Saturday, April 19, 2014
It is interesting that after more than a century of damming our rivers for hydropower, we are now restoring these rivers. The removal of the Veazie dam is just one example of the efforts new being made so fish can once again swim upstream to spawn.
More than a century ago, when these dams were being built to power our industries, no thought was given to the impact the dams would have on nature.
We are again in that same situation. "Renewable" energy is the current buzzword for exploiting our mountains and devastating the wildlife that depend on those mountains for their very existence.
Environmentalists have long decried clear-cut methods of the logging industry (to the point where other methods have been adopted). Yet nary is a word heard from these individuals and groups when multinational developers propose massive wind farms that clear-cut the tops of our most precious natural resources and blast access roads to permit the hauling of the monster windmills to the top.
Where will we be a century from now when these giants are rusting hulks of a bygone era? How many billions will we be forced to spend to remove these unsightly giants? And how do we restore the mountains to their original condition so the wildlife might, once again, roam unimpeded?
Republicans encourage belief in self-determination
Alan Caron denigrates the Maine Republican Party for electing a new state chairman recently ("Alan Caron: Bennett appointment signals Maine Republicans' distress," July 25). I'm surprised this is such a big deal to him.
He was all over the map in his column, bashing Gov. LePage and the tea party's credibility, deeming our justice system racist because the recent verdict in the Trayvon Martin case was not to his liking and apparently thinking he is an oracle able to see the outcome of the next gubernatorial election. He wishes ...
If one is a thinker, a reader, a problem-solver, a constitutionalist and believes in curbing the reach of government (the Internal Revenue Service scandal) and being "allowed" to keep one's earnings, you are welcome in the Republican Party. The tea party fits!
The Democrats march in lockstep, speak in talking points with one voice and one philosophy: Get the prize, no matter the methods.
He's welcome to his opinions, but I'm taking them with a grain of salt.
Mr. Caron was the head, in 2006, of GrowSmart Maine, an Agenda 21 dealy (which probably now calls itself something else). It was one of those pushy nonprofits that deign to know best how Mainers should live and what they should desire.
Remember, grain of salt ...
Rose Marie Russell
Paper offers too much space to views of right 'extremists'
It is becomingly increasingly nauseating for those of us who have read widely for decades, have furthered our education to higher degrees and can demonstrate a knowledge of socioeconomic history to have to encounter the incessant unsubstantiated nonsense in views from extremists of an ideology reinforced day and night by such sources as Fox News.
There are at least as many letters, views, columns and ideological insights published by the Portland Press Herald that reflect the views of the ideologues who peddle the bitter teas manufactured for their party by this right-wing propaganda bureau.
If anything, there should be more space given to those who know enough to see through this extremist distortion of socioeconomic realities.
Few of us benefit from our democratic representation, more than ever being seriously undercut by gerrymandering and filibustering, and the pouring-in of corporate monies to buy America state by state by international financial interests given license by the Citizens United misnomer that treads upon our freedoms and rights as individual citizens, including those of us who fought in wars to protect them.
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