January 30, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Much at stake in city tar sands proposal

The packed Portland City Council chamber last Wednesday night told the story. There was testimony from the public and from the petroleum industry (local, national and Canadian representatives) concerning the pros and cons of tar sands oil and its potential effect or lack of effect on our land and water.

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People march to the Maine State Pier in Portland on Saturday to protest the possible use of the Portland-to-Montreal pipeline to transport tar sands oil. The delay in action on an anti-tar sands proposal for city purchases gives all involved time to research the issue thoroughly, a reader says.

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The debate was sometimes heated and sometimes coldly rational. Statistics and anecdotal testimony flew from both sides.

In the end, the resolution to ban the purchase of oil for city operations from refineries that process tar sands was sent back to the Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee for more review, in-depth study and clearer language.

I should have been disappointed, but I wasn't. We should all, as citizens, be doing our own review and in-depth study and honing our own precise language on the subject of tar sands being piped near our water source and off-loaded in our harbor.

When paid representatives from the oil industry take time out of their busy schedules to come, on one of the coldest nights of the year, to the council chambers of a small Northeastern city in the United States, something larger is at stake than a public relations call. This should be a personal wake-up call for us all to do our homework.

The information is out there, and we can all find it. We are "fact-check nation." Let's do it. This resolution will return, and so will we.

Nicole d'Entremont

Peaks Island

 

LePage misrepresents state, maligns our elected officials

 

Firstly, thank you for Ray Routhier's excellent article on Maine's Warden Service and the TV show ("Show tracks the wild life of Maine game wardens," Jan. 23). It portrays Maine and Mainers authentically to a nation that might be misled by other factors.

The primary other factor is our Gov. LePage. He has variously told the world that our schools stink and that educators lie to students, and he has refused to meet with legislative leaders elected by the people to help solve Maine's problems, leading our state's credit rating to decline.

It's incredible that the supposed leader of our great state has accomplished this almost single-handedly! Nice job.

My solution: Impeach this out-of-control man. President Clinton faced impeachment for little more than lying about a consensual sexual relationship.

The governor is causing incredible damage to our form of government. I'm certainly no constitutional scholar, but the idea that he has refused to do due diligence in the exercise of his office must have occurred to some others with more acumen than I.

Two more years of this is two years too much. I have no involvement in any of these particular heretofore-mentioned individual issues.

I am an independent politically and personally and have always been proud to be a born-and-raised lifelong Mainer. Can one maladjusted, tone-deaf, put-up-your-dukes governor destroy our state's reputation in four years? He's already done a pretty good job in just two.

Thomas Gribbin

Portland

 

I would like to respond to Gov. LePage's comment to the lawmakers who were duly voted into office by the citizens of Maine.

Again, anger led to the governor's blatant comment calling our elected officials a bunch of "idiots."

I as a citizen want to hear a formal apology to these officials and to the citizens of our great state. This apology should be personally done in front of television cameras and newspapers throughout the state.

Also, it is my opinion that the governor should attend anger management classes. These classes may curb these and other blatant outbursts aimed at our officials and avoid the impact these leave on the citizens.

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