Snow in The County
Big hats off to our city and state transportation department workers. These women and men have not slept for most of the winter here in The County and around the state. Hats off to our local fire department, rescue and police department workers who have worked hard rescuing stranded drivers and those in crashes because of this bad weather.
Snow and wind have kept them busy, especially recently with drifts bigger than a house. When one can shovel their roof off by standing on a snowbank and not need a ladder, the snow beast has been busy.
Let us not forget all the local farmers as well and neighbors who have heavy machinery and snow blowers that have helped many of their neighbors clean up this snow and set them free from the snow walls surrounding their homes.
Talk about needing walls on our borders, we have plenty up here in Aroostook County — and nature provided them for free. We are surrounded by the beautiful country of Canada on three sides and not one wall has been needed. Why can’t it be the same with all countries that surround America? Sad but very true.
But this is not about the walls, it’s about good-hearted people and neighbors helping one another through such storms as these. We know this here in the county because we have such neighbors. Once again, big hats off and a big thank you to all these wonderful, caring hard workers. May sleep come soon — or even spring, if that is possible.
Impressed by climate ideas
My wife and I recently moved to Maine. It’s a beautiful state. I’ve been happy to see that local lawmakers are getting serious about climate change. I was also impressed with the recent position of the Bangor Daily News editorial board that climate change and humans’ impact thereon are no longer questions worth debating, and that what is of publishable interest are ideas on how to stem this deadly tide.
With this in mind, I had a chance this weekend to attend a meeting of Bangor’s Citizen Climate Lobby. The participants seem genuinely interested in the future of their posterity on this planet, and their ideas are creative. Knowing that economics drive behavior, they advocate for a tax on gasoline and other carbon-based products, the proceeds of which get returned to all of us as individuals. This would encourage people and industries to get serious about alternative energy sources without making a big dent in the personal pocketbook.
No more bird dogs, please
I enjoy reading your newspaper daily — the local news, outdoors columns, etc. But I think I can speak for a lot of your readers when I ask: Please stop with the bird dog articles.
A short series of columns over the span of a few weeks would be sufficient. It has now gotten to the ridiculous stage of how much time and newspaper space is being allotted for this “sport.”
If you need a dog to flush out birds that you can’t see, or to retrieve a bird you can’t reach, maybe you should take up another form of hunting.
A different comic to remove
You want to eliminate a comic strip? I have a candidate.
I’ve been a connoisseur of the funnies since, well, the Katzenjammer Kids (anybody?). Most strips I have liked, some not. Nonetheless, I read every one every day, in order from least- to most-favorite.
Several outstanding strips have appeared: Calvin and Hobbes and Shoe, for example.
One of the most creative is Non Sequitur. It’s notable for having nearly-plausible fantasy, complex characters, goofy bears, a mildly diabolical child and incredible artwork.
So, what prompted its removal? I have seen nothing I considered terribly offensive — liberal that Wiley is, arch conservative that I am.
But one of the ancient ones has run off the rails: Mark Trail has been a mild, outdoors, conservation-conscious strip with friendly characters engaging in some exciting events. Now we see a demented terrorist planning to murder Mark Trail. Murder, mind you. What on earth goes through the mind of artist James Allen?
I’m shocked, and I don’t shock easily, at having that storyline in the funnies.
Ban James Allen and bring back my favorite (I read it last), Non Sequitur.