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Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012: Fair admission prices, drug options and Maine students

The price of the fair

Who is fooling who? Twelve dollars to get into the fair and all the rides. What if you aren’t interested in the rides, just want to see the exhibits, walk around and eat fair food?

I am 55 years old, and I enter photos in the photo contest. I would like to go to see if I was awarded a ribbon on any of my pictures. I called the Civic Center office and was

told there is only one price, period. Seniors get in free on Tuesday, but you have to be 65 years old. Too young for that, too old for the rides unless I want to throw a hip out.

May I suggest $12 for those who want the rides and $6 for those that don’t? City of Bangor, wake up and realize there are a lot of us older, but not yet elder, people out here.

Carol Cookson



I read “Imperiled Wolf Hybrid” and I thought it was interesting that a person has a wolf

hybrid for a pet and that it got out and killed some chickens. I’m glad it got returned to its


I also hope it won’t get euthanized, because it’s normal for wolves to hunt and it was only

a chicken.

Jackson Ashby

Boy Scout Troop 189

Fort Kent

Thanking Collins

At the very young age of 2 years old, my daughter Isabelle was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, a disease that requires rigorous daily blood glucose management to keep her alive and well.

We must continue to support research that will improve quality of life for those living with Type 1 diabetes and perhaps even someday find a cure. New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health show an alarming 23 percent increase in Type 1 diabetes among American youths between 2001 and 2009. At that rate, the disease would double for every future generation.

That’s why I want to acknowledge U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for leading a letter in the U.S. Senate signed by 72 senators calling for continued support for the Special Diabetes Program (SDP). SDP is a model government program. It works and has the potential both to save lives and future costs to our health care system. In the last decade, it has funded breakthrough research bringing better treatments, technologies and therapies to improve quality of life and reduce dangerous complications caused by difficult-to-control blood sugar levels.

So thank you, Collins, for your steadfast commitment in the U.S. Senate to improving the lives of those with Type 1 diabetes and helping reduce the number of children like my daughter who will have to face it in years to come.

Ken Levesque


LePage downer

As a young, passionate teacher, I was dismayed to read Gov. Paul LePage’s comments that students from Maine are looked down upon (BDN, July 24). Last year I was privileged to spend my first year of teaching with a group of hardworking and innovative fourth-graders, and I frequently shared news articles with them that pertained to their education.

These conversations led to a tremendous sense of reality and empowerment when it came to my young scholars becoming more invested in their own education. However, the governor’s

comments would be a devastating blow for my fourth-grade scholars to come across, where they would see their state leader quoted with such little faith in public schools. Every day my team of young scholars and I made a point to communicate about our commitment to education, and every day our actions were true reflections of our beliefs.

We shared with one another our vision that we can achieve any dream we aspire to, and we used the famous Maine work ethic all year through to build our character and our brain so that as citizens of the United States we can serve as glowing reflections of the state of Maine. No student should be ashamed to have an education from the state of Maine.

My young students and I are extremely proud to be scholars in Maine, and I can assure you that Maine’s young scholars can — and will — change this world, lest we ever communicate to them otherwise.

Susan Muzzy


People need a choice

I couldn’t agree more with Michael J. Fitzpatrick’s piece on July 25 in the BDN, “ Patients Need Drug Options, Not Limitations.”

It’s not just people who take the sorts of medications he listed who need to have a wide choice of treatments; most people need to have a choice. As an old woman with several different medical conditions, not unusual at my age, I usually react badly to any new medication.

I don’t enjoy the side effects (such as hives) that the doctor’s first choice of prescription gives me more than half the time. Some other drug in the same class must be tried. Generic versions of some medications, because they are made up with different inactive ingredients, can also give me problems.

Restricting drug choices amounts to peoples’ medications being prescribed by some third party and not the physician, which is in the best interest only of the drug manufacturer or the insurer.

Beth Kidder

Bar Harbor

Convention seating

Mitt Romney Campaign Chair in Maine Peter Cianchette and Maine representative of the Republican National Committee Jan Martens Staples apparently are unhappy that they did not win a seat at the national convention and are seeking revenge against those who did.

By digging deep into loopholes in the rules, the two have filed challenges against 40 duly elected delegates and alternate delegates with the credentials committee as a last-ditch effort to kick them out of the convention.

Many of the newly elected delegates are first-timers to a national convention who worked hard to get there. Several have limited means and have already booked air flights that are not refundable.

If Cianchette and Staples are successful in their maneuvering, the financial loss to Maine citizens will be considerable. Worse, Maine will not be represented at the National Republican Convention.

I urge everyone to contact these two veterans of the Republican party to urge them to reconsider their actions against these Maine citizens.

Patrick Eisenhart


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