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Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014: Bowers Mountain stall, Stephen King statue, BDN delivery era

Stalling claim misleading

Scott Cuddy’s Jan. 7 letter on behalf of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers is misleading and inaccurate. The Bowers Mountain wind project has been denied twice by Maine regulatory agencies — first by the former Land Use Regulation Commission, then the Department of Environmental Protection.

In fact, the DEP denial in August 2013 was one of DEP’s most emphatic denials of a wind project to date. Despite the LURC and DEP denials, Champlain Wind, LLC, a subsidiary of First Wind, has appealed the project to the Board of Environmental Protection.

Similar to last month’s plea from the president of Reed & Reed, Cuddy is attempting to openly influence the BEP decision and subvert the regulatory process established to protect Maine from unnecessary and harmful development. Cuddy knows full well that regulators aren’t stalling — they’re just doing their job.

The real issue for Cuddy is that he and his wind partners are unhappy that their lucrative project at Bowers hasn’t been and hopefully won’t be approved. Hopefully, they get the message loud and clear when BEP denies Champlain Wind’s appeal of this disastrous project.

Richard McDonald


Stephen, Tabitha King monument

When we moved to the city of Bangor 10 years ago, my family and I immediately noticed Stephen and Tabitha King’s deep involvement in many of our favorite places — the Bangor Public Library Children’s Department, the Beth Pancoe Pool, the Maine Discovery Museum and Mansfield Stadium. To us, these places were “gems” that greatly improved our quality of life.

Only later did I come to understand that the philanthropic generosity of the Kings spans decades. I know I am not alone in my feelings of gratitude for what the Kings have given. The family’s legacy of philanthropy is well known to Bangor’s current residents. But what about future generations and visitors to our city?

It would be great to see the city honor the Kings with a statue or monument downtown so that visitors to Bangor may learn how much the Kings have done for our community and how much it is appreciated.

Leah Knightly


Doctor kudos

I have just finished a wonderfully challenging and rewarding year helping Drs. Sidney Block and Geoffrey Gratwick serve their patients at their clinic on 275 Union St.

It was a privilege doing my limited part in helping facilitate office visits by patients, many of whom are all too familiar with chronic pain, thus minimizing their discomfort. I was able to witness well-honed skills, by doctors and staff, in patient care and service and am proud to have been part of a dedicated long-serving staff, some of whom have been with the practice since it began 30 years ago (as have many patients).

Countless times, it seems, I have heard sincere words of gratitude and appreciation from patients toward not only the doctors, but to the staff as well. I will always fondly remember my relatively short time with the Block and Gratwick family.

Joseph Brito


End of a BDN delivery era

On Jan. 18, our daughter Carly will deliver her last newspaper. Our family started delivering papers for the BDN when our son Philip was 10 years old. Philip was joined by his brother Chapin and then Carly. It has been with pride that my husband and I have watched them work as a team to deliver papers for 11 years.

Through blizzards, storms, lightning and wind, they never failed. We watched in awe as they rose at 4 a.m., delivered papers, went to school, participated in sports and did homework at night.

We smiled when friends said they could never do it. We knew that this was not just a job but a special time to be together and chat every morning. They loved being the first to tackle a snowbank and told stories of sunrises and reports after a storm.

A special thank you to the cousins and friends who helped out when a family vacation or weekend away was needed.

Thank you for leaving the lights on, the walkways shoveled and salted, the friendly hello and conversation. Thank you for the holiday greetings, homemade goodies and words of encouragement. A special thank you to our friends, neighbors and customers in our neighborhood who have supported the kids in so many ways over the years.

The route has been an opportunity for developing work ethic and community relationships among other things. We are grateful for your part in those lessons and it has been our pleasure to deliver your papers through the years.

Melinda and Phil Frost Jr.


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