It’s 9 p.m. There goes the plow. We’re saved! But wait — is this pass number 10 or 12 today? Twelve, I think — most with salt spewing, too. What a wonderful response to 3 inches of fluffy snow.
What a great opportunity to pay off all of the Christmas bills in one day. Lots of union overtime keeping Route 131 clear during the great blizzard of Jan. 12, 2015.
Tell me again why the Department of Transportation keeps needing more money.
Paying for pollution
A letter on Jan. 8 by Fred Gralenski addressed the issue of fining people for irresponsible actions, such as unprepared hikers who have to be rescued. He warned of a slippery slope – should pie-eating contests be banned because overeating is unhealthy? Should there be a pollution tax on coal-fired power plants to help pay for the health problems they cause? I don’t know about pie-eating contests, but for sure coal, oil and gas companies should not be allowed to dump their waste into our air for free, leaving us to pay for worsening rates of asthma, ocean acidification and coastal erosion.
Fossil fuel companies should pay a fee for the carbon they emit. That fee would be returned to us, not kept by the government, making it revenue neutral. This fair and sensible approach is advocated by Citizens Climate Lobby. Check out their website to learn more.
Improved medical care
Would not one of the factors in the reduction of highway fatalities be the great advances in medical care, from trauma care in our hospital emergency rooms, to the greatly increased talents of our first responders, and the likes of LifeFlight of Maine? Nowhere in the Jan. 12 article, “Road deaths at 70-year low,” is there any mention or acknowledgement of the medical field.
Kudos to officer
On Jan. 7, my husband and I were returning home from Bangor after a doctor’s appointment for my husband. In the Amherst area, I hit a patch of ice and did two or more 360s in the middle of the road and ended in an embankment facing upwards.
I got out of the car and after several attempts climbed up through a foot or better of snow to get to the edge of the road. I tried to wave several cars down for help. After many attempts at attracting the attention of a driver, a young man with DISH Network stopped and helped. He called for help on his cellphone (mine would not work in that area) and stayed with us until the Maine State Police showed up. A young lady, by the name of Mary from the Calais Fire Department, loaned us a couple of blankets until the officer came.
These individuals helped get us out of the car and into the patrol car so we could get warm. Sgt. Tim Varney of the Maine State Police was the officer in charge of the situation. He represents law enforcement officers extremely well — he was very helpful, courteous and kind. He helped us get through a frustrating and scary experience. You can only hope that if you are in accident that this gentleman shows up.