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Thursday, March 14, 2019: Regular time, stating the facts, CMP corridor not worth it

Stating the facts

I did not vote for Eliot Cutler, but I am so happy that he has stood up to David Farmer and his propaganda and far-left liberal views. Well said, Cutler, well said. Thank you for stating the facts.

Randal Nason

Hampden

Regular time

Don’t take away our light. To avoid the alleged effects of changing the time twice a year, keep daylight saving time all year and call it regular time.

Daylight saving time has caused controversy since it began. Historically, retailing, sports and tourism interests have favored daylight settings while agriculture and evening ventures have opposed it. Think about it: How many farms do we have versus how many stores? Do America a favor. Shop in the light.

If you don’t like the idea of switching the clocks and changing your time schedules, then make daylight your regular time.

Sylvia Chase

Bar Harbor

CMP corridor not worth it

The proposed Central Maine Power transmission line is bad for Maine and for the environment. New Hampshire has already said no to a similar proposal. Hydro-Quebec has not verified that the energy to be transmitted via this line will result in a net carbon reduction in the Northeast. This is a major problem for all of us. Current global carbon emissions are at crisis levels, according to scientists worldwide.

CMP is fighting hard for this transmission line because of the profit it stands to gain by routing Canadian power to Massachusetts. Its recently proposed token benefits to Mainers mean little in the face of the long-term losses we will bear. CMP’s offer of a 40-year subsidy window for its Maine customers amounts to all of 6 cents per month for the average consumer. Other token subsidies are also insignificant when analyzed over the course of their intended spans. In exchange, CMP would decimate a 53-mile swath of pristine Maine wilderness, leaving a scar that would exist far beyond 40 years.

The environmental consequences of this corridor will cost us in tourism and recreational losses, risks to clean water, disruption to and/or loss of wildlife, suppression of local renewable energy sources, and continued unacceptable levels of carbon emissions. Hardly worth 6 cents a month.

Maine can do better. We can say no to this poorly conceived project and encourage all northeastern states to invest in locally sourced and verifiably clean, renewable power.

It’s our sincere hope that Maine stands up to defend its natural resources and the long-term welfare of both its people and its environment.

Anne Winchester

Pemaquid

Protect children and crops

The Environmental Protection Agency has recently issued an “ emergency approval,” which will allow the use of a powerful insecticide, sulfoxaflor, that is harmful to bees. Bees are so important to crop raising — three out of four crops across the globe depend on pollination — that the United Nations has appointed May 20 as World Bee Day. But bee populations world wide have been suffering precipitous declines.

Another pesticide, chlorpyrifos, has been tied to children’s health problems. In 2012, the EPA moved to ban its use, but the pesticide lived on through the efforts of industry lobbyists, until halted by a court order in 2015. One of the early decisions of the Scott Pruitt-led EPA was to ignore the court and reinstate use of the pesticide. The manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, Dow Chemical, donated $1 million to the Trump inauguration.

Citizens who are moved to complain to the EPA for decisions that will harm children and irreparably damage food crops should send a letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler. Petitioners may find better results if they include a crisp $1 million check with their letter.

Sam Woodward

Surry

 



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