why these shuttles can’t use the regular passenger drop-off area near the terminal like some private vehicles do is a mystery. It is unsafe, inconvenient and a serious problem for the very elderly and disabled.

Bangor International Airport’s discrimination against certain shuttle services at the height of the tourism season lacks common sense and is hurting the public. July and August are not the time to cause snarls and discourage use of transportation services that make a visit more affordable and more environmentally responsible.

With this $10 million project, largely funded through federal and state grants, set to continue into 2016, Bangor International Airport officials should immediately restore passenger shuttle pick-up and drop-off at the terminal, in support of the region’s economic health and reputation as a great destination. C’mon, Bangor International Airport — support Vacationland!

Beth Solomon

Washington, D.C./ Bar Harbor

Bear populations

Without question, the management of bears throughout the years and within the state of Maine has been an exemplary demonstration of a biological and scientific-driven success. With a dearth of relevant postulants and a nostalgic view of reality, many who support the upcoming referendum preclude the factual existence of this species, whose population has been maintained within the parameters of human encroachment and spiraling commercial development.

The incremental increase in the bear population correlating with the passage of the proposed legislation would negatively impact individuals living in many parts of the state but would more importantly impart a devastatingly negative impact upon the creatures of whom these individuals profess to serve.

Frequently, within the scope of compassion and viability, decisions are required that belie what some consider “fair.” Such is often the case within nature, whose boundaries and regulatory schemes can stir the soul with unbridled examples of violence and savagery. The continuing bear management program prescribed by the wildlife officials and biologists in the past and recommended by them for the future needs to be respected and adhered to. Anything short of its continuance would negatively impact in the most severe of circumstances the current balance that has been successfully maintained and has served the human and bear populations in the most relevant and compassionate ways possible.

Ken Fogelman


Bangor kindness

There is far too little thanks and good news recently, and I feel that I need to do my part to change that. In July, I took my 87-year-old, very agile mother to Bangor while she was visiting me from Ontario, Canada. We had a wonderful trip, and it is time that I extend my thanks and best wishes to the people of Bangor for being some of the kindest and most polite folks that I have seen in a very long time.

My mother, Lexie, and I turned to each other with a smile of amazement each time people, most especially young people, stopped to open doors or offer assistance. Truth be told we thought we had not only crossed the border but entered a time warp. I have been travelling to Maine for many years, but I’m embarrassed to say this is the first time I’ve noticed how kind and patient it’s residents are.

Such kindness doesn’t go unnoticed, and I just want to say that whatever Maine is teaching its children, we all need to take notice because Maine is doing a most amazing job of raising them. Can’t wait to return.

Catherine Norman-Donovan

Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia

Article clarification

I am writing in response to the Aug. 14 Forecaster article “Cape Elizabeth gun club faces new obstacles” to offer clarification. Concerned neighbors did not seek to “unnecessarily interfere with the club’s plans to satisfy some of their stated concerns” as Tammy Walter says, but rather to question the gun club’s stated plans to expand activities, hours and offerings.

In the club’s grant application with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, the club describes its future plans, which include skeet shooting, growing the membership, classes for women and children, youth shooting teams, archery and bowhunting lessons, and daily, four-hour shooting sessions open to the general public.

Residents were alarmed to learn of plans for growth at a time when all parties are working very hard to forge reasonable compromises and solutions. Residents wish to create a shooting range with modern safety measures for club members to enjoy while protecting surrounding neighborhoods. But we do not want a busier, noisier range with expanded offerings, hours and usage.

Jon Baldwin

Cape Elizabeth

Grain of salt

Readers might want to keep a grain of salt handy before taking advice from Richard Berman’s Aug. 15 letter. Better yet, make it a truckload.

He takes quotes from decades ago and serves them up with no context, which does nothing to inform the debate about hunting bears in Maine.

Berman heads a nonprofit that serves no public purpose, anonymously funded by large corporations to pursue their agendas through advertising and editorial pages. This organization got its start in advocating for big tobacco and has moved on to such dubious causes as tanning beds, high-fructose corn syrup and trans fats.

If Berman and his associates took a fraction of the time and money they’ve spent attacking respected animal charities and put it toward helping animals instead, the world would be a better place. Fortunately, The Humane Society of the United States has been focused on helping all animals for 60 years.

Alan Heymann

Vice President, Communications

The Humane Society of the United States

Washington, D.C.


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