Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Sen. Angus King should be congratulated for his vote against the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline and for his recognition of and belief in climate science.
It is time for all of us to be working for a clean energy future and to not be locking ourselves into further infrastructure that only deepens our addiction to fossil fuels.
Science tells us that 80 percent of these fossil fuel reserves must remain in the ground if we are to avoid doing irreparable damage to our climate system.
Anti-tax reform rhetoric sheds more heat than light
The "Gang of 11" has put forth a tax program proposal for discussion that they believe can be transformative for Maine's economy, Maine business and Maine people.
Note they say "for discussion." Yet the host of professional organizations that lined up to testify at the public hearing May 10 seemed to have one mantra: "Just say no!"
Cheryl Timberlake of the Maine Beer and Wine Distributors Association called the proposal "devastating."
Ms. Timberlake, Sandy Hook, Newtown and Boston were devastating. Tax change is not.
Let's drop the red flag rhetoric and try what the "Gang of 11" suggests -- discuss. It would be so much better if we could gather a couple of objective members from each of these organizations and meet with the "gang" to "discuss" how we can make this work best for the entire state of Maine.
At church one recent Sunday, our Bible readings called us to be one with each other, and our pastor spoke of community, calling on us to work together to grow and solve our problems. I could not help but think how poorly that had been demonstrated at the hearing two days before. Sad.
I read the "Two sides of reforming Maine taxes" commentary in the May 12 Sunday paper and was instructed by Albert DiMillo, one of the "Just say no" gang from the public hearing, that I have a "lack of understanding."
That was an insult -- to me, to my fellow Mainers and to the "Gang of 11," intelligent, caring people elected by other intelligent, caring people.
Mr. DiMillo, I do understand -- and so do many others -- that our tax codes are a mess, that most of the "Just say no" rhetoric is woefully short on supporting data (which a retired accountant should understand), and that if we do not soon start to work together, we will surely fail separately.
Daniel J. Rooney