LETTERS

Friday, Nov. 7, 2014: Election coverage, Ben Sprague, Question 1, east-west highway

Posted Nov. 06, 2014, at 10:56 a.m.

BDN’s complete coverage

As much as I like to complain about the BDN’s faults, the paper is to be congratulated on its clear and complete coverage of the election results. The coverage of results right down to the town level is appreciated.

I live in western Cumberland County, an area that should be served by that big paper to the east of here. Over the years, the BDN has done a superior job and, from talking with neighbors, I’m not the only one who has noticed.

Norman B. Blake

West Baldwin

I’ll do my best for Bangor

I would like to thank the people of Bangor for re-electing me to a second term on the Bangor City Council. With the exception of being both a husband and a father, serving on the City Council has been the greatest honor of my life.

When going door to door to meet with voters, one thing that came up time and time again was that people did not necessarily want to vote for someone who thinks he or she knows the answers to everything already, but someone who will listen to others, keep an open mind and just try to do what is best. That is my pledge: I will always listen, gather all the facts, and then vote for the policies that I believe will be best for the people of Bangor.

If anyone has any questions or concerns or if there is anything I can do, I welcome them to call me anytime at 852-1405, email me at benjamin.sprague@bangormaine.gov, or find me on Facebook or Twitter. I am always happy to chat about our city and its future.

Again, thank you. It is an honor to be your city councilor.

Ben Sprague

Bangor

Weston a class act

It has been a true privilege to work as campaign manager for Cary Weston, candidate for Maine Senate District 9. I am extremely proud of our positive campaign, as it was respectful to the voters, and frankly, mirrored his character — a class act.

You certainly learn a lot about a person while in close proximity during an eight-month period. Simply stated, Weston is a humble, honest, hard-working small-business owner with the utmost integrity, making a positive difference in our community.

Weston will continue on as a respected, thoughtful leader involved in many causes throughout the Bangor region. He will continue on as a collaborator, bringing opposing views together to make great things happen. And, he will continue on as a down-to-earth family man sincerely interested in the issues important to us.

Corenna O’Brien

Orrington

Reason, courage lost

We should congratulate Bruce Poliquin on a classic lesson in attack-dog politics. He ran a vicious and deceitful campaign that vilified a good and honorable opponent.

As long as fear and unreason are regarded as useful tools for obtaining power, we will have leaders incapable of exercising either reason or courage.

George Fricke

Bangor

Question 1 money wasted

I am a property owner in Maine and a hunter. Although I do not hunt bears, I watched with interest the bear hunting referendum. With the results in, bear hunting in Maine will not change.

Estimates are that both sides spent more than $5 million combined during this campaign. It is a shame that none of this money will directly benefit bears or any other wildlife. Wouldn’t it have been great if the Humane Society of the United States would have funded bear research or deer winter habitat enhancement instead of trying to force their views on everyone?

It seems that today special interest groups want everyone to think and behave the way they do. This is simply against American principles. These views have lead to the gridlock in Washington. This issue will not stop here and articles in the BDN already speak of “next time” for the Humane Society.

It is time for the Maine Legislature to pass laws giving only the biologists of the fish and game department the right to manage our wildlife.

Edward LaRue

Mattawamkeag

The ‘heart’ of Maine

The proponents who stand to profit from the proposed private east-west corridor have stated publicly that if people living in this part of Maine have a better idea for the well-being and economic development of the “heart” of Maine, they should state it. Current evidence shows local inhabitants are doing so.

If you enter Dover-Foxcroft from the south, you will note the refurbishing of the Moosehead Furniture mill in the center of downtown. It is to be a multi-use development including restaurant, small hotel, office space and private living units. Local people already have signed contracts for apartments, which will allow access to local services in a small-town environment. This is a redevelopment that will offer local jobs for many years to come and will enhance the lives of local residents as well as tourists seeking the pleasures of a first-class outdoor environment with nearby Sebec Lake and Peaks Kenny State Park.

Another locally based economic strength of our area lies in the ever-growing interest in farming sustained by families determined to grow and sell local produce in a sustainable environment. Key to supporting our local development and endeavors is protection of our state’s fresh water sources — they make us the envy of many who come here as tourists from other parts of the country and the world.

The east-west corridor project would result in a long-term detriment, not a long-term solution, to the economic well-being of central Maine.

Jamie Gaudion

Dover-Foxcroft

Misplaced priorities

Lawrence Lockman’s Oct. 14 BDN OpEd denouncing the “nanny state” fails to mention a host of other giveaways that taxpayers have to cough up the funds for. To name just a few: Roads, schools, street lights, telephone lines, water.

The U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not offer its citizens health care. Perhaps that is why the U.S. is about 34th in the world in terms of its citizens’ health, just a notch above Cuba. This despite the fact that we spend far more than any other country for the medical care we do have.

Statistics to wonder at and perhaps to be ashamed of.

Karen Saum

Belfast

 

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