June 06, 2020

Take the lead, Bangor

So, Brewer City Council members are upset with Bangor City Manager Ed Barrett because he would put Bangor ahead of Brewer in matters of regionalization (BDN, March 29). Please excuse me while I wipe my eyes.

It seems to me that since Bangor is the region’s largest population center and the service center for most of the region, and beyond, that Bangor should lead in matters that affect its citizens.

The county dispatch issue is but one example of just such a matter. The taxpayers of Bangor are paying for a service that they do not use.

Why don’t they use it? Because Bangor already has an excellent dispatch service of its own.

Perhaps Bangor residents could start paying for streetlights in Brewer, or trash pickup in Old Town. I personally think that Bangor might as well absorb Brewer.

Think of the money saved on both sides of the river.

Steven Huntley


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