Local music rocks

Bangor has become well known, and rightly so, for its summer music series, first the Folk Festival and then the Waterfront Concerts. But Bangor is also producing its own homegrown music with a group of younger singers, songwriters, and performers. The problem is, there are no festivals or other venues where they are seen and heard by the public.

I encourage everyone to stop by the Unitarian Universalist Church on Park Street some Tuesday evening (first and third Tuesdays from 7 to 10 p.m.) for their open mic coffeehouse. The sound system is excellent, there is no cover charge (though donations are accepted), and inexpensive coffee and snacks are available. In the winter off season, come to the UU Church to hear some of the truly great homegrown music Bangor is producing.

Or stop by the Black Bear Brewing on Exchange Street on Wednesdays, when Eric Green (another local musical treasure) runs an open mic in a bar setting. Great local culture is being produced right under our noses. Don’t let it get away!

Judson Esty-Kendall

Glenburn

Republicans must have a different Bible

I’ve gone back over the four Gospels and the Acts of the Apostles, looking for the parts I missed. You know, all those times Christ demanded money or proof of a job before distributing food or healing the sick. Couldn’t find the part where Christ demanded that the masses pass drug tests, either.

The Republican Party must have a different Bible.

William Burgess Leavenworth

Searsmont

Thankful for ADA transit services

I am an 84-year-old man with a spinal condition, complicated by scoliosis and arthritis. At times, I am able to get around using the Community Connector bus system. And as a senior, I pay half-price, which is beneficial to me as I live on a fixed income. When I enrolled with the Americans with Disabilities Act paratransit program, it was another help in supplementing my income.

The ADA program is designed to assist the aging population and people with handicaps. ADA paratransit services help citizens such as myself with social activities, shopping, and other needed trips into the community. The fare for a Community Connector ADA paratransit van is $3 each way, and the rides can extend up to three-quarters of a mile past the regular bus routes. This is a great benefit for me on the days that I cannot ride the bus.

ADA paratransit drivers, like Scott Adams and Darrell Parks, are kind, caring individuals and are such a pleasure to talk to as I’m being transported to my destination.

The ADA program is truly a valuable asset for consumers, the community and people dealing with fixed incomes, disabilities and aging.

For several years, I have been a member of Transportation for All, which is a group of bus riders, drivers, faith leaders, and friends working together to implement improvements to our community’s public transit system.

I just wanted to take a moment today to express my appreciation for the ADA paratransit services that are available in Greater Bangor.

Ted Rippy

Bangor