The Bangor Daily News Violates Own Comment Policy

Over the past several months following the continuous negative reporting by reporter Nick Sambides about Roxanne Quimby’s vision for a new national park on her own land in the Maine Woods, the Bangor Daily News has consistently allowed comments by hundreds of anonymous cowards that ridicule, attack, demean, and slander Ms. Quimby.

This week, the BDN allowed hundreds and hundreds of vitriolic attacks on Ms Quimby that were in blatant violation of their on-line comment policy to treat others with the same respect they’d want for themselves, to avoid personal attacks and name-calling. I was so outraged that I sent a letter to the editor demanding that all of those comments be removed, that they pay someone to review comments before publication, and that they issue a formal apology to their readers and Ms Quimby.

By allowing this outrage to continue, the BDN has lost all respect and credibility of a professional news organization and have lowered themselves to several steps below grocery store tabloids!

I encourage everyone who reads this blog to email or write letters to the editor expressing  outrage at this gross injustice and violation of their own policies.

We The People – Taking Back America One Person at a Time

Christopher Pays from Seattle joins the Occupy Maine group in Monument Square, Portland, Maine. Honest, heartfelt, articulate…one of many who are part of a growing global community of like-minded people! Christopher, like his predecessors from the 60’s, pleads for “LOVE.” Not so bad, really, and not very consistent with greed, contempt for the people, and thievery.

We The People – Taking Back America One Person at a Time

Delina Malo-Juvera, born and raised in Mexico City and now a U.S. Citizen travels from Acton, Maine to Portland, more than an hour’s drive, to make her voice heard. She inspired me with her basic sense of justice and her passion to make America a better place for everyone.

This is her story.

My series on “We The People – Taking Back America One Person, One State at a Time,” will feature everyday Americans like Delina who are taking part in what has become a global phenomenon of proportions not yet seen. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress seem to be tone deaf and are calling it class warfare. They are clearly on the wrong side of history.

I’m doing this series because I hope it will play a tiny role in spreading the word so that more people will join in and support this once in a lifetime happening. We are the 99% and our time is NOW.

As Michael Moore said recently, “I don’t like living in a country like this. And, I’m not leaving.” It is time for us to take American back. We The People demand to be heard.

OCTOBER 15TH UNITED FOR GLOBAL CHANGE

This is so amazing! 28 days ago in NYC a small group of activists gathered on Wall Street to protest the greed and immorality of a financial system that has profited at the expense of the rest of the country, and against a Congress that has catered to corporate interests.

The rallying cry, “we are the 99%” has resonated with millions of Americans and people all around the globe. Mainstream media, as usual don’t know what is happening and Republicans in Congress and those running for president believe it is “class warfare.” Once again, they are tone deaf and not getting it. They obviously believe we will go away and allow them to continue. People everywhere are saying, “Enough is enough!”

Please visit this website to see for yourself what is taking place all over the globe and do everything you can to participate in events on October 15th.  http://15october.net/

OCTOBER 15TH

UNITED FOR #GLOBALCHANGE

On October 15th people from all over the world will take to the streets and squares.

From America to Asia, from Africa to Europe, people are rising up to claim their rights and demand a true democracy. Now it is time for all of us to join in a global non violent protest.

The ruling powers work for the benefit of just a few, ignoring the will of the vast majority and the human and environmental price we all have to pay. This intolerable situation must end.

United in one voice, we will let politicians, and the financial elites they serve, know it is up to us, the people, to decide our future. We are not goods in the hands of politicians and bankers who do not represent us.

On October 15th, we will meet on the streets to initiate the global change we want. We will peacefully demonstrate, talk and organize until we make it happen.

It’s time for us to unite. It’s time for them to listen.

People of the world, rise up on October 15th!

“We The People” – Taking Back America One State At A Time

Occupy Wall Street is spreading all across the country to hundreds of cities, including Portland, Maine. Mainstream media is calling it a protest. This isn’t a protest, it is a grassroots REVOLUTION by “We the People” to take back our country.

This will be the introduction for a Series on this exciting new movement, reminiscent of the beginnings of the Civil Rights and the Anti-war movements of the ’60s. Apparently leaderless, what started in NYC has quickly morphed into a nation-wide expression of anger and dissatisfaction with our elected officials and the monied interests who have taken over government and public policy in America.

These occupy groups are standing in solidarity with similar grassroots “uprisings” in the Middle East and all across Europe. It seems to me that the world is waking up to the moral injustice of endless wars, corrupt financial systems, and dysfunctional, immoral government.

What I have been witnessing in downtown Portland, contrary to what mainstream media has been portraying, is a very focused, informed, and passionate expression of what democracy, morality, and justice mean.  Ordinary Americans of every age, walk of life, race and religion want to take back the Constitution and return our government to The People.

I have been videotaping interviews of many of the people camping out in the park next to the County Court building and spreading the message every day in Monument Square that I will begin posting on Youtube, Facebook and my blog in the days and weeks to come.

The signs in this introductory video tell the whole story. Handmade, mostly on cardboard, they express very clearly what this revolution is all about. America is experiencing a re-awakening. As one sign read, “We are One, and we are here to stay.” Michael Moore expressed it this way, “I refuse to live in a country likes this. And, I’m not leaving.”

Neither am I, and I don’t think that I’m alone.

Enjoy the video and pass it on.

Katahdin: The Mountain of the People

Anyone who cares for the land and wishes to preserve and protect beautiful places for all time will love this 50 minute movie by Jeff Dobbs, a masterful filmmaker who lives in Bar Harbor.

This is the same region where Roxanne Quimby has purchased land that she wishes to give to the people of America as a national park. Ms Quimby’s 70,000 acres is adjacent to Baxter State Park on the east and west of the Penobscot River.

Roxanne’s interests are the same as other philanthropists who gave such places as the Grand Tetons and Acadia to the National Park Service. Like those before her, Roxanne believes stewardship of this incomparable place means preserving it for future generations and not exploiting it for short term profit.

There are those who believe “there ain’t nothin’ to see up here,” but there are over 300 million people who cherish and visit our national parks each year who would disagree. Baxter State Park’s 70,000 yearly visitors would certainly not agree.

A new national park on Roxanne Quimby’s land would “brand” the area in a way that only a national park designation could and would introduce millions of people to the history, culture, and beauty of the Maine Woods.

Take the time to enjoy this wonderful movie and if you are asked to sign a petition favoring a feasibility study by the Park Service that would lead to the creation of a new national park in the Maine Woods, please do so and help make this vision and gift become a reality.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ZlyZE0cKtA