National values, priorities
We’ve seen a new movement rise up in the United States during the past few weeks. People are gathering all over to change the direction our nation is going. You can join them by writing to your elected officials, who did a lot to get us into this mess but, so far, not much to get us out.
As a country, we face difficult financial choices, but one thing that should not be on the table is to abandon the poor and vulnerable while allowing more military spending.
I emailed my members of Congress, telling them to listen to the people and make decisions that reflect our national values and priorities. You can do the same on various websites. Please take an action for those poor and vulnerable in our midst.
Lee F. White
Loves live moose
Thanks so much for the wonderful live moose pictures in the Thursday, Oct. 13 issue.
You can’t please everybody. I know many people love looking at the carcasses of the beautiful animals that are killed — some of my best friends are hunters. But, for a change, it sure is nice to see them while they are still living.
Camera, not gun
Thanks to the BDN for the picture of the “elusive moose” taken by Dave Small of Old Town in the Thursday, Oct. 13, edition. Its great to see a picture of a live animal and not the disgusting ones of dead animals posed with their killers.
Thank you also to Dave Small for using his camera and not a gun.
The Wall Street demonstrations are a reminder that there is something terribly wrong with the current distribution of wealth in this country. The rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer and to make matters worse, the rich are not even paying their fair share of the tax burden.
The need for change cannot be overstressed. The politicians who stand in the way of change must be on the take, accepting special favors from the corporate powers that are running this country — actions speak louder than words.
Trees are judged by their fruits, not on how they sound when the wind blows through their leaves.
While nobody knows except God himself, if we are fast approaching the day that will see the fulfillment of Daniel 7:23-25 — concerning the revival of the Roman Empire and the appearance of the final and most powerful of the Roman emperors, the coming antichrist — the decline of this country would come as no big surprise.
According to Daniel’s prophecy, the Roman Empire is to rule the whole world. Unlike ancient Greece whose prophetic details were fulfilled in the past, the Roman Empire’s prophetic details are futuristic.
Driving into debt
While travelling in my car, I noted that at about 50 miles per hour the engine was doing roughly 2,500 revolutions per minute. So to travel 50 miles the engine would have to do about 60 times that number: 150,000 revolutions. Which means to travel 100 miles the engine would have to do about 300,000.
How many revolutions would the engine need to take me 1,000 miles? 3 million.
Pursuing this line of reasoning results in the following:
Thirty-million revolutions would take me 10,000 miles, about twice the distance from here to San Francisco.
Three-hundred-million revolutions would take me 100,000 miles, more than three times around the earth.
Three-billion revolutions would take me 1 million miles, more than three times the distance from here to to the moon, which is less than 300,000 miles from here.
Thirty-billion revolutions would take me about 10 million miles, almost a third of the way to Mars, at about 35 million miles distant.
Three-hundred-billion revolutions would take me 100 million miles, well past the sun at about 92 million miles from earth.
One-and-a-half-trillion revolutions would take me 500 million miles, to the sun and back more than twice.
Our national debt is even bigger, about $1.7 trillion. That’s how big a trillion is.
R. Russell Lang
I would like to convey my heartfelt and very sincere apology to BDN readers and the residents of Maine for the unkind remarks expressed toward them in my recent interview with Forbes magazine.
I do not consider Maine a welfare state — in truth Maine can boast an impressive population of people who work tirelessly and show brave Yankee independence. Furthermore I do not think of Maine people as being overweight. All of us, including myself, deal with a range of health challenges — and I am proud of the way that Mainers face these challenges.
My goal in the interview that I gave was to emphasize my hopes for helping Maine to build its future by adding jobs and creating economic growth.
In the past year I have had the chance to meet hundreds of Maine residents. Again and again, I have been stunned by the honesty, nobility and pride of the people who live in this region.
Please understand that I care deeply about the people of Maine and that they are, every bit as much as the land, what makes this state beautiful and great.
I am mindful of what Abraham Lincoln said: “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than speak out and remove all doubt.”
Juniper Ridge question
As many BDN readers may know, a huge expansion of the state-owned Juniper Ridge Landfill in Old Town will be the topic of a public information session sponsored by the the State Planning Office and the Department of Environmental Protection at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, at the
Black Bear Inn in Orono. I hope that many residents from the communities impacted by JRL will attend and ask questions.
Here’s one question I’d like to see posed to the DEP, the SPO, Casella (the landfill operator) and any representatives of the governor’s office who are present: Have any plans been prepared to privatize the Juniper Ridge Landfill, now owned by the people of Maine? Many of us would like to know if this policy option is on or off the table.