October 11, 2013

Letters to the editor: Maine delegation weak on ending shutdown

Letter writers question how various people are handling the stalemate.

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Tourists point out landmarks visible from the gate to Zion National Park in Utah, which is closed because of the federal shutdown.

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I and my family will not attend any event at the civic center, and I strongly urge everyone else in Cumberland County to do the same. Maybe this loss of revenue will bring this idiotic management back to their senses!

Bill Loeffler

Gorham

Ordinance and tar sands oil: scare tactics vs. scary facts

I keep hearing from whose who oppose the Waterfront Protection Ordinance in South Portland that it will “sink our port,” jobs will be lost, long-existing companies will be limited, even threatened. In short, total devastation. And they say we’re using scare tactics!

I’m not saying the ordinance won’t mean some jobs are lost or some companies limited, even closed. I don’t know. I am saying that a company closing is not devastation. That is change. That is sustainability.

New jobs are created, other companies grow or new companies open. I think the best future is created by community, not by any part of the oil industry, regardless of name or size.

Devastation is what happens with a tar sands oil spill, anywhere along the 90 miles of the pipeline in Maine. Accidents happen. The oil industry doesn’t have a great safety record. Tar sands oil, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is virtually impossible to clean up. Fishing, tourism, fresh air, drinking water, farmland are all at risk. How many families, jobs and companies would be harmed then?

Sometimes the facts are scary. And telling the truth is not the same as using scare tactics. No plans for tar sands? Portland Pipe Line had both plans and permits a few years ago. No one knew.

I am not questioning whether any corporation in South Portland has been a good neighbor or for how long. I’m just saying that their continued profit or even existence is not worth any risk of actual devastation of any part of Maine, New Hampshire or Vermont; the actual devastation of earth, air, water and the flora and fauna in each element.

Don’t live in South Portland? Talk to your friends who do. Come volunteer. Each voter in South Portland must decide. I hope you will decide to vote for the Waterfront Protection Ordinance to protect South Portland and the future of Mother Earth herself.

Louise Tate

South Portland

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