Hold more home games

So once again the University of Maine women’s basketball team is choosing big time over home time. The recently released schedule has four regular season home games and one exhibition game at home. It’s mighty hard to maintain a strong home fan base when the team hardly plays at home, and it’s frustrating for the home fans as well. It’s not feasible for many of us to travel to see them.

We love our Maine girls and wish they’d give us a few more opportunities to cheer them on at the Cross Insurance Center this fall.

Bob and Hope MacDonald

Millinocket

I-395/Route 9 connector progress

I recently saw the stories about all the concern surrounding the proposed I-395/Route 9 connector. There is a price to progress. The house and neighborhood I grew up in in Portland no longer exist. Sure, I was angry to see it go. It is difficult. But those affected will recover and start over in new and possibly better surroundings.

And to those who are so rabidly against this road, I say to them, “walk the walk.” From this point forward, they should not use the Maine Turnpike, any interstate highway or improved state road for which land was taken to accomplish the task, lest they show their hypocrite colors.

R.J. Foley

Gorham

LePage right on ethanol

Gov. Paul LePage is absolutely correct that gasoline blended with 15 percent or more ethanol is bad for the consumer and the environment, contrary to what Rick Santorum had to say in his July 18 OpEd.

In my opinion, the most important issue is that it ruins fuel systems and actually corrodes carburetors and fuel injectors. It eats seals and gaskets and is particularly detrimental to small two-cycle motors. The ethanol makes them almost unusable after only a year or two.

The second issue is that it takes more energy to make ethanol than it actually produces. To make ethanol, a mash of sugar and grain (corn) needs to be boiled down and then distill off the alcohol. Any idea how much energy that takes and where does it comes from? From natural gas and oil, for the most part. Is that green?

The third issue is the enormous subsidy given to the producers as well as the farmers growing the corn for this. The corn for this could be going to feed people, cattle, pigs and other livestock to drive down the cost of food, and the subsidy money could be saved or used to pay down the ridiculous deficit and debt we have.

This is just another example of the government picking winners and losers as they have in the wind and solar industries. Let the market work. Winners and losers should be able to sort themselves out by what the consumer wants, not the government.

James Lutz

Bangor

Waterfront Concert noise still a problem

Despite the new fence and other mild efforts, the Waterfront Concert noise remains very intrusive to me. I live about 1.5 miles from the stage, near the old standpipe, and I can hear the concert clearly through closed windows, which keeps me from getting sleep.

I feel sorry for those much closer. This is unbelievable. Obviously, with now entrenched interests, a good solution will come harder, but we must try. While few in the city benefit, many pay the price of this entertainment. Residents should make their voices heard and file complaints with the police department and city manager.

William Walton

Bangor

Vote yes on Question 2

During my more than 30 years of teaching, I have experienced great times, good times and not so good times in education. Currently, schools are experiencing one of the “not so good times.” This is a time that has been heading our way since 2003.

In 2003, the voters sent the message to Augusta that education should be a priority and should be funded at 55 percent. The voters wanted all our students to have equal opportunities in school and for the future. The voters spoke out making promises to our children.

That promise has not been kept by the politicians in Augusta.

Question 2 on the November ballot is a chance to not only make things better for our students but also create tax fairness. Question 2 asks the wealthiest Mainers — the top 2 percent of income tax filers — to pay a little bit more with a 3 percent surtax on annual income over $200,000.

A “yes” vote will provide more than $560,000 for my district. Please help keep our promises to the children of Maine. Please vote yes on Question 2 in November. A vote for our children is a vote for the future of Maine.

Debbie Melvin

Third-grade teacher

RSU 29

Monticello

Be polite and yield

Have you ever considered the yield sign? You know, that red-and-white menace that stands between you and the open road? The sign you see when you stomp on the gas, close your eyes and hope for the best? Come on, admit it: You have blown past this sign and ignored it, like so many other drivers.

As a new driver, this sign is an added stressor because people don’t know what to do. I assume people either don’t know what it means or choose to ignore it. Does it really matter if you are car length ahead of someone else or is it more important that everyone is safe?

Before taking driver’s education, I had no clue what the word yield meant. Perhaps others are in the situation, so let’s look at its meaning. The yield sign means to let other road users go first. A yield sign assigns the right of way to traffic in certain intersections. If you see a yield sign ahead, be prepared to let other drivers crossing your road take the right of way.

I was vacationing in Bermuda and noticed some things used in their road system. They have similar traffic lights and signs. The one thing that caught my eye was this red-and-white triangle “give way” sign. Seems simple enough: Be polite and allow others to proceed before it’s your turn to go.

So, my fellow Mainers, let’s be polite and give way. A few seconds lost could prevent a lifetime of regret.

Connor Roy

Hampden