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Letters to the Editor March 28, 2011

A modest deer proposal

In my simple way of looking at things, I see the low deer population in Northern Maine and the high deer population in Southern Maine a sign of the times. Though the population of the state is

concentrated in the south, it seems odd that more deer survive there.

If one examines the demographics, however, it can easily be seen that the severe shortage of jobs in the northern regions means that there is less money for putting food on the table. Thus, of course, there is more hunting of deer, resulting in a scantier deer herd.

We all know and accept that there is an acceptable amount of offseason hunting to put food on the table. And we do know that the hunters are careful in the deer they select, avoiding the does who are the ones who add to the population.

The solution to this problem is to allow the hunters from the northern regions who are out of work to have one or two additional deer permits to go hunting in southern Maine. They will have more food on the table, and they will help balance out the deer population.

“Truck pooling” would save on gas money. In this way we are caring for our neighbors, spending little money to do so.

Anita Haviland

Deer Isle

Whose wall is it?

In the early 1930s, the famous Mexican painter Diego Rivera painted a mural for John D. Rockefeller at Rockefeller Center in New York. Mr. Rockefeller took exception to some of the figures that appeared in the mural, which was removed a year after it was painted. E.B. White,  a part-time Maine resident, memorialized the incident in a poem titled “I Paint What I See.”

The poem ends with Rockefeller speaking:

“For this, as you know, is a public hall

“And people want doves or a tree in fall,

“And though your art I dislike to hamper,

“I owe a little to God and Gramper,

“And after all,

“It’s my wall…”

“We’ll see if it is,” said Rivera.

Gov. LePage, it’s not your wall.

Jill Goldthwait

Bar Harbor

Common sense lacking

I am angered by the fact that the governor of Maine can take down murals from the walls of the Department of Labor. These murals, to anyone who is thinking clearly and not vindictive, could see that they are depicting history. Why anyone would look at this mural and only see it as supporting unions would be because unions are the only thing on their mind.

I’m sure his “handful” of complaints are one or two angry bitter people out of thousands who are seeing in the murals what they want to see.

I don’t think the governor has the right to take down these murals. And it has nothing to do with whether I am for or against unions. It has to do with common sense which more and more I’m seeing that our governor has little of.

Shelly Hamilton


Maine needs IRV

A recent OpEd piece asserted that run-off elections are not needed. The League of Women Voters of Maine disagrees. “Majority rules” is the bedrock of our democracy. The majority of the people should elect our governor, providing him or her the mandate necessary to lead effectively.

The League endorses Instant Runoff Voting (IRV). With IRV, voters rank all candidates on the ballot in order of preference. In round one, the first-choice votes are counted. If a candidate gets more than 50 percent of the votes, he or she is declared the winner. If no candidate has a majority, the counting goes to round two. The candidate with the lowest number of votes is eliminated, and the votes cast for the eliminated candidate are then transferred to the second choice listed on each ballot. If a candidate gets a majority, the election is over. If no one receives a majority, the counting continues to round three and so forth.

This system would elect the candidate with the broadest support of the people. The election would be accomplished in one day, avoiding many of the problems associated with traditional runoff elections, including additional expenses for municipalities, extension of the campaign season, increased cost of campaign financing, and significant reduction in voter engagement and turnout in the runoff.

IRV legislation will be introduced in Maine’s Legislature this session. Our legislators should give IRV careful consideration as a means to ensure broad support for the state’s chief executive.

Barbara McDade


League of Women Voters of Maine


Labor Department’s role

Paul LePage doesn’t seem to know what the Department of Labor is for. It was created to protect employees from unfair business practice. It is for labor. It is not against business but has guidelines as to how business is going to treat employees in the state of Maine.

I can understand LePage not knowing what the Labor Department is, but how could all of the people that he has appointed be so uninformed? Let me tell you, governor: The Labor Department is there to protect workers from unfair business practices.

He is trying to demonize unions and now the workers. What he is saying to business is that the labor force in Maine is hostile and he will break them and have an “anything goes” climate in Maine for any business that wants to come here.

How does the governor stand on child labor laws? Are they not friendly to business also?

I can’t believe 38 percent of the voters think this way.

Dick Wands

Old Town

Unconventional cures

I read with some interest the BDN’s March 17 article concerning unconventional treatment for pancreatic and liver cancer (“Woman battles cancer’s tough odds”). Though interesting, the article was terribly short on details. Diet was mentioned only briefly. Also mentioned was chemotherapy, but it was very unclear whether this chemo differs from conventional.

We do know the usual result of conventional treatment for either of the above mentioned cancers. I don’t think conventional treatment has exactly a stellar record concerning lung, bladder or kidney cancer either.

I myself had to find the unconventional treatment for heart disease (or coronary artery disease, as you’ll have it). In a word, most heart disease is strictly a function of diet. You have heart disease. You want to get better. You change your diet. Nothing left to be said on that matter.

Diet will cure heart disease, but as far as I know only stops the progression of cancer. I would be curious to know what else is involved in the above mentioned cancer treatment.

Thomas Robinson


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