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May 29, 2009 Letters to the Editor

Acadia Gateway Center

I am writing to encourage Trenton residents to vote in favor of allowing rezoning of the Acadia Gateway Center. In 1996 I made a wonderful choice to settle and spend the better part of my adult life in Trenton, so whatever happens here matters to me very much. I am not a resident of Trenton, therefore I cannot vote on this issue, but I believe a yes vote could make a positive difference to all Trenton residents and businesses.

I encourage everyone to take time to read about the proposed development and what it is all about; to me, this is a world-class facility that brings along some enthusiastic stewards and I believe it will enhance Trenton in an encouraging way.

I’m impressed with the effort that everyone has put forth in addressing concerns that Trenton residents have shown concerning the development. Current and future jobs will have a positive economic impact that will trickle down to grocers, gas stations, restaurants, etc., all coming when we’ve recently seen vital jobs leaving Trenton.

I’ve been in the tourism business all of my life and seldom does a facility like this come along and I truly believe and trust that all involved have put forth great consideration and intensive planning to make The Acadia Gateway Center a development that we can all be proud of for generations to come.

Tina Scheer

The Great Maine Lumberjack Show

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What Ike said

As a combat veteran it was with great interest that I read the May 19 BDN article by Meg Haskell about the PTSD conference being put on by Veterans for Peace next month. I almost choked on my cereal when I read the statement by Maj. Gen. John Libby that said “ the Veterans for Peace group focuses too much on the negative aspects of wartime experiences and not enough on the opportunities for personal growth and resilience that can result.”

Personally, I believe that war hero and president Dwight Eisenhower got it right when he said, “I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity.”

Dan Avener


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Health care for all

Britons are beginning to question whether their Parliament is serving England well. That ancient institution may be rebuilt in response to nationwide anger. Some Americans question how well the United States Congress serves our country.

Last Friday, Bill Moyers said our president, our senators and representatives accept vast campaign donations from health insurance corporations. These profitable companies use up 30 percent of our health care money on paper pushers and treatment deniers. Moyers pointed out that the denial of care puts some families into bankruptcy. Bankruptcy leads to foreclosures and evictions. People who paid their health insurance premiums die because companies have denied treatment.

Congress plans to revise our health care system. But our representatives are protecting the companies that deny care, cause bankruptcies, foreclosure, and evictions, and let people die — protecting the companies that are generous to them and cruel to us.

Congress puts our interest way below the deep pockets that get them elected. To top it off, we must pay taxes so our representatives can have state-of-the-art medical benefits, or we go to jail.

Does anybody think Congress wants health care for every American?

Vietnam veteran and historian Andrew Bacevich has said the American republic is long gone. Health care is one example. Congress is just about useless. I’ll be at the rally in Augusta from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30, telling Congress: “Forget those companies. Give health care to all Americans.”

Hope you’ll be there too.

George Swanson


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Town Hill moratorium

The Bar Harbor Planning Department initiated the Town Hill “miniplan” process a year ago with the help of local college students who created a presentation to help guide future growth in the area. At the time, no one could have imagined that a multimillion dollar corporate giant such as Hannaford would propose a supermarket at a scale more appropriate for the Ellsworth strip than the rural Town Hill village center.

The time couldn’t be more important for Bar Harbor residents to join together in supporting the Town Hill Village Development Moratorium by voting yes on Article 4 on the June 9 ballot. The moratorium will accomplish three things.

It will give Town Hill residents and the planning department three additional months to finish the recently released Town Hill miniplan and draft ordinances which reflect the desire to maintain village scale in the Town Hill Center.

It will also put to rest the possibility of the Hannaford in downtown Bar Harbor closing during the winter months. A possibility no one wants to admit could become a reality if Hannaford builds its 34,000-square-foot store in the Town Hill Village Center.

Noah Hodgetts

Bar Harbor

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No freedom in Islam

I usually enjoy reading the Bangor Daily News. It serves as part of my wake-up call and window on our state and world. I’ve never written to the newspaper before, but felt that I needed to write about something in the Memorial Day edition that disturbs me.

Under the Memorial Day editorial was included a tombstone graphic by M. Ryder. I understand the Star of David and the cross on the tombstone. Loyal Americans from both faith persuasions fought and died for our freedoms in the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam and Desert Storms 1 and 2.

The crescent and star don’t belong on the same tombstone. No Muslims made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America in eight of the above 10 named wars. Muslims usually die in combat seeking to enslave others to their system.

Memorial Day is about remembering those who have died, that freedom may endure. Judaism and Christianity are about freedom. Islam is not. Don’t let political correctness sully the honorable memory of true American heroes.

Dave Goupille


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