Say yes to NECEC
I have a long history living, working, recreating and guiding along the Kennebec River in western Maine.
I strongly disagree with the attitude of those who oppose the CMP corridor, who last week, gathered to oppose the lawful, legal uses of privately owned property, using a snowmobile trail to “raise awareness of what might be lost,” unaware or inconsiderate of the irony of their action.
The 16-mile trip to the top of Coburn Mountain began near a large boulder bearing a plaque commemorating the donation of property from CMP to West Forks, then ran for 3 miles on town and state-owned property before entering private property, traveling as a guest for the next 13 miles to the summit, crossing property owned by CMP numerous times. The rights of private landowners should not be limited to fulfill the desires of recreational visitors with no skin in the game, who may be seeking a particular experience on someone else’s private property.
Their comments indicate a serious lack of understanding of the nature of a privately owned working forest. It’s wrong to impose a “wilderness” designation or expectation on a working forest landscape. The best way to lose public access to private lands is to threaten the rights of the host landowner.
CMP’s corridor will host a transmission line in an area where working forests and logging roads have long been part of the landscape. The line will deliver clean, renewable energy into Lewiston from which all of New England will benefit. Reducing greenhouse gases is a global imperative unrelated to state or national boundaries, and success will require all hands on deck, pulling together. Say yes to this important first step.
Acknowledge lawyers’ hard work
In her Feb. 26 State of the Judiciary Speech, Chief Justice Leigh Saufley thanked the court staff and judges for their hard work in the administration of justice in Maine. In her roughly 4,000-word remarks, she only mentioned the word attorney one time and the word lawyer three times; all in reference to interacting with the court system. At no time did she acknowledge the hard work of attorneys in preparing and presenting cases, without which the administration of justice would grind to a halt.
For most of the cases, attorneys are well paid by their clients. However, the Maine Bar provides thousands of hours representing clients for no fee (pro bono) which is a service not only to their clients, but also to the court system. Attorneys who represent indigent clients who are entitled to representation either by the Constitution or by statute, do so at rates far below those paid by private clients.
According to a recent U.S. News and World Report, being a lawyer is now considered 42nd of the 100 best jobs in the United States. This is consistent with the loss of respect the general public feels for attorneys. Whether this trend will change is unclear, but what is for sure is that the public will not increase their respect for lawyers until the Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court begins to acknowledge the service of Maine’s lawyers in making our state a more just and better place to live.
Jeffrey Lovit, Esquire
Golden wrong on background check vote
Perhaps not a surprise, but I’m extremely disappointed that Rep. Jared Golden is opposing reasonable background checks for firearm purchases. I want him to know that my son might be alive today if there had been adequate background checks in place at the time of his death in 2008. I hope Golden will talk to his wife Isobel about this. She knew my son. Our nation wants an end to the continuing bloodbath of domestic gun violence. This modest legislation is a step in the right direction.
See between the lines
Why don’t the power companies put out a full-page ad showing all the power lines in the state of Maine? Show people the multitude of power lines. I worked on clearing power lines for 30 years plus. I assure you there are more than you may think.
I am very disappointed in the BDN’s decision to drop the comic strip Non Sequitur. After what comes out of the White House’s current occupant’s mouth every day, that the BDN would deny this wonderful satirical strip’s place in your pages is preposterous. Please restore it.