LETTERS

Thursday, April 18, 2013: LePage, drones and clammers

Posted April 17, 2013, at 10:33 a.m.
Last modified April 17, 2013, at 1:48 p.m.

Divided we ‘Paul’

Gov. Paul LePage is neither ethically qualified nor temperamentally suited to correctly and properly serve as governor of the state of Maine.

His thug-like behavior would have been a better fit for the politics and power-grabbing culture of the “Gilded Age” of about a century ago.

We should stand firm in support of decency, fairness and civility. Together we stand, divided we “Paul.”

Gary Roberts

Belmont

Drone control

On Monday, April 8, in a speech pushing Congress to pass much-needed gun control legislation, President Barack Obama said, “If there’s even one step we can take to keep somebody from murdering dozens of innocents in the span of minutes, shouldn’t we be taking that step?”

Isn’t it ironic that on Saturday, April 6, just two days before the president spoke these words, a U.S. drone attack in eastern Afghanistan killed 18 people, including 10 children?

Apparently, children who happen to live outside the borders of the United States don’t qualify as “innocents.” It’s time for Obama to take his own advice and end the drone program that has killed hundreds of innocent people.

John Hafford

Medway

Protect and defend

If a criminal is willing to break the law by killing someone, what would stop him or her from breaking the law by purchasing guns from black markets or other underground societies?

Taking away our guns does not protect us. It endangers us. It leaves us defenseless and vulnerable to criminals that will find ways to hurt us when we cannot defend ourselves against.

The solution is now made simple. If we protect our Second Amendment, we will thus protect ourselves.

Jacob Welter

Carmel

Permit thanks

It’s never too late to say thank you, and I want to say just that to the Searsport Planning Board and the board’s attorney, Kristin Collins. I opposed DCP Midstream’s proposal to build a 22.7 million-gallon LPG storage tank on Mack Point. I’m grateful for the enormous amount of time and effort they put into this difficult process.

DCP argued that “outsiders” had no right to give testimony — this was a Searsport issue. The board decided otherwise. People from the entire region were allowed to speak their truths at 11 hearings, each three to four hours long.

It was an example of democracy at its best. Testimony revealed the megacorporation’s lack of responsibility for public safety and shed light on the abysmal history of their wanton pollution and accidents. People spoke about the risk to their homes and businesses if the permit was granted.

When it arrived, Collins warned the board that DCP’S letter of withdrawal legally left the door open for them to return. The only way to make DCP go away was to act as if the application was still viable, give every sentence its due.

In spite of deep weariness from the long siege, they all agreed to pour over the rest of the application, two more nights of deliberations. It was tedious and boring at times, but they did it with dogged determination to do this right and make it final. In the end, they found many reasons to deny the permit.

Nancy Galland

Stockton Springs

Not getting it

I can see from reading five days of “comments” regarding an April 6 article about our chief medical examiner, that some just aren’t getting it. The “authorized persons” routinely used by the medical examiner’s office are simply the responding police officers. It has come to light that some cases are incorrectly handled, some by mistake, some for convenience and still some for discriminatory reasons. Using the police to assess a death scene is definitely a conflict of interest.

Jennifer Anthony

Bangor

Clammer commentary

As a whole, the BDN article regarding the April 3 meeting between wormers and clammers, “Clammers, wormers, hope for compromise to avoid controversial bill,” perfectly described the disagreement and tension in the room that night. We were certainly at odds with one another. Normally the two industries coexist peacefully, but occasionally a bill gets proposed based on unique situations like this one.

We are at odds about town laws or ordinances that give municipalities the right to manage the state of Maine clam resource and also now wanting to have a say on harvesting worms. This is not wormers against clammers. It is town control of one resource versus state control of the other.

Myself and every digger I talk with on either side are deeply offended by William Ambrose, professor of marine ecology at Bates College, saying he is surprised no one has been shot yet. Some diggers are loud and opinionated and rarely agree, but we are not violent, as some people’s comments suggest. If this compromise works, it will break new ground between industries. If it does not work, then we will all be seeing one another in Augusta.

Whether we are forced to adjust or we decide to agree on a mutual compromise, none of us will be at odds enough to inflict harm on one another. We are working hard toward this compromise, and I am optimistic about it. I think we all need to step back and realize that we are all people trying to provide for our families. Isn’t that what is most important?

Dan Harrington

Woolwich

North Pond thief

The North Pond hermit is an alleged thief and should be treated accordingly. More interesting is the fact that he had been thieving for decades, evading wardens while amassing an encampment littered with abandoned loot.

I wonder how many hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines the wardens gave working folks in that district during the decades they couldn’t catch this burglar? I wonder if he ever got nabbed for being short a personal flotation device while burgling?

Tony Jenkins

Dover Foxcroft

Dirty moves

In response to recent news about hitchhiking dirt moving into Canada: For years the ferry service from Port Aux Basques, Newfoundland, washed the undercarriage of cars if they were traveling back to North Sydney, Nova Scotia. This prevented potato blight from cross-province travel.

Laurence Wade

Bradley

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