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Wednesday, September 25, 2013: BikeMaine, lobsters and Roxanne Quimby

Aging population

I read with great interest University of Southern Maine’s most experienced economist’s views in the Sept. 10 BDN article, “ Economist: Maine’s aging population poses financial threat.” I was very interested in the numbers of new, young people needed to come live in Maine.

According to Charles Colgan, Maine needs 60,000 new arrivals over the next 20 years to avert financial disaster. That means at least 3,000 new arrivals per year over the next 20 years.

The comparisons to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Data, Research and Vital Statistics is ironic. Between 1978 and 1994, there were about 60,000 abortions performed in Maine.

Those babies would now range in age from 19 to 35 and would be contributing to the tax base.

Michael Karnas


Thanks, Orono

I was a rider in the inaugural BikeMaine ride. I live north of Chicago, Ill. This was my first time in the state of Maine. The hospitality I received was overwhelming. I want to thank the community for hosting us. The young men and women who helped unload our luggage from our cars were so friendly and helpful. The kindness and friendliness of the people I met was heart warming.

Thank you to the high school, middle school and elementary school for opening your doors to us for camping, dinner and breakfast. Thank you to all the behind-the-scenes people who helped make our stay in Orono so enjoyable and to the bike mechanics for volunteering their time to fix any and all bike problems.

My experience was incredible. The memories I have of this trip and everyone involved will be with me forever.

Pat Brummet

Wilmette, Illinois


Cheeky sign

A few miles past Bangor on Interstate 95 south, there is a rest stop filled with small, blue signs that are intended to aid the weary traveler. Yesterday my wife and I parked in front of one of these signs. It gave the following instructions (to which I’m paraphrasing):

“When tired from sitting for long periods, one may do this simple exercise: Lift the left butt cheek and hold it. Relax and repeat with the right. Now lift both and then relax.”

I thought this to be amusing until I saw the disclaimer: “The Maine Department of Transportation is not responsible for any injuries incurred from this exercise.”

This means someone may have gotten hurt from cheek lifts and complained about the bad information, or the Department of Transportation was worried about such a complaint happening.

I hope people don’t find this in bad taste. If so, they may be why the sign was made.

David Daniel Beckom

Mars Hill


Rock lobster

Lobsters! For two days, the BDN carried the story of the mutilation and cruelty of lobsters, even a cartoon. Authorities are going to review the complaint. Lobsters, like animals, feel pain when torn apart alive.

How about the baby in the womb? Many times in order to abort the baby the limbs are torn off. Cruel? No, it is a “choice” in our culture.

Medical technology has established that a preborn child is a human being and feels pain. The dismemberment of a fully formed baby in the womb is unconscionable. It is an abuse of human rights.

Babies in the womb should be safe. They are weak and voiceless, and yet they can be torn apart, limb by limb, and some people have no complaint about that. It is like stepping on a spider. Sorry, I do not mean to be cruel to a bug.

Constance Henkel



Quimby vision

Shortly after the BDN’s Sept. 13 story, “Official or not, Roxanne Quimby’s park vision taking shape,” the group RESTORE: The North Woods posted a comment on its Facebook page with a link to the article. The comment above the link said, “Major progress toward a Maine Woods national park!”

No surprise but rather ironic considering this is the first post on its page since April and the fact that Elliotsville Plantation Inc. and Roxanne Quimby have been trying to convince people that she has “stepped away” from RESTORE.

Quimby, a former board member, has been a staunch supporter of RESTORE for many years. I do not believe she has abandoned her wish for this park proposal to be, in her words, a “seed” for RESTORE any more than she will ever abandon her quest for the park.

Quimby owns the land and does have the right to do as she pleases with it. But when it comes to turning it over to the federal government, the people of Maine have a right to reject this proposal.

The federal government will not be responsible for promises from Elliotsville Plantation Inc. If the park is allowed, they will be nothing but more broken promises to the people of Maine.

Elliotsville Plantation Inc. may have a “kinder” approach and a new face, but the only thing new about it are the tactics involved. Unless people want to see Quimby plant her “seed” for RESTORE, they shouldn’t be blinded by the false light Elliotsville Plantation Inc. is shining.

Kathy Gagnon



Enough is enough

Before Congress and President Barack Obama cut yet another deal to maintain their deficit spending ways this month, we must say: “Enough is enough!”

Rather than wiggle around the inconvenience of a debt limit with backroom deals, our politicians need to hear from us that the solution to the debt limit is simple: “Stop borrowing and printing money. If you can’t pay the bill, at least stop using the credit card.”

It’s all about freedom. It’s all about liberty. While many of the government’s attacks on liberty are obvious, from National Security Administration spying, to Internal Revenue Service abuses, to regulating so many aspects of our lives, the real “silent killer” of our freedoms is a nearly $17 trillion debt, the devaluation of money and a government that spends too much because it does too much.

C’mon people. Wake up and let our representatives know how you feel.

Irvine Marsters



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