Eddington, great little town

I want to thank the residents of Eddington who turned out in September to vote in favor of keeping Joan Brooks as a selectwoman in the recall vote. She has been a valuable asset to the town. The whole ordeal has been a grave injustice to a woman that has given so much to the town.

Earlier this year, there was a special town meeting to vote on a mineral extraction ordinance. These same people put up signs saying, “Stop the Quarry,” vote yes. Voters thought they were voting to stop the quarry when instead they voted for an ordinance that was much more restrictive than the state’s or any other town’s ordinance.

We are a little town of Eddington, not Boston or Portland. This is all so wrong and they got away with it. This great town is heading in the wrong direction. As a longtime resident, I feel that other residents may not be aware of what is happening. I hope this will clear up a few facts for everyone.

Eddington should be a business-friendly town but instead it is driving people away. Business will bring in more tax revenue. My husband has been to a number of towns in the area and found them to be bending over backwards to attract business. The path this town is taking is going in the wrong direction. Our voices need to be heard. We need to get our little town back to being a great little town again.

Pamela Chapman


Windmills a bad deal

Adam Gavel’s Nov. 5 BDN letter to the editor implies that a wind power company with lots of money employs his environmental consulting group. I suspect Gravel’s group was asked to write this letter to keep their jobs.

As a wildlife biologist for more than 55 years, I have worked on many wildlife projects across the country with many of the wildlifers around. I have been involved with environmental consultants and have too often found them to be lacking in wildlife knowledge and in common sense.

Environmental assessments from consulting groups that I have seen regarding windmills and wildlife have been on too short a timeframe with inadequate data.

Windmills are destructive to wildlife, especially birds, and the scenic beauty of Maine and will not reduce the cost of electricity. Across America it has been recorded that windmills have killed dozens of bald and golden eagles, with no penalties levied on the windmill companies. If a private citizen killed an eagle, he would be penalized thousands of dollars and face jail time.

Windmill companies are too buddy-buddy with the politicians. Windmills will line the pockets of windmill companies with no financial return to Maine residents. TIF monies from windmill companies should be returned to residents and schools, not to the businesses.

Fred Hartman


Student loan oversight

On Thursday, Maine’s Legislative Council will consider appeals on two bills addressing the issues raised in the BDN’s Nov. 16 article, “Education company settles suit, will forgive some loans,” for consideration in the upcoming second session of the 127th Maine Legislature.

The Student Loan Borrowers Bill of Rights would create a student loan ombudsman position to represent the interests of Maine students, like those allegedly defrauded by Education Management Corporation. The Maine Tuition Integrity Act would protect taxpayer dollars by making sure that student loans and grants meant to pay for education are in fact going to fund education, not advertising and CEO salaries. Federal and state overseers of for-profit schools have chronically failed to protect students from the worst-performing institutions. Maine, through these bills, would have the tools needed to ensure that our students are receiving the education for which they and the state’s taxpayers paid.

For Maine’s economy to grow and prosper and for Maine workers to realize their full potential and secure livelihoods to support them and their families, post-secondary education is the gateway. Addressing student loan fraud and abuse through these bills will remove an unnecessary and harmful barrier toward this goal. We urge the Legislative Council to approve them for consideration in 2016.

Jody Harris

Associate director

Maine Center for Economic Policy