Benefits for all
Our Maine attorney general is now filing suit against the health care reform act because he says (in the Jan. 19 BDN) that he wants to “settle the con-stitutionality of whether the federal government can force all citizens to purchase or maintain health insurance.”
Well, as things are now and have been for quite a while, car owners are required to maintain at least a minimum level of liability insurance on their vehicles if they want to keep them registered. And why is that? Because it benefits every-one. Same thing with health insurance, Mr. Schneider.
Just plain evil
I’ve read and heard all week how liberals blame conservatives, Palin, talk show hosts, etc. for the shootings in Arizona. As soon as this happened, they all started in with their hypocritical, vicious, nasty, cheap lies. Who are liberals to point fingers at the conservatives about violence in America when it is they who support the brutal, barbaric violence against unborn babies by abortion.
What about the liberal hate against President Bush and the college bombings and police killings of the 1960s by the liberal left? What about the DNC in 2004, which had its own tar-get bulls-eye map of the United States against Republicans? They should get off their high horse and stop inflaming their violent hate speech against conservatives.
Also, a lot of conservatives and liberals blame the shooter by calling him crazy, a nut job, etc. Has he been diagnosed by a doctor for anyone to say this? Don’t insult the mentally ill. Maybe the shooter was just plain evil. After all, he had a shrine with a human skull in his backyard. The mentally ill have it tough enough as it is fighting the stigma of their illness.
High price of wind
The Western Maine mountains are a world-class tourist destination.
Recently, Outside Magazine listed Western Maine as the top winter weekend getaway. What happens to our reputation as Vacationland if we line them with 400-foot-tall wind turbines?
Many respondents in multiple economic studies have stated they are unwilling to visit an area if an industrial wind park is built. A research report prepared in June 2010 supports these findings.
Hikers on Bald Mountain in Woodstock were asked how their enjoyment would be affected if a wind park was close by. One hiker responded he would hike elsewhere, and an-other would rate her positive experience as zero.
As unappealing as it may be to vacation next to a wind park, dozens of Maine families now have to live beside them. Energy companies are refusing to learn from mistakes made in Mars Hill, Vinalhaven and Freedom. In Woodstock, Patriot Renewables hopes to construct a development a meager 2,200 feet from a residential structure and wants to be much closer at property lines. Realiz-ing noise compliance issues, the Maine DEP has asked Patriot to run in Reduced Noise Operations at night. Evidently, sleeping during the day or sell-ing properties at market value should no longer be an option for residents there.
After exploring the potential losses of nature-based tourism and the likely loss of property values, the clear conclusion is that Maine is paying too high a price for mountaintop industrial wind developments.
Civility not enough
The media and the politicians are saying that the Arizona shooting means that we must be more civil to one an-other. Increasing civility is a good thing, but it isn’t enough.
I believe the cause of the Arizona shooting is the old saying, “what goes around comes around.” Specifically, the U.S. has been sending its soldiers and planes all over the world for decades, killing and maiming people who have never done us harm and present no threat to us. We have bombed 23 coun-tries since World War II. We now have soldiers in Afghani-stan, Iraq, Pakistan and probably Yemen.
For the U.S., shooting at people and problems is our way of life.
In Arizona, this way of life came back to haunt us. If we want our people to be civil and stop shooting each other, we have to be civil and stop shoot-ing everyone else. In the inter-est of increasing American ci-vility in the world, let’s talk about increasing our funding of diplomacy and decreasing our knee-jerk funding of war.