Oct. 8 Letters to the Editor

Posted Oct. 07, 2009, at 6:04 p.m.

Wind power disaster

Gov. Baldacci’s manic push to install wind turbines on many of our ridge lines is not only ill informed but ill advised.

Damage to people’s health caused by turbine noise and blade flicker due to inadequate setbacks from property lines and flawed industry conducted noise studies is now acknowledged to be far more severe than the mere “nuisance’ that Dr. Dora Ann Mills, the governor’s appointee to head the Maine CDC, claims it is.

Destruction of wildlife habitat, the deaths of birds, bats and thousands of oxygen-producing trees which will be cut for the installation of transmission lines, the multiple gallons of herbicide that will be used to keep the trees from returning, the loss of our scenic vistas, erosion and pollution that imperil our ponds and streams from the massive development of these turbine sites in some of our most pristine wilderness areas, may produce an environmental disaster of monumental proportions.

In a peculiar twist, Central Maine Power Co. has applied for $1.4 billion for an upgrade to its transmission system which is necessary so that the electricity produced by these wind farms can enter the grid. If granted, every ratepayer in the state will see an increase in their electric bill of at least 8.3 percent. The beneficiaries of this windfall will be CMP and its owner Iberdrola of Spain.

There seems to be a serious disconnect between the governor, the environment and the people of Maine.

Bob Brooks

Montville

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Informed electorate

It is really amazing how special interest groups can manipulate and confuse potential voters with their deceptive tactics. I was talking to someone recently who seriously believed that the issue to be decided in the upcoming same-sex marriage referendum, was whether or not public schools should be required to teach same-sex marriage.

Michael Gagnon

Fort Kent

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Pony up, guys!

I hope I’m not the only one who saw the terrible irony between two front page stories of the Friday, Oct. 2, edition. There, in full color, is an extraordinary woman, Debby McLain, who devotes her life to caring for dozens of animals, many of which she has because their owners can no longer afford to care for them in this depressed economy. In the article, McLain herself reports that she can barely afford to feed the animals she has, much less take in any more.

Just below that article appeared the faces of four obscenely wealthy “Forbes 400” men who happen to have homes on Mount Desert Island. Perhaps these four could pool some of their vast resources and make a substantial donation to McLain’s Downeast Equine and Large Animal Society. What to her could mean the difference between continuing her amazing work and having to curtail her efforts would be a drop in the bucket for Rockefeller, Bass, Butt and Johnson III.

Come on, guys! Pony up!

Penelope Olson

Appleton

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Calling Sen. Smith

Japanese all have health care at half the cost we spend per person, and have a longer life expectancy than us. This is true in most other industrialized nations. Are they smarter — maybe, but more likely their politicians aren’t in the pocket of the insurance lobby.

Olympia Snowe says we need a bipartisan approach to health care reform, but when they controlled every facet of all three branches of our government for six of the past eight years it must have slipped their mind. Democrats aren’t much better, they’re so eager to pass any type of reform that they’re willing to accept a watered down version of their bill that does little for anyone except the insurance industry. Mandating folks to buy health insurance is a good deal for Blue Cross but devastates the poor who can’t afford it.

A single-payer health plan is the only logical answer to the problem. Tying health insurance to employment is an absurd idea that’s strangling our businesses, large and small, making it impossible to compete.

Health insurance companies have a history of abusing customers. Premiums, co-pays and deductibles are devastating the poor, while grossing obscene profits. When insurance companies hire lawyers to find excuses to deny claims, the lives and welfare of our citizens are at stake. We have sunk to number 37 in the world on quality of health care.

If we don’t address this issue this year, we’ll be beating this horse again in a few years as the situation worsens. Where is Margaret Chase Smith when you need her?

Henry Deshane

Glenburn

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