LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Monday, December 23, 2013: Maine Audubon, tire fix thanks

Posted Dec. 22, 2013, at 5:50 a.m.

Being you

I am a lifelong Mainer, freelance journalist and blogger. I am currently working on a piece called “What’s It Like To Be You?”

I want to hear about people from all walks of life — because we all seem to think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, but we don’t really know what life is like in other pastures.

Questions:

1. Your occupation or current situation.

2. Your dream job.

3. Best and worst part of your life.

4. Three words that best describe what it feels like to be you.

Please email your answers (totally confidential, no names will be used) to me at: MJBureau143@gmail.com.

Merijane Bureau

Glenburn

Mountain friends

It is unfortunate to see the number of news stories mischaracterizing Maine Audubon’s Wind Power and Wildlife Report and response by Friends of Maine’s Mountains as a clash between environmental groups. To clarify, the Maine Audubon Society is an environmental group that has a history of using scientific research to encourage public policies to protect wildlife. In contrast, the Friends of Maine’s Mountains is a special interest group with the central purpose of protecting the status quo regardless of the consequences to the good of the environment.

Maine Audubon issued a carefully researched report noting that with proper siting considerations, including protecting Maine’s mountains, there is room for growth of wind power in Maine for the overall benefit of the environment. The Friends of Maine Mountains disagrees based on its narrow mission to oppose any wind power development.

It is a question of perspective. If you ask: “What sources of energy required by our society, based on known technology, provide the best overall protection for the environment while providing sustainable habitat for wildlife?” Then you come to a conclusion that is shared by all science-based environmental groups, including Maine Audubon, National Resources Council of Maine, National Wildlife Federation, American Lung Association, Oceanus and more than 80 percent of Maine residents. This coalition represents tens of thousands of Mainers across our great state supporting wind energy.

It’s time to set aside the rhetoric and focus on the facts. The Friends of Maine Mountains is a very vocal minority of individuals who are willing to sacrifice renewable energy progress and a cleaner environment for their own gain.

Paul Williamson

Scarborough

Tire thanks

I would like to give some recognition to a company that gave back to people of the community.

I needed to have a tire fixed, so I stopped into Tire Warehouse in Brewer. After it was fixed I went to pay, and they said you are all set.

I found out I was not the only customer that received help for free on Black Friday.

A big thank you to them.

Catherine Bryer

Clifton

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