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August 14 Letters to the Editor

Matt Simmons’ vision

Recent articles in the Bangor Daily News discussed the negative effects upon our environment of using mountain-located wind turbines to produce energy.

They neglected to note the future vision of Matthew Simmons.

Matt, a Texan and summer resident of Rockport and North Haven, was a world-acknowledged oil energy expert. He stated several years ago that the era of oil is over, and directed his attention to the ocean — specifically the Gulf of Maine — as a source of energy and fuel.

On July 20, he opened the Ocean Energy Institute in Rockland, predicting enthusiastically that Midcoast Maine would become the Silicon Valley of ocean energy. Tragically, Simmons’ unexpected death last Sunday will have an effect on the future of the OEI.

But his vision of ocean-based turbines may ultimately resolve the wind energy issues.

Kalo Wilcox Parmelee



Case for creationism

Evolution can be demonstrated as bad and unsound science. Science is a search for causes of which there are either intelligent or natural (unintelligent) causes. Evolutionists rule out intelligent causes via preloaded assumptions without consideration of any other options other than life just exists — “it’s just so.”

To this point, evolutionists have not proven how the first life originated. There is no evidence to support evolutionary theory (or conjecture) that life is emerging from primordial soup.

Creating life from non-life is a blind-faith lie for those who choose not to observe God’s nature, His greatness, will and love for us as well as our human need to live for and love Him our Creator as He states in the Bible.

Science uses first principles law, incorporating historical patterns. It is similar to forensics, where observed repeated action demonstrates proofs. For example, every design has a designer. The universe has a highly complex design, therefore the universe has a designer. DNA specifies genetic complexity coding and points to an intelligent creator-designer.

Lastly, DNA requires protein, and protein cannot be produced without DNA — so what came first, the DNA or the protein? The chicken or the egg? These are just a few reasons creation should be taught in our science classes at school.

Robert Rosati



An addiction approach

There has been much controversy regarding the legalization of medical marijuana and methadone treatment facilities in our state. Many question the effectiveness of such programs and are frustrated with policy around addiction issues. There will always be controversial programs whose purpose will be misunderstood by the general public. It’s time for society to stop judging and start taking action toward the prevention of substance abuse.

As Americans, we are always seeking a quick solution to our problems, and we lose sight of what it takes to effectively address these issues. The glamorous advertising of alcohol and promises made by pharmaceutical companies only increase problems with substance abuse. The medical community perpetuates things further by prescribing addictive medications for ailments such as sore throats and tooth pain.

As adults, we teach children to “just say no” to drugs and alcohol instead of providing them with the necessary information regarding substance use and responsibility. We need to be realistic about our approaches with children when it comes to substance abuse.

Ongoing effective early prevention programs that involve children, families, medical providers and the community will be the most cost-effective and successful way to treat addiction in our country.

Christine Voteur



Worthy of redemption

Recently, we read of Wade Butler, who will be serving 12 and a half years in prison for his part in selling methamphetamine in Aroostook County (BDN, Aug. 5). I say “his part” because his choice to sell meth was reinforced by people willing to buy his product, along with a number of social conditions that make this scenario not only possible but fairly common.

The circumstances that put people at greater risk to sell and use drugs are complicated, and they deserve more than simplistic discussions of how these people need to be swept off our streets. The traditional “War on Drugs” is shortsighted and reflects a tired, old view of substance abuse.

Let’s be realistic. Drugs work; they gratify certain physical, psychological and social human needs, and have titillated men and women for ages. To combat this age-old issue with the message “just say no” is like trying to fight off a bear with a flyswatter. You soon find yourself outmatched and in need of a smarter, more serious approach.

A better approach toward preventing and treating substance abuse begins by asking why people might risk using or selling drugs — what needs are they fulfilling? Could they be running from something painful? Look at your community’s educational and recreational resources, and see who has access and who is excluded.

And ultimately, embrace the view that all of your neighbors are individuals worthy of love, understanding and redemption.

Jonathan C. Smith



Time for energy bill

I was happy to see your editorial about electric cars (“Charged Cars,” Aug. 10) because as a small business owner, I too find myself thinking a lot about innovation.

Though we continue to see countries like China and India grow, our nation still stands as the greatest innovator in the world, from penicillin to the Internet, and a whole lot in between — at least in most areas. However, this does not include climate change or energy reform, because even as we see innovation and creativity in some areas of our marketplace, we also see the cost of inaction on energy issues every single day.

As a small business owner and a tax-paying citizen in Maine, I see costs rising, oil spilling, toxins in our water and pollutants in our skies. I think it’s unacceptable. I also think it’s solvable, because we already know the way forward.

Our senators came home empty-handed on energy reform for the August recess, but it’s likely they’ll have another opportunity to address the issue in September. The legislation proposed on the table now would offer incentives for the production of more efficient electric cars, as well as promote clean energy technologies, actions that would protect our environment, and lower electricity and heating costs for Maine families.

It’s the right step forward, for Maine and for America. We can’t afford to wait until the next term, the next energy crisis or the next oil spill to make energy reform a reality. Now is the first day for the future of all of us.

Ali R. Aghamoosa, R.Ph.



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