April 07, 2020

Many chefs, one souffle

A letter, “Credit Perry and Dunn” (BDN, Oct. 11), stated that Sen. Joe Perry and Rep. Mike Dunn were “mainly” responsible for the new Penobscot County Court House. I suggest a true representation would include others in this timely and necessary construction.

I know, first hand, that then-Sen. Buddy Murray, a law partner of attorney Winfred Stevens, the letter’s author, initiated the process of replacing the antiquated county court house. Just prior to my own taking office in January 2000, Murray passed along two issues of importance to him and Bangor citizens, and requested I take up his baton to replace the court house.

During the next four years, I worked with Chief Justice Lee Saufley to make certain a new county court house remained her No. 1 construction priority.

Now that the court house is ever closer to actual construction, an accurate portrayal of legislative history suggests a great deal of work had already been completed prior to the elections of the current officeholders.

I suggest readers view this series of events as baking a souffle’ with “head chef” Murray mixing the ingredients and turning on the oven; Sawyer as placing it in the oven and “turning up the heat;” with Perry and Dunn as checking on the “dish,” without collapsing the final product prior to serving it up.

It’s up to the reader to decide which “chef” deserves credit for the new building once completed.

W. Tom Sawyer, Jr.

Hulls Cove

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