February 17, 2011

Letters to the editor, Feb. 17, 2011: Whoopie pies face house divided

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Workers in Gardiner prepare whoopie pies for sale. Once considered for Maine's official dessert, they are now on course to be its official treat – pleasing one reader and disappointing another.

2011 Press Herald file

Amos E. Orcutt
President, Maine Whoopee Pie Association
Bangor 

Columnist takes on opponents too harshly 

Methinks Bill Nemitz doth protest too much. To his credit, he has an articulate mind and an agile pen. He spins vast column inches of bipolar black ink, bouncing from gentle human interest tales to radically harsh (borderline vindictive) criticism.

He has successfully transposed journalism and punditry, slyly capturing the eyes of unassuming readers believing they are digesting traditional, rational, unbiased journalistic content when all he has handed us is political rhetoric and liberal drool.

The placement of his column has become most prominent, and the length of his stylings has grown out of proportion with their net worth to the residents of this great state. His columns create a sense of fact but are conjecture and supposition.

His continued attacks on any principles outside of his own are obviously personal and bring me to my first question: Why?

If he hasn't guessed, I find myself very frustrated by his columns and the callous manner he uses to present his thoughts. I too have been angered and frustrated about our situation, which features a decade of zero job growth while we verge on the edge of an environmental dictatorship.

Maine's efforts to "protect" us ignore the most common-sense view of issues and stymie the basic elements needed for growth and job creation, individual responsibility and freedom.

However, each day I make my community a better, stronger place to live, work and raise a family. I spend as much time volunteering as I do working at my small business to feed my family. I actively look for ways to improve the lives of all those who call this spot of land home.

But what is Mr. Nemitz doing? What has he done to improve the lives of others? It's time to put some actions behind that great agile pen of his.

We are long past the time in which simply raising an issue was enough. He should use his power for good.

Matt Mattingly
Town Councilor
Gorham
 

Maine drivers poke along, won't display any courtesy 

I am writing to ask if anybody else complains of the way Maine drivers are not very "road-friendly."

They take way too long to move into traffic; they will sit at an intersection until every car in sight has passed, then very slowly move onto the road.

If you're waiting, you can sit until about 30 or so cars pass you and not one will go any slower or stop to let you in.

Therefore, I think Maine drivers are the worst in the country. I would like to hear other people's views on this subject. I am so tired of waiting for the turtles to go on so the rest of the world can move.

Tim Hildreth
Westbrook

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