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Tuesday, July 18, 2017: Plastic buoys a threat to ocean health, a horse manure solution, LePage’s ‘fake news’

Not all white Americans like Trump

I write this letter of respect, gratitude and love for my young sister, Cassandra Wright, for expressing her feelings so eloquently and respectfully on Native American rights and freedoms in her July 4 BDN OpEd.

It does my heart good to know that there are good people in America who are willing to say it as it is in terms of Native American and white relations and that all not white Americans are like “the Donald.”

To my sister Cassandra and all the Cassandra-thinking Americans, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Continue to work and pray and speak for peace in America so there may be peace in the world.

Dan Ennis

Caribou

LePage’s ‘fake news’

Reports by Maine Public of late have claimed that Gov. Paul LePage has intentionally attempted to discredit news organizations by denigrating their accounts of his activities and, in fact, planting false stories that he can then use to malign them. These attempts include his recent statements to legislators that he planned to go on a 10-day vacation during the budget battle when he had no intention of doing so. This follows other inaccurate statements such as his saying that much of the transport of drugs to Maine is done by blacks from New York.

LePage has further stated he hopes for a time when there will be no more newspapers. This is a clear attempt to control the flow of information to the public and to conceal the workings of government. As such, it is contrary to the most sacred elements of our nation and of any democracy.

In the internet age, the public airing of any event is vitally important, and separating truth from falsehood in news is more important than ever. But any politician — whether it’s LePage or Donald Trump — who spreads lies and claims that any report that contradicts his version is “fake news” should be labeled a fraud and laughed out of office.

Steve Colhoun

Addison

Plastic buoys a threat to ocean health

There is a new player on the block fouling our sea and shoreline. I first noticed the use of large plastic buoys in the early 2000s. Since then harbors have filled up with them and salmon pens are encircled by their bright yellow domes. Each one is stuffed with tiny pellets. Big, light, with excellent flotation, these buoys are a fine choice over the rusting metal buoys and inflatable rubber moorings that can be found wrenched off their traces, high ashore islands and bluffs.

And they are tough, but not as tough as the ultraviolet rays that chew up plastic and make it brittle as an old man’s bones. Now they are falling apart, escaping their bonds and casting toxic pellets far and wide. We can’t pick those up on beach clean-up rounds, but marine wildlife can eat them as millions of faux-fish eggs float across the sea. I have seen over a half-dozen of these buoys drifting loose or cast up, broken and bleeding tiny white pellets for the local denizens and shore-birds to dine on. I see them falling apart at their mooring lines, cracked and spitting out tiny beads in their feeble plastic dotage

It is time to clean the sea, not add to the pollution. Many of these buoys are on the verge of deterioration and present imminent danger to the health of the ocean and marine wildlife.

Charles A. Kniffen

Lubec

A horse manure solution

I’ve been following the discussion regarding roadway horse manure in Maine’s Amish country. Charleston, South Carolina, has horse-drawn carriages hosted by drivers who give delightful commentary to tourist passengers as they go through the historic downtown district.

Their solution to the horse manure problem is to attach canvass or plastic “catchers” between the harnesses and the dashboards of the carriages, under the horses’ tails. For “horsey mistakes” not collected by the “catchers,” the city hires a company that goes through the city streets to pick up manure and flush residue. The carriage drivers evidently even phone the company when a “mistake” is made.

Maybe there is something to be learned here.

Mary Dorchester

Kenduskeag

 


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