Saturday, March 1, 2014: East-west corridor, Searsport race, Great Northern Paper

Posted Feb. 28, 2014, at 10:53 a.m.

Misleading labeling

Why consume fish or fish oil, along with the mercury, dioxins, cholesterol and other health hazards associated with them? Safer, more healthful sources of omega-3s are inexpensive and readily available. Good sources include flaxseed oil, chia seeds, walnuts and soy products. Algae, being the source from which fish obtain omegas, is also a better choice and is available in supplement form.

Fish have been scientifically shown to be able to suffer terror, pain and agony. Fish and fish oil are inhumanely obtained and in ways that are environmentally harmful. Marvelous vegan seafood alternatives are convenient, affordable and delicious. Recipes, products and more can be found on the Vegan Seafood Resources page of the Fish Feel website.

 

Mary Finelli

Silver Spring, Md.

 

 

Rights-based ordinance

Recent discussions on this important issue have become more focused on the proposed rights-based ordinance and its language than the real problem, which is the proposed east-west corridor.

 

The corridor, if approved, will have a huge negative impact, not only on our town of Cambridge but on all of central and northern Maine. Economic and environmental impacts will be immediate and long lasting throughout the region. The rural character of this part of the state and our enjoyment of the woods, clean water and air will forever be in jeopardy, if the project is approved.

The changes that it will bring to our area include lost jobs, land use and recreation.

 

Rights-based ordinances are simply the vehicle that we and surrounding towns are trying to use to stop the corridor. It is not perfect by any means, but the ordinance is the best tool that we have today to try to stop the corridor.

To those who oppose certain language in the ordinance, when the threat of the corridor has passed, it can be repealed or revised to deal with an unexpected situation. We can amend/replace the ordinance at a later date, if needed.

However, if we choose to do nothing today, we may not have another opportunity to make our voices heard.

I urge the residents of Cambridge to attend our town meeting on March 1, and make their votes count.

Roger Lewis

Cambridge

 

 

Vote Merrithew

As a resident of Searsport and a town historian, I am writing in support of the candidacy of John Merrithew for the position of Searsport select board member. Merrithew grew up in the harbor district of Searsport, graduated from Searsport High School, served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the town’s select board for nine years. His father, John Merrithew Sr., served the town as chairman of the Searsport Planning Board. He was a member of the Searsport Fire Department for 10 years and served part of the time as “antique officer.” A deep interest in the history of Searsport is something we share.

 

With his background, Merrithew is a highly qualified candidate, obviously dedicated to the welfare of the town of Searsport. I am very pleased to take this opportunity to thank him for his service to our town in the past and express my hope that he will once again become one of our town government’s leaders.

Charlene K. Farris

Searsport

 

 

Support Great Northern

 

Maine has a strong tradition of rivers powering our paper mills. In today’s extremely competitive market for paper products, many mills rely on hydropower for more than making paper. They sell it to the Northeast grid when peak prices are paid, as they idle machines for maintenance.

Years ago, our Legislature passed a special law forbidding the Great Northern Paper mills to benefit from selling power. It made sense at the time to ensure that papermaking would remain the priority. Today, separate companies own the mills and the hydro facilities, and the need to prohibit the mill from selling power over short periods no longer exists.

Great Northern Paper has a multipoint plan to restructure and start up again to put more than 200 employees back to work — but they need revenue from selling power for their plan to succeed.

LD 1792 is a simple and sensible change to allow Great Northern Paper to continue purchasing hydropower produced on our public waterway, the Penobscot River, and then sell it a few times per year for an additional source of revenue, which is critical to the mill’s plan for long-term viability.

I know jobs in Maine’s Katahdin region can be scarce, so when a common-sense solution to putting people back to work is right in front of us, we must support it. I ask my fellow lawmakers to do the right thing for Maine and support LD 1792.

Steve Stanley

Medway

 

 

Immigration reality check

I am disturbed by how many people repeat the claim that the Obama administration has an exceptionally good record of immigration enforcement. This is usually done in order to counter concerns about his various actions to defer deportations or to grant some form of legal status to those here illegally. Other times, it is done to reassure those who are reluctant to pursue immigration reform while he is in office, for fear that he will only enforce the parts he agrees with.

Unfortunately, Obama’s record deportations are a myth. Deportations were actually at a high in 2000. The numbers for 2012 are at the lowest level since the late 1960s.

 

The claim of increased enforcement comes from the fact that removals (people caught in the interior of the U.S. and deported) has increased from 359,795 in 2008 to 419,384 in 2012. However, returns (people caught by the Border Patrol and sent back) have dropped more than 70 percent, from 811,263 to 229,968 in the same period.

And the increase in removals is not actually real. Rather, the administration has been taking routine return cases and putting them through the removal process in order to count them as removals, which also makes the number of border crossings look smaller by reducing the number of returns.

I ask anyone who wants to discuss Obama’s record of enforcement to look at the real numbers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and not rely on self-serving statements from the administration.

 

Michael Jose

Augusta

 

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