Wednesday, July 24, 2013: Rhymes, pipelines and free lunches

Posted July 23, 2013, at 1:10 p.m.

Top 40 rhyme

Isn’t it great, just how nicely Vaseline rhymes with beauty queen. “Gov. Vaseline” is just one more dumb remark away from a chart-topping country and western song.

Michael Grunko

Chebeague Island

Al Anon support

I enjoyed the July 13 “Dear Abby” column with the letter from the 13-year-old daughter of an alcoholic. While there is a great deal of awareness and information about alcoholism and Alcoholics Anonymous in this area, there is much less for those of us who are affected by alcoholics and need the support of others in our situation.

“Al Anon” has been a life-changing gift for me and others, and I think it’s important to spread the word that there is help for us as well. Please know that efforts in this matter are appreciated.

Judy Hilton

Bangor

No free lunch

I am amazed to read that so many people still believe in a “free lunch.” At least that’s how I view a lot of the comments made about the expansion of Medicaid. Somehow we can provide health insurance to thousands of people, and it will cost us nothing. So in that case, let’s put everyone on Medicaid. There is something wrong with that logic.

I believe there is no “free lunch,” we will either pay for it in federal taxes and move federal debt — remember the deficit is approaching $17 trillion dollars — or we will pay for it in additional state taxes. Lets stop the political bologna and get back to facts. Why, in such a poor state, are so many people determined to take working peoples’ last dime?

Maybe some people can be fooled all the time, but I bet a lot of Mainers are sick of hearing about the latest plan to give their money away to someone else. The real issue is jobs, and we should talk about ways to create employment, not more ways to create dependent unemployed.

Dana Peterson

Trenton

Keystone reality

This is a letter in response to the July 21 BDN OpEd piece by Christopher Knittel entitled “Keystone Pipeline Foes Should Face Reality.” To the author, reality entails, implicitly, the continuing use and consumption of fossil fuels, including oil from Canadian or Venezuelan tar sands. Speaking as one such Keystone pipeline foe, I’d like to respond.

The “reality” that I’m looking at is one of a desperately hurting global climate. To take just the events of this past month — which, incidentally, NASA has rated as the second warmest June on record — we have witnessed among other things: The most serious wildfire in Colorado’s history, the so-called Black Forest fire near Colorado Springs; the Yarnell, Ariz. wildfire, which resulted in the highest single incident death toll of firefighters since Sept. 11, 2001; monsoons that have given rise to India’s worst natural disaster since the tsunami of 2004; the worst flooding in the Canadian province of Alberta’s history; and flooding in regions of central Europe that has exceeded anything seen there since the Middle Ages. All this, it bears repeating, has occurred just in the preceding month.

Maybe our disagreement over “reality” comes down to this: Knittel thinks that Keystone pipeline opponents are caught up in “unsubstantiated talk of doom and gloom.” I think that substantiation is happening virtually every week. He thinks that dependence on fossil fuels is inescapable. I think we can — if we will — find our way to independence from fossil fuels.

What, I wonder, will it take for us to face the same reality?

Leland Chisholm

Freeport

Not properly represented

I attended a Bangor City Council meeting July 22 concerning the Waterfront Concerts. None were opposed to the concerts. There were many in favor of the concerts. Those voicing concerns, spoke about the volume of the music.

At the conclusion of the meeting, the council members were given the opportunity to make comments. All thanked us for appearing and providing our opinions, except councilman James Gallant. He stated that it was the older people speaking against the volume levels and younger people speaking in favor.

I really find this to be age discriminatory as well as incorrect. It was, in fact, the home-owning taxpayers whose rights to privacy were being infringed upon. Gallant appears to be a young, opinionated person who jumps to conclusions before thoroughly evaluating the circumstances. I don’t believe he properly represents the citizens of Bangor.

Ronald Hoelzer

Bangor

http://bangordailynews.com/2013/07/23/opinion/wednesday-july-24-2013-rhymes-pipelines-and-free-lunches/ printed on October 2, 2014