Which way should the walkway wend?

[Editor’s note: This letter from Jon Cheston was originally presented as a statement to the Belfast City Council during its Jan. 3 meeting.]

This is about the “waterfront” walkway.

I want John Holmes and Todd French to tell us why they’re blocking the path along the water. I want Joe Slocum to tell us what the city has offered John and Todd to accommodate their interests.

I know these people and could ask them in private, but I want them to answer to all of us Belfast citizens. The time for private talk has passed.

I want Ethan Andrews and Abby Curtis [of the Bangor Daily News] to report in their papers what John, Todd and Joe have to say.

We all think it would be much better if the walkway could run on the waterside of Todd’s shop and through John’s property.

Imagine yourself walking along Front Street from the Boathouse on the new walkway. The arborvitae has been cut so you can see the water below. But look, you can see others walking along the old path that hugs the water. That’s where you want to be, so there are steps that take you down there.

But if you’re handicapped, have arthritis, a sprained ankle, a bad heart or recent knee surgery, then you couldn’t go down those steps. And even if you could, your way along the water would soon be blocked.

Now picture yourself at the intersection of Front and Miller streets, facing toward Main Street. Over your right shoulder you see the mass of French and Webb shop. Ahead to the right, you see John’s garage, perhaps with an old delivery truck in front. A charming waterfront sight, isn’t it? Captures the ambiance of the shore, right?

The sad fact is that, with this blockage, about one-third of the new $1.5-million walkway wends along a street side, not the harbor side.

That’s very upsetting. Many of us are upset now with our friends John and Todd. If we shouldn’t be, then tell us why.

Jon Cheston



Potty talk in the paper

A couple of weeks ago a section of Eric Green’s writing appeared on the front page of one of the sections of the paper [“LiveCell: Chapter One,” D1, Dec. 29 edition]. It made me wince and also reminded me of something we all know.

It actually started out like a good read, and probably still is, if it were in a book and not the paper. In only a couple of columns I was subjected to the “F” word, the “B” word, and a certain “D” word.

Yes, we all hear those words all the time, and we know what they are. But we also know what goes on in a bathroom. We know what those sounds are, and because we really don’t want to hear them we close the door.

Maybe the Journal should close the door on some of this because most of us really don’t want to hear it, at least not in the paper.

Brian Cooper