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April 27, 2011: Cloning Emily, Bangor arena thoughts, wind energy anger


Yes to Bangor

As a homeowner and lifelong resident of Bangor, I can remember the old Bangor Auditorium.  Not the current one built in 1955, but the former wooden structure that was located approximately behind where the Paul Bunyan statue stands today.

I am forever grateful to the residents and City Council members in those years who had the wisdom to provide for a new auditorium, which is now 56 years old.

I believe that we are now at a point in time for us to proceed with the building of a new arena.  Our current auditorium is well past its prime and beyond a point of repair. Most people who have fond memories of attending events at the auditorium like the circus, basketball games or concerts can thank our Bangor forefathers for their vision. Bangor’s future generations deserve the same opportunity to make their own memories in a new arena.

I hope that we, the residents of Bangor, have the wisdom and desire to provide for our children and grandchildren what was given to us, a new arena that we can all be truly proud of. Please vote yes for Bangor’s future.

Gary Titcomb


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Kudos to Republican Lawmakers

With their legislation recently introduced, Maine’s Republican lawmakers have taken a significant step in simplifying the Maine tax code while accomplishing three significant points.  Firstly, more than 70,000 taxpayers will no longer have any income tax liability.  Now, Democrats ought to jump on board with this to create bipartisan support.  Secondly, there will be no tax increases.  And thirdly, a number of businesses, which are unique to the state of Maine, will be encouraged.

With respect to the third point, with the elimination of sales taxes on fuel for commercial fisherman, more catch landings in Maine will be encouraged, which will help insure the survival, and hopefully growth, of the Portland Fish Exchange.  Also, eliminating sales taxes on parts and supplies for the historic windjammer industry will help to ensure their strong tourism position.  The acceleration of equipment investment depreciation schedules will help the entire business community. All of these points will help to create job stability and thus provide stability to revenues to the state.

Encouraging Maine’s businesses, which is one of Gov. Paul LePage’s major goals, will come to fruition as Republican lawmakers develop sound pro-business legislation such as this.  Citizens will be encouraged, during the governor’s next 100 days as additional sound policy is introduced by him as well as the Legislature.

Richard S. Harnett


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Slash and cut

Funded by giant corporations, politicians campaign on the promise to correct problems, but they only know how to cause problems, not solve them.

Republicans and Democrats are now looking everywhere but their own fat wallets and the fat wallets of their rich buddies to bail them out of the huge deficits they themselves created. The middle and lower classes should not be held responsible for the debts of the upper class.

Slashing and cutting programs necessary for the health and well-being of most American men, women and children is un-American, unhealthy and borderline criminal. It is time to slash and cut the excessive waste and insincerity coming out of Washington, D.C. Now would be a good time to begin.

Write your representatives often. If they don’t do what is best for everyone, vote them out of office. Make your voices heard, otherwise we will have no one but ourselves to blame.

Les Simon


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Generation gap

What about our future? Ultimately, without a new Bangor arena, the younger generation in this area is going to lose out on a lot.

I know that it might be a harsh reality, but the majority opposing the arena are on the older side. Where are they going to be 5-10 years down the road? Retired and in Florida, or some other place, leaving the younger generation with their mistake of not putting in an arena for the generations that are here and plan on being here 5-10 years down the road.

Without this addition to this fine city, we might as well start condemning the Main Street strip. How many of the new or existing businesses put up money in hope that there would be a future for themselves?

Daniel Terrill


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Anger wrong response

I was pleased to read about the national wind-to-energy campaign under way (“National pro-wind campaign has Maine voice,” BDN, April 21), and the voice of fellow Mainer Judy Cleaves who lives near a wind project. She has seen how wind energy can benefit Maine.

And while opposing views always make for healthy arguments, I don’t understand the anger in the air when it comes to the goodness of clean energy.

Generating local sources of energy is the right thing to do, and will lead to stabilizing our energy costs, which are dictated by circumstances beyond our control. We have all taken note of the rising cost of gasoline, and I shudder when I think about next winter’s heating season. But without the long-term development of alternatives, we will remain prisoners to these rising prices.

Maine’s wind resource is abundant, and can generate much more electricity if we allow wind energy to flourish. We should be supporting wind, solar, tidal and hydropower and the development of these resources and technologies. These nonpolluting energy sources are best for future generations, and also present an enormous economic development opportunity for Maine as we develop the intellectual property and technology to build a robust green energy sector that will provide jobs – something we can all agree we need.

Tanya Pereira


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Cloning Emily

Is Emily Burnham really only one person? I think not. No one person could be that many places covering that many far ranging subjects in such a knowledgeable way.

The BDN has often had many fine reviewers and previewers but occasionally one could tell that they had been assigned to cover areas which they were “not very familiar with.” Not the case with Emily. She covers everything from rock gardens to rock concerts, from free-range chickens to free-range festivals, from theater of the absurd to absurd theater and does it with a knowledgeable, positive and acutely creative style.

You have, perhaps, found a way to clone her in order for that voice to cover so many subjects and in such far flung places and if so, good for you, good for us!

Aynne Ames


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