January 25, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

The grand plan for Maine’s northernmost 14 counties appears to be moving along well. Everything of value moves to Cumberland and York counties. All the rest of us can just like it or leave.

The University of Maine Law School was on Union Street in Bangor and moved to Portland years ago. That was even before that state-supported post-secondary school was the University of Maine in Portland-Gorham. Today it’s the University of Southern Maine.

Electrical Engineering went a few years ago. They claim it wasn’t a theft but if you look you can see the truth.

Wake up! Next: hockey. Recently in this newspaper the advertising for bids to build the new ice arena (who produced the money for this?) for the University of Southern Maine was printed.

Many people want to close the chancellor’s office. I bet if it was in Portland it would be in no danger of being found to be unneeded.

Last year, public TV. Next year, Maine Maritime Academy? That sure would look good in Portland Harbor. More bars for the students to patronize too.

I think the funding problem for the university system will be solved as soon as the names of the campus get fixed. Portland: University of Maine; Orono: the University of Northern Maine; those north of Orono: closed.

The only way to even slow this is to fight. All of you need to get up off the couch and tell (not ask) your representatives in Augusta that we are done with this stealing from the poor to feed the rich.

If Portland is the only part of Maine worth investing in, then let them be part of New Hampshire or Massachusetts. The other 14 counties may treat each other with some sort of equity. It may be the only way to keep the name “University of Maine” in Orono.

A former member of the Legislature said to me, “If you were being raped you’d yell `stop,’ wouldn’t you?” Go scream at your representative. We must make this stop. Rick Bronson Bangor


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