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April 22 Letters to the Editor

Jets and volcanic ash

I’m no aircraft mechanic, but the eruption of Iceland’s glacier-capped volcano, and the consequent effect on air travel, prompts the following question:

Would a piston-engine aircraft, presumably equipped with intake air filters, be able to fly through an ash plume?

The question has a touch of irony to it, because Loftleider (Icelandair) was the last international carrier to use long-range radial-engine DC 6 B’s, long after other airlines had moved to jets.

Progress isn’t always what it seems to be, is it?

Henry Smith



Just the facts

I recently attended a presentation by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to the residents of Orrington that contained deliberately misleading information at odds with the facts about the HoltraChem site. Commissioner David Littell was in town to try to get Orrington residents to overturn their selectmen’s vote in support of the so-called Woodard & Curran plan. He resorted to one of the cheapest tricks in the book — using fear and corporate “hate speak” to malign the company cleaning up the site and scare residents about the future.

The company is accommodating and willing to proceed immediately based on good science and meeting the needs and demands of Orrington residents. They want to spend another $100 million to finish the cleanup and are willing to create a trust fund so Orrington never is liable for future costs. It is the DEP that threw this into the courts with an order that appeared unreasonable and not necessarily the best environmental cleanup option.

Being adversarial and accusatory is counterproductive and blatantly exposes the major problem we have in attracting and retaining businesses in Maine.

Orrington resident Mark Fox said at the meeting, “It’s hard for Maine to get businesses to come here and appears just as hard for them to leave.” Maine is in need of strong businesses that prosper in our state. With departments of the executive branch unwilling or unable to recognize opportunities for reasonable solutions, we never will attract good jobs.

We should work together with this willing participant to clean up, pay for and indemnify our town from this problem.

Richard H. Campbell



Transgender students

This letter is in reference to the Maine Human Rights Commission’s decision, preliminary ruling that it is discriminatory not to allow a transsexual child to use the private facilities of public schools according to the gender they identify themselves by.

Many individuals opposed to this issue, including myself, consider themselves compassionate conservatives. I absolutely agree with the concept of protecting the human rights of any child in Maine’s public schools; but where is this going to stop? Do you remember being an innocent child?

What needs to be remembered in this case is that most, if not all, of these “transsexual” children are anatomically the same gender as they were born. That means boys, who claim to identify themselves as girls, will be changing with your daughters after a soccer game. A young lady who internally identifies as a male, will be showering with your sons after basketball practice. I am as far from bigoted as one can be, but this is wrong.

Thank goodness, the ruling has been postponed for the time being (the reasons for which, I haven’t a clue). If you feel the same way about this, please get involved and fight this. For the sake of Maine’s youth and “traditional” virtue, we need to stake a firm stand for what is right, not for what is popular.

I am not saying that these children are perverts or have any negative motivations, but I will not watch Maine’s morality burn away in the flame of good intentions.

Tom Toth


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