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Jan. 29 Letters to the Editor

On northern pike

It is unbelievable that the state of Maine and the Penobscot Nation support such drastic changes to the ecosystem (“Group opposes Penobscot River restoration effort,” BDN, Jan. 16). Apparently Gov. Baldacci has some big green people (and I don’t mean the Jolly Green Giant) at the top of his administration.

According to the Jan. 16 article, the northern pike has a voracious appetite for anything that moves. In going around Howland Dam does the Penobscot River Restoration Trust think that northern pike will stop at a sign saying “No Northern Pike Allowed?”

In two different protests, knowledgeable biologists talk about the devastating effect of invasive species above Howland. I certainly would hope towns from Howland up through Millinocket and towns along the Piscataquis and Pleasant rivers, look into this. PRRT is moving this along most expeditiously, I think, in order to stop any comments, and putting a stop to this environmentally unfriendly project.

I believe once this happens, finding trout, perch and other fish will be difficult. You may be lucky to catch a pickerel or anything else in time.

And if you do not think northern pike are in Pushaw Lake, ask around.

Bruce Fremont Leavitt



Supply and demand

After learning about Gov. Baldacci’s budget plan, my heart went out to all those poor state workers making more than $50,000 a year who may have to pay 5 percent of their health insurance premiums. That’s fair, considering the rest of us making far less than that pay on average 20 per-cent of our paychecks.

Perhaps if all state employees would pay their fair share maybe we wouldn’t need to raise recreational licenses such as hunting, fishing, boating, etc. by 15 percent only to hear the state whine about how it is losing revenue due to the decreasing number of sportsmen.

While considering this, I realized I didn’t really enjoy hunting and fishing all those years anyway, I just bought licenses to support this great state. So since I wasn’t enjoying myself anyway and the state is now getting greedy there’s no reason to buy another license. There goes $40 includ-ing “agent’s fees” (which for those of you who do not know is the state’s way of spelling tax) that could have gone toward the House and Senate cost of living raise.

I’d like to see every sportsman in the state of Maine stop buying licenses, because just like gas and oil if we don’t buy them the price will come down.

Leon Grant



What unemployment?

It’s nice to know that the recent job losses and poor economy have not affected the Bangor area.

I recently had an ad running in the Bangor Daily News for part-time help. In the week that it ran I had a total of nine applicants. In the 35 years that I have been in business, that is the poorest response I ever have had. Does this mean that everyone who needs a job has one?

If this is the case, then we in Bangor are very fortunate to be unaffected by the recent downturn.

Carolyn Millar

Carden Kennels



Ethanol’s threat

I have done some research on ethanol as an additive to our gasoline, which the government has mandated, and it is scary what it will do to small engines and older vehicles.

It will destroy a two-cycle engine in short order, so this eliminates the use of rototillers, outboard engines, chain saws and most lawnmowers. I have been told that a person needs to add a product called K100 to the fuel in an older auto, but it is not readily available and costs $8-$9 a bottle. Also, it is no protection at all in vehicles older than 1998.

I have written a letter expressing my concerns and asked for an answer from Sens. Collins and Snowe and Rep. Mike Michaud, but as of this time I have received no answer.

I suggest that everyone research ethanol in various categories on the Internet and then see what you think.

Jack Leemon



Geithner bad choice

There has much hoopla surrounding President Obama’s inauguration. Some of it is deserved, some of it is not. He has made a big issue of transparency in government and has signed a number of executive orders regarding the ethics of his administration. Ignored in all of this is the situa-tion surrounding his Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner.

After listening to the Senate testimony and seeing the documents, I find it difficult to believe that someone of his intelligence and background did not know he was responsible for paying those taxes. I cannot swallow that after his IRS audit he still refused to pay his taxes and only paid after he was nominated to become treasury secretary.

The tax amount is almost double the average annual income for Mainers.

This is a figure that would land the ordinary citizen in jail, yet Geithner gets a free pass. In short, head of the IRS, who will be responsible for enforcing penalties against citizens who don’t pay taxes on time is not going to be held accountable for not paying his taxes!

If President Obama meant half of what he said concerning ethics and openness in government he would not have nominated Geithner. As it is the good-old-boy network is alive and well in Washington and President Obama’s actions speak far louder then his words.

Timothy Grant


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