December 4, 2012

Letters to the editor: Casella, pipeline take unfair hits

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Casella Waste Management, parent company of MERC (smokestack seen above), has been unduly targeted by the Press Herald, though its environmental sustainability efforts haven’t been recognized, an employee says.

2012 File Photo/Gregory Rec

That's how a Powerball or similar lottery ticket actually pays you minus-50 percent interest on your "investment." So, quite truthfully, don't call it an investment, but a tax that you pay happily, instead of grudgingly, because it's invisible.

Actually, it's only invisible if you don't look at it.

Still, it beats giving money to Las Vegas-type 1 percenters via their positive-interest investments in private casino companies.

Richard B. Innes


Acknowledging warming is key to resolving proble

Ninety-seven percent of American scientists say climate change/global warming is happening, yet a recent poll shows the American public is less likely to believe this than five years ago.

The Portland Press Herald published an editorial from a retired teacher (Chris Dilley) who offered the Milankovitch Cycle theory as an explanation for why the Arctic will soon be cooling and the ocean levels will no longer rise (Another View, "Writer wants to count global warming sea level rise twice," Oct. 29).

The problem with this thinking is that the Earth's orbital and axial variations are no longer the controlling factors relative to climate change. Greenhouse gas is causing climate change.

Satellites have been measuring solar radiation coming to Earth since 1978 and report a decline while, in spite of this decline in solar output, global temperature has risen.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research pointed out in 2008 that "global temperatures are rising at historic rates and there remains no link between solar variability and global warming. Greenhouse gas, not the sun, is causing this trend."

The National Academy of Science, an extremely cautious group of top-notch scientists, has reported similar conclusions.

What is perplexing to me is why so many Americans do not believe our scientists when it come to climate change yet readily support them when it involves medicine, technology, etc. Until we admit we have a climate change problem, we will not make significant progress in resolving it.

Jeff Madore


Webster highlights need to retool election process 

Enough is enough on beating up on Charlie Webster. The situation is still there. The whole election process needs to be overhauled.

I've worked at the polls. Same-day registration is a nightmare. Voting with no ID is a crime.

Charlie may have seen a small number of blacks but only because they stood out. I am sure there were many more white people voting illegally. This has been proven all over the country. Believe it!

Marie C. Brown


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