Keep Maine wild

I’m opposing Central Maine Power’s proposed 145-mile powerline going over the western mountains region and Kennebec River. I’ve been a Maine guide since 1987 and hold designations in whitewater, recreation, sea kayaking and boat operation. In my 20th year as an adventure-based counselor, I’ve led countless wilderness adventures, and being born and raised in Maine, I’ve enjoyed our wilderness since the 1960s. Hence, I have a thorough understanding and appreciation for our wilderness, and I have serious concerns over the pending risks and perils of this powerline proposal.

This project will negatively impact the environment and Maine’s economy and I’m gravely concerned about the devastating impact the powerline would have on the therapeutic value of Maine’s wilderness. As an adventure-based counselor, I purposefully take my clients into the wild to expose them to the therapeutic nature of wilderness settings because contact with nature offers a wide range of health benefits. So, if they scar the wilderness with this powerline, the western mountains region will lose its therapeutic value.

We need to save our wilderness to preserve its therapeutic value. Once you carve up the wilderness, it’s lost for generations, if not forever. Please keep Maine wild, scenic and therapeutic for generations to enjoy.

Rod Nadeau

North Yarmouth

Climate change not a hoax

I appreciated Amanda Bertana’s recent OpEd on climate change and how “human activity is the primary cause of it.” Bertana thoroughly explained how climate change will negatively affect our planet by posing serious threats to Earth’s ecosystem.

As a student who wants to pursue a career in marine biology, I have discovered many articles and information on climate change and how it has been an ongoing problem for decades. This article allowed me to think about my personal opinions on this predicament as a whole.

Climate change has been a controversial topic on whether or not it is a hoax. But scientists have proof that the oceans are warming and have warned the population that climate change will cause death and despair. Studies show that the Gulf of Maine is “warming faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans.” Hurricanes will occur more frequently and the millions of people who live either on the coastlines or on islands will have to retreat inland. Not only that, but countries will experience deadly heat waves and drought.

The global population should be more concerned about how their economy and actions are negatively affecting our planet. It is time to stop ignoring the facts and to start implementing changes that will preserve the health of our environment.

Olivia Harriman


America needs to find peace

I was intrigued by the Oct. 24 Washington Post article reprinted in the BDN: “Secret Service intercepts ‘potential explosive devices’ sent to Obama, Clinton.” It outlines the recent threats and attempted attacks against Democratic officials, such as George Soros, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton and former president Barack Obama.

These attacks are extreme results of the unstable political climate in the United States. With the 2016 election, the controversial Brett Kavanaugh confirmation, and the recent midterm elections, politics has taken the world by storm through social media. These outlets highlight the worst of both political parties while obscuring the real issues imminent within our country.

I saw a quote the other day that may inspire some people: “Be selective with your battles. Sometimes peace is better than being right” (Unknown). No matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on, we all need to work together to create a better environment for our nation’s safety and future.

Though others may be different than yourself, and you may disagree with them, this is a time when our country and its people should come together during this contentious political period to advocate for a unified peace within our nation.

Riley Satterfield


Stop killing female moose

I read an interesting story on Oct. 26 in the Bangor Daily News about ticks decimating New England moose. I have a question for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. If we are worried about losing moose due to ticks, why does the state issue 450 permits to kill cows (female moose) only? If you shoot one cow moose, you shoot two or three. That would mean 900 to 1,340 extra moose are killed for no reason. Can we eliminate the week of cows only to keep our moose herd healthy?

Pat Labbe

Fort Kent

Try peace

On Nov. 11, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day. It marks the end of World War I at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 — the end of the war that was to end all wars.

In the past 100 years, we have seen continuous and sometimes never-ending war. It is clear that war cannot end war. It’s time to try something different; it’s time to try peace.

Let’s take time to remember that this day is a celebration of peace and the end of war. Let’s work for peaceful solutions to our problems using tools such as diplomacy, nonviolent conflict resolution, disarmament and aid. Let’s join people around the world to pray for peace as a universal principle.

Mary Beth DiMarco


Use electric cars

A current issue for Mainers is for cleaner transportation, and the question of electric vehicles. Electric cars have been an idea nationwide for years now, and the industry has been growing, especially for Mainers.

Many are skeptical about the idea. However, electric cars can be beneficial. Electric cars are cheaper to run, they improve the environment, and they are fun to drive.

As an 18-year-old with a license and a car, it is a hassle to refill my gas at least every week, because of commutes to school and other places. This goes for many Mainers as well. In the future, if one could just plug in your car for it to run without putting in gas, that would save transportation money.

It’s time for more production of electric cars. Technology has improved the world for centuries. Now it is time to add to list of improvements by using electric cars.

Ben Southwick