September 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor: Tar sands oil isn't the bogeyman

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The Portland Pipe Line operation in South Portland is seen as one of the conduits for Canadian tar sands oil, although the pipeline owner has not proposed to do so.

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While I will not be serving in the Senate, I will continue to work with many of you behind the scenes to make our state a better place to live.

I started my career in public service and volunteerism at a young age, delivering Meals on Wheels and canvassing my neighborhood for the Jimmy Fund and Red Cross with my mother, who instilled in me that it is what you do when no one is looking that defines your character.

A special thanks to all the veterans and service members who worked so hard on my behalf.

I stand firmly on your shoulders when I say, as the daughter of a World War II Purple Heart recipient and wife of a Vietnam veteran, that I will forever continue to cover my heart with my hand and pledge my allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

A final "thank you" to the people who took the time to vote, whether it was for me or one of my opponents. You are the ones who make our democracy work.

Paula Benoit

former state senator


Suggested reading material: the fascinating Constitution

Seems like just yesterday that I put away my snow shovel and long johns; now it's after Labor Day. Time to put our whites away and send the kiddies off to school, lunch bucket in hand, complete with an apple for the teacher -- if anyone still does those things.

However, one of the things that children all across America will be doing the week of Sept. 17-23 is studying the U.S. Constitution as part of Constitution Week. In commemoration of the signing of the Constitution in 1787, I would like to encourage readers to join me Sept. 17 in reading our Constitution.

Dr. Benjamin Franklin referred to it as a "Constitution for the ages." The Founding Fathers studied all the nations down through history to find what did and did not work as a government.

No other nation before or since has had such an effect on the rest of the world, which makes America the greatest nation ever.

The framers of our government isolated 28 Principles of Liberty, which they referred to as the "ancient principles." These ancient principles are self-perpetuating, therefore constantly rejuvenating, hence still the boldest, freshest ideas known to man.

The Principles of Liberty can be found at the National Center for Constitutional Studies,, along with the Constitution, which can also be found and downloaded at

Whichever site you choose, please be sure to read our ageless Constitution again. If you have never read the Constitution, I would urge you to read it for the first time. After all, as an American, it is your Constitution.

Dave Ricker


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