March 3, 2013

Letters to the editor: Don't rush to make pot legal

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Marijuana plants are seen at a grow house in Colorado, where residents voted last fall to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

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Neither the professor nor the federal government has learned Margaret Thatcher's dictum, "Sooner or later the government will run out of other people's money."

Feiner should apply her taxation logic to grade-point averages. Students' 4.0 GPA should be taxed to help the poorest students. The professor should take half a grade point from 4.0 students and raise the GPA of her poorest students. The logic for my GPA proposition equals her logic for increasing taxes on high earners.

Theo Nykreim

Stockholm

LePage's MaineCare stance will halt flow of tax dollars

Gov. LePage's opposition to Maine's participation in the Affordable Care Act provisions for Medicaid expansion will hurt Maine's poor and near-poor, as demonstrated in a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine last fall, and shift emergency care costs for them to the rest of us and our community hospitals. As a result, Maine's federal tax dollars will be redirected elsewhere.

The governor's opposition is also inconsistent with his attempts to repay several-years-old MaineCare debts to the hospitals.

Voters should urge their representatives to reverse this position, or the governor himself should, as several other governors previously against the new legislation have recently done.

Daniel K. Onion, M.D.

Vienna

Developer, landowner ignore opposition to wind project

Iberdrola Renewables proposes to build a large industrial wind energy facility in Concord and Lexington townships. While specific details of the project have been kept hidden from the public, we know that wind turbines are growing in size with each new facility proposed.

First Wind's latest project calls for turbines 512 feet tall. To put that in perspective, these machines are almost 100 feet taller than the elevation our village center rises above sea level.

Iberdrola hopes to construct an industrial complex, miles long and skyscraper high, in the middle of this quiet, rural area -- a region inhabited by families who purchased homes here because we value Maine's natural resources and the peace and serenity they provide.

The majority of the residents in these communities -- up to 85 percent -- signed petitions opposing Iberdrola's project. Our state senator and representative and county commissioners have supported our stance in writing. We've conveyed our position to Iberdrola and landowner Plum Creek but have been blatantly ignored.

Not only have they disregarded the will of the people who reside here, but Iberdrola just submitted an application to erect a fourth meteorological tower north of Peaked Hill. For what purpose? To expand an already-massive project that has been staunchly opposed by those who will live within its shadow and sound-shed?

We're Maine citizens who have been denied any input in the future of our homes and community. We've done our homework -- studying the science and economics and weighing the benefits and negative impacts. We are not uninformed -- we're educated. And we are Americans. Do our votes and voices still count, or does this foreign developer hold all the cards?

This is a watershed moment. We have spoken. Will anyone listen, or have Maine citizens' liberties gone with the wind?

Karen Bessey Pease

Lexington Township

Greely athletes represent true spirit of community

It was refreshing to read about the exhibition of sportsmanship between Greely and Scarborough high schools after the girls' state hockey championship game ("High School Notebook: Greely's victory with honor," Feb. 18).

This welcome occurrence came after two regrettable episodes perpetrated by several misguided Greely students who engaged in a very rare spectacle of intolerance and bigotry.

They brought shame upon themselves, their school and their community. School officials, to their credit, reacted swiftly to address and remedy these indiscretions.

When Greely players spontaneously shook hands with the team they had just defeated, it served to restore my faith in our youth and helped to expunge the taint of the reprehensible actions of their classmates.

These athletic representatives of Greely exemplify the true spirit of their school and community.

Cumberland can once again take pride in its young citizens.

Sam Kamin

Cumberland

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