Dion right about tribal relations
In his Nov. 28 column, Mark Dion gets to what increasing numbers of Mainers are concluding — that critical to healing any real healing between the state of Maine and the Wabanaki must be grounded in recognition of the sovereignty of the native nations. Such recognition could provide firm ground for genuine mutual respect.
Trump’s new angle on fairness
Despite — or because of — Michael Cohen’s recent revelations of the Trump campaign’s dealings for a Moscow Trump Tower in 2016, we should not be surprised that our president denies any wrongdoing and claims complete innocence about dealings of lower-level gentlemen of his presidential run. Donald Trump has never chosen to take any blame even as he wants all the good credit.
There was a time when a politician said, “the buck stops here,” and the actions of any representative of his organization to promote his interests actually were his responsibility. Not so with Trump, whose claims amounting to “everybody does it” and “we’re not so innocent” demonstrate his belief that all’s fair in love and politics. That’s a new angle on fairness.
Immigrants should be treated with respect
“Cruel.” “Shameful.” “Illegal.” “Racist.”
These are how I describe the Trump administration’s current policy toward immigrants. Continuing family separations, despite outcries last summer about how children are taken from their parents. They’re still happening.
Demonizing and tear gassing innocent Central Americans and other refugees who are fleeing for their lives to the U.S. border in the face of violence in their home countries. Denial of their legal right to ask for political asylum in this country or making it so onerous and lengthy that refugees give up.
Attacks on those with darker skins while immigrants from Europe enter the U.S. without controversy in greater numbers than allotted.
Meanwhile, Congress complains but does little to stop this ongoing tragedy.
All immigrants should be treated humanely with respect and compassion, just as we would want to be treated ourselves. We should be speaking out against this horrible treatment of victimized refugees, offering support to immigrant groups in Maine and beyond, and sending donations to groups like the Border Angels, which provides services to the refugee caravan in Tijuana.
I was at the Public Utilities Commission hearing held on Oct. 17. What I heard there greatly increased my doubts about the safety of Central Maine Power Co.’s proposed transmission line. I am especially alarmed knowing what I know of the years of bad experiences a friend of mine has had as an abutter of the last CMP transmission line project in Chelsea.
I am concerned that CMP is minimizing potential problems from the proposed line for abutters and wildlife and that any problems that do occur if CMP’s proposed transmission line is built will not be addressed well, quickly or at all.
It is now more than three years since the 345kV power line was energized in Chelsea. That line is just 182.5 feet from my friend’s home, and stray currents from the high power line still periodically and unpredictably cause severe shocks to her family members and their farm animals on various parts of their property. Ever since that line became operational, my friend, her husband and their two young grandchildren living with them have suffered physical symptoms, including severe headaches, burning pains, epidermal cysts. And all their several kinds of farms animals on the property have been sterile since the line was energized.
CMP has not been responsive or effective in addressing these and a number of other problems suffered by my friend and her family during construction and after. Earlier this year the PUC ordered an investigation into their concerns. Knowing their experience gives me no confidence in the claims being made now by CMP about the safety of the transmission line being proposed now.