Inevitable climate consequences

Of course, the people who bear the greatest responsibility for global warming will be dead before the worst of it hits earth. But global warming will present earth with the gravest catastrophe since the meteor hit water off the Yucatan Peninsula. Today’s willfully ignorant champions of blind corporate capitalism will not be here for the end game, but their children and grandchildren will die miserably. No amount of money in the market or the bank will protect them from the inevitable consequences of deliberate ignorance and superstition.

William Leavenworth

Searsmont

Collins’ judicial votes matter

As a sponsor of the Equality Act of 2019, Sen. Susan Collins claims to have worked against LGBT discrimination throughout her career in the Senate. Beyond this cheap attempt at her continuing campaign for redemption, the important nuance here are her recent judicial votes.

Collins confirmed Judge Allison Jones Rushing, who has a history of arguing against marriage equality, to a lifetime appointment on the Fourth Circuit. She also voted for Eric Murphy of Ohio as U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit. He defended in court Ohio’s ban on same-sex marriage, which despite his efforts, led the Supreme Court to rule in favor of marriage equality nationwide in 2015.

Lastly, although she didn’t vote for Chad Readler for the Sixth Circuit, who argued gay workers aren’t protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which bars sex discrimination in employment, she did vote to invoke cloture on his confirmation.

These judicial votes matter. Collins claims to fight against discrimination, but her votes in the judiciary is yet another example of how little concern the senator has for the safety and security of the LGBT community.

Terry Dubois

Milford

Local effects of climate change

Do you remember when Maine hunters and fishermen had never seen a tick unless they traveled south? No one in Maine had ever been sickened by a tick-borne illness? There was a Maine shrimp fishery? Clams were abundant and green crabs were only a nuisance? The ash supply for Native American basketmakers was not threatened? All New England coastal states had a lobster fishery? One hundred-year storms were really rare?

If so, you have already seen and experienced some of the local effects of climate change. It’s here, happening now and the future doesn’t look good unless Congress acts quickly and decisively to reduce the causes of climate change.

A bill that would do that, The Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, HR 763, has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives with bipartisan support. This bill is effective, good for people, good for the economy, bipartisan, and revenue neutral.

Please educate yourself about this bill then contact your representatives. Thank Chellie Pingree, she’s already a sponsor. If Jared Golden is your representative, ask him to support the bill by signing on as a sponsor. Then contact Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King and ask them to sponsor a companion bill in the Senate.

We need to do this for our children and grandchildren. Please take action.

William Lee

Waterville