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May 25 Letters to the Editor

Long live music

Congratulations to Joshua Schmersal and the members of the Bangor Community Chorus on their 40th season. They should be proud of their many musical accomplishments. The recent BDN article about this ensemble stated that the music performance degree at the University of Maine is going to be cut. That is not true.

Although the music performance degree was one of the programs under consideration for elimination earlier this spring, that is no longer the case.

In the article that appeared in the Bangor Daily News on May 5, it can be noted that UMaine President Robert Kennedy did not mention music as one of the programs that is under consideration for elimination.

Laura Artesani

assistant professor, Division of Music

School of Performing Arts

University of Maine


LePage is practical

The primary is quickly approaching. There are seven Republican primary candidates and it is my opinion that Paul LePage should be our next governor. He is currently mayor of Waterville and responsible for a city budget. Paul is also general manager of all the Marden’s stores in Maine.

He has a proven record of success in both the public and private sectors. The only other Republican candidate to come close to Paul’s experience has been a legislator for 16 years. Do you really want more of the status quo? Have you been impressed with the current career politicians from Maine and D.C.?

We have an opportunity to vote for a man of character, and vast practical experience. If you have never voted in a primary, now is the time to make your voice heard. No longer be a member of the silent majority. Find your voice and vote for Paul LePage in the June 8 Republican primary.

Pauline Civiello



Chamber is wrong

I can only infer that members of the Greater Bangor Chamber of Commerce voted to endorse a no on Question 1 vote because they had not read the detail of the new draconian tax code and we’re led to believe things from folks with a hidden agenda.

Not only does it take Maine down a very crooked road where “added” taxes can be put on line very easily, but also they admit that it is not good legislation. Maine businesses will suffer because of it, as consumers see more disposable income sucked by sales taxes. Maine families will suffer as the law tampers with the income tax code and even denies them their mortgage interest deduction on a Maine return.

I am disappointed that the Chamber was deceived by advertising that implies the Legislature is saying no to a new tax plan rather than the fact that this new tax plan is theirs.

If they care about the Bangor business climate and the good of their customers they will actually read the new tax law, reconsider their support and urge a yes on 1 vote instead. Then the Chamber should look at the state’s multibillion-dollar debt burden and reconsider its endorsement of bond issues that merely defer payment for excessive Augusta spending onto the shoulders of our children and grandchildren.

Doug Damon



McGowan, work ethic

When I look at the coming gubernatorial race, I come to the inevitable conclusion that what Maine needs is what Maine stands for.

Whenever I travel to other states I hear about Maine workers, and how employers “would hire one Mainer over 10 others because I know they will work hard and I will get the most from them.”

The Maine work ethic, Yankee ingenuity and integrity are all the things our state stands for. They are the virtues I hold dearly and proudly, and they are all attributes that encompass gubernatorial candidate Pat McGowan.

As a native Mainer, Pat has pursued a path that many of us have taken.

He was brought up working hard early in life and continued a respectable path of tackling the tasks presented to him. This is apparent through his tenure as conservation commissioner, his appointment as regional administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, his time as a small-business owner, and on and on.

There is no doubt that Pat is a hard worker and he has the experience and background in business that Maine needs to stay on track. He understands the needs of Maine communities and Maine workers.

In my opinion, Pat McGowan is the best man for the job because he is hard at work, has been hard at work, and will continue to be hard at work for the people of Maine. And this is a language a true blue Mainer like myself can understand.

Emily Brooks

Old Town


Time for LePage

As the June 8 primary nears, there is a huge choice for Republicans. A new, well-planned out platform was voted into the Republican Party by an overwhelming majority at the Portland convention on May 7. It took a long time to create and edit with input from various committee members looking for something to get behind. Look it up.

The candidate for governor, Paul LePage, is someone who will represent the taxpayer and has been homeless and poor as a child. His motto, “If it is to be, it is up to me” reflects a strong individualist and a guy with character.

I urge all Republicans to vote for LePage. Vote yes on 1. Vote no on all the expensive bonds, that we can’t afford.

If we are to survive a billion-dollar shortfall next year we will need LePage who can veto the Democrat’s spendthrift ways.

Beverly Cowan



Read to your kids

I’m responding to the BDN May 19 front-page article “4th-graders’ reading levels raise alarm.” Sixty-five percent of Maine fourth graders scored below grade proficiency in reading in 2009. The best was Massachusetts with 53 percent of fourth graders reading below grade level. How sad is that?

Inadequate reading levels leads to many problems later in life including poor school performance, high dropout rates, limited career options, low lifetime wages and low overall quality of life. Now that’s something to really look forward to!

Not one time was the word parent mentioned and that is exactly what the problem is. Parents are allowing their children to sit in front of a TV, play video games, surf the Internet and let’s not forget the cell phones.

Obviously there’s not much time to read.

The kids are sent to school and the teachers are supposed to work a miracle all of a sudden. There have been many tests and reports, but the majority of the problem is parenting. Limit the TV, Internet and video games and surround your children with books, especially at an early age, and there won’t be much of a reading problem.

Carl Bragg



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