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Thursday, August 22, 2013: LePage listens, trail cameras and the price of wind energy


LePage on addiction

Gov. Paul LePage listened intently and took notes as I described to him the perspectives of a counselor with an administrative degree looking at the opiate addiction lines at the methadone clinics. I described the state regulations that respond to financial cuts by increasing already unmanageable caseloads like pouring gasoline on a fire.

I wasn’t telling him anything he didn’t already know. I did however introduce to him a three-tier recovery program that I tried to introduce to him last year and got fired for doing so. He saw this as a good solution but wanted more financial work on the first tier.

My response was that I bet the state is already footing the bill by way of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, food stamps, rent, heat and electric assistance. So, we are looking at that piece, but this is an aggressive two-year program that detoxes, re-nutritionalizes and addresses the underlying dynamics of one’s addiction, creating a healthier stimuli response to life’s stressors.

It was a good meeting. He and I clearly agree on one thing — that fluff belongs in a trash can, especially when we have an epidemic on the table.

Carolyn B. Rae


Save the tree

Last Thursday the Orono Town Council voted to cut down the cottonwood tree located on Maine Street near Bennoch Road in Orono. If readers are as upset as I am about this decision, they should help to have the tree saved.

Frances Hunter


Overbearing legislation

A new law concerning the use of trail cameras on private property is the most asinine, overbearing legislation I have ever seen. What about the consequences of this folly? Many hunters use trail cameras. Others use them to enjoy hobbies of animal watching.

Sportsmen and women in Maine use millions of acres of privately owned land controlled by paper companies and out-of-state owners. They give verbal permissions, but are reluctant to issue signed permissions due to our litigious society. In case of accidents, they can lose everything they own in a liability lawsuit.

Consider the additional workload for a woodland operator. Baskahegan Paper owns more than 100,000 acres of woodland. If it has 10,000 sportsmen and women using its land, 75 percent are using trail cameras. Is this busy company going to be willing to take the time to prepare and mail 7,500 permission slips?

Two other neighbors are out-of-state landowners. One in Pennsylvania, one in Texas. They are very hard to contact. Are they willing to take the time out of their day to write letters for those who use cameras on their land?

Hasn’t the Maine Legislature given our overburdened and underfunded Warden Service enough tasks? If a warden happens upon an unmarked camera, will the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife increase overtime and fuel budgets to spend time trying to find the camera owner?

I would ask all Maine sportsmen and women to launch an immediate, passionate and driven effort to repeal this ill-advised legislation. Our Legislature and governor made a big error on this one. I call on them to fix it.

Marvin Allen



Wind price tag

Over the years, Jonathan Carter and I have had some widely differing opinions, but, this time, he has nailed it. First Wind and all the other alternative energy promoters have sold the people of Maine a bill of goods with a huge price tag.

Unless the plug is pulled — literally — we are facing exorbitant costs on energy, an ugly landscape, neighbors who lose health and happiness just because they live close to the turbines, and a severe loss of wildlife — migratory birds and others like eagles, lobsters and fish of all kinds. And all to what end?

The biggest con job of the whole climate change movement is that man is responsible for global warming. As a scientist who has taken the time to study more than a mere 125 to 150 years worth of temperature records, I believe Mother Nature has much more to do with it than mankind.

Can anyone explain how the Earth was so much warmer 1,100 years ago, when there were no coal-fired power plants or SUVs spewing out “greenhouse gasses”? That’s when the Vikings named a lush, verdant island “Greenland.” Or can anyone figure out a way to put Maine under a two-mile-thick sheet of ice, like it was only 8,000 years ago? Man is too puny to do any of this.

J. Daniel Techentin


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