March 1 Letters to the Editor

Posted Feb. 28, 2010, at 6:59 p.m.

Ban was last resort

The BDN editorial, “Wind Ban Wrong,” was a decent analysis of the flawed wind turbine siting process and indicates a fundamental BDN understanding of the problem. The solution, however, is not to continue this flawed permitting process.

Insufficient turbine setback from homes and the resulting turbine noise have generated serious complaints and public resistance to additional projects. The solution isn’t that difficult but our regulatory agencies appear frozen in place, wedded to a flawed procedure.

The World Health Organization has looked at the setback and noise issue in Europe and recommended a 40 dBA noise limit at a residence. Maine DEP allows 45 dBA nighttime and 55 dBA daytime, a carryover from past regulation of industrial plants in a noisy environment.

Wind turbines are being placed too close to homes in once quiet rural settings and the contrast is deafening.

Additionally, the World Health Organization, or WHO, has recommended that turbine noise should be measured using a dBC scale to control low frequency noise. Here again we have the Maine DEP ignoring low frequency noise generated by wind turbines by insisting on using a dBA measurement only.

A moratorium would not be necessary or even under consideration if DEP had acted responsibly when the Mars Hill project first came online in 2007. Instead of correcting the permitting procedure that resulted in excessive noise for that project, they granted a noise waiver and proceeded merrily on their way.

Dennis Small

Oakfield

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A nation gone rogue

I went to see “Avatar,” a movie that depicts what happens to a nation, in this case a planet, whose dominant species cares only of greed and plunder via the conquest of other species and worlds.

Before the movie was a politically-motivated ad extolling and glorifying the virtues of war and empire, surely paid for by the unwitting taxpayer. The juxtaposition of this ad and movie couldn’t have been more profound — or disturbing.

The ad used music that could have been heard during 1930s Germany. So, too, the message in defending the Fatherland. The ad urged young Americans, surely many now unable to find a decent job otherwise, to join the National Guard, and not as citizen soldiers to aid their country in times of natural disasters or defense only of their fellow citizens. It depicted almost entirely the glory of violence, war and gore. It confirmed what occurs when empire is the chosen path of a once peaceful nation.

The ad pressed all the right psychological buttons. Like “Avatar,” it validated, though unintentionally, what happens when a nation goes rogue. Like “Avatar” it presented, albeit accidentally, right and wrong. Unlike “Avatar,” which postulated and fictionalized all that is wrong with such a nation, the ad proved it.

I am not slamming members of the National Guard, for I, too, was once one of its members. It is the mind-indoctrinating ad that confirms to what extremes the controlling elite is willing to go in their quest to control the world. We are now living in its controlled and clinically insane state.

Robert Schick

Garland

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Bunny warnings

With Easter fast approaching, parents may be considering buying their children a cute little bunny rabbit. Please stop and think this through before doing it.

Bunnies are great pets. We have seven and they all live in our home. However, they are a lot of work, and have many special needs that many people do not consider before getting one.

Most of them do not like to be picked up, and if you do, all four of their feet need to be supported or they can bite or scratch, not because they are mean, but because they are scared of being dropped. Most of them are very fragile, only weighing 3 to 6 pounds, and they can be hurt very easily.

They love attention and to play, however, it should be at their level on the floor. They do not like loud noises, this scares them as well. They should not be kept caged all the time, they need to run and play and get sufficient exercise to live a happy, healthy life.

If you are still considering a bunny, please read up on bunnies and their care before getting one. And before going out to buy one, check your local animal shelter; they usually have many to chose from.

Angela Bell

Sangerville

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Trucks vs. railroads

The law of unintended consequences is at work again. Should we be surprised that many of the northern Maine commercial interests that lobbied so effectively for increased truck weights on I-95 are now clamoring for the state to forestall a 241-mile “missing link” in the Montreal, Maine & Atlantic Railway network?

After shooting themselves in the feet by promoting a shift of heavy traffic from road to rail, those shippers need to offer more than lip service to preserve the competitive option and keep trucking rates under control. Taxpayers should not be expect to bail them out without tangible assurance of sufficient rail freight to enable the worth of the public-sector investment to exceed net liquidation value of the acquired assets.

George C. Betke

president

Transport Economics Inc.

Newcastle

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The shape we’re in

I heard that Republicans were wasting time worrying about the shape of the table at the Feb. 25 health care summit. People have no health care, they are losing or can’t find jobs, we are in two wars and still we are arguing about the shape of a table? This further highlights the lows to which we’ve sunk.

All this chatter about 60 votes and filibusters makes me embarrassed for our country, and makes me wonder whatever happened to people going into public service to truly serve the public, and not to serve one or the other political party, or worse, their own next election.

We need to do something about health care — our system is out of control. There must be a middle ground, and all of our representatives and senators, Democrats and Republicans, should start putting their efforts into finding it.

The same with jobs, bank reform and so many other things. There is so much good that could be done if our political leaders weren’t all being so childish and shortsighted.

Sandy Perkins

Brownville

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