Tired of political attacks
I am very tired of Washington’s view that managing the country’s affairs requires a weaponless war between two parties — citizens aren’t as important as party victories. Parties aren’t willing to work together to solve problems. Their code that young people must have noticed? Attack those your party disagrees with.
Time for Atlantic Time
It seems to me that it takes a special type of insanity for a group of people this far north to give themselves an hour less of daylight in the afternoon. But yet each fall, to our annual frustration, we seem to choose to do exactly that. Dark at 3 p.m.! But life doesn’t have to be this way.
What would you do with another hour of daylight in the afternoon? This isn’t a rhetorical question as the Maine Legislature considers a measure which would place Maine on Atlantic time, effectively permanently “springing Maine ahead” and giving us an extra hour of daylight in the afternoon. I think we should do it.
The benefits of such a move are enormous and in some ways immediately obvious. More daylight at the ski slopes, better illumination at peak traffic hours. I am sure many people are familiar with the phenomenon of going to work in the dark and going home in the dark, essentially missing the scarce winter sunshine entirely.
The change might be a strange one at first, being on a different time zone from our neighbors in New Hampshire — but given the states of Idaho, Oregon, Tennessee, Indiana and others have time zones that sometimes divide their states in half, I think we can manage.
It is interesting to think that where many regions are discussing abolishing daylight savings time, the right move for our northern state may just be to make it permanent. Let’s support the Atlantic time movement and put those pitch black commutes behind us.
An unintended legacy?
In the BDN’s recent editorial, “ Moving Regulatory Goalposts is Fishy,” I notice the photo is attributed to Nordic Aquafarms, but the author is not identified. Nordic seems to be given very generous space for their infomercials, and this editorial reads like one.
The flow of the editorial is very clever. It uses the example of wind energy projects going elsewhere because “former Gov. Paul LePage pushed the PUC to change regulations after the company had already agreed to terms with the state.” This example is not comparable to the deliberations happening in the Legislature today.
Land-based aquaculture is a recent technology with no large-scale historical “evidence” with which to “compare aspects of proposals against transparent standards for approval.” We are flying this plane as we build it.
LD 620 is an attempt to flesh out basic licensing requirements to be sure we are coordinated and thorough across the permitting process, with consideration to bodies of water receiving effluent from multiple industries.
Some may think that Nordic Aquafarms will “ put Belfast, Maine, and the entire state on the map.” Perhaps they will, as home to the one of the first super-sized recirculating aquaculture systems experiments to create a dead zone disaster on Penobscot Bay. That would be an unintended legacy.
Protect the Electoral College
Lori Calderone’s March 6 letter about the national popular vote for president verses the Electoral College shows the common misconception about how the Electoral College works.
She says with a national popular vote “candidates will seek votes in all states — including Maine — not just swing states.” This is exactly the opposite of what a national popular vote will do. With a national popular vote, voters in Maine and other states with small populations (Wyoming, Montana, and Alaska, for example) may as well stay home on election day.
The less than one million votes in these small population states can be easily overpowered by neighborhoods in cities like New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. No candidate will bother to campaign in a state when he or she will get the Electoral College votes by default.
It is the Electoral College that guarantees candidates will campaign in small population states. It is the Electoral College that guarantees the votes of all people, not just those in high population states and cities, will count.
Helen A. Shaw