Wednesday, July 2, 2014: Carbon rules, truck driver fatigue, Clifton wind

on July 01, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
Optimistic vision I love Emily Figdor’s optimistic vision about climate change and our clean future. I agree we will tackle this problem, in the nick of time. And I agree the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal is significant for including carbon dioxide as a pollutant. But the method could be so …

Tuesday, July 1, 2014: National park support, bear baiting opposition, Collins on gay rights

on June 30, 2014, at 2:05 p.m.
Future gift I attended an informational meeting in Hampden on June 25 on the North Woods national park and national recreation area proposal. It was a considerate and thoughtful presentation of the process to date as well as the plan going forward. Cathy Johnson of the Natural Resources Council of …

Monday, June 30, 2014: Clifton wind, disparaging welfare, assistance for citizens, Bangor taxes

on June 29, 2014, at 6:15 a.m.
Clifton wind vote The outcome of a Maine Supreme Judicial Court decision expected later this year will have much more influence over the Pisgah Mountain wind project approved under Clifton’s 2010 land use ordinance than the proposed 2014 ordinance on the ballot July 1. People may wish to check Greg …

Saturday, June 28, 2014: Bangor budget, Rockport library, bear referendum

on June 27, 2014, at 9:13 a.m.
Bear articles Could the plethora of articles about black bears in Maine have anything to do with this November’s referendum against bear baiting, snaring and hounding that more than 75,000 Maine people signed? Maine is the only remaining state in the nation that still permits all three of these inhumane, …

Friday, June 27, 2014: Curbing immigration, Mike Michaud support, Clifton wind vote

on June 26, 2014, at 11:12 a.m.
Wake up We all agree the United States has a crisis on its southern border with Mexico: the flood of illegal immigrants, the issue of imprisoning a U.S. marine, and the numerous incursions of armed Mexican soldiers. President Barack Obama is fomenting the problem; Mexico is encouraging the problem; and …

Thursday, June 26, 2014: Clifton wind turbines, school report cards, Andrew Wyeth art

on June 25, 2014, at 10:49 a.m.
Support Gratwick I am writing in support of Democrat Geoffrey Gratwick in this November’s election. Maine needs more middle-of-the-road members in the state Legislature. Gratwick genuinely cares about the citizens in his district of Bangor and Hermon, regardless of their party affiliation. He tries to benefit all citizens by listening …

Wednesday, June 25, 2014: Phone dependence, Michaud for governor, support Geoff Gratwick

on June 24, 2014, at 12:16 p.m.
Face-to-face Sarah Smiley’s June 23 BDN column was a very sad, but entirely true, commentary on our society. I’ve witnessed exactly what she talked about in restaurants from here to California. It’s apparent that personal, face-to-face communication is fast approaching its demise. No matter where you go, people are sitting, …

Tuesday, June 24, 2014: Bear hounding, quilting, national park support

on June 23, 2014, at 10:26 a.m.
Vote Emerson I am pleased to hear that Oscar Emerson of Bradley is running for Maine House District 137. I’ve recently had the chance to talk with Emerson about his campaign, and I am excited for what he has planned. He is moderate in his views and believes in personal …

Monday, June 23, 2014: National park for Katahdin, Southern New Hampshire University and Pultizer capitalism

on June 22, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.
Katahdin beauty Thank you to Georgia Manzo for showing Bangor Daily News readers in her June 16 OpEd that there is significant local support for the proposed national park and national recreation area east of Baxter State Park. I am a Katahdin-area resident (and former Baxter State Park ranger) who …

Saturday, June 21, 2014: Coffee roasting, east-west highway, national park

on June 20, 2014, at 11:47 a.m.
Rock city We remember when Susanne Ward and Patrick Reilley arrived to Rockland in 1992 and opened Second Read Books & Coffee. In 1999, they established their own roasting house. Today, Rock City is a successful business with 25 full-time employees. It also became a social and cultural institution in …

Friday, June 20, 2014: Bear referendum, road work signs, chemicals in children’s products

on June 19, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
Cartoon joke The BDN June 16 comics page cartoon Close to Home was disgusting. It showed God killing someone over a game of golf. I try to be open-minded when it comes to jokes and the likes, but this is below any common-sense standard. I agree with the author of …

Thursday, June 19, 2014: Patient responsibility, VA scandal, higher speeds, bear referendum

on June 18, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
Wonderful VA facility Lately I have been hearing a lot of bad things about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. I suspect that some serious problems in a few hospitals are being used to make the entire VA, its leadership and this administration look bad. As a disabled veteran receiving …

Wednesday, June 18, 2014: Big money in politics, gun law reform, yard trash

on June 17, 2014, at 11:30 a.m.
Fat cats Big money in elections and politics is bad for democracy. Recent Supreme Court decisions in Citizens United and McCutcheon characterized corporations as people and struck down limits on what corporations and people can contribute to political campaigns. The Maine Ethics Commission has since suspended the $25,000 limit on …

Tuesday, June 17, 2014: Medicaid expansion, stormwater runoff, Togus care

on June 16, 2014, at 12:50 p.m.
Mind-boggling Just heard John Boehner say on the nightly news about the (new) mess in Iraq, “What is the president doing? Sleeping!” First of all, why is Iraq such a mess in the first place? Oh, yeah, the Republicans lied to the American people and the world about weapons of …

Monday, June 16, 2014: Rain gardens, Benghazi, Eric Cantor, changing Portland

on June 15, 2014, at 11:28 a.m.
Bangor’s future I find it to be a great relief that Bangor will continue to support its great education system, a system that has benefited my friends and I and hopefully will continue to do so for future generations. In order to prepare Bangor students for a strong 21st century …

Saturday, June 14, 2014: Lung cancer, phthalates, bear baiting, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl

on June 13, 2014, at 9:56 a.m.
Lung Force launch Free ME from Lung Cancer is absolutely thrilled with American Lung Association’s launch of Lung Force, which will increase funding to lung cancer research and raise awareness of women and lung cancer and lung health. We commend ALA’s efforts to bring more attention to this deadly disease …

Friday, June 13, 2014: Traffic safety, cemetery thief, Bruce Poliquin, Trek Across Maine

By George Danby on June 12, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.
The cemetery thief Just prior to Mother’s Day, my husband, father-in-law and I ventured to the family cemetery plot where my mother-in-law was laid to rest. Our mission was complete after we planted two bleeding hearts and hung a beautiful hanging flower basket on a shepherds crook; the plot was …

Thursday, June 12, 2014: UMaine president search, Bangor developments, GMO labeling

on June 11, 2014, at 11:06 a.m.
America’s greatness Where is the Barack Obama who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 and inspired hope that perpetual war would no longer be at the top of America’s foreign policy agenda? His response to President Vladimir Putin’s recent call for a negotiated peace in Ukraine has been to …

Wednesday, June 11, 2014: VA blame, phthalates awareness, EPA rule, prisoner swap

on June 10, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
VA finger pointing It is very disingenuous (dishonest, in fact) for gubernatorial candidates Eliot Cutler and Gov. Paul LePage to try to pin the problems at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs onto U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud. As a veteran who has received services from the VA for more than …

Tuesday, June 10, 2014: Informed opinion, risk taking, Bangor concert noise, rockweed, gun control, the Greatest Generation

on June 09, 2014, at 3:09 p.m.
Informed political opinion I write to protest the prominence given to Robert Tyrer’s dismissive response to Stephen King’s thoughtful endorsement of Shenna Bellows for the fall election for U.S. Senate. Tyrer seems to suggest that King, as a successful and acclaimed author, has no standing to have an informed political …
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