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Wednesday, May 15, 2019: Roadside cleanup, Belfast salmon farm opponents not an enemy, carbon fee and a stable climate

Roadside cleanup

I, along with many others, recently participated in roadside clean up. As expected, we griped about and wondered why anyone would throw out their trash inappropriately.

In the May 2 edition of the BDN there was an article on Boston Brands large investment in Maine and how Fireball “nips” have taken off. I can attest that sales are indeed doing well by the amount of empties on the roadside. While wanting and needing business investment in Maine, perhaps businesses could help discourage the “swig and toss/eat and toss” mentality.

Katherine Olson

Northeast Harbor

Salmon farm opponents not an enemy

Contrary to some of the statements by proponents of the Nordic Aquafarms proposed project in Belfast, both Local Citizens for Smart Growth and UpStream Watch are two groups of concerned residents working hard to promote conservation, protection and restoration for this part of midcoast Maine and Penobscot Bay.

They are not the enemy of Belfast city government or of residents with differing opinions about the proposed project. Their vision is not to obstruct, abuse or demean any of the involved parties in this vigorous debate.

They have spent much time and concerted scientific effort in considering the real possibility of many decimating impacts on the bay, the land, the fresh water supply and the Little River’s ecosystems that such a project could bring about.

They have also done extensive research concerning the legal rights of the city of Belfast and property owners themselves. They have been transparent with their findings and stand by the results of their legal and scientific research.

They are not the enemy.

Conny Hatch

Belfast

Carbon fee can help secure stable climate

It’s encouraging to read that electric vehicle charging stations are being installed at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. In addition, Bangor Savings Bank has built an energy efficient-building utilizing solar energy and geo-thermal heating along with charging stations in its parking garage. Both initiatives demonstrate leadership and a vision to a clean energy future.

Gas powered vehicles are one of the leading contributors to atmospheric carbon pollution. The technology exists for electric vehicles, and having charging stations in our communities supports the transition. But individual action alone is not enough. We need effective national policy that reduces our burning of fossil fuels globally in order to secure a stable climate.

Believe it or not, there is a bipartisan, revenue-neutral, market-driven bill right now in the U.S. House of Representatives that does just that: H.R. 763, the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. This policy is simple: It places a gradually increasing fee on carbon, and returns the money to households, thereby actually growing the economy and creating jobs while incentivizing the transition away from fossil fuels.

This is a great opportunity. We can curb climate change, but we need to act now. Individuals, businesses and our state and local governments should express their support for this bill and encourage our Congress to make this happen now.

Connie and Paul Potvin

Hampden

Vision and dedication

The BDN’s recent story on the closing of the Grace United Methodist Church revealed some of the ways it has so well-served our community for 164 years. Grace United Methodist Church was also one of the founding churches of Community Health and Counseling Services, which formed as an interfaith committee in 1883.

In 1894, the committee incorporated as Associated Charities with representatives from the founding churches serving on the board. In those early days, important community work was done, including unifying charitable work, such as providing relief during the Great Bangor Fire of 1911 and local relief during World War I. Community Health and Counseling Services exists in part because of our founding churches.

Thank you to Grace United Methodist Church for its vision and dedication over those 164 years to work with other churches and community organizations. May its sister Methodist church and other religious organizations carry on its heritage.

Dale Hamilton

Executive director

Community Health and Counseling Services

Bangor

 



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