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August 12 Letters to the Editor

Congress should listen

I’m willing to bet that congressional representatives are wondering why seemingly sedate citizens are screaming in their ears and they aren’t bright enough to figure it out for themselves. It is because they were elected to represent us and our will, not tell us what to do.

Average citizens are finally standing up for themselves after being ignored by politicians who think of themselves as some type of royalty.

Democrat Nancy Pelosi, because of her superiority complex, calls the people who are demanding to be herd “a mob.” They take offense at the notion that average people are redressing their grievances directly and loudly, as is their right.

The president himself was a community organizer who agitated his fellow citizens to do exactly the same thing. That’s what community organizers do, yet when the shoe is on the other foot he and his cadre squeal and stamp their feet like a group of petulant children.

Here’s a prescription Congress might find novel: Read the bill and stop acting like lemmings who are itching to jump off a cliff. What they’re attempting to do will directly affect every person in this country. They could start by instituting tort reform to eliminate frivolous lawsuits and actually listen to the people of this country and their misgivings, ideas and complaints. Is that really so radical? Is asking them to get it right the first time really asking them too much?

Jerry Bono


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FairPoint’s troubles

The BDN reported that a panel of legislators intends to hold FairPoint’s “feet to the fire” (BDN, July 31). Also, the Public Utilities Commission refused to waive heavy fines, which FairPoint must pay to competitors.

FairPoint had trouble switching business from Verizon’s computers to its own. Seems Maine had similar travails not too long ago with its Medicare records system. The problems dragged on for a year or more, yet the state paid no fines to hospitals for late payments. How hypocritical to insist now that FairPoint pay up.

My land line phone, with free phone book listing, remains the best value for me. I would rather not get a cell phone.

Land line companies everywhere bleed customers to cell phone companies and the Internet. FairPoint in particular, with the recent problems, needs friends in Augusta and in the media if land line service is to stay alive in Maine.

Rick Beckjord


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On ospreys and roads

Oops! In June, I wrote the BDN a strident opinion regarding a local controversy without having a full grasp of the salient facts. I feel, um, presidential.

Let me set the record straight. Contrary to reports, even those confirmed by DOT, the Department of Transportation did not remove the osprey nest that was “inactive” on the Deer Isle-Sedgwick Bridge. Rather, a painting contractor carefully attempted to encourage the birds to relocate so work on the bridge wouldn’t disturb them.

Now that the fog has finally lifted down here, it seems that they went to great pains, even erecting the proximate nesting platform I called for, to no success given the determined pair of osprey. They’ll try again earlier next year. Kudos and my apologies to all.

Of course my original letter was really about timely governmental response and responsibility, both by the bureaucracy and elected representatives, or lack thereof. The point being that if you can’t “save” an osprey’s nest from DOT, how could you ever get them to fix the roads. Well, forget the osprey, Sen. Damon and Rep. Pingree; they’re doing well on their own, thank you. The roads on the peninsula still need help, however.

Sounds like the osprey will make it until next year. I’m not sure about the roads.

Arthur J. Rocque Jr.


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Weston out of step

In her OpEd piece (BDN, Aug. 8-9), “Americans can’t afford cap-and-trade legislation,” Sen. Carol Weston avers that “cap-and-trade poses too great a threat to our long-term financial security,” and charges that “It is a proposal that Americans simply cannot afford.”

Does Sen. Weston imagine that Americans can afford the economic consequences of unchecked climate change? If so, she is at odds not only with the world scientific community but also with our own Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies that attribute, for instance, the ongoing wars in the Sudan (remember Darfur?) and the loss there of tens of thousands of lives to the effect of drought and desertification of once arable land.

Recently on “CBS Sunday Morning,” I watched a resort hotel being washed away by a rising ocean and I was reminded of the increasingly severe inundation’s of Bengal and the loss there of land and of whole communities.

Climate-induced crises will continue to destroy communities and provoke civil wars, supply terrorist organizations with desperate people and destabilize entire regions as it has already in Africa, Asia and has begun to in the Americas, at least according to experts at the Pentagon and U.S. intelligence agencies.

Cap-and-trade doesn’t go far enough, but it is at least a start. It is legislation that Americans simply cannot afford not to pass.

Karen Saum


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A ‘radical agenda’

I am glad to see Americans are waking up and speaking out against President Obama’s radical agenda.

It is interesting to note that the people questioning the proposed health care legislation are being labeled as Republicans who are angry they lost the election. On the contrary, these are Americans who are upset about the direction our president is taking our country.

As of this writing, the president has surrounded himself with 32 czars. These appointed officials were not elected by the people and report directly to Obama. Most of them are as radical as our president when it comes to rationing health care for the elderly, federally funded abortion and larger government control of the U.S. population.

I am not sure how our great country has survived 230 years without Obama. He claims all our policies are broken, apologizes to every country for our poor behavior and tells us we need health care reform. The polls on his policies indicate otherwise, yet he insists on telling Americans this is what is best for them.

This is a government for the people, by the people. I do not believe Obama and his czars are what the Founding Fathers had in mind when they built this nation. How long before he tells us Old Glory is outdated and we need to reshape its image?

Gary Bahosh


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