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Friday, April 27, 2012: Tony Blair at Colby, gas prices and Nugent controversy

Blair invitation

I am so disappointed in Colby College for inviting Tony Blair to give the commencement address at the college. Awarding an honorary degree to a warmonger like Blair destroys the credibility of Colby. Tony Blair’s legacy is that he committed his country to an unjust war of choice in which hundreds of thousands of people died, against the recommendations of his top advisors, when he most likely knew at the time that the intelligence about Iraq WMDs was deliberately falsified to justify war plans already in progress.

Tony Blair is a most inappropriate choice for a commencement speaker, since he will be most remembered for this horrendously destructive decision.

Natasha Mayers


Drastic changes

How can hard-working people continue to survive living in northern Maine? Pretty sad when living off the state seems to be more appealing than an honest day of hard work. And the excuse, “There aren’t any jobs …” And yet, I have had to travel to Bangor for more than nine years to work.

I am sick and tired of seeing people abuse the system. And another excuse, “I can’t afford the gas to travel to work.” And you think I can? And where did the gas money come from to get to town? I have a very hard time feeling sorry for people who refuse to help themselves, and if our state doesn’t wake up and make some drastic changes, we’ll all be sorry.

Michael DeTour


Corruption at the pump

When the minimum wage was $1 per hour, gas was 28.9 cents a gallon. That makes gas 28.9 percent that of minimum wage in 1964. Now gas is $4.05 a gallon and minimum wage is $7.50 and that makes gas now 54 percent of the minimum wage. Gas should only be $2.16 a gallon, if not for the corruption at the gas pump.

The petroleum companies in America are reporting record high profits and on March 29, the U.S. Senate voted to continue giving the gas companies grants worth $2 billion. Or as found on the Internet, they are called subsidies.

The high gas prices have dragged this country into the dirt and caused our economic recession and in my opinion the corruption in Washington is unconscionable. We can clean up Washington by refusing to re-elect any incumbent. And if they don’t take the hint, then we re-elect someone else who will listen to the people.

Randall Probert


Gay marriage rights

In reference to the hotly contested battle for gay marriage rights: this battle will come to a head this November, when our state again has the question open for voting. I believe that the right should be granted.

There are many who feel that such a thing goes against religious reasoning and precedence. This is not a letter to challenge that statement, this is a letter to point out the fact that the Constitution dictates nothing of the requirements for marriage. The Constitution does actually state: “The civil rights of none shall be abridged on account of religious belief or worship, nor shall any national religion be established, nor shall the full and equal rights of conscience be in any manner, or on any pretext, infringed.” To my interpretation, that simply states that the rights of anybody, any group, any social structure, etc., can’t be infringed based on a long-standing religious belief or prejudice.

A religious organization will say that allowing gays to marry violates their beliefs and their rights. I’m not pretending to completely understand the Constitution or our government’s practices, but to me, that would only apply if the religious beliefs didn’t infringe on the rights of anyone else. The rights of gays are in question here and that’s all that matters, looking at it from a secular point of view. The government has to look at it from a secular view, not from the standpoint of any particular religion, for the same reason prayer is no longer allowed in the classroom: separation of church and state.

Michael Nugent


In support of Ted Nugent

The First Amendment of the United States Constitution reads: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

I am sure that both Councilman Longo and Councilman Baldacci have read this amendment at some point in time, but sadly it seems they either did not understand what they had read or, even more disconcerting, they do not believe in the United States Constitution as it is written.

At this time I would like to put the Bangor City Council on notice. My freedom of speech is a right under the law that I have no intention of giving up. Furthermore, I will NOT be voting for Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election. Maybe the citizens of Bangor should consider the comments of their local candidates before they vote next time.

I had no plans to attend the Ted Nugent concert this summer, but will now. And I would be proud to stand on stage beside Mr. Nugent.

Stuart Kallgren

West Enfield

Why Nugent?

Here’s what I don’t get: Why would Alex Gray want to have such a divisive personality as Ted Nugent associated with the (so far) wonderful brand he has built with Bangor Waterfront Concerts? I do not in any way question his right to book whoever he wants. I simply cannot understand the wisdom behind such a choice. I have asked him, via Facebook, repeatedly and received no response.

Nugent is a man who has bragged about having lots of sex with underage girls and avoiding the draft by defecating in his underwear for several weeks before his draft board physical. He has recently been interviewed by the Secret Service for threatening comments toward our president and our Secretary of State. I do not at all dispute his right to free speech. My point is only this, and I still hope, faintly, for an answer: Alex Gray, why?

Lori Connor

Deer Isle


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