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Feb. 26 Letters to the Editor

Corporate greed

Nothing arouses righteous indignation more than seeing the plundering of Fraser Papers Inc. by the six top-level executives in the form of unwarrantable bonuses, while the company faces bankruptcy. This is nothing more than corporate greed at its worse.

Dee C. Brown Jr.



Terrorism is war

It has been nine years since the Sept. 11 attacks and we have developed enormous insight into al-Qaida. We understand that it is a worldwide ideological-driven movement dedicated to using modern technology to inflict grievous loss of life on Americans. Those who would suggest this is normal, everyday criminal conduct are deluding themselves. They suggest that because the shoe bomber, who attempted to blow up a plane, was tried in a civilian court, that all al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists should be tried in civilian courts.

We need to recognize that we are facing relentless adversaries in al-Qaida who, operating largely from foreign bases, send forth violent zealots to our shores to kill us by the hundreds and thousands. If this is not war for which military tribunals should be employed, I don’t know what is.

Sen. Collins thinks that we should treat these people as terrorists and not as civilian criminals. I could not agree more.

Kathryn Hicks



EMMC: Cut from top

The BDN reported recently that Eastern Maine Medical Center will offer early retirement to some employees and will lay off scores of others. The BDN also reported that the salaries of some EMMC executives are among the highest in the state.

When faced with similar budgetary problems, The Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston reduced the salaries of top executives and physicians, rather than lay off employees.

I suggest that salaried executives at EMMC can present this option to their employees, if they choose. I believe that patient care will be affected less by a reduction in executive salaries, than by laying off valued employees.

Paul Shapero, M.D.



Remembering Dionne

I write today regarding the passing of John F. Dionne of Grand Isle, one of the St. John Valley’s most powerful advocates.

Even for those that did not know him personally, John was familiar to many through his tireless advocacy on behalf of the Valley and Aroostook County as a whole. His letters to the editor, guest columns and continuous outreach to state and federal legislators carried his message far and wide.

He brought his entrepreneurial spirit to each new endeavor, even in retirement, and this spirit served as an example to many.

Through his advocacy and civic commitments, John touched many lives.

He will be mourned and celebrated by many. To his family, friends and other admirers, I am proud to celebrate John’s civic and family life with you, as well as his many contributions toward the economic development of the St. John Valley and the state of Maine.

Mike Michaud

member of Congress

East Millinocket


Be grateful for Maine

While we read of the poor economy and unemployment rates of 8.5 percent in Maine and we think life is at its worst, we are not giving thanks for what we have that money cannot buy.

Here in Maine we have rich natural areas for free walking, skiing, hiking or boating. We can boast of the small businesses that service us on our way to and from the tasks of the day. We are allowed the privilege of community networking, including churches that offer free or low-cost activities with the opportunity for service to our fellow neighbors.

I was blessed with a free insulation service from my town this winter with the laborers leaving me a note to thank me for the opportunity they had to help me stay warm.

My heart goes out everyday to my fellow Christians, my neighbors who are trying to stay independent, and my new friends who are waiting to become my friends.

Living in small towns gives us the chance to appreciate a more simple style of living. As we enter spring, we may all want to look up at the birds arriving at our backyards and appreciate for a moment the freedom we all enjoy in Maine.

Joyce Bradway



Spunk got punk’d

Are there body-snatching aliens on the loose in Bangor? How else to explain usually insightful BDN writer Judy Harrison’s review of “Spunk”?

Readers: Run, don’t walk, to Penobscot Theatre’s production of this play; it’s likely to be the best show you’ll see in a long time.

There is nothing “oddly academic,” lecture-like or dissatisfying to be had here. What Harrison termed “awkwardly structured,” I found ingeniously woven; what she found lacking in passion, I found brimming with life. And as good as Guitar Man Samuel James was, his playing was far from the only element of spunk in the show.

When Harrison writes that the play “never comes close to capturing” the “river of passion [Hurston] believed courses through the veins of black women,” I wondered whether she’d nodded off. Did Harrison miss the bone-deep terror of Delia or, later, her fiery defiance of her abusive husband? Or Missie’s profound remorse when she’s betrayed her husband and, later, the sensuous bliss of winning him back?

It’s true playgoers “will not find Zora Neale Hurston the writer or the woman” onstage; instead they’ll find the flesh-and-blood people Hurston brought to life, in all their failed and triumphant humanity. And, oh yeah, I almost forgot: the play is also very funny. So, again, readers: Go to the show! And aliens: Give us back our Judy!

Tammy Lacher Scully



Honoring Haig

The BDN’s Feb. 22 editorial cartoon about the death of Alexander Haig is offensive and in poor taste. General Haig erred in his statement on that chaotic day, claiming to be in control at the White House when President Reagan was shot, however, to further degrade him like this is mean and should have never been printed. He has served this country as a soldier with honor and courage and should be remembered in that manner.

Please refrain from any further lack of sensitivity and poor judgment which does no honor to you nor this newspaper.

Harold Davis


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