Maine, the way life should be? The Bangor Daily News recently had an excellent article about Maine’s role in supplying guns to Massachusetts and beyond because of its lax gun sale laws. More recently, there was a story about the Legislature proposing to allow persons to carry loaded weapons in national parks such as Acadia. To what purpose? Has there been an unreported rash of thefts by criminal bears or perhaps squirrels?
It becomes more and more difficult to be proud of Maine’s motto, Dirigo. Maine leads in: highest misuse of prescription drugs in the U.S.; providing guns for illegal uses; the imprisonment, not treatment, of the mentally ill resulting in overuse of solitary confinement; aspirations to become the gambling capital of the Northeast? Maybe it’s time to focus on real reforms to emphasize and promote a positive image of Maine and a sound economy.
Vets are spat on
I was discharged in 1968 from the Army. On my way home I was waiting for my plane at Newark Airport when a young couple walked by me and spat on me and called me a baby killer.
I can’t help but notice that 42 years later, society still feels the same way about its veterans. Recently, a ticket agent in Bangor gave a disabled veteran a $200 ticket and then told this vet that his disabled vet plate meant nothing to him. To make it even worse, a representative of the Bangor Police Department actually said on the news that the ticket agent “did nothing wrong.”
Nothing has changed. The unemployment rate with returning veterans is 21 percent. Our society wraps itself in the flag, but when it counts, it spits on us, if not literally then figuratively.
Gregory Boober Sr.
Our next governor
Our next governor should be business-friendly and someone who has been involved with a successful business. He or she shouldn’t be a career politician who can utter three sentences without using the words: solar, wind, climate change, green jobs, pristine and stimulus.
He or she should be a proponent of nuclear and natural gas as sources of energy. This would lower electric bills by 25 percent. We need someone serious about generating electricity, not just cutting ribbons on Canadian pipelines and power lines.
Our next governor should be someone who doesn’t regulate and tax people out of business, such as the fish farms along the coast that are now mostly owned and operated by Canada. We need someone who doesn’t think the fate of the North Maine Woods should be decided by southern Maine constituents without regard for the people who live and work there. We need someone who doesn’t think the state should take over a bankrupt rail system or keep buying up land to put it under state and federal control. What happens to tax revenue from this land?
Our next governor needs to be someone who will surround himself-herself with smart and qualified people, not political cronies or lapdogs. We need a leader who won’t cave to every anti-group that has its own agenda. We need someone who isn’t happy with Maine being rated 46th in the nation for being business-friendly. We need someone who doesn’t think “big government” is the answer to everything.
It’s a start
The Catholic representatives who dragged their heels until Sunday afternoon on the health care bill have made a huge issue about making absolutely certain that not a dime of theirs or their fellow believers’ money is spent to enable women with different religious and ethical perspectives to have covered whatever health care interventions they and their doctors deem appropriate under the bill.
Organizations of priests whose institutions are not taxed also have strongly intervened.
I respect these representatives and their religious leaders’ personal religious and ethical views. Yet those of us who were dead set against the Iraq invasion. which has murdered hundreds of thousands of Iraqi children, women and male civilians and killed thousands of men and women of the U.S. and allied armed forces and civilians had our tax money used for this disgusting war and the killings that have resulted.
Sometimes you put aside your personal values for the good of fellow citizens and behave like Americans and not Catholics or anti-war objectors.
Those who are dead set against insuring more than 30 million uninsured, because they fear their personal policies might cost more are similarly self-indulgent.
We are a nation of people who owe our fellow citizens of every religious and ethical persuasion the right to get reasonable health coverage. The bill is seriously flawed — it doesn’t go far enough in many ways but it’s a start.
Tom Rusk, M.D.
Study wind projects
As a resident of Highland Plantation, a proposed wind facility site, I’ve educated myself about industrial wind turbines and the effects of them.
With all the rush to develop industrial wind turbines on 360 miles of mountains, so many things are being neglected.
The effects on animals caused by wind turbines are alarming. Bats internally hemorrhaging, moles disappearing from surrounding areas, alpacas changing their instinctual birthing patterns resulting in stillborns and miscarriages, goats dying, dogs nervously barking at night and wetting on the floor, and ponies nervously trembling and shaking, their owners having to sell them. The deer too nervous to eat and moving into the village because of wind turbines.
The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wrote me saying, “unfortunately some of the concerns we share can only be addressed by studying wildlife interactions at operational wind facilities. This is particularly true for understanding the effect low frequency noise and shadow flicker have on the survival, repro-duction, and habits of wildlife associated with a proposed wind facility.” So, basically let’s build them and see what happens? I’m outraged! Why not study the sites we already have and postpone future projects until we have real answers?
What about understanding the effects of low frequency noise and shadow flicker on the survival, reproduction and habits of humans? Are they doing the same for humans, “build first and see what happens”? This kind of attitude will result in devastation to our animals and people of Maine.