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Wednesday July 10, 2013: Dog bites, gun mishaps and fracking


Beware of dogs

One of my worst fears came true yesterday. I was at the Dexter beach and saw a little girl who had been bitten on the face by a dog. Hopefully, she will be left with minimal scars, but it was not a pretty sight.

I have been urging people for a long time not to allow themselves or their kids to put their faces too close to a dog’s face. I believe the dog thinks that people could bite them, so they are frightened and bite first. Please, don’t assume that all dogs will react in a friendly manner.

Doug Pooler


Accidents happen

I would like to hear the response from Sen. David Burns, R-Whiting, to the story about the Bangor police chief who accidentally shot himself in the hand. I am sure the chief is mortified that this happened and would like to back up his life clock by just five minutes. He cannot, and the old statement that “accidents happen” proves to be true once again.

Burns has proposed that school personnel be armed so as to fend off gunmen attacking their school. Burns has stated that, with proper training, these average citizens who normally wield nothing more dangerous than a failing grade would be able to stand up to a gun-toting maniac.

Yet, here we have a man who makes his living carrying a weapon and has had years of experience and countless hours of training. In fact, when he shot himself, he had just returned from a training session with his new gun.

Arming school teachers is a bad idea. Accidents happen.

Gary Guisinger


Biased point of view

In Michael Noonan’s July 4 BDN OpEd, he attempts to cast doubt on the validity of medical research and the use of drugs in treatment of disease by quoting an article claiming that “medical research is usually misleading or wrong.”

Noonan complains about “cherry picking,” which involves making reference only to research that supports one’s own position, then turns around and cherry picks a really weird article from 2007.

If I tried to walk to Bangor from Addison, stopping every mile to ask directions, and received wrong answers 90 percent of the time, progress would be impossible. Nobody can deny medical research has given us miracles. It boggles the mind to imagine that most research findings are false.

In my opinion, it is the consistently self-serving, deliberately misleading unscientific nonsense that this practitioner spouts that is 90 percent false. I wonder how long it will take the BDN to wake up and stop running free advertising for this man’s biased point of view.

Jerry Metz


Natural not the solution

I couldn’t disagree more with Randy Day’s July 5 letter to the editor about the characterization of fracking. Sure, natural gas may be a cleaner burning alternative to our current fuel sources, but it is by no means “clean.” Yes, our love affair with fossil fuels is polluting the air we breathe, but fracking could also pollute the water we drink and the land we rely on.

From my understanding, fracking requires both vertical drilling and horizontal drilling, which can extend thousands of feet from the original drill site. This can create serious instability, which may result in earthquakes.

Fracking requires huge amounts of water, which I believe is usually mixed with a cocktail of chemicals. What chemicals one might ask? Good luck finding out. These are protected “trade secrets,” and companies aren’t required to disclose them.

Some of the commonly used chemicals I’ve heard about are methanol, ethylene glycol, ethanol and petroleum distillate. These chemicals may seep into the groundwater, surface water and our drinking water, leaving us with polluted air, soil and water.

The state of Vermont recognized the dangers associated with fracking and last year placed a moratorium on fracking within the state, according to a May 2012 CNN story.

Yes, Day may be right that natural gas burns cleaner than our current fuel sources, but it is not the solution. I am writing this letter from Beijing, known for its impressive and oppressive smog.

We need to do something to end our obsession with fossil fuels, but natural gas is not the silver bullet to fix this mess we have created.

Kate Durost


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