Return Leboutillier

Friday afternoon, I reflexively turned on my radio. Toby Leboutillier’s theme song was playing! Had Maine Public Broadcasting Network’s management relented? Would the “Down Memory Lane” program continue to brighten our Fridays? He started to speak. Yes! The show would go on! On the Internet … bah, humbug!

Diane Rehm’s voice followed: Blah, blah, blah, trillion-dollar national debt. Will the Republican’s cave in? Blah, blah, blah. Harsh budget cuts. Blah, blah, blah. In her promo telling us we could now hear all 10 hours a week of her show, Rehm says that “Maine Public Radio management got it” and decided to add her show to the Friday schedule.

Well, MPBN’s management hasn’t “got it.” They have scrubbed the last visage of authentic, quirky, unique, wonderful Maine content from their daytime schedule. The MPBN website tells us: “We know that many listeners have grown to look forward to spending time with Toby Leboutillier and his amazing music collection and we are pleased that it can continue to be offered to you.”

Offered to us? On the Web? There are 168 broadcast hours in each week. Surely MPBN can spare two for Toby, at a time when we can listen.

Bah, humbug. Blah, blah, blah.

Joel Pratt

Roque Bluffs

Choir kudos

Recently, a wonderful concert was performed by the Bangor Area Children’s Choir and Divisi. Divisi is a newly formed a capella choir that will soon be well known in the choral community.

BACC is in its 21st year and still appears to be somewhat of a secret in the greater Bangor area. Directed by Steve Weston, BACC offers a magnificent opportunity for young choristers. This December’s concert consisted of a variety of choral literature with a generous supply of Christmas selections.

While the arrangements were challenging to the singers, allowing them to hone their vocal skills, the pieces performed were also very audience friendly, making for a most enjoyable and polished concert. All involved in the evening’s festivities should feel extremely proud of their accomplishments.

James Paton


The ‘other cliff’

Since the election, the news has focused on the “fiscal cliff.” What you don’t see in the news is that we have already fallen off the “moral cliff.” The election further exacerbates that, beginning with two states approving the use of recreational marijuana.

Physician-assisted suicide, already a law in one state, was on the ballot in another. Gay marriage was approved in three states in disregard of the federal Defense of Marriage Act.

Since abortion was legalized, more than 50 million babies have been aborted. Contraception coverage is mandated for nonprofits with religious affiliations. The name of God is being stricken from schools and public buildings. Christ is being removed from Christmas even though he is the reason for the “holiday.” Critical issues that need action by our politicians are treated with a selfish unwillingness to compromise. Greed and unethical business practices are corrupting financial institutions and corporations. Our administration is being investigated for an alleged attempt to cover up mistakes it made in the Benghazi incident, and the list goes on.

Much can be traced to just being human with all of our inherent instincts and failings. The problem comes when we are bombarded and brainwashed with this garbage, that it becomes a way of life. With more than 50 percent of the electorate now accepting the foregoing as status quo, our nation’s morality has hit rock bottom. The only option left is to strive to follow the path of ethics and morality in our lives, lead by example, and hope and pray for the best.

Joe Bertolaccini


Drug policy, questions

To all parents and students looking into college, ask a lot of questions on how school policies are executed. I say this because my daughter and roommate were asked to leave their college. The school could not keep them safe after they went to the police, reporting drug use in their dorm room.

Parents should ask the right questions of a school’s no-tolerance policy. It may just protect your child.

Joanne Carl


Bipartisan work ahead

The people that we elected to represent us in Augusta and Washington, D.C., should do the job they were sent there to do. They should represent us, never mind what party they belong to. They should just do their job.

John Bennett