Oct. 6 Letters to the Editor

Posted Oct. 05, 2009, at 6:20 p.m.

Clean energy pays off

Clean energy policies will breathe new life into some of our most struggling industries, creating millions of new jobs that can’t be outsourced: manufacturing jobs for those who will produce wind turbines and solar panels; service industry jobs for truck drivers who will deliver materials for renewable energy projects and construction jobs for those who will make our buildings more energy efficient.

It will also allow companies that are high energy users time to change over to renewable energy to protect the jobs we already have.

The fact is paper companies are already doing this today by burning biomass fuel and waste from pulping operations. It’s a great example of Americans improving our energy future and being rewarded with good jobs in the bargain, and it’s a classic win-win situation.

Our over-reliance on oil from hostile nations has sent jobs overseas and look where we are today: Our jobs are gone. We need to stop this trend.

The answer is clean energy investments, which generate more than three times more jobs than the equivalent amount of investment in the fossil fuel industry. America is struggling. We need jobs and we can’t afford to wait.

We must voice our support for clean energy now. Let’s create a Maine clean energy economy, and with it, thousands of new Maine jobs.

Emery Deabay

Bucksport

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Catholic logic flawed

As a Christian non-Catholic, I have been intrigued to read in the BDN about the Catholic Church’s attempts to overturn the gay marriage law.

I respect Catholics, but logically their argument confuses me. It is my understanding that Catholics believe divorce is a sin; thus, they do not allow it in their church (unless their definition of special circumstances exist). They do this because they believe strongly that divorce is a detriment to family stability.

However, I have not heard that they have started a drive to make divorce illegal for everyone else. It is also my understanding that Catholics believe a marriage is not valid unless performed under the auspices of the Catholic Church; yet, I have not heard that the Catholics are raising money to fund a campaign to make secular marriage for everyone else illegal.

I fail to see the difference in these scenarios and granting the right of same-sex marriage to society, while maintaining their stance that homosexuality is a sin and gay marriage will not be sanctioned or performed in the Catholic Church.

Catholics seem willing to allow some laws in this country that they feel are morally wrong, while still managing to function successfully under a different set of moral laws that correlate with their beliefs. This law will not force them or any other church to change their rules or doctrine.

I will vote no on the referendum. Please join me.

Carol Tiffin James

Hancock

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A better world

Thanks to the BDN for listing some of the previous arrests of the six who protested at the Land Use Regulation Commission announcement (BDN, Sept. 25, “Protesters at LURC meeting released on bail”).

Although none of the six has been arrested as many times for civil disobedience as either Martin Luther King Jr. or Mohandas Gandhi, it is clear that they care a lot about the future of the environment and economy of Maine.

More importantly, they have the courage of their convictions (no pun intended) to risk their safety and comfort for policies that treat the Earth like an environment we must learn to live in, not a commodity to exploit for profit.

If we had more people like them, putting their bodies and their beliefs on the line nonviolently, as King and Gandhi did, we would have a much better world.

Larry Dansinger

Monroe

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Loves her Medicare

Thanks to the BDN for publishing Clyde MacDonald’s excellent OpEd (Oct. 2) on Sen. Snowe and the insurance companies. I have often thought Sen. Snowe does a lot of good for Maine, but in this instance I am disappointed. Her balance between her constituents and her big donors seems to have shifted toward the money. I hope I am wrong.

Health care for all Americans is essential to put us on a level playing field with the rest of the industrialized world. The public option is a bare minimum, yet pundits and politicians say it is evil. It is only evil for insurance companies.

Republican proposals for triggers and co-ops make good talking points, but actually weaken and postpone real health reform.

I love my Medicare. It is government-run, socialized medicine at its best. Like Social Security, it protects and helps senior citizens have some security in our later years (and takes some of the burden and cost from our families and communities). Besides providing a base for retirement, Medicare and Social Security help seniors retain independence and dignity.

Right now we have government-run socialized medicine for members of Congress, government workers, Medicare, Medicaid, the VA and the military.

How much of a stretch would it be to join these programs under one umbrella and add in the rest of the American people? Why was it that the banks were “too big to fail,” but now the American people are “too small to count”?

Ann Marie Maguire

Swan’s Island

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Emotional issue

The same-sex marriage question is a very emotional issue for the residents of Maine. Fortunately, this law gives due respect to those of us with deep religious convictions by recognizing the separation of church and state. It does not force established religions to accept same-sex marriage theologically.

Indeed, this bill is pluralistic, as it encourages those with and those without a God-based worldview to have a welcomed and equal place in the public square.

I would hope that we people of Maine will allow couples of the same sex to marry by voting no on Question 1 in the coming election.

Robert Sezak

Fairfield

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