LETTERS

Saturday, August 24, 2013: Waterfront Concerts, wind turbines and adjuncts as slaves

Posted Aug. 23, 2013, at 12:12 p.m.

A simple solution

Listening to a recent Waterfront Concert from my home in Orrington, I agree with those who believe the concerts are too loud. Just loud enough to be an irritant, not loud enough to hear the words. Which is just as well — because I wouldn’t go near the concerts without ear muff protectors.

A simple answer to the decibel problem would be to move the outdoor concerts inside to the new Cross Insurance Center. The move would solve the noise, weather and mosquito problems all at once.

Leverett Merrill

Orrington

Turbine monstrosity

I direct my writing to the many towns considering proposals for wind turbines in their areas for the generation of electricity.

Recently, on a ride through The County on a beautiful sunny day, we passed Mars Hill. This once-beautiful mountain has been desecrated by the installation of several wind turbines.

I urge residents to view this “monstrosity” in the name of wind power before they permit the construction of any more. Once they are in place, we will have to view them forever.

H. A. Danforth

Troy

As Bangor goes

I have a problem with some of the civic leaders in Bangor who think that the city may be giving a bad image to visitors and the like. This is very poor logic. Our civic leaders should be concerned with our honest and good residents first. They appear to be more concerned with the image than the residents.

Consider the fact that Maine has the highest median age of all the 50 states. Do seniors come in second, third, fourth or last on their list? What are property owners to do when someone opens a drug den next to them? Are they simply to consider the status quo and the civil rights of criminals?

Robert Fournier

Bangor

Picture space

How many more times do we need to see Gov. Paul LePage’s face in the paper? While he makes news every day with his caustic comments and a few good policy ideas, there must be something more interesting to put in the picture space.

Davies Allan

Westport island

Help and answers

Putting it mildly, I am extremely perplexed. What is wrong with Maine’s medical community? As in, why are there not enough physicians for the people?

I recently learned of “locums” — traveling providers from out of state to “help” out. Why does it take months to become a patient? I’ve not heard of such 19th century living. No wonder people died in their 30s. It’s almost as blatantly ridiculous now.

With the medical issues I have, I’ll be “lucky” to live until I am 69 — three years from now. I received an appointment yesterday to see a neurosurgeon, which I desperately need. The date for it? March 2014 — six and a half months. I didn’t know whether to cry or laugh.

I have had four spinal fractures in one year’s time. Does anyone out there have an answer? Do other people live with 24-hour pain? I do.

Who would like to help? Are there answers? No one seems to care. I guess I’ll be making more trips to the emergency room for immediate help.

Marla Erselius

Orono

Alternative universe

Maybe in some alternative universe, bright individuals are abducted from their native lands, stuffed into the bowels of death ships, chained and sold off to enterprising university overlords to be used in the sweltering fields of 101 level composition classes.

Perhaps in that world adjunct instructors are hunted down and lynched if they try to leave the campus plantations, but, in this one, the world I have lived in as an adjunct instructor at UMaine, Unity and Eastern Maine Community College for the past seven years, no such horrors occur.

It is unfortunate that Ed Rice chose such a false and insulting analogy in his Aug. 21 OpEd about the life of the university adjunct professor because everything else he said was absolutely correct.

Travis Baker, adjunct English instructor, University of Maine

Orono

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