Monday, Oct. 3, 2011: Corporations, wind power and voting rights

Posted Oct. 02, 2011, at 3:51 p.m.

Real change needed

The U.S. has now spent $1 trillion on wars and operates military bases in more than 130 countries. Big banks have been bailed out at taxpayer expense, but the economy is still bad for most Maine residents. They can’t find full-time jobs that pay enough to live on, they can’t get health insurance unless they have such a job and they can’t afford the huge debt involved in going to college, either.

Why can’t these things be fixed? Because Big Money has taken over every branch of the federal government. President Barack Obama turned out to be not much different from President George W. Bush — he actually expanded the wars, started new ones, and his chief occupation at the moment is dining with the billionaires who he hopes will put him back in office. The Pentagon continues to grow its budget each and every year and is the worst polluter on Earth. It doesn’t matter whether Democrats or Republicans control Congress — they represent the same wealthy corporations.

The Supreme Court ruled that corporations are people under the law, but young people are now standing up to say: Really? We don’t see any corporations dying in wars.

I hope you, personally, will realize that national elections do not bring about real change, and that you will work with us to demand: bringourwardollarshome.org.

Lisa Savage

Solon

Insulted In Frankfort

Eolian’s recent mailing was quite disturbing. After a year of being in Frankfort and giving the townspeople vague and misleading answers to their questions about the company’s plans for wind turbines at informational meetings, they’ve decided to hire a professional public relations firm to “reintroduce” themselves.

Here’s some facts: Eolian has yet to produce a single watt of electricity anywhere. They admit to “not having done a good enough job” of clearly presenting their project to the town. Two of their mailings “overlooked” dozens of residents who live around Mt. Waldo and would be most affected by these massive 450-foot turbines. Heck, they can’t even get the name of the local store right even though they have an office next to it. It’s “The Family Country Market” not The Frankfort Country Market. Yet they want us to believe they’ve found their way and are ready to move forward with this project.

It’s insulting for them to think that the people of this town can be taken in by pizza parties, barbecues, mailings with “project details” and paid-for third-party “experts” who’ll spoon-feed us answers like they have since day one. Again, showing the townspeople they don’t want to have an open “transparent” dialogue where they have to give real answers to real questions.

Residents of Frankfort — do we want to be Eolians guinea pig? We need to pass our ordinance, sending Eolian the message that we’re going to protect our town as did Eddington residents months ago when Eolian tried the same tactics there.

Robert Poitras

Frankfort

Work together for voters

I wonder how many citizens of this country feel like I do about the political situation in Washington. Isn’t it apparent that our well-paid, elected representatives are more loyal to their political parties than to our country? The economy can never get going in the right direction if politicians won’t listen to another’s views only because they’re of the other party.

When a politician claims to be only directed by “making sure he doesn’t get re-elected,” they should never hold office again. I want to hear politicians promise to work for us and not their political party.

Alan St. Peter

Woodland

Vote yes on 1

The people’s veto vote on this November’s ballot is about much more than the convenience of last-minute voter registration. It is about more than our wish to encourage voting within our citizenry. It is about whether or not Mainers want to lead or be led.

Our motto, Dirigo, means we must not allow our freedom to be compromised by corporate interlopers who wish to rewrite our laws to benefit their own narrow interests.

Come out this November 8th and soundly reject them. Vote yes on Question 1.

Kenn Chandler

Mount Desert

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