LETTERS

Wednesday, July 30, 2014: Baiting bears, Michaud vs. LePage, Carbon fee and dividend

Posted July 29, 2014, at 9:04 a.m.

Hunting in Maine woods

I would like to give my opinion on the bear hunting vote coming up. I have been hunting for over 55 years, and I have seen just two bears in the woods, one of which I managed to get. Maine is one of the most heavily forested states in the country, and you can’t hunt bear in Maine as you can in other states.

Let the people the state pays to manage our wildlife do their jobs. Without the use of baiting, the state will be overrun in a few years with bear, and then the people who want to stop bear baiting will want the people that the state pays to come to their aid and take care of the problem bears.

Gilbert Rossignol

East Millinocket

 

Campaign attacks

The Michaud campaign for governor received good news last week in the form of millions to be spent on its candidate’s behalf in the Maine television market.

This does pose a bit of a quandary for the campaign: Should it spend the money highlighting U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud’s long political career or continue to attack Gov. Paul LePage?

Michaud’s career is filled with very few high points, quite a few low points and a whole lot of obscurity. Attempting to spin his time in office as having been good for Maine will be difficult, if not impossible.

But the insults, accusations and outright falsehoods that have come from the Maine press and the radical left since LePage took office have not gained them much ground so far. That’s because the people of Maine understand that the governor’s accomplishments — and there are many, including the largest tax cut to working Mainers in history and stopping the automatic gas tax increase — are good for the state.

Right now, we are seeing the bond approval rating go up, while unemployment is going down. These are the kinds of things that grow a stronger economy — not expanding welfare by ignoring the people that really need help or creating a safe haven for illegal immigrants.

Still, be ready for the onslaught of negativity.

Stuart Smith

Edgecomb

 

Climate help

I commend Cloe Chunn’s July 23 letter for making climate action a priority as she decides who to vote for this fall, but I worry the goal of a livable world is far too big for one party to manage. That is why I will continue to support any candidate who makes the transition to renewable energy, efficiency and conservation a priority.

In the U.S. Senate and congressional races, I look for a candidate who supports carbon fee and dividend. Fee and dividend is a straightforward, capitalist economic policy that puts a price on carbon at the point of extraction, then gives all the money to the American people as monthly rebate checks. It is the best version of a revenue-neutral, free-market solution advocated by Hank Paulson’s Risky Business report, which Chunn cited in her letter.

This policy will grow gross domestic product, create 2 to 3 million jobs, save 227,000 lives per year with improvements to air quality, and reduce carbon pollution 50 percent by 2035. I ask U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, and Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, and Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Angus King, I-Maine, to work with their colleagues on both sides of the aisle to achieve federal carbon fee and dividend as soon as possible.

Lyndy Rohman

Bangor

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