July 17 Letters to the Editor

Posted July 16, 2010, at 8:26 p.m.

Get clean, now

About half of the electricity generated in the United States comes from coal. Of all our sources of electricity, coal is the dirtiest — it is America’s single biggest source of global warming emissions. According to the National Academy of Sciences, in 2005 alone coal plant air pollutants caused damage of at least $62 billion, mainly in the form of premature deaths from heart and lung disease.

Our dependence on coal is also responsible for air emissions of mercury and other toxic pollutants and the contamination of land and water supplies from coal mining and waste disposal.

By increasing our use of clean, renewable energy, we can reduce our dependence on coal and reduce the heavy toll it levies on our health, economy and environment.

To transition to cleaner energy and reduce our costly dependence on coal, we need to put a price on and limit or “cap” global warming emissions.

Congress must pass comprehensive climate and energy legislation that includes a strong renewable electricity standard requiring utilities to generate 20 percent of our electricity from renewable sources, such as the wind and sun, by 2025.

Meryl Pinque

Bangor

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Disabled need voice

I would like President Obama and Congress to set up training programs, conferences, and workshops to train clerks of the courts, judges, lawyers and all those who work around courts to understand better people with language disabilities such as dyslexia, speech disabilities, stroke survivors and other physical disabilities, from the Supreme Court all the way down to the little courts.

Please help establish training for the president’s public telephone comment line and also all those people receiving calls in offices for those in Congress.

There needs to be increased access to our nation and rights under the U.S. Constitution and other freedoms for all people. The physically handicapped and disabled have had challenges and need a voice. Help people to care and know the law.

Discrimination is illegal.

Elizabeth Smith

Cushing

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A day for justice

Supporters around the world are hosting events on July 17 in celebration of the World Day for International Justice. This date was chosen because it is the anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, the treaty that created the International Criminal Court.

The ICC is a permanent and independent criminal court created by countries for prosecution of individuals who commit the gravest of international crimes: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and — in the future — aggression.

The Rome Statute was adopted in 1998 by 120 nations. Since then, 111 countries have ratified the treaty to become members of the ICC that oversee the court and ensure it fulfills its mission.

The United States is not a member of the ICC, but the Obama administration has broken from the previous administration and is supporting international criminal justice through multilateral diplomacy. Our country successfully participated in the first review conference of the ICC last month.

State Department legal adviser Harold Koh noted that the U.S. “was once again seen, with respect to the ICC, as part of the solution and not the problem.”

International Justice Day 2010 represents a perfect opportunity to celebrate U.S. re-engagement with the ICC and focus attention on particular issues such as genocide in Darfur and crimes of violence against women.

The Maine Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions urges our government to build a strong and enduring relationship with the court. The U.S. needs a comprehensive policy which supports a constructive, collaborative and transparent approach to the ICC.

Shirley L. Davis

coordinator, Maine Chapter of Citizens for Global Solutions

Orono

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Double standard

The July 14 Pat LaMarche column, “The pursuit of marital happiness,” is more of the same tired hypocrisy.

She is quick to criticize the National Organization for Marriage, but she and EqualityMaine have promoted more hate than a dozen NOMs.

They like to complain that NOM has not revealed a list of their donors.

When will they start to include GLAD, EqualityMaine or the Human Rights Campaign in those complaints? Those organizations contributed tons of money in Maine to influence referendums and elections but have not disclosed the names and addresses of donors.

It is sad to see the low level the BDN has reached.

Bob Emrich

Plymouth

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He’s not one of us

We would appreciate a correction by the Bangor Daily News relative to its many references of Thayne Ormsby, the alleged triple murderer of people in Amity, as being “a 20-year-old Orient man.”

Ormsby is not an “Orient man” nor is he anything Orient. Don’t foist him onto us!

The fact that one may visit a town for three weeks does not make him a resident of the area; nor does it allow others to ascribe him as being one of that area and, consequently, to bear an identity to the true people of the town.

An old Spanish saying goes, “Tell me with whom you live and I will tell you what you are.” Please don’t set people up to reverse that at the expense of our reputation.

Ormsby may have slept here 20 nights or so but that doesn’t make him one of us.

Ormsby has no family in Orient, never attended our school system and is not registered to vote here. He lists Ellsworth as his hometown on Facebook and graduated from high school there. He registered to vote in Farmington on July 2, 2009, and is still registered there. This, then, makes him a resident of Farmington, not Orient.

Please stop making the public believe that he was and is a person of Orient.

This letter has been signed by 12 residents of Orient.

Alicia Silkey

town clerk

Orient

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A victim of success

One of Yogi Berra’s oft repeated witticisms was about a restaurant that no one went to anymore because it was always too crowded.

A similar statement could be uttered about the Trenton recycling program; no one recycles here anymore because the dumpsters are always too full.

Blaine Richards

Trenton

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