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 …

Monday, June 9, 2014: Early voting, Susan Collins, Obama’s proposed carbon rule

on June 08, 2014, at 11:41 a.m.
Convenient elections As a member of the League of Women Voters of Maine, I thank Rep. John Schneck, D-Bangor, for his June 3 OpEd. The League shares the view that Maine voters should have the opportunity to amend the Constitution to permit true early voting in communities that wish it. …

Saturday, June 7, 2014: Troy Jackson, abortion, money in politics

on June 06, 2014, at 12:13 p.m.
Think before you vote There’s a controversy in our town about wind turbines, and we can put it to rest if people vote on both June 10 and July 1. I served on the Clifton select board for five years, and during that time the request came before the planning …

Friday, June 6, 2014: Emily Cain, Troy Jackson, Bruce Poliquin, Kevin Raye

on June 05, 2014, at 12:51 p.m.
Equal pay Emily Cain has always been a staunch advocate in favor of equal pay for equal work. It’s embarrassing that in the 21st century, women only earn 77 cents for every $1 men make in a comparable job. Women and working families in Maine deserve better. They need a …

Thursday, June 5, 2014: Rockweed, Troy Jackson, Emily Cain, Hancock County sheriff

on June 04, 2014, at 9:30 a.m.
Language truths We use language to tell the truth, and we use language to distinguish between truth and falsehood, right and wrong. It is crucial that we use language carefully and accurately, especially if we want to reveal the truth. The headline in the May 27 BDN, “Pope fords Mideast …

Wednesday, June 4, 2014: Firefighter uniforms, Bangor budgets, Emily Cain support

on June 03, 2014, at 1:23 p.m.
Proud of firefighter help I am appalled that the Bangor firefighters will no longer be able to wear their uniforms or use their equipment as part of their endless work collecting for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. What is the matter with this city? The new rules say Bangor firefighters can’t …

Tuesday, June 3, 2014: Electric rates, Bangor noise complaints, Portland parks referendum

on June 02, 2014, at 3:18 p.m.
Note from the editors: The BDN will only consider letters and OpEds relating to the June 10 election that are submitted by the end of Thursday, June 5. Rate increase I am writing to express my deep concern about the potential rate increase proposed by Central Maine Power Co. As …

Saturday, May 31, 2014: Lawyer advertising, Gouldsboro spending

on May 30, 2014, at 2:15 p.m.
Spending questions Last month, Gouldsboro selectmen voted 4-1 to spend up to $40,000 to buy a new four-wheel-drive pickup truck for the part-time road commissioner. Selectmen used the surplus left in the account authorized by a previous town meeting vote to purchase the salt/gravel lot on Route 1 from the …

Monday, June 2, 2014: Obama’s library, public parks, air pollution

on May 30, 2014, at 1:54 p.m.
Presidential bookstore As each new situation is added to President Barack Obama’s list of issues, I am more convinced than ever that he will not need a presidential library. He will be able to open a bookstore and sell fiction. Just think how much money the American public can save. …

May 30, 2014: Michaud vs. Cutler, national park support, smart meters, OUIs

on May 29, 2014, at 9:28 a.m.
Park it I understand how some people in the Millinocket area may feel about a national park. But planning for the area needs to deal with its strengths. Paper mills are gradually going away, and that resource — wood fiber — may now be limited to pellets, etc. The people …

Thursday, May 29, 2014: Upcoming primary, bear baiting, plagiarism

on May 28, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.
Bear facts Bucky Owen, former commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said in a May 19 BDN article, in reference to a family of four bears living near Dirigo Pines in Orono, “These bears have no fear of people and will eventually get into trouble. … …

Wednesday, May 28, 2014: Maine’s pro-life candidates, white privilege, turbines and bats

on May 27, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Pro-campaign Whom do readers want to represent them in Washington, D.C., and Maine? Those who are for protecting the lives of our unborn babies and the freedoms of Maine and her people, or those whose bent is to destroy life and keep Maine going in the wrong direction? In less …

Monday, May 26, 2014: Minimum wage, MOO milk, 9/11 museum gift shop

on May 25, 2014, at 8:35 a.m.
The humor is free Having seen an article about a gift shop at the new 9/11 museum, I got to thinking about gift shops. They are everywhere, including probably Heaven and Hell, as I expect to find out. Why are gift shops called gift shops anyway? The owners are not …

Saturday, May 24, 2014: Maine Army National Guard, Rep. Andrea Boland, John Kerry’s words

on May 23, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Maine Army National Guard Here we go again — politics as usual. The Army has proposed to send the 133rd Engineer Battalion to Pennsylvania with 550 troops in exchange for an infantry battalion of 300 troops. This is a net loss of 250 troops and their payroll. As a former …

Friday, May 23, 2014: Bear baiting, Medicaid expansion, Head Start cuts

on May 22, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.
Bear baiting In 2004, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife warned the public that Maine’s bear population would drastically increase unless bear baiting continued. Well, bear baiting continued, and, of course, Maine’s bear population drastically increased. It was about 23,000 in 2000 and has increased to about 37,000, …

Thursday, May 22, 2014: LePage vetoes, school grading uproar, Dwayne Littlefield

on May 21, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.
Respect the work After reading the May 2 BDN article, “In last minute twist, lawmakers vote to kill late bills by LePage,” I became, once again, frustrated with our governor. Since the beginning of his term, I have been disappointed with LePage. My opinion is the governor is downright disingenuous, …

Wednesday, May 21, 2014: Waterfront Concerts noise, Benghazi clarity, education funding

on May 20, 2014, at 12:20 p.m.
Ugly noise Most people would not want their homes and workplaces flooded with ugly noise all day, or even for 10 minutes, but they think it’s OK to do that to other people with Bangor Waterfront Concerts. Respect? That sort doesn’t know the meaning of the word. Sue Arleigh Old …

Tuesday, May 20, 2014: Culture of violence, tree growth exemption, national park, Dale Crafts

on May 19, 2014, at 2:32 p.m.
Culture of peace I applaud the Bangor Daily News for its support of reading to our children. Unfortunately, there is a “culture of violence” that permeates our homes, schools and communities. How do we begin to cultivate a “culture of peace”? We know that exposure to violence creates a normal …
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