December 26, 2012

Letter to the editor: Let sun, not shale gas, warm our homes

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A crew works on a drilling rig at a well site for shale-based natural gas in Zelienople, Pa., last summer. A proposal to bring natural gas to Maine from Pennsylvania will aggravate global warming and delay the transition to renewable sources of energy, a reader says.

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Mary Grady


When execs vastly outearn labor force, society pays  

Dennis Gervais is correct in stating that more citizens will ride in the government's wagon than pull it (Voice of the People, "Voters choose a free ride; country to fall like Hostess," Dec. 10). However, if the election means anything to our Congress, at least now those who have put so many workers into ridership will become the horses pulling it.

Those at the top of the corporate ladder now put so much more value on management and capital (stockholders like themselves, most of whom are in the top 20 percent of this country's earners) that labor suffers and we all pay.

When CEOs earn in a couple of hours more than front-line labor earns in a year and then they hide these earnings abroad, who pays for the Medicaid and food stamps many of their hard workers need to survive? Until now, all the rest of us have been paying -- dearly -- for greed at the top.

It's past time to expect those who so arrogantly increase government ridership to pay for the economic disaster they're creating.

The only other (and better) solution is to re-empower labor unions and let the pendulum between capital and labor reset to a fairer balance. That balance is what once made our country such a rich and powerful economic engine.

Pamela B. Blake


Coverage of massacres feeds shooters' wish for attention 

Everyone wants to know "why" the latest massacre (the Connecticut school shootings) took place. Everyone is droning on and on about gun control, mental illness, putting armed guards in schools, etc.

The primary cause of these massacres is neither guns nor mental illness. The primary reason is because of the way the media sensationalizes them. Every nutcase with a grudge is given the limelight to go out in a blaze of "glory" (however twisted and sick). The media guarantees their infamy.

Instead of being just another nameless nobody who commits suicide, they can be immortalized as a monster, thus guaranteeing that more nut-jobs will do their best to outdo them. Wake up, folks, the media itself is the primary cause of these tragedies!

Remember, "If it BLEEDS, it LEADS."

Peter Howe



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