Thursday, March 13, 2014: Orrington selectmen, mining rules, stolen Bangor collection

Posted March 12, 2014, at 9:16 a.m.

TV or radio

My husband and I are very disappointed with University of Maine athletic director Karlton Creech’s decision to refuse WABI-TV Channel 5 the opportunity to broadcast Saturday’s hockey playoff game.

Maine is a large state, and for many hockey fans the only way to see UMaine games is on TV. We do not live in the Bangor area, so it is difficult for us to drive two hours each way to see the game.

We have not been able to watch any of the games on WVII ABC 7, since our TV provider (Dish Network) has chosen not to pick up that signal, so we were thrilled that there might be a possibility of seeing the game this weekend on WABI.

Once again, we will be listening on the radio.

Leslie Grenier

Mount Vernon

Town participation

Orrington’s website states that its Board of Selectmen strongly encourages residents to attend and participate, but sometimes as few as two residents attend those meetings. Residents’ attendance, input and questions can make a difference in the decisions made by the town and how those decisions may impact its residents.

The regular selectmen’s meetings are held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7 p.m. at the town office.

Donna Golding

Orrington

 

A dangerous threat

Metallic mining operations pose a major threat to Maine’s rivers, lakes and groundwater. Mining for metals in sulfide rock deposits creates sulfuric acid and toxic runoff called acid mine drainage, which is nearly impossible to control and can devastate water quality and kill aquatic life. We can’t let that happen. Our clean water is priceless.

Maine is home to about 95 percent of the native brook trout population (a national treasure) in the United States, and metallic mining is a serious threat to their survival.

Maine’s natural resources are far more valuable to the people of Maine and future generations than any minerals beneath the mountains. Maine has an incredible natural environment within a day’s driving distance of the entire Northeast. It’s our duty to protect Maine’s environment.

Maine can and should provide incentives to create economic growth in the rural counties. Outdoor recreation, tourism, year-round farming and related jobs are far more beneficial and healthier than any jobs created by mining. Let’s work together for sustainable economic growth.

Maine citizens: Voice your opinion to your legislators. Tell them to kill LD 1772. The proposed mining rules will not protect our environment. Let’s save Maine from the destructive practice of metallic mining.

David Wood

Hallowell

 

Lower cost?

Usually letters to the editor impart opinions. This letter is a request for an answer and dialogue regarding the “LePage vote” letter in the March 11 BDN. If Gov. Paul LePage lets Maine expand Medicaid, would the Liscomb family’s insurance premium costs be lower per month?

Diane Collar

Eastbrook

Thank Paul

We are indebted to Paul Zebiak, owner of Maritime International, for quickly contacting the Bangor Public Library about suspected stolen cartes de visites, World War I and World War II posters and photographs of the 1911 Bangor fire. He was offered more than 125 items and recognized them as possibly coming from the library’s special collections.

It was confirmed by the library that they were indeed items removed from special collections. The Bangor Police Department was notified, and subsequently all the items were recovered. Thank you to the Bangor Police Department for a job well done. Zebiak’s display of integrity is refreshing.

Thanks to all involved in the recovery of these historic items.

Kurt A. Keef

President

Friends of the Bangor Public Library

Hermon

Bear science

If biologists at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife think that the most scientific way to hunt bears is to feed them jelly doughnuts, have dogs treeing them, and use traps, then I’d have to question the science or lack of same.

Robert Derry

Eastport

 

Open government

“My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.

“Government should be transparent. Transparency promotes accountability and provides information for citizens about what their Government is doing. Information maintained by the Federal Government is a national asset. My Administration will take appropriate action, consistent with law and policy, to disclose information rapidly in forms that the public can readily find and use.”

Sorry, those are not my words. They are published in the Federal Register and signed by President Barack Obama.

So, what happened?

Terry Shortt

Amherst

 

Sugar bear

In response to two recent articles in the BDN, I’d like to point out that Maine’s black bears belong to all Maine residents, not just to hunters. The referendum initiated by Mainers for fair bear hunting is aimed at protecting “our” bears from the cruel, unsporting, unnecessary practices of baiting, trapping and hounding.

This referendum is supported not only by the Humane Society of the United States but also the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, many animal shelters, veterinarians, responsible hunters and those of us who believe in Mahatma Gandhi’s words: “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

How can anyone believe that leaving a 300-pound bear stuck in a 2½-inch ankle snare for a day of extreme pain is acceptable? Or that letting a pack of dogs attack a mama bear and her cubs is acceptable?

As for bear baiting, the March 4 article said the best way to reduce human-bear interactions is to adopt strict measures to keep human food away from bears. When bear baiting was banned in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, the bear population stabilized. Interestingly, in Maine, the bear population began to increase shortly after bear baiting began. A diet of doughnuts, pizza and grease fattens female bears, leading to more cubs in the den. Also, according to Wednesday’s article, this type of junk-food diet can cause bears’ teeth to rot.

If you care about Maine’s black bears, please join me and support this referendum.

Wendy Andresen

Camden

 

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