LETTERS

Saturday/Sunday, Aug. 27-28, 2011: Deb Bryant, Keystone XL Pipeline

Posted Aug. 26, 2011, at 6:36 p.m.

Wildlife angel

On Aug. 18, Maine lost a longtime advocate of the preservation of wildlife and a law enforcement member who upheld the duty to serve and protect.

Deb Bryant, who devoted her life to protect the people of Maine as a member of the Bangor Police Department as well as protecting the wildlife of Maine as guardian of the Hirundo Wildlife Refuge was an angel among us all. My heartfelt thanks and condolences go out to her husband, fellow Bangor Police officer and historian Fred Bryant and his entire family.

Deb is in our prayers and has our eternal thanks for the love she gave us and the wildlife she nurtured.

Lloyd Bryant

Benedicta

No cold turkey on oil

Objection to the Keystone XL Pipeline is driven by concerns over climate change and

anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions contributing to it. However, trying to shut down the

use of fossil fuel energy is irresponsible. We cannot go “cold turkey” on fossil fuels. Rather,

we can begin to take definitive steps to develop and deploy engineering processes that will lead to industrial plants that facilitate clean fossil energy and performance-based policies driving it.

Unfortunately, the U.S. has done very little in this direction.

If the pipeline is disallowed by President Obama, there is a good chance that it will veer west to fill oil tankers that will sail to Asia, particularly China. The U.S. receives only about 10 percent of our oil from the Middle East. Without the Canadian sources, we would have to rely more heavily on Middle East sources.

Pipelining represents by far the safest means of transport of crude oil. The construction of this pipeline and related industrial activity would provide much-needed jobs for the middle section of the country.

The pipeline is not an environmental monster, as often portrayed, but rather a tool to provide Americans with fossil fuel they both need and are unwilling to give up. It would be more patriotic to march on Washington and ask that our government initiate a long-range energy and climate change strategy and firm policies to achieve a clean energy future that uses the cheap abundant fossil energy we have.

Isabelle A. Katzer

Blue Hill

Mercury also hurts kids

Matt Dunlap’s Aug. 16 BDN OpEd “Mercury is not the right legacy to leave our children,” does a fantastic job of pointing out the risk mercury from other states’ coal fired-powered plants poses to Maine’s sportsmen. Additionally, it poses a tremendous danger to our children.

Mercury is a potent neurotoxin emitted by power plants and dispersed through rain into our waterways. Though toxic to all, it is particularly harmful to developing brains, putting the youngest Mainers in the most serious danger.

Protecting our children from mercury poisoning is not as simple as telling mothers to stop eating fish during pregnancy. One in 10 women of childbearing age already has enough mercury in her body to put an unborn child at serious risk of learning disabilities and developmental disorders.

Congress must step up now and support new federal limits on mercury emissions in order to avoid harming another generation with an outdated policy. Call or write Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe today and tell them to back these limits and keep Maine’s children safe from poisonous pollutants.

Alexandra Fields

Portland

Lifting the veil

We all know of the gracious support Stephen and Tabitha King have provided in time, effort and treasure for the community we live in. If there was a true civic need not being addressed, time and time again the King’s have stepped up to the plate.

It would seem to me that, once again, Stephen has leveraged his huge name to a venture sorely missing for years in Bangor; a little common sense and the truth from the politicians who are supposed to represent us.

Any form of what used to be called investigative reporting in this city (both print and television) went by the wayside a long time ago and has been replaced by what can best be described as paid political announcements. While I certainly haven’t always agreed with Ms. LaMarche, I give her respect for at least stepping into the breach.

“The Pulse Morning Show” can and will succeed only if we listen, speak up and stop whining about “we can’t do anything: or “they’re all the same.” My true sense, based on daily discourse, is that this venture is what we need, this is when we need it and these people should be applauded for a least attempting to lift the veil of government, at all levels, from repeatedly acting like King George.

Thank you, Mr. King.

Tom Robertson

Hampden

A great city

After seven years as Bangor’s first and still only bed and breakfast, we have closed the doors and passed the farm onto a new family. But before we left we wanted to express our gratitude to many who made this a wonderful time for us.

Included are the Bangor Planning Board and Code Enforcement Office, which worked tirelessly with us to open our doors; the City Council for approving the required zone-change; the many Bangor area residents who referred family members and friends to us while they visited the area; hospitals who sent us new doctors who were looking to move to the area; doctors and their families who stayed with us and then moved to Bangor to enrich our community; guests from around the world; and guests who came interested in starting a new life in Maine and who have now become important members of the community.

We would be remiss if we did not mention Joni Averill and her support for our recent Home Goods Sale. As a result we have been able to make large contributions to the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter and Spruce Run. Lastly, we thank our good friends at Grace United Methodist Church who, at the last moment, appeared on the scene and made the sale a great success.

One thing we have learned from our guests: they all loved Bangor, the shopping, the wonderful restaurants and the spirit of friendliness that made them welcome wherever they went. In the end, we give a great “thank you” to this community for truly being a Queen City.

Jim and Mary Louis Davitt

Nonesuch Farm

Bangor

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