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Friday, Feb. 3, 2012: Propane, gay marriage and climate change

Found, but not lost

The major part of the second of Peter Kilgore’s “2 Found Poems” (Uni-verse, Jan. 30 BDN) is more than just “found.” It is in fact a rather close translation of the lyrics of one of the most famous and beloved songs of modern Quebec, Gilles Vigneault’s “Mon Pays” (“My Country”).

Here is the first stanza with my translation:

“Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est hiver.

Mon jardin ce n’est pas un jardin, c’est la plaine.

Mon chemin ce n’est pas un chemin, c’est la neige.

Mon pays ce n’est pas un pays, c’est l’hiver.”

My country is not a country, it is winter. My garden is not a garden, it’s the plain. My road is not a road, it is snow. My country is not a country, it is winter.

Richard Clark


Tank will help

I started my business in Searsport in 1987 and we have been successful as landscapers. The last two years, however, have taken an incredible toll. For the first time since we opened our business, we lost money.

We depend on a strong economy to make ends meet. I am supporting the propane tank in Searsport for the 12-15 permanent jobs that will pay $70,000 a year and the more than 100 construction jobs that will be here to build it over the next 18 months.

I didn’t retire to Searsport with a boatload of cash — I am part of the working community that needs to make a living. It’s time to say no to a moratorium that will kill jobs and keep money from coming to Searsport.

Wayne Ely


Mainers not interested

Since late October, Maine Citizens For Clean Energy has been trying to sell Maine consumers an expensive product.

According to the BDN, the “renewable energy” PAC’s initiative would “control energy costs, create jobs and make Maine more energy independent by requiring electric utilities to invest in energy efficiency whenever it would reduce energy costs for ratepayers.” The referendum would have doubled the existing mandate on the amount of renewable electricity utilities must purchase.

Maine’s RPS is already the highest in the country. Many Mainers, including Gov. LePage, believe that further limiting Maine’s sources of electricity could be bad for our environment and economy.

This weekend on MPBN, Reed & Reed’s CEO stated that MCCE had gathered 70,000 petition signatures. His company, the premier contractor for Maine’s wind facilities, has donated more than $31,000 in goods and services to promote the referendum.

On Monday MCCE’s spokesman, David Farmer, stated, “Going for the 2012 ballot was always a race against the clock. Despite the incredible enthusiasm from the public and from hundreds of campaign volunteers, the clock was just a little too fast … to hit the deadline for the 2012 ballot.”

According to MCCE’s 2011 Campaign Finance Report, the PAC spent $93,000 on “campaign management and canvassing” and owed another $108,000 for “organizing, petition management and canvassing.”

Even $200,000 worth of “volunteers” couldn’t meet MCCE’s goal. Maine residents are doing their homework. It’s obvious many of us don’t wish to be forced by special interest groups to support low-value, high-impact pet projects.

Karen Bessey Pease

Lexington Township

‘Generic adult’ not needed

In the Jan. 26 edition of the BDN, Carroll Conley, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine, was quoted saying that, “Protecting marriage is the time-tested way for society to make sure as many children as possible are raised by their mom and dad. Moms and dads are both necessary; they are not replaceable by generic adults.”

As a single parent, I am deeply offended by Conley’s statement. I started out with a traditional marriage and am not single by choice but by tragedy. My husband died of a massive heart attack at the age of 42, leaving me with a 3-, 11-, and 16-year-old to raise on my own. I did not feel the need to rush out and replace their father with what I would consider to be a “generic adult” just to give them a male figure in their lives.

I am fortunate enough to have an incredible circle of friends, primarily female, as well as a couple of gay males, who have provided support for me.

I think it is sad that Conley and those who see traditional marriage as the only way are unable to see beyond stereotypes and imagine the possibilities for families in nontraditional situations. These situations stretch us, as well as those around us, to learn a new way to make families work. I’ll be supporting marriage equality here in Maine because we all deserve the right to make our families the way they work best for each of us, not just the way a select few believe a family has to be.

Deborah Parks


Where gays come from

I agree with Mr. Mackin’s BDN letter to the editor “Body is a temple” that the primary intent of heterosexual intercourse is to procreate. However, I wanted to bring to his attention that this causes a problem with his theory that isolation of homosexuals on an island would cause them to become extinct.

If two gay people can’t procreate, then where are all these gay people coming from anyway? Heterosexuals. And as long as “straight” people keep using our bodies as vessels for the Holy Spirit, God is going to keep granting life to people who are attracted to the same sex.

If we were all created equally by the Holy Spirit I don’t understand why this means that someone who was born to fall in love with a person of the same sex is not allowed to show their love through the act of marriage. I will vote yes no matter how many times the gay marriage referendum is proposed.

Alice Anderson


Snowless winter explained

In the Amateur Naturalist article, “A theory of climatology and my driveway,” by Dana Wilde, it is mentioned that “it is reasonable to think that this snow-melting January is a symptom of [global warming].”

To some extent that may be the case, but apparently the main reason is the fact that the Arctic Oscillation, or AO, is in its positive phase. Specifically, as reported by the National Snow and Ice Data Center, “the winter of 2011 has … seen a generally positive phase of the Arctic Oscillation, a weather pattern that helps to explain low snow cover extent and warmer than average conditions over much of the United States.”

In comparison, the AO was in its negative phase the last two years and that counted for the generally cold conditions Maine experienced last year.

The NSIDC is run by the University of Colorado.

Phil Sandine

Stockton Springs

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