June 19, 2018
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BDN readers debate Maine state workers, wind power


How many state workers does Maine need?

State workers buy groceries, eat in restaurants, pay taxes and in general support the jobs of non-state workers. Do we really want to put another block of workers on the unemployment lines at this time?

I would support reducing some state jobs by attrition, but to ask for the firing of another worker is treason to my class. I support all workers, and I support the unions who represent their members effectively.

Harry H Snyder III

A public union employee, a tea party activist and a CEO are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies in the middle of it. The CEO takes 11 of the cookies, turns to the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy. He wants a piece of your cookie.”


There was a time when private workers’ income was higher than that of public employees. Now all we have is a retail sector which pays lower wages in Maine. Instead of lowering public employee wages, we should be looking to create higher paying private sector wages.


As to the weakening of unions, the workers either have the right to organize or they don’t. If they don’t than anything is possible. If they do then unions and collective bargaining are just.


I don’t know what planet people are living on who think you can make more money as a public employee than as a private sector worker. Public employees generally make significantly less than their private sector counterpart. The only advantage public employees have traditionally had is better job security but even that is now under attack.


Much is being reported on the number of state workers and the drain they have created on the state budget. Yet no one is mentioning the impact that 186 state legislators have with their wages and benefits.

The 151 House districts in Maine, with each one representing 8,400 people, cause Maine to be ranked 45th in the country in terms of number of people in each House district. Couple this with the wages and benefit package which doesn’t seem to be garnering much attention in this budget battle and I can see a definite real savings in cutting the size and benefit package for these citizen legislators who volunteer to serve the state.


Will high gas prices change opinions on wind power?

I would heat my house with electricity if it were cheaper. Presently, I heat with wood and wood pellets. Oil is my back-up when I’m not at home.

There is a relationship between petroleum products and wind generated electricity, albeit indirect.


Wind is a tiny solution to a gigantic problem. Wind is “feel good” energy. The world operates on Oil and the powers that be will charge whatever they want and we will pay.


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