Monday, March 4, 2013: Wind turbines, RSU 19 loan and military veterans benefits

Posted March 03, 2013, at 10:41 a.m.

Wind turbine folly

The Land for Maine’s Future program represents much money spent and untold hours of hard work to preserve areas for future generations.

The threat of such unique places being surrounded by ugly, blinking industrial wind turbines threatens to make the entire program an exercise in futility, with no climate improvements and minimal energy produced.

The Legislature needs to be more careful when passing “emergency bills” written by industry insiders and their committee “moles.”

There never was an emergency, and the “Expedited Wind Law” passed without anyone researching the fantasy claims or demanding proof that wind turbines are reducing climate change, as fossil fuels use is not reduced.

Hydro power may make room for the wind energy bursts, but that is one renewable replacing another for zero emission benefit. The current Legislature needs to correct the flawed wind law before more projects ruin the landscape.

Why do the Natural Resources Council of Maine and Environment Maine oppose the tar sands pipeline, which is already in use, and the Bald Mountain mine proposal? Where do they think the metals come from for their favored turbines and the energy to produce them?

Exporting our emissions to China is not an answer. Let’s protect the LFMF program and stop the wind turbine folly.

Mike DiCenso

Lincoln

Vote yes for pride

I had the good fortune of being born into a family and community that has instilled in me a sense of pride and passion for my roots.

Pride fills the gym during losing and winning basketball seasons alike. This pride should lead us to want more for our students and to give more to our teachers. We should all be proud of what we have.

The people and institutions I grew up with in RSU 19 have made me who I am, and because of this, I try to give back.

I have worked alongside other members of our community to fundraise for our athletic and academic programs, to try to preserve some of what is being lost. It was through these programs that values taught by my parents, teachers and community as a student in this district were reaffirmed, and it is because of this that I am involved.

While fundraising, I have worked to convince people to vote “yes” on the March 8 referendum ballot, that if passed would approve a $2.8 million stabilization loan so more programs don’t suffer. We need to show that we support our students and our teachers now more than ever.

Our educators care, as should be proven by having a recent teacher and vice principal of the year.

I understand that these are tough economic times and voting “yes” is a sacrifice, but this is a sacrifice for our youth that we need to make. Show that you care and vote “yes” on March 8.

Adam Littlefield

Hartland

Falling through cracks

There are a few U.S. military veterans who have fallen through a narrow crack in the law. Combat zones such as Lebanon, Grenada and Panama do not fall under “federally recognized periods of conflict,” otherwise known as “periods of war.”

Some of the servicemen in these conflicts earned the Combat Action Ribbon or the Combat Infantry Badge. These veterans do not get the same benefits as veterans who remained stateside during periods of war. State and federal laws such as death benefits for spouses are affected.

I am asking for a congressman or a senator to introduce legislation that allows all who earned the Combat Infantry Badge or the Combat Action Ribbon to have the same benefits as those who served in a period of war. The spouses of these veterans deserve fair and equal treatment under our laws.

I realize our numbers are so few that the politician introducing the bill will get little or no political leverage. The only reason to do this is because it is the right thing to do.

Kevin Perry

Orneville

Right on target

The Feb. 19 article, “The Imperial Papacy,” by Gwynne Dyer was right on target when the writer stated that “secularism is the enemy that steals the faithful in the west.”

In the name of separation of church and state, we have become a nation of compassionate believers in our own ability as humans to function without acknowledging our need to depend on God.

No church can replace or stand in place of a personal relationship with Jesus. The church stands in the way of that relationship if one does not understand that the artificial is never better than the real thing.

Glennice Cline

Greenbush

From parents

We are passing more gun laws that will not stop the violence.

The problem is not with the guns, but with the breakdown of the family, with men and women who don’t honor their marriage vows.

Children are the biggest losers, and it’s no wonder we have millions of children struggling with depression, which leads to the use of drugs, alcohol or acts of violence.

Former Vice President Dan Quayle said it best when he delivered a speech on our poverty of values in May 1992. He said that when families fail, society fails. Children need love and discipline; they need mothers and fathers. A welfare check is not a husband, and the state is not a father.

It is from parents that children learn how to behave in society. It is from parents above all that children come to understand values.

We must renew our public commitment to our Judeo-Christian values in our churches, synagogues and most of all in our schools.

Joseph Riitano

Sangerville

Left out information

Both the Legislature’s transportation committee and the BDN have omitted an inherent driving danger of handheld cellphones.

Driving schools teach both hands on the wheel, and state licensing exams demand it, the only exception being to activate directional signals.

With one hand on a cellphone and the other on the wheel, these signals cannot be used.

This is bad enough around town and more so during lane changes on high-speed expressways, especially after dark.

Paul T. LaPierre

Bangor

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