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Saturday, June 16, 2012: Speed limits, trapping and sales taxes

A time for action

Consider this a call to action for anyone who has ever sworn an oath to support and defend the U.S. Constitution. First let me be clear that this is a call to nonviolent action. You are being called to remember your solemn oath and asked to be oath keepers.

This call to action requires obedience to our Constitution in the form of refusing to obey an unlawful order from a superior.

Our Constitution is in serious trouble. Many of our leaders have placed themselves above the Constitution. We have become complacent and lazy.

So what is an unlawful order? During the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, the U.S. Army was dispatched to help out. Soon after they were sent to disarm all the residents of New Orleans. That’s a two-for-one violation folks.

One, the active duty military is never to be used on American soil, especially as police. Disaster relief is the National Guard’s job. Two, the 2nd Amendment states that all citizens have the right to bear arms. Why would you disarm law-abiding citizens who are only protecting their homes from looters? Disarm the looters.

This is not a call to anarchy. I am not proposing you do anything to create chaos in the military or your local police department and thereby jeopardize your mission. No one is advocating any unlawful activity.

So, how about it, my brothers and sister at arms? Will you stand up and be oath keepers? And how about it you elected officials? Will you fight to protect and defend the Constitution?

Master Sgt. Tim Clark (Ret.)


Slow down

Do you want a car or truck driving at 40 mph less than 4 feet from your child? Apparently the majority of the drivers on the Finson Road have answered yes to this question, as they do it on a daily basis.

Finson Road is a small connecting road between Broadway and Ohio streets, currently a detour route around the bridge construction on Griffin Road. There are no sidewalks, breakdown or safety lanes. It is a residential area where the majority of homes have at least one child, with a posted speed limit of 25 mph.

Every morning I take my daughter to the bus stop to wait for the school bus. A group of six to eight children are endangered every day by the drivers who speed less than four feet from them, and five minutes after my daughter’s bus comes, the smaller children go out to wait for their bus.

I’ve contacted the Bangor PD numerous times about this issue. They respond by increasing their presence in the area, but there are not a lot of places on this street where the police can legally park to get speeders.

I’m not writing to tell you the dangers of speeding or how much a speeding ticket is, but as a concerned mother begging that the next time you’re driving and you see a child, slow down. Nobody needs the trauma of hearing about a child struck by a vehicle.

Tracey Ridley


Coyote dollars

Four-hundred-fifty-thousand tax dollars allocated to kill coyotes? An annual budget of $150,000 of Maine’s hard-earned money to pay for traps and hunters is just too much and borders on the barbaric.

Fifty families could pay off their debts, get the car fixed, buy some oil and fill the pantry. Instead, we’re filling trucks with hundreds of new, gleaming leg traps, guaranteed to maim and torture, ensuring a slow and painful death to whatever unlucky critter happens by, so deer, who eat my plants and vegetables, can live?

There are better ways to spend this money, or maybe we could just put it toward paying off our debts.

Catherine Tanzer


Vigue’s shortsighted vision

Peter Vigue has had multiple opportunities to convey his vision of an east-west corridor to the people of Maine and Canada, it is time we have open debate about a project that could define the future of Maine.

Should Maine tie itself to a failed economic model that puts the future of human existence at risk or should it embrace a new local economy? The proposal is a 220-mile, 500- to 2000-foot-wide, concrete-and-steel corridor bisecting the state from Calais to Coburn Gore. It’s a $2 billion investment creating an ecological dead zone to move resources and goods in a global economy.

By any standard the global economy is a failure: it has lowered our standard of living; a foreclosure epidemic is driving us from our homes; poverty is on the increase. Increasing CO2 levels are making us sick and bringing on climate change that will possibly make large parts of Earth uninhabitable.

We do need investment in Maine, investment in a new economy based on local values. Investors are starting a grist mill in Skowhegan and a food-processing-and-storage facility in Belfast. The Crown of Maine Organic Cooperative is creating market opportunities for small farmers. Money spent on these projects stays in Maine and doesn’t go to Wall Street. Such investments create more jobs than the corridor could and move Maine’s economy away from one that is unhealthful and makes us poorer.

This is the road we should take.

Read Brugger


WABI-DirecTV Feud

The inability to come to a compromise between WABI and DirecTV is taking a page from our political posture in the U.S. Neither side is wrong and blames the other as they are both adamant it is not their fault while the thousands of viewers (constituents) that are paying for the service are left in the dark without those channels.

What a shame it is that they cannot sit down and come to an agreement that would serve everyone equally but if we can’t expect our politicians to do it why should we expect big business to do it. Maybe it’s time to fire everyone and start all over again.

Jeffrey Weatherbee


Sales tax

If the Bangor Daily News is so in love with dysfunctional politicians like Rep. Chellie Pingree and Gov. Paul LePage that it can’t resist trumpeting their blather about the unfairness of our not having to pay sales tax on Web purchases, then your rag probably can do without me and some others when it comes time to renew our subscriptions.

It’s already unfair enough when people who never buy anything on the Internet already have to pay a compulsory amount for “supposed Internet sales taxes” every time we have to file our state income tax returns.

Carroll B. Knox


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