LETTERS

Tuesday, June 28, 2011: Governor wise on wind, in defense of Kindle, modest trash proposal

Posted June 27, 2011, at 4:23 p.m.

Governor wise on wind

I appreciate Gov. LePage’s recent quoted statements regarding the current trend of wind farms being built on our mountain tops which surround many of our beautiful lakes. The state of Maine cannot continue to allow these inefficient and potentially dangerous wind farms to become the only thing we see when we gaze at our beautiful landscapes.

Maine is one of the last states that has not allowed industrial developments to ruin the natural beauty that we all treasure dearly. I am one who has seen firsthand the destruction that these wind farms cause.

I have just discovered that three, 400-foot turbines are located behind my home in an area that once was wild and uninhabited by humans. These turbines are so massive, and as we stood under them, the noise was that of a jet flying overhead, which never stopped.

Our hearts were broken as we looked around us and could only see these turbines and about 15 more in the distance above the lake that we grew up on. It is truly devastating and heartbreaking to see. I urge the governor to please stop these wind people from destroying our wonderful state. It only benefits them and the people that they lease their land to. It is so very sad.

I thank the governor for his words of encouragement and I hope that he will continue to look at this in the future.

Kristi Birmingham

Lincoln

In defense of Kindle

I love books; I have been a reader since preschool. I and my spouse must have over 1,000, fiction and nonfiction. In spite of that, I recently did succumb to temptation and purchased a Kindle (“Kindle vs. books: The dead trees society,” BDN Op-ed, June 24).

It is a marvelous little device and works flawlessly. This is not an ad; the reason I purchased one is that I am soon to have eye surgery and will be spending long hours in an ophthalmologist’s office with both eyes dilated. It has been, in the past, impossible to read when I am dilated; near vision is gone during those hours.

The Kindle allows one to enlarge print so that reading is possible in those circumstances.

I would encourage anyone who has visual impairment to get one (or family members to provide one as a gift),  if they can afford it. (The larger size screen is better, but the smaller one will also work.)

I hope the Sara Barbour article will not discourage anyone from looking into a Kindle. I will never stop purchasing “real” books but I have found the Kindle to be great for times when my medical condition does not allow me to read small print.

Barbara Dietrich

Blue Hill

Too many details

Regarding the BDN’s June 23, “Bangor police: Dead man was found naked”:

I have never written a letter to the editor or commented publicly on any issue before, but this report made me feel compelled to comment. I do not feel it necessary to be so explicit in detailing this heinous act of violence. Being so descriptive made me feel like I was in the room from the first blow to his last breath!

There is a fine line between reporting the news or sensationalizing it to grab reader attention. Where is the compassion for the victim’s family?

As a longtime subscriber to the BDN, I have not been critical until now. I would expect to read this type of reporting in a tabloid newspaper, not the Bangor Daily News!

Gloria Seavey

Newport

Research vote

Lesson learned (I hope)!

Northern Maine carried LePage to victory. Now I see that people from Northern Maine who work for the state are complaining about him and the thought of losing some benefits or even their jobs. Maybe next time people will do a little research and think before they vote!

When a candidate has no substance to his campaign except to bash and complain about the previous administration and has the most smart-alecky answers and the biggest mouth, he is not the best candidate!

Jeffrey Brawn

Brewer

Modest trash proposal

Alright, let me get this straight. The city of Brewer owes almost $7,000 in penalties to PERC because there was not enough solid waste tonage produced and shipped. The economy is to blame?

As a resident of Brewer, I was initially upset to pay taxes to the city of Brewer and also pay for trash removal. Now, after reducing our household trash by 65 percent, as we recycle more, I feel it was a good move for the city and the environment.

My big concern is that we are paying for trash removal by the bag, yet the city owes a sizable amount of money to PERC. In these tough economic times it seems to me that this money is practically being thrown away.

Instead, why not give the citizens of Brewer a free week of trash removal? That would generate the tonage for PERC, saving the city and taxpayers $7,000, plus the cost of an orange trash bag per household.

Wendy Maselli

Brewer

Don’t fall to fear

I have recently been reading about the cuts proposed by Congress to reduce the deficit. I became very concerned about the fact that they seem to think they can include Social Security to this end.

The fact of the matter is that Social Security does not add to the budget. It is funded entirely through payroll deductions and is one of the few programs with a surplus projected to be $4.2 trillion in the next decade. Wall Street investment firms are salivating to get their hands on this money through privatization and politicians are salivating to raid this surplus to be used for balancing the budget.

Meanwhile, they attempt to cut benefits, raise the mandatory retirement age and spread fear and propaganda that Social Security is a failing program and will not be available to anyone within the next 15 or 20 years. These untruths are meant to scare people into “fear voting.”

We need to wake up and realize that for all their talk of fiscal conservatism, the reality is they want to scare people into making rash decisions that benefit only the wealthy and their “bought-and-paid-for” politicians who take away more of our rights while millions of working Americans pay the price.

Support the Sanders-Reid Social Security Protection Amendment. Get involved, call your representatives. It’s your retirement and you security at stake.

Kevin Briggs

Brewer

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