July 7, 2013

Letters to the editor: Meals, lodging tax hike boon to state

(Continued from page 1)

click image to enlarge

Mathieu Roy of Montreal works on a sand castle during a family vacation in Old Orchard Beach in 2012. A reader questions the two-year expiration date on a recent increase in Maine’s meals and lodging tax, saying that the total of such levies has never been a factor in her family’s vacation planning.

2012 File Photo/Tim Greenway

Before we are wooed by Sen. Katz, pause for a moment. Nemitz reflected fondly upon the Republicans Katz reminisces about: the founders of the Family Planning Association of Maine and those who joined with Democrats in establishing Maine's income tax. Then he lavished praise on Katz's bashing of Gov. LePage.

The Family Planning Association of Maine is just like Planned Parenthood, whose founder was Margaret Sanger, a eugenicist. These groups use euphemisms to disguise abortion.

The income tax and liberals: a marriage made in the Legislature. While citizens struggle to balance their budget in tough economic times, politicians just raise taxes, taking more of your money instead of cutting back on their spending habits.

Katz bashes the governor's blunt manner with a smile. Hypocrite.

Back on Oct. 13, 2012, at the Augusta Walk for Hope for cancer survivors, Katz, while a supporter of the walk, handed out political campaign stickers. Could he not stop campaigning for a moment?

Supporting the walk was a small price for him to pay to hype his campaign. The fundraiser was not meant to hype the political fortunes of any politician. I have lost two family members to cancer. For the senator to dilute the purpose of the event with political campaigning was disgusting.

I will take a blunt-talking governor any day over any polished politician who will use a charity event for political advantage.

David Alexander


Regulators must wake up to wind projects' drawbacks

While Maine's Department of Environmental Protection deliberates the Bowers Mountain wind project, there is now the writing on the wall from Europe, and according to Barack Obama, our energy policy "should follow the lead of Germany and Spain."

Spain's wind turbine manufacturers are rapidly laying off workers. According to the wind turbine association AEE: "Investors in wind turbines no longer believe the outlook is attractive."

At the heart of the problem are the subsidies needed to cover the gap between the cost of producing electricity and the price charged to consumers.

Sound familiar? It's no wonder that Iberdrola, the Spanish manufacturer of wind turbines, is trying to sell them by the boatload to Maine! Following Spain's lead now amounts to buying the future scrap metal of their failed industry.

According to the Energy Tribune, a global news source for the industry, Germany's renewable energy programs also "have imploded." Germany is now facing up to the hard realities of wind power: maintenance costs, the need for hydrocarbon backup and wind's intermittent and unreliable generation.

As stated in Heartland Institute science director Jay Lehr's June 17 Wall Street Journal commentary predicting wind developers' lack of funds for dismantling their turbines: "The result (of wind power proliferation) will be a scene from a science fiction movie -- as though giant aliens descended on our planet only to freeze in place."

We can only hope that the DEP (and the Board of Environmental Protection) have the long-term vision required to protect Maine's future.

Jack Gagnon


Celebration of Gettysburg glorifies massive atrocity

Maybe you could explain to me why thousands of people gather together to celebrate the anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg ("Gettysburg: 'A most unexpected battle,'" June 30).

Eight thousand Americans were killed at that battle in two days, leaving how many thousands of children without fathers; how many grieving parents and wives; and forever changing the lives of thousands more soldiers who lost limbs and sanity. Mourning, forgetting, praying for forgiveness for such an atrocity, I can understand. But re-enacting? I don't get it.

War is a tragedy and a massive moral failure of somebody. And, in my opinion, those who celebrate it glorify what they should be mourning.

Donald F. Fontaine


Were you interviewed for this story? If so, please fill out our accuracy form

Send question/comment to the editors

Further Discussion

Here at PressHerald.com we value our readers and are committed to growing our community by encouraging you to add to the discussion. To ensure conscientious dialogue we have implemented a strict no-bullying policy. To participate, you must follow our Terms of Use.

Questions about the article? Add them below and we’ll try to answer them or do a follow-up post as soon as we can. Technical problems? Email them to us with an exact description of the problem. Make sure to include:
  • Type of computer or mobile device your are using
  • Exact operating system and browser you are viewing the site on (TIP: You can easily determine your operating system here.)