Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011: Wind power, table games and the Maine Heritage Policy Center

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 6:03 p.m.

Frankfort’s ordinance is fair

Contrary to what many people with a lot to gain would have us believe, the group writing Frankfort’s proposed wind power ordinance did so in an unbiased and fair manner.

As someone who attended many of the committee’s weekly meetings, I can tell you that members reviewed numerous existing ordinances and reams of data on potential health concerns, safety (fire and ice from the blades), property and municipal tax implications, noise levels and the impact on wildlife. They reviewed the impact of existing wind power projects statewide, nationwide and even internationally.

In constructing the ordinance they often used guidelines recommended by the World Health Organization, a well-respected group with no political ties. The intent was clear: protect the health and safety of all Frankfort citizens.

It’s important to point out that committee members have volunteered a great deal of their time to construct this ordinance with nothing to gain personally. They have been unduly pressured by the wind power company and landowners who don’t actually live in Frankfort but have a great deal to gain financially if this industrial wind power project goes through.

As someone with property on Mount Waldo, I urge the residents of Frankfort to carefully review the ordinance, read about the homeowners’ experiences from towns with existing wind power facilities and review the information provided by independent sources. I believe once you have done that, you will vote yes on this well-designed ordinance.

Patrick Rowland

Winterport

Beautiful nature writing

Readers of the Bangor Daily News are fortunate to have available an array of interesting columnists, such as my favorites Kathryn Olmstead and Dana Wilde.

I also enjoy the occasional pieces by Kathy Pollard, and wish that her work could be published more frequently. She writes beautifully and has a wide knowledge of the natural world. By example, she encourages her readers to appreciate the wonders in their backyards and beyond. She shows that learning about the environment is not only a delight but an important part of everyone’s life.

Nancy MacKnight

Orono

Keep momentum going

Earlier this year, Bangor voters came together and approved a much-anticipated and much-needed new arena. The arena is expected to create hundreds of new jobs and be the premiere venue for entertainment, conventions and athletics for all of Eastern Maine.

While working on the campaign, it was clear that the enthusiasm for the arena spread beyond Bangor. I ran into people from Brewer, Old Town, Newport, Dexter, Millinocket and everywhere in between, all saying that they couldn’t vote because they didn’t live in Bangor, but they wanted to help.

Next month, all of Penobscot County has a chance to provide that help.

On Nov. 8, the backside of your ballot will have a question asking if you would like to allow table games at Hollywood Slots. This question will only appear on the ballot in Penobscot County.

The benefits of a yes vote are clear: 89 new jobs, an additional $1 million annually for state government and an additional $4 million in local salaries and benefits. A yes vote will also sustain funding for the new arena.

The fees and taxes generated at Hollywood Slots are the primary funding sources for the arena. Voting yes for table games will not only increase sustainable funding for the arena, but will also enhance the available entertainment options in Eastern Maine.

I encourage you to flip the ballot on Nov. 8 and vote yes to support continued economic growth in Penobscot County.

Miles Theeman

Co-Chair

ARENA YES Citizens Committee

Think for yourselves, GOP

The Maine Heritage Policy Center “think tank” has an odor. Its recent rant on same-day voter registration smells like right wing fear.

Who funds the MHPC? Why are all of its positions in line with an obvious national agenda?

Maine Secretary of State Charlie Summers, Maine Republican Party Chairman Charlie Webster and even Speaker Robert Nutting let the MHPC do all their thinking and seem content just being its mouthpiece. They’re missing the real problems our state faces.

Maine people need solutions to many problems — high unemployment, education funding, infrastructure, growth management and environmental protection.

Where does regulation of college students old enough to vote from a party opposed to larger government fit in?

Chris Young

Caratunk

Quimby’s new shop

Ms. Quimby’s business success should get a standing ovation. She is a success story. But after reading about her comments in the Forbes article I feel her people skills are lacking. Here is a tip on people skills: You do not criticize and generalize about people and then ask for their support.

But not to worry, I have an idea for her next business venture. Ms. Quimby can open a sports shop selling hunting and fishing supplies and a line of ATVs and snowmobiles. When winter arrives she can get down off her high horse and go for a ride around the Katahdin region. It is really quite beautiful and I am sure she will meet a lot of very nice people on the trails.

When she introduces herself she can tell them she is the owner of “Burt’s Bees, Wheels and Skis.” She can offer a 10 percent discount to the state’s elderly population. The shop can also have weight loss programs, drug rehabilitation and jobs for the folks on welfare. She can have a one-stop shop for all of Maine’s issues.

Bart Colombo

Levant

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