December 6, 2012

Letters to the editor: Governor out of touch on climate issue

Thank you for your editorial calling out Gov. LePage for proclaiming that clean energy would cost jobs and hurt Maine's economy ("Our View: Industry-funded study bad basis for energy policy," Nov. 28).

You were correct that he should not have based his proclamation solely on research funded by big oil. However, his proclamation also showed that he is out of touch with reality.

Climate change is doing terrible harm to the U.S. economy, and Maine will not escape. Witness Sandy and New York City, witness the Associated Press news reports of Nov. 28 on the economic impact of the Great Lakes shrinking and the Mississippi River drying up ("Low water sinking Great Lakes resorts"). The only thing that will save Maine's economy is a clean energy revolution that will slow climate change.

But the governor is not just out of touch with reality. He has also forgotten what makes a leader good.

A good leader can see what needs to be done and rally people to do it for the sake of their community and their descendants, even if in the short term it might hurt their personal finances.

If I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?

Rabbi Judy Weiss

member, Citizens Climate Lobby

Brookline, Mass. 

Families may be suffering, but Petraeus betrayed us all 

Much has been written about Gen. David Petraeus' adultery and the harm it had potentially done (Do we really know?) to the families involved.

However, the American citizenry has been just as betrayed. He had unofficially pledged to adhere to the unwritten rules of our trust. He put the position of the CIA director in jeopardy by such behavior and self-indulgence.

We, the American people, honored him with this exalted position so responsible for our national security. Gen. Petraeus defiled his office and broke the trust of America.

John Roediger

South Portland 

Increase in tax revenues won't stop excess spending 

The president says he "has a plan" for our economy and our jobs. Do you realize that if the president gets all the tax increases he is proposing, we would still be borrowing more than $1 trillion next year and every year of his term to continue the spending he wants?

Every responsible person would agree that massive borrowing every year with no plan to pay back the debt is wrong. This borrowing will result in a severe contraction of our economy with massive loss of jobs and income.

Many experts say unless we stop our borrowing, we will soon use half of the tax money we pay to satisfy just the interest on our debt (projected to be more than $20 trillion by the end of Obama's second term).

I would suggest the president's spending plans have set us on a course of a death spiral for our economy, jobs and, thus, our nation.

I am not surprised Obama has this fantasy plan for our nation's economy -- after all, he has never had experience in our private-sector economy. What does surprise me is the lack of criticism of this Obama spending from Reps. Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud and Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe.

Do these representatives of Maine approve of the spending policies that are sending our country into this economic death spiral? So far the actions of Pingree, Michaud, Collins and Snowe show no decrease in this irresponsible spending. Why?

They have the time to create for themselves large pensions (Social Security is not enough for them), private free health care (no Obamacare for them), housing allowances, travel allowances, and the list goes on. But by their actions, they seem to be fine with the economic death spiral we are on. I pray for a miracle.

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