Cape Wind’s lessons
The Boston Globe’s report of the Department of the Interior’s approval of permits for the Cape Wind project is good news for the nation’s future renewable energy needs.
The Ocean Energy Institute, or OEI, is committed to exploring the full scope of the ocean’s energy promise. Here in Maine and all along the Atlantic Seaboard, ocean turbines are being proposed for the commercial harnessing of wind. We eagerly await the Cape Wind project, with 130 turbines planned for Nantucket Sound.
Cape Wind, once constructed, will provide the equivalent of 75 percent of the energy needs of Cape Cod and the islands. And Cape Wind will create manufacturing and construction jobs; turbine builder Siemens AG reportedly will double to 2,000 its number of U.S. employees in the next three years.
However, when Cape Wind was envisioned, offshore wind energy technology was in its infancy. Now, deepwater wind turbines are a better option offering stronger, more reliable wind, less threat to the natural resources of the ocean, less visibility and potentially lower cost.
The nine-year Cape Wind saga must teach us to streamline the bureaucratic process and invest in the next generation of technology now.
Ocean Energy Institute
Financial reform now
Americans know all too well what happened with their economy during the financial crisis, and they draw one conclusion: never again. In order to prevent that from happening we need to restore fair regulation to the banking system. Never again do we want to see the biggest banks gaming with money they don’t have; make fortunes for themselves; and see the government step in and bail them out from a sure disaster. To add to the offense, the government is not asking for anything in return, no commitments to change.
There is a lot of talk about free markets and their blessings. But a free market is not freer than anything else in society: It is framed by a big number of laws. Yes, we are in favor of free markets, as the Founders were, but we demand a balanced and fair free market that does not unduly favor one side.
When smart people started to suggest regulation of derivatives four or five years ago, the reaction from leading financial persons claimed it was not necessary, since the financial markets are self-regulating. Who said that: Greenspan, Paulson, Bernanke, Geithner? Not true: We need fair rules for the banks and for derivatives.
So please, Sens. Snowe and Collins, we trust you to do the right thing for us: Vote yes for comprehensive financial regulation including derivatives.
Herbig for House
It was with great pleasure I read the recent article about Erin Herbig’s candidacy for the Legislature in House District 43 (Belfast area).
I have known Erin nearly her entire life, spending hours watching my kids and Erin at track meets. I enjoyed seeing them all grow to be accomplished adults. I have seen them all leave the state, some briefly and some permanently, depending on available work.
It is so good to see young adults returning to the state with plans to give back to their community.
Erin will be an excellent representative of and for her community. She is enthusiastic about her work, approaching it with an open mind and willingness to listen to others. I look forward to having her represent me.
More Herbig support
Coming off the successful, first-time Belfast Free Range Music Festival on April 24, the city continues to have a lot to celebrate. I’m thinking specifically of Erin Herbig, who announced her candidacy for Maine House District 43: Belfast, Belmont and Northport (BDN, April 20).
What strikes me most about Erin is how well-balanced she is, passionate about her ideas, and also an excellent listener who is able to see many points of view. She is forward-thinking about the Belfast area, and also respectful of what the city is and has been. She is rooted in her family life and also is excited about bringing new people — particularly young families and young creative types — to the area, and retaining the ones we already have.
It’s a thrilling time to be living in the Belfast area with someone such as Erin Herbig running for office. I support her candidacy wholeheartedly, and encourage others to do the same.
Priests in perspective
Recently a letter containing misconceptions and falsehoods regarding child abuse and allowing married priests, etc., also asked for views of other faithful Catholics.
First falsehood: “other faiths allow their clergy to marry and there are very few, if any, child abuse cases in these churches.” Penn State professor Philip Jenkins, in “Pedophiles and Priests,” determined that between .2 and 1.7 percent of priests are pedophiles. Protestant clergy figures range between 2 and 3 percent.
In 2004, the U.S. Department of Education published a report by Dr. Charol Shakeshaft, “Educator Sexual Misconduct.” She concluded that nearly 10 percent of American students are victims of sexual misconduct by public school employees each year. She told Education Week that “the physical sexual abuse of students in schools is likely more than 100 times the abuse by priests.”
The most perfect human being, Mary, the mother of Jesus, referred to by the angel Gabriel, as “full of grace” and “Blessed are you among women,” was not ordained to the priesthood by her son. He chose 12 men as his apostles.
Anyone wanting documentation about priestly celibacy in the early church should get a copy Fr. Christian Cochini’s carefully documented book “Apostolic Origin of Priestly Celibacy.” He discovered that while the early church had married priests, there’s strong evidence showing these men lived as brothers and sisters with their wives after ordination. The example was, of course, the Eternal High Priest, Jesus Christ, who chose celibacy for his own life.
Ron J. Stauble Sr.