LETTERS

Monday, Sept. 1, 2014: Wind ordinance, bear baiting, LePage

Posted Aug. 31, 2014, at 3:14 p.m.

Community fabric

After months of ordinance meetings and town hearings, residents voted in the Frankfort wind ordinance in 2011. This process tore at the fabric of the community, pitting neighbor against neighbor. Three years later­, despite the town winning a lawsuit confirming the veracity of the town ordinance, Eolian Wind Energy is back, toting an incentive goody bag.

Mount Waldo at 1,060 feet is the centerpiece of Frankfort, if not all of Waldo County. The granite geology makes gauging the effects of noise and light flicker — from 500-foot industrial wind turbines — on the adjacent community guesswork at best. It’s not a monotonous mountain range far from civilization, but it rises up smack dab in the middle of a town and is a flyway for migrating bats and birds.

Eolian wants the residents to rescind the Frankfort wind ordinance and adopt the state wind energy ordinance. The updated state ordinance still does not address the specific nature of the proposed location, nor sufficiently protect the resident’s health, property values and quality of life. The mountain and hillsides and lowlands are owned by a multitude of private land and homeowners who want a say in whether industrial wind turbines are allowed to impact their lives and property. The Frankfort ordinance provides that.

Using innocuous terms like “windmills” and “wind farms” can’t disguise the reality that wind energy is a ruthless business guided by money and greed. I have faith this returning blast of wind won’t hoodwink the Frankfort residents but worry it may tear this small town irreparably in half.

Brad Eden

Frankfort

Thoughtful question

On the Aug. 27 editorial page, David Calder asked for an explanation of why using bait for bear is legal in Maine but baiting for deer is not. A good thoughtful question.

Emotional debate aside, using artificial bait for hunting is a management tool used by wildlife biologists to regulate the harvest of various wildlife species. It is legal to use bait for deer in a number of states, all of which have a much higher deer population than we do in Maine. Just in the last five years, New Jersey made it legal to use bait to hunt deer. Biologists there wanted to increase the harvest of deer because of the high amount of agricultural and ornamental damage and the number of car/deer accidents.

In Maine, because of our lower population of deer in most places, biologists do not want to increase the deer harvest by allowing the use of bait.

Conversely, Maine has a very high population of bears. Our biologists want to maintain or even increase the harvest of black bear in order to stabilize the population and keep the number of nuisance complaints low and to help reduce fawn predation by bears to aid our struggling deer population, particularly in northern and eastern Maine.

For a good explanation of the position of the biologists at Maine Inland Fisheries & Wildlife, visit http://www.maine.gov/ifw/wildlife/species/mammals/2014BearReferendum.html.

 

I do take exception to his characterization of Maine guides as “hotshots.” Most guides are hardworking and reputable, providing a service to those who would be unable to hunt in Maine on a do-it-yourself basis. In addition, there are a large number of Maine residents that do hunt on their own for bear using bait and who would be affected by the outcome of this referendum as well.

John Dykstra

Alton

Community thanks

Robert, Renee and I would like to express our thanks to the many family members and friends who have helped us through our deepest pain. As our loss leaves me without the wherewithal to do more than sit outdoors, watching the clouds and thinking of Roxanne, I’d like to acknowledge the many who have provided us food, donations, flowers, prayers and a strong shoulder when we needed it most.

We will never forget the love and respect shown by downtown Bangor to Roxanne and to Phil Carter, whom she adored as a big brother. Businesses closing, others opening their doors to provide a safe place for friends to grieve, prove what a loving community we live in. We are very grateful.

Friends have contacted us through websites, social networks, cards and emails from all over the country and beyond. We have felt their love as they mourn with us. We also have appreciated the space given to us, the safe barrier within which we can find our new normal. Thank you so much to everyone who came to Roxanne’s memorial wearing your brightest colors. Thank you to everyone who has shared their love with us. We will see you soon.

Robert and Cindy Papken

Bangor

Cats, governors and trains

My cat likes to chase imaginary things. He’ll chase that red dot from my laser pointer anywhere.

Gov. Paul Lepage also chases imaginary things. He’s wasted time and taxes going after a mural in a museum, the NAACP’s support of Martin Luther King Day, our teachers, state workers, 47 percent of Mainers, food stamps, the state’s largest newspapers and Obamacare.

LePage lost $256 million annually in federal funds and 3,100 Maine jobs by trashing Obamacare. He lost at least another $166 million trashing wind power. LePage was voted the second worst governor in the nation because of corruption and mismanagement by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

Maine may be open for business, but what business wants to deal with LePage and his imaginary ghosts and demons?

LePage must believe the Fox News lie that trickle-down creates jobs and growth. I agree with Warren Buffet: the real solution is to tax the rich and use that money to finance infrastructure and education and to lower taxes on people who work hard for a living. This creates jobs, improves the economy and despite another Fox lie, doesn’t scare rich people away.

I also think we need to extend Amtrak northward so that we can draw the wealth of New York and Boston into Maine. We need a Democrat, such as Mike Michaud, who can get our government working again on real solutions such as these and not a governor such as LePage, who chases little imaginary red dots.

David Labrecque

Orono

Alive inside

I saw the documentary “Alive Inside” with my co-workers. The description of the movie says “a joyous cinematic exploration of music’s capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity.” This is an apt description and the potential to awaken so many of those with dementia in all of our nursing facilities. I would say it is right up there with finding a way to end world hunger and eradicate poverty. But this is so very doable for a very little amount of financial backing.

The film also addressed the issue of the failure of the nursing home as a model of care — wherein the worth and dignity of each person’s “aliveness” cannot be met under current conditions. I feel more alive having just watched the dear souls awaken in the film. I think of the nursing home residents’ lives I had the privilege of being a part of, and I wish I had known about this then. I encourage everyone to see the film and become part of making this available to every single resident in Maine and all 50 states.

Lynn Ellis

Durham

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