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Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019: Turn on your headlights, shutdown priorities, yes to NECEC

Headlights, please

I strongly encourage everyone to drive with their headlights on, especially in times of lower visibility: rain, fog, morning, evening or snow (state law mandates lights on if the wipers are operating). The purpose is not so that you may see, it’s so I can see you. Even in the best of conditions it is possible for a vehicle, especially a small car, to disappear on the road for a brief moment. A light colored car on a wet road, in fog or against a light background, can vanish for a split second or so. The same can happen with a dark colored vehicle against a dark background. That can be just enough time for someone to wander over the centerline and cause a crash. As recently as yesterday I very briefly glanced aside, under bright sunlight, looked forward and a small, dark car moved away from a background of pine trees and became visible.

I drive with my headlights on all the time. Look for me.

Harold Shaw


Collins should stand up to Trump, McConnell

Sen. Susan Collins has refused to stand up to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, thereby abrogating her duties to the Maine people. She voted for President Donald Trump’s spending bill, empowering a vindictive president to shutdown the federal government anytime for any whim.

She is complicit in the shutdown. She now needs to take the correct step and let Trump know that the people of Maine will not be cowed by his attempts at tyranny.

Jim Alciere

East Machias

Yes to NECEC

The analysis of the impacts of New England Clean Energy Connect will be weighed by the experts the people of Maine employ in the Public Utilities Commission, Department of Environmental Protection and Land Use Planning Commission. These decisions will not be political but rather based on the best scientific analysis on the impacts of bringing hydroelectric power into New England from the province Quebec. When these decisions are made, I believe they will allow for NECEC to proceed to completion.

Global warming will have massive impacts on our environment and all the plants and creatures that share our world. It is up to us to make the necessary decisions to minimize global warming. This project is part of the solution.

Strong regulations apply to building all power line rights-of-way. Power lines that cross brooks, wetlands and other important wildlife areas are very strictly regulated, and while there will be some impacts, the Department of Environmental Protection will require mitigation.

The positive effects on our Maine environment far outweigh any negative impacts, and at the same time, the project will save Maine electricity consumers money. Present producers of electricity oppose this project because it will likely reduce the price of energy they’re trying to sell us, which is mostly made by burning natural gas.

Richard Anderson


Shutdown priorities

Last Friday, a “sandwich board” person was spotted on the streets of Rockland. On the signs was a simple message: “Pay our Coast Guard.” This lone sentinel was a metaphor for what most Americans want and demand – an end to this senseless shutdown.

Let us begin with what we know – this entire exercise was unnecessary. The Republican-controlled government had two years to get a wall, yet felt no urgency to do so. President Donald Trump could have signed a compromise bill on Dec. 21 (indeed he had indicated he would sign it) but decided to cave to his real base – Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Fox.

Now, after saying on national TV before the shutdown that he would proudly take full responsibility, he’s now blaming the Democrats who have only been in power since Jan. 3. Trump has autocratically threatened to declare a national emergency to fulfill his campaign promise – despite the dangerous precedent it would set.

In a move that would make any hostage taker proud, he offers to make a temporary fix to the DACA status of young people — a crisis Trump himself created. Clearly this situation is wholly owned by our obdurate president, a man who cares more about the adoration of right-wing media than the hundreds of thousands who are going without a paycheck.

Greg Rossel


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