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Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017: Keep public lands public, true Americans helping in Texas, Trump’s behavior concerning

True Americans helping in Texas

I would like to know where all the white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the haters were during Hurricane Harvey, when real Americans were in Texas helping fellow Americans regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation. They are just helping true Americans.

Neil Waterman


Keep public lands public

Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to keep Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument intact is great news for Mainers.

While in Maine we are lucky that our precious national monument is not in jeopardy, there are many other monuments around the country that may be shrunk. The Bears Ears and the Grand Staircase-Escalante, both in Utah, are two national monuments that are in danger of being shrunk by the current administration.

National monuments are important to the protection of our environment. They protect the bodies of water and millions of acres of land they encompass. These lands house an array of wildlife, adding to the biodiversity of our country. We value the lands our national monuments encompass, but the current administration is looking to sell off and destroy the natural beauty of these lands. This would be a discredit to the beauty and diversity of our American landscape.

While here in Maine, we are lucky that the Katahdin Woods and Waters will not be shrunk or eliminated, we must continue to show public support for our national monuments. We must keep our public lands in the hands of the public.

Jacqueline Guyol


Trump’s behavior concerning

In recent weeks, our leader has shown he knows nothing of how our government is run and how it relates to not only its citizens but the people of other countries. His constant battling with senior members of his own party shows his lack of understanding of why he needs allies within his own party. This president will accomplish nothing continuing down the path he has chosen.

He continues to push for his wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, as it would be a legacy for him, but seems to forget that his promise that Mexico would pay for it won’t come to fruition. So now paying for it falls on the shoulders of U.S. taxpayers. Now, he has threatened to shut down the government unless Congress appropriates the funds for the wall. Smart move. But it continues to show just how out of touch he is.

He will go down in history as the worst president we have ever had and one that has done more damage to this democracy than any president of the past. Quite the legacy.

We should be concerned. Just remember only the president can authorize the use of nuclear weapons, and we have Donald Trump with his fat little finger hovering over the button to bring our way of life to a screeching end. I fear for everyone in this country, even those that thought he was going to be the “savior” of the masses.

Richard Barclay


No folk festival coverage

Imagine my surprise to find no coverage of the American Folk Festival in Monday’s newspaper, in print or online. Bangor throws a great party all just for donations, bringing amazing talent from around the world, yet no mention in our local paper.

Why would the BDN miss a chance to promote and report on an event that supports our local economy and is sponsored by local businesses and individuals and is just pure fun?

Susan Thibedeau



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