May 12, 2013

Letters to the editor: Mainers deserve fair eel quotas

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A harvester holds elvers in his hand while fishing in southern Maine in 2012. A reader calls on regulators to balance restrictions on the Maine glass eel harvest with limits on the harvest of yellow and silver eels elsewhere, to spread the burden “as democratically as possible.”

2012 File Photo/Gabe Souza

All of this is because of the rise in global temperature brought on by increasing levels of CO2 in the atmosphere.  

World governments have agreed that a rise of 2 degrees Celsius in average global temperature is all we can afford if we hope to avoid severe climate disruption.  

A rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius is already inevitable.  

The future of our children and grandchildren is at stake.  

We have the know-how to address this threat.  

Mainers are moving toward clean, renewable energy -- solar, wind, geothermal, biomass, tidal.  

We need to invest in our state and our workers to create a green economy.

However, the fossil fuel industry has a stranglehold on our government. It spends millions on elections, lobbying and climate change denial.  

Coal, oil and gas companies are bent on extracting all reserves, despite the fact that they contain five times more CO2 than we can afford to emit.  

Meanwhile, financial experts from the International Monetary Fund to Standard & Poor's are warning of a "carbon bubble": an inevitable drop in the value of fossil fuel stocks that will result when more emission controls are initiated.

It would be irresponsible to continue to entrust the retirement funds of our public employees to the fossil fuel industry.  

We call on all concerned citizens to support L.D. 1461.

Karen Marysdaughter

Monroe

Motorists and motorcyclists both have role in road safety

In recognition of May as Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, I'd like to encourage motorists and motorcyclists alike to commit to "sharing the road" during the month, and all year long, in a collective effort to reduce motorcycle deaths and injuries across our state.

Safety is a mutual responsibility for motorists and motorcyclists alike.

Motorcyclists are about 30 times more likely to die in a crash than passenger vehicle occupants.

Drivers should always be on the lookout for motorcyclists.

Drivers must be aware that a motorcycle, as one of the smallest of vehicles on the road, can be "hiding" in your vehicle's blind spots.  

Always check blind spots, use mirrors and signal before changing lanes or making turns.

Motorcyclists have responsibilities, too.

Riders should obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.

Like their motorist counterparts, motorcyclists should never ride while impaired or distracted.

Motorists and motorcyclists have a common responsibility to share the road together in a safe, courteous and conscientious manner.

Drivers must be fully focused and alert to the road and in control of their vehicles at all times.  

Together, motorists and motorcyclists can work to keep each other and our roads safe for everyone, not only in May, but all year long.  

Ride safe,

Jeffrey Flye

United Bikers of Maine

Winslow

LePage wants all in Maine to fund tax cut for the rich

Our governor and Legislature have come up with some more voodoo economics.

Now let me get this straight. Last year, the governor requested and the Legislature passed a tax cut mainly for the rich, which cost $100 million. Most of us voters thought they had a way to pay for it.

We now know they had no idea where the money would come from. Now they want to push the problem onto the towns and cities (which are already operating on bare-bones budgets), causing them to raise property taxes.

The governor and Legislature must think we are all fools. As I always say, "Stupid is as stupid does." The time has come to kick these career politicians where it hurts -- right out of office.

David H. Crockett

Augusta

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