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Oct. 13 Letters to the Editor


Common sense cents

Who is spending all the money to tell voters to “Vote yes on Question 1” on the Nov. 4 ballot? And just why do they want voters to reject the new tax on flavored water, juice drinks, soda, beer and wine? Voters need to know that the money collected by the new tax will be used to pay for some of the health care problems created in part by the use of the products being taxed. We have a high incidence of obesity and an epidemic of type 2 diabetes in the state of Maine. Common Sense dictates a “No” vote on Question 1.

Grace Schimpf



No joy in landfill-ville

Reading the BDN’s recent article on the Pine Tree Landfill, one would think residents are now joyful to have such a wonderful neighbor in our town.

What the article doesn’t mention about the landfill gas-to-energy plant is that by generating electricity, landfill gases and odors are escaping at a higher rate than before when the gases were flared; to quote Tom Gilbert, PTL’s environmental compliance manager from an article in last February’s BDN, when the landfill’s stench was in full force: “Before the plant was on-site, officials could vacuum gases from the landfill at a higher rate to reduce odor … Landfill staff cannot pull odorous gases from the landfill as aggressively as they once did when it became an issue, because they must monitor it more closely to ensure electricity production.”

PTL can’t vacuum at the same rate in its gas collection system because it needs to damp down vacuum pressure to prevent oxygen from being drawn in. The gas-to-energy plant depends upon an oxygen-starved environment. PTL also has an incentive to optimize generation of methane with a plant to feed.

Methane is a greenhouse gas, more potent than CO2 as a cause of global warming. Landfills are the largest man-made source of methane released in North America, so looking at landfills as a benevolent source of energy is erroneous. We would be much better off with fewer landfills and less waste going into them.

Bill Lippincott



Can’t vote for Obama

Barack Obama’s proposed liberal policies, his personal and political associations and his life choices are the reasons I cannot vote for him.

They go to his character, his lack of judgment and the absence of leadership skills.

In 1960 John F. Kennedy was elected in a very close and contentious race. In his inaugural address, JFK offered these inspiring words: “Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.” Those simple words united our country behind his presidency and immediately became part of his legacy.

Earlier this year, Caroline Kennedy passed the torch to Barack Obama. Because of this, a question for today’s electorate is “Which candidates have taken the words of JFK and put them into action, translated that action into accomplishments, and, in so doing, demonstrated their leadership?”

Barack Obama and Joe Biden have not. They have shown in their personal lives, legislative pandering actions and proposals and campaign rhetoric that they put party and power first.

John McCain and Sarah Palin embody the spirit of JFK’s uplifting and transcendent words. They have embraced them, lived them, and absorbed them into their character. They can unite our country.

Rodney Webb



Price of deregulation

Recently, The Associated Press reported that due to increased deregulation, the Federal Aviation Administration has allowed the repair and rebuilding of domestic aircraft frames and engines in foreign countries, with some repair facilities not being inspected for quality and performance in five years.

This is another example of the Republican strategy of reducing oversight and regulation. Inadequate oversight just cost the taxpayer hundreds of billions of dollars; not inspecting repair facilities repairing aircraft could potentially cost lives.

It is time for government to be more responsible and accountable. This can be done so the values of those on both the right and left are not assaulted. We cannot afford four more years like the last eight.

Michael Allen



Vote for Sara Stevens

I am writing to ask people to vote for Sara Stevens as representative to the Maine Legislature. Sara Stevens is hardworking and understands the problems of all the people including senior citizens.

She knows the struggles that our families experience and she works to help us. Sara is smart, kind and knows all about government and business. As a senior citizen, I feel she will work for me, for us, in Augusta — just as she has with Rep. Mike Michaud’s office.

Mildred Baber



Cheerleader or VP?

I watched the ebb and flow of the vice presidential debate as closely as I could, looking for any gaffes or just plain mistakes on either Joe Biden’s or Sarah Palin’s part. In fact, neither stumbled. The only real difference between them as I saw it was this: Biden showed a grasp of the issues befitting a vice president; Palin showed all the enthusiasm of a cheerleader at a hockey rink, rating John McCain a great American hero, or words to that effect.

Cheerleading is an important activity at a hockey game; what it has to do with the running of our country I hope we shall not find out this time around, at least.

Jim Loomis



District 32 clear choice

I have closely watched the District 32 House race, and the communities of eastern coastal Maine have a choice between two candidates who will work hard for the principles they believe in. If you think the answer to our woes is more government, you should vote for Katherine Cassidy, D-Machias. She will undoubtedly vote to provide it. If you think we need more freedom, you should vote for Dave Burns, R-Whiting. He will undoubtedly work to protect it.

It’s good to have such a clear choice.

Jon Reisman



Sawyer for Senate

Due to more difficult economic times, Augusta must be more accountable with fiscal matters and this is why I support Tom Sawyer for state Senate.

Tom has been a great asset to the Bangor area, giving his time and resources to numerous organizations. In addition to his past public service as a senator, he served on the Bangor City Council for two terms and continues to assist the region and its organizations. Currently, Tom is a corporator for the Philips-Strickland House and a trustee of Husson University. He has a lifetime of achievement including completion of a course for senior executives in state and local government at Harvard’s JFK School of Government and Tom knows that Maine cannot tax its way out of challenging economic times.

Bridget A. O’Donnell


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