Obama and the BP spill
I hesitate to disagree with Pat LaMarche (“Too many think BP should get a pass,” BDN, June 23), as she obviously has God’s ear to be able to interpret his every move: “God seemed to endorse”; God appears sick”; “he appears aghast”; but she forgets Obama stated that he was in charge from the beginning of this disaster.
While castigating BP for rejecting help from other oil companies, she conveniently neglects to mention that Obama rejected assistance from at least 13 countries. She also states that we need to stop all deep-water drilling. A typical liberal solution, this is a knee-jerk reaction to the problem.
First, if there weren’t so many existing regulations, we wouldn’t have to drill so far offshore and so deep, making cleanup next to impossible.
Second, if drilling off our shores stops, companies simply will move their operations elsewhere. Does she really think that other countries are more environmentally conscious than we are? Will it help or hurt gas prices and American jobs?
Last, she agrees with mandating that BP put money in a fund. Everyone wants BP to pay for the damage, but as with most things this administration does, it simply skirts current law and the Constitution and does what it wants, how it wants. The process does matter. The longer lawmakers operate in this manner, the less rule of law and due process will matter.
While this disregard for law may not personally affect you now, someday it might.
A clear choice
In the coming gubernatorial election, we have two Democrats and a Republican vying for the position of chief executive.
First we have Libby Mitchell, a European-style Democratic socialist, a longtime Augusta insider, and a principal partner in the 30-year one-party rule in Augusta that has gotten us to the point where Maine is now better known for its welfare benefits than its work ethic.
Next we have millionaire Eliot Cutler, a former official in the failed Carter administration who is trying to pass himself off as a moderate independent but who is in fact a longtime Democratic Party extremist more liberal than Libby. We were all fooled by Angus King who also claimed to be an independent but who was actually a liberal Democrat. Hopefully we won’t be fooled again.
And then there is Paul LePage, the Republican, who the day after winning his party’s nomination went back to work at his regular job while Libby continued to campaign on public funds.
New classical star
Maine Pro Musica, a chamber orchestra led by Janna Hymes, is the new kid on the Maine musical block and well worth keeping an eye on. At its first classical performance, Friday, June 18, at the Camden Opera House, the program burst with energy and crisp voicing with the “Overture from Rossini’s La Cenerentola” (Cinderella).
Gabriel Faure’s Pavane brought us into a quieter mode and set the stage for Saint-Saens’ “Cello Concerto No. 1” with Marc Johnson as cello soloist. His performance with the orchestra brought the audience to a standing ovation.
After intermission, the orchestra performed the Schubert “Symphony, No. 5,” composed when he was just 19 years old, with energy and soul.
Yes, I know — midcoast Maine has so many options for concert-goers, it is hard to choose which concerts to attend, but I would propose that if you are missing the eloquence of the small orchestra, now is the time to lend your support to this “newbie.”
Janna Hymes brings a remarkable musical history to the midcoast audience and a vision for bringing her Maine musicians to many small venues along the coast as well as inland. We need to help this conductor, music director and administrator find venues and support for their joyous music-making. Check out the website, and welcome in anticipation of many successful evenings, and afternoons perhaps, of delightful listening.
Linda H. Small
A solid investment
I would like to publicly thank the Maine retired military leaders who recently highlighted that early learning programs, including pre-K, are the best tool to increase student achievement and thus graduation rates and future career success.
As a retired banker and businessman, I concur wholeheartedly: Giving kids the right start in life through the highest-quality early education pays great dividends for Maine businesses — today and tomorrow.
While many recognize early learning programs have long-term economic benefits, early learning investments can also help jump-start our local economies now.
A new report from America’s Edge found these investments provide a strong boost to local businesses — generating $1.75 for every $1 invested in quality early learning. That investment is as high, or higher, than investments in other major sectors such as manufacturing, transportation or utilities. This increased spending, in turn, helps support our Bangor-area economy.
Small and large business leaders carefully monitor their bottom lines and critically analyze how to generate the most return from every dollar invested, especially during the current economic downturn. The rate of return on early education certainly makes it a solid economic development strategy for Maine. And, in the process, these investments help prepare the next generation for career successes, be they military, public or private sector.
Disgusted by Harden
I am disgusted with the arrogant and insensitive remarks made by Rockland city councilor Brian Harden at the June 23 meeting. I ran against Harden in the last election and lost, but this is not my motivation for writing.
He made two comments that disgust me. In one, he referred to people who come into Rockland to work or spend money as a “mob.” This came after a remark by another councilor about why with 7,000 people in Rockland we need a very large police force, fire department and so on. I take the reference as those are the people, using their words, that we need to arrest.
The second remark was in regard to the city landfill. Councilor Harden said he remembers the day when you could throw anything in the landfill, including your relatives. Many families did in fact lose relatives as the result of various accidents in the quarry landfill. This feeble attempt to be funny did gather various laughs, but is indicative of the actions of said councilor attempting to demean, inflame and add his careless, and useless banter.
I will not run again. But is this what it takes to get the votes? I will take my 900 to his 1,400 any day.