Your gripes- June 20, 2010

Everywhere we hear, "Wash your hands." Schools, hospitals, and when we go to restaurants we have a sanitary wipe.  We went into a deli the other day and the lady was making sandwiches, NOT WASHING HER HANDS and then taking money for change.  How sanitary is this? And when you think about it, what about those hot dog stands on the road, and the fairs. They aren't washing their hands either. And we wonder why we get sick. Can't everyone wash their hands?
— Pat Brann

Ok, so here is my gripe. I am a registered voter in Maine, I am also a member of the Penobscot Indian Nation, and right now what really gets my blood boiling is all this talk about bringing a casino to the Bates mill complex. Don't get me wrong, I am all for bringing jobs to Lewiston/Auburn. But back in 2003, the Native Americans wanted to build a casino and the referendum was rejected; again in 2007, the same thing.
But in 2008 the "BIG" Hollywood Slots and Raceway opened.
And now all this talk about a casino in Lewiston/Auburn? I have a great idea, why don't we just let the Native Americans build a casino! I mean, haven't we been screwed enough?!
— "An Angry Indian"
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Heidi  George's picture

My Gripe

Last winter I was driving 196 toward Lisbon. There was an electric wheelchair in my lane right by Rite Aid. I was watching the car on my left to make sure he was not coming into my lane, therefore I did not see the wheelchair guy and almost took him out Thank God for my passenger yelling "look out". Well a couple of weeks ago, a wheelchair guy was driving in the right lane on 196 by Burger King headed into downtown Lewiston. Why are they not driving on the sidewalk? Where are the Lewiston PD when you need them?

Heidi  George's picture

My Gripe

Last winter I was driving 196 toward Lisbon. There was an electric wheelchair in my lane right by Rite Aid. I was watching the car on my left to make sure he was not coming into my lane, therefore I did not see the wheelchair guy and almost took him out Thank God for my passenger yelling "look out". Well a couple of weeks ago, a wheelchair guy was driving in the right lane on 196 by Burger King headed into downtown Lewiston. Why are they not driving on the sidewalk? Where are the Lewiston PD when you need them?

Melissa  Dunn's picture

'an angry indian' we can't

'an angry indian'

we can't change the past. what has been done, has been done to us or others. so why are we still trying to make people pay for other people's mistakes? same thing could be said for slavery. we have overcome and prevailed! be happy and content with that!!!

 's picture

Rejection of anything and everything that means jobs

The rejection of anything and everything in the way of economic development existing or new out of hand. The NIMBY ATTITUDE. This has included the distruction of pulp and paper, textiles and shoes to name a few that were here and wind turbines. plum creek and casinos that have been proposed. The same people complained that pulp and paper, textile and shoes poluted and caused damaged to tourism object to wind turbines but also object to casinos and plum creek which would have brought tourism. The same people complain about bad pay from serice jobs in tourism worked to drive out the good paying jobs in pulp and paper. Personally, I prefer to work making a goos living, I have become convinced all of these NIMBYsare really just trying to keep jobs out so they can keep collecting a welfare check and it has nothing to do with protecting mountain tops our tourism, prostitution, crime, taxes or any of their other arguments which they contradict themselves.

Dave Bussey's picture

help to kill economic development

"If you clean it, they will come." I think maybe cause and effect are reversed there. But never mind. What's really needed is for the state to get rid of all the the mamby pamby liberals and big spending democrats whose talk about social welfare and so on is scaring off business developers. Maybe that would work. Just support the conservative politicians like in Mississippi and Alabama. Then again, maybe not. I think not.

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Sun Journal Comments Section

My gripe is that the comments section has turned into a forum for foul-mouthed bickering between a handful of people who are not really interested in the stories themselves, but in spewing garbage at each other. The SJ moderators do not choose to do much about this...maybe this bologna brings eyes to the web site? I am embarrassed to share any story with anyone out of town because I don't want them to see the ignorance below. If the comments can't be monitored and moderated more effectively, they should be turned off.

Dave Bussey's picture

foul mouthed bickering

Who could be against foul mouthed bickering? And who doesn't like to watch? Without a doubt it brings eyes to the web site. Isn't that what free enterprise is all about?

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