Saturday/Sunday, April 21-22, 2012: East-west highway, Casella and animal control officers

Posted April 20, 2012, at 3:34 p.m.

East-west route

Greg Rossel’s letter (BDN, April 11) succinctly outlines the economic and environmental values of the proposed east-west route being by rail instead of by road.

But will Gov. LePage listen? Probably not — no more than then Gov. Baldacci listened to my plea three and a half years ago to rehab the rail line between Calais and Brewer to bolster transportation between Maine and New Brunswick instead of making a multiuse trail of the road bed.

So why do our governors of such different political stripes ignore the obvious economic and environmental savings?

Maynard Clemons

Belfast

Chemical waste

I would like the people of Old Town to know that as the former mayor of Biddeford I opposed transferring Juniper Ridge to Casella Waste. I was in the legislature when Gov. Baldacci, in the name of jobs, took over the Georgia Pacific landfill and turned it over to Casella. Now Casella has a sweet deal with the University of Maine and wants to have Juniper Ridge transferred to them as part of our deal to get rid of our incinerator.

Sen. Hobbins and the entire Biddeford delegation has failed us miserably. We have been taking in waste from 33 other communities, and out-of-state waste on a daily basis. Our lungs are the new landfills and I know what it is to fight the good fight. In the end it is about money and not pollution, it is about dioxin, furans, heavy metals and lead. It is about polluting our water aquifers. I care and want you to know that I will never agree to pollute another part of Maine in order to make my community better. We are all in this together.

Janne Twomey

Biddeford

Animal control officer deserves kudos

Regarding the April 11 article about the Franklin family that wants its dogs back, the obvious question that remains unanswered is why the original owners abandoned their efforts to find them after only a few half-hearted attempts and why they did not make a timely call to the Small Animal Clinic. Now after six months have transpired and they discover the dogs are alive and well they think they deserve them back.

The story, particularly as it refers to the animal control officer Marie Zwicker, infers that she failed to properly perform her duties, when in fact she went above and beyond the call when she followed up after delivering them to the clinic by arranging for their transfer to the Yankee Golden Retriever Rescue in Massachusetts, thus avoiding the potential necessity of the clinic having to euthanize the dogs after keeping them for the statutory time limit. This was a voluntary action by her and she deserves accolades rather than criticism for this action.

The job of animal control officer is a tough one. One deals with all sorts of people and situations, from outright cruel perpetrators to careless and neglectful owners and severely injured animals both domestic and wild. They are the unsung heroes of our communities — grossly underpaid, on call 24/7. Many spend money unreimbursed in performing their daily duties. It takes special person to undertake this job and Marie Zwicker is undeniably the best.

Paul S. Von Till

Hancock

http://bangordailynews.com/2012/04/20/opinion/saturdaysunday-april-21-22-2012-east-west-highway-casella-and-animal-control-officers/ printed on September 30, 2014