Wind power — get used to it

Local arguments against wind power development seem to fall into three categories.

Some folks don’t like the idea of seeing wind turbines, although they may not even notice the ugly electric poles and wires that line every street and bring power to their homes. Others argue that wind power is more expensive than power generated by burning coal and other fossil fuels – but fail to address the expensive side-effects of that burning, including climate change.

Then there is the matter of where to put the wind turbines: too near houses and you are making people hear the sound they create; too far from houses and you are despoiling wilderness. Put them out to sea and some fishermen will object.

Last month I had a stop in Copenhagen. As our plane descended over Denmark I noted hundreds and hundreds of wind turbines of the kind that are sprouting up in Maine. Danes are not known either for lack of aesthetic sense or for being stupid. Obviously wind power works there, economically and functionally. I suspect that when we got used to it we will find the same thing to be true here.

Peter Rees


Out of Afghanistan

And now we lose another young Mainer to a roadside bomb (“Afghan bomb kills Hartland soldier,” BDN, July 20).

If you are old enough to remember when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan, you will remember how we in the U.S. laughed at them when the invasion accomplished nothing for them and then they had a hard time figuring out how to withdraw without losing face. I imagine the Russians are laughing at us right now as we face the same sort of quandary.

Our generals say, “We’re winning this war. Just give us a few billion dollars more and it’ll be over.” And the politicians say, “We can’t desert our friends right now — they need us.”

If the politicians want to save these “friends,” let them or their children go to Afghanistan to face the possibility of a roadside bomb.

It’s time (actually it’s long overdue) for us to pull all our troops out of Afghanistan. Let’s stop sacrificing our young men and women and blowing billions of dollars for a cause that can’t be done in a country that seems more a tribal entity than anything else.

Maynard Clemons


Impressed with police

I recently witnessed the response of the Bangor Police Department to a particular drug situation in my neighborhood that needed to be addressed. They dealt with this situation over a period of several weeks, and their efforts were eventually successful.

Like many other people, I have watched crime shows on TV. But even the best of those shows don’t give a full idea of the skill involved in effective teamwork or the amount of time and resources that may be required to deal with even one or many of the situations that arise in a community such as ours.

So, from me and several of my neighbors, sincere appreciation for a job well done.

Ellen Richards


Prayer day is appropriate

Gov. LePage certainly is trying to help our state come together. What better way is there than declaring Aug. 6 a National Day of Prayer?

He did not mention any particular religion, only that we as a state and nation should all join together in a day of prayer. If we don’t have God in our life, we don’t have anything. A nation or state that prays together, stays together.

Thank you, Gov. LePage.

Jane Pierce


Who needs death panels?

Throughout the world, both blue- and white-collar workers are being exploited using different methods. Russia and its former satellites, except the Baltic states and Georgia, are keeping their work force under the thumb by depriving freedom of speech, arrests and corruption.

The mechanism used in the U.S. is devilishly clever. The housing bubble was created to fail (derivatives helped it along) and the government had no choice but to bail out the banks. Wall Street recovered its losses, but it was paid for with $7.8 trillion in lost jobs and wages of the middle- and lower-income workers. The reason the recovery is very slow is because the lower classes do not have the money to spend.

The Republican party is now hell-bent on having the “poor” help pay for the national debt. This would come from Social Security and Medicare entitlements. The tax breaks for the upper 1 percent of our society must remain, because that would keep the “trickle-down economy” going. Off-shore accounts and businesses are also needed for the recovering economy.

However, who can better afford to help reduce the national debt? Without tax breaks, fewer pleasure boats will be built and therefore some loss of employment, but the lower classes could survive with assistance from Social Security and Medicare. If on the other hand Social Security and Medicare are privatized or simply done away with (and no collective bargaining for the work force), we will not need “death panels” because the consequences are not difficult to imagine.

Bohdan Slabyj


Mainstream media bias

There are times when I can’t decide which is funnier, the comic section or your paper’s editorials (“Murdoch’s Descent,” July 19). I don’t know what progressive planet your editorial writers live on, but their ability to distort the news is on par with the rest of the mainstream media.

Regarding the “myth” of liberal media bias, your editorial helps prove the myth is actually fact. One doesn’t have to lie to distort the news, just omit pertinent facts and you can tailor the story to your own bias. Most television and print media do this quite frequently which I have proven time and time again after researching numerous sources on particular stories presented by those media.

Fox News has done a few things I have strong disagreement with, however, they are for the most part more balanced then their counterparts. The claim that they go after titillating stories was another distortion. Fox did run a story on a government study on the penis size of gay men, but I believe the aim of the story was to point out the wasteful spending habits on ludicrous studies that our tax dollars are being spent on.

As far as your claim that Fox incites outrage about government, I agree. And what’s wrong with that? There should be a lot more outrage then there is now. It’s the lack of outrage for far too long that has allowed our country to fall into precarious position it now finds itself in.

John Sovis