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Saturday/Sunday, July 7-8, 2012: Motorcycle noise, same-sex marriage and fireworks


Let’s get along

Yes, I too can get annoyed by a loud motorcycle, a loud jet ski, a loud snowmobile and mostly by the street sweepers and all-day weed wackers.

But you know what — live with it.

Just because I’d rather sit on my porch and listen to the birds or play scrabble doesn’t mean everyone else would. Some people like to get together in groups and play ball, or bridge or — ride motorcycles.

I wonder how many people know of bikers’ generosity and I don’t mean just in buying things at shops and restaurants, I mean if there is a family who lost their house or a child who needs an operation or a ball field which needs refurbishing, those folks are right there to help out.

It may sometimes be noise to our ears but its music to that family’s ears.

And the comment by Roger Lee was just that, a comment.

We are a multicultured town, not a precious one.

As Rodney King said, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Aynne Ames


Farmers market

On behalf of Food AND Medicine, or FAM, we want to thank all sitting state legislators from Bangor, the candidates running against them and many Bangor City Councilors for their support of the Ohio Street Farmers’ Market and its EBT/SNAP program.

These politicians each donated funds of $25 or more to purchase a banner for the market that reads, “Ohio Street Farmers’ Market, Open Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m., EBT Welcome, for more information call 973-3976.”

FAM has raised over $6,000 to provide a 50 percent discount to customers using EBT/SNAP benefits at either the Ohio Street Farmers’ Market or the Bangor Farmers Market.

The Ohio Street Farmers’ Market needed more publicity and this banner, along with the bipartisan support, greatly helps.

We earnestly believe that making local, fresh produce more available to low income Mainers will improve their lives, the lives of the farmers who receive full price for their goods, and our local economy, by keeping more of this benefit money spent locally.

The legislators in support are Nichi Farnham, Adam Goode, Doug Damon, Sara Stevens and Jim Parker. Current legislative hopefuls John Schneck, Aaron Frey, Samuel Canders and Mary Budd also donated. City Councilors who donated include Joe Baldacci, Geoff Gratwick, James Gallant and Charlie Longo.

These politicians, despite differing agendas, have come together to support accessibility of local food for all, and we at FAM thank them for that.

For information about increasing access to local, healthy, farm-fresh goods, call FAM at 989-5860.

Robert Toole, Jr., President, Food AND Medicine


Scott Cuddy, Secretary, Food AND Medicine


Why do I believe in the freedom to marry?

I didn’t give much thought to the idea of same-sex marriage until I met my now-fiancee, Georgianna.

After meeting Georgianna, who is pansexual, she opened up that whole world. Essentially she’s attracted to masculine people, and that means men or very masculine women.

In her experience, she has known a lot of people who are part of the LGBT community, both in high school in Massachusetts and in college at the University of Maine at Farmington, where we met. She was a member of The Alliance, an LGBT group at UMF. I was intimidated. Not really of them, but of me and my big mouth.

When confronted with gay people I was like a deer in headlights. Not because they were different but because I didn’t understand them and because I was afraid of offending them.

It seems silly now. They’re people, like you and me. They may not have the same type of relationship as me, but that doesn’t make them “weird.” It makes them people. People are all different, from the gods they worship or don’t to if they’ve gone to college or not. I wouldn’t tell an LGBT person they couldn’t marry their partner because their relationship is different, just like I wouldn’t tell a follower of Islam they couldn’t pray to Muhammed.

That would be like getting mad at someone for eating a doughnut because I’m on a diet.

Ben Pass


Fireworks timing

The Bangor fireworks were billed as the biggest display in the state of Maine.

I cannot vouch for the biggest (number of fireworks exploded), but at 45 minutes, it was certainly the longest.

Had the time been reduced by half, Bangor would have had the best display in Maine.

New York City’s were the longest of the 10 best fireworks displays at 25 minutes. Even with a $500,000 budget, Nashville’s was 23 minutes. The rest of the list were 15 and 20 minutes.

Children, especially, became restless and whiny. The organizers should keep this in mind for next year.

Ed Barrood



On the night of July 3, my wife and I listened to the Penobscot fire and police scanner as we do every evening. It would have been laughable if it was not so serious to hear call after call was nothing but fireworks complaints.

The police and fire departments spent a great amount of their precious time on July 3, and I am sure well into July 4, going to visit Maine residents who dislike fireworks. Many of the people calling probably have no idea fireworks are now legal in Maine.

The argument for legalizing fireworks in Maine was made because sales were going across state lines. It’s great to now have all that cash staying in Maine, but I bet every penny will soon be spent to support understaffed and overworked 911 emergency workers across the state.

Someone was clearly behind the door when that decision was made. As soon as a child blows their hand off or as soon as an accident victim dies on the road while emergency crews deal with irate neighbors who want the fireworks stopped; then residents will rise up and fireworks will once again be illegal in Maine.

Bryan Wells

Old Town

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