Northeast Clean Energy Council is not a threat to the environment

Opponents of the Northeast Clean Energy Council want you to believe the project is a threat to Maine’s environment. I love our environment, and I researched how such a “damaging” project was permitted? After looking at the facts, it became clear.

The Northeast Clean Energy Council comes with a modest footprint. The majority of new lines will run alongside existing lines while the remaining 54 miles will occupy a strip in an active logging area.

The real threat to Maine’s environment is climate change, caused by our dependence on fossil fuels.

By importing clean, renewable hydropower, the Northeast Clean Energy Council will reduce carbon emissions in the region by 3 million metric tons every year. The Northeast Clean Energy Council will connect 1,200 megawatts of renewable hydropower to consumers, thus giving the region a feasible way to shift away from fossil fuels. Reducing greenhouse gases and increasing renewable energy is a key step towards leaving a healthy planet for future generations.

Like many, my experience with certain utilities hasn’t always been pleasant, but we should give credit where credit is due. When the Northeast Clean Energy Council was proposed they worked with our state’s regulatory agency to adjust the project path and protected environmentally sensitive areas.

Isn’t this what we would want from those who develop the infrastructure we all rely on? Isn’t this why they were issued a permit the November ballot questions aims to take away, retroactively and after construction has started?

Say NO to climate change and the companies that profit from it by voting NO on Question 1.

Gwen Hendry

Washington

Thank you to the City Council, Luttrell and Glaser

I would like to commend City Manager Tom Luttrell, Mayor Ed Glaser and the City Council for their consideration of the neighbors’ objections to the proposed “Park and Ride ‘ lot on Rockland St., and the subsequent rejection of this project at the special Council meeting Sept. 27.

Everyone seemed to be in agreement that the State D.O.T.’s plans for a large parking lot was a bad fit for the surrounding residential neighborhood. I and many of the neighbors are gratified and relieved to have this idea off the table, and look forward to the city’s pursuit of federal grant money to properly remediate the site.

Thanks to all involved.

Dan Dalrymple

Rockland

The state of menstruation

The State of Maine began taxing menstrual products in 1954. Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, menstruating Mainers will no longer be taxed when purchasing period pads, tampons, menstrual cups, panty liners and “other similar tangible personal property designed for feminine hygiene in connection with the human menstrual cycle.”

Sixty-seven years of financial gain from girls, women and trans folks having periods is a long time and represents many millions of dollars in Maine revenue. It took fearless legislators and advocates working unrelentingly for years before Maine became the 23rd state that does not tax menstrual products.

We are pleased with this progress. There is still work for us all.

One Less Worry, a Knox County nonprofit that ensures area menstruators have period products they require, is working to untangle issues of cultural unease regarding women and girl’s bodies, and menstruation. We want menstruators to own, understand and be at ease with menstruation and for their families, schools and communities to support them by actively normalizing periods.

This looks like menstrual products in all bathrooms.

This sounds like words such as period, menstruation, pads, tampons and menstrual cups rather than code words that imply menstruation is unhygienic and limiting.

This feels like periods are normal, even for people who do not have them.

Executive Director Sharon Hobson

One Less Worry

I support Kalloch for City Council

I met Nicole Kalloch this summer while volunteering at a local fundraiser. We were struggling to set up a tent in the blazing hot sun with instructions, we later discovered to be the wrong ones! She was great to work with under the challenging situation.

When a bunch of people randomly have to work together, its always interesting to observe the group dynamics. Nicole was cool under pressure and communicated clearly with all group members with a sense of purpose.

For a while, I felt my temper flaring and she cracked a little joke at just the right moment. When I heard she was running for Rockland City Council, I was pleased and hope she wins.

Nicole Kalloch can work with others and plays nice, too! It is impressive that she is a 2010 Maine Maritime Academy graduate and the project manager for a successful local company. I sure hope all the good people of Rockland vote for Nicole Kalloch for City Council.

Early voting started already, so you can cast your ballot today at Rockland Town Hall.

Kerin Resch

Warren

Kalloch is a good fit for City Council

To whom this may concern, this letter is in support of Nicole Kalloch running for City Council.

I’ve known Nicole for a number of years. Back to her high school days, where I was her varsity softball coach for two years. When she was a senior, I asked the team if any of them were interested in being a captain to write me a note why they thought they should be considered to be a captain. I still have the note she wrote:

“I would like to be a captain this year because I think that I have the leadership abilities and skills that a captain needs. I take this game very seriously and I think that I would motivate the team to make it to the playoffs this year. I have the experience from being the captain of the field hockey team. I also plan to play at Maine Maritime Academy next year. I lead by example, I try my hardest at practice and games. I work hard at making myself a better softball player.”

She was chosen as a tri-captain that year for our team. I was very impressed with her note and her work ethic on and off the field. In my opinion, she would make a very strong candidate for Rockland City Council.

Clyde Pendleton

Rockland

Do not split the town of Owls Head

In the interest of political expediency, our Midcoast/Knox County state legislators let down residents and taxpayers of Owls Head by voting in favor of splitting our town into two separate house legislative districts.

During the recent reapportionment effort to right-size Maine’s two congressional districts based on the 2020 census, our state legislative and county districts are also impacted. For Owls Head, the result is negative.

Every 10 years, following that decade’s census, a bipartisan reapportionment commission consisting of seasoned current and former state senators and representatives, all appointed by state party leadership, are tasked with the responsibility to develop maps intended to equalize the number of voters in each district. The 14 commission members receive services and advice in the process from a couple of deeply entrenched party operatives. This year, the commission was chaired by a retired Maine Supreme Court judge.

Suffice it to say that a big part of the process includes the measure of Democrats and Republicans in each municipality identified from recent elections and voter registrations. The commission partisans then negotiate with their opposites to redraw the boundaries to try to favor their respective advantage.

The unflattering term for this process is gerrymandering.

Once the commission fulfilled their mission, the issue goes before the full house and senate. In order for the proposed reapportionment to go into effect, the two legislative bodies must accept the maps with a two-thirds majority. If the legislature does not accept the new maps, the matter would go to court for settlement.

In my many written communications to our elected Knox County legislators over several days preceding the vote in Augusta Sept. 29, I tried to persuade them to stand in opposition to the proposed maps that would result in Owls Head becoming the only municipality in Knox County to be split in two.

Our sitting state senator offered a perfunctory amendment from the floor to keep Owls Head whole. His effort failed. When it did, he along with his colleagues in the entire Knox County delegation of the house, fell into line and voted in favor of dividing the town into a pair of unequal parts.

For the next 10 years, the outcome of the vote by our state legislators to divide Owls Head will cause voter confusion and discontent, extra work for town staff and elections volunteers, and unnecessary expenses for the town.

Gordon Page Sr.

Owls Head

Marcel LaCasse Memorial Golf Tournament was a huge success

Rockland Rotary members would like to thank the Samoset Resort pro shop employees and all following sponsors for generous contributions and support in making our annual Marcel LaCasse Memorial Golf Tournament held at the Samoset Resort a successful event. All proceeds from this fundraiser go to scholarships for local high school seniors, to assist them in furthering their education.

PAR Sponsors include J. Edward Knight; Patrons Oxford Insurance; Carrot Top Corp.; O’Hara Corp. Horch Roofing; E.L. Spear; Prock Marine Co.; RFB Advertising LLC; Park Street Cleaners; Hamilton Marine Inc.; Eastern Tire; Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; Mid Coast Credit Union; Knight Marine Service; Carroll Harper & Assoc., LTC; and South End Grocery.

BIRDIE Sponsors include Rockland Ford; Mr. Tire; Trades Winds Inn; E.L. Spear Incorporated; Prock Marine; Allen Insurance & Financial; Mount Pleasant Dental Care; MMG Insurance Co.; Maritime Energy; Glen Cove Dental Associates, PA; Kangas & Kangas CPA; REMAX-Jaret & Cohn; Machias Bank; Fisher Engineering; Pen Bay YMCA; J. Edward Knight & Co.; Patrons Oxford Insurance; Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home; Adreth Radcliff; Bangor Savings Bank; First National Bank; Edward Jones Investments; and Seacoast Security.

Eagle Sponsors include Allen Insurance Financial; Dead River Company; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Edward Jones Investments; Morgan Stanley; and O’Hara Corporation.

Double Eagle Sponsors include Ameriprise Financial, Bay View Financial Management; First National Bank; Acadia Insurance; Dead River Company; Mid-Coast Federal Credit Union; and Edward Jones Investments.

Rotary President Ferolyn Curtis

Rockland

Question 1 is about the Northeast Clean Energy Council

Unless you live in a cave, you likely either saw, heard or read the carpet-bombing ad campaign that CMP and it’s hopeful partner, Hydro Quebec, unleashed upon us all over the last year, about how the Northeast Clean Energy Council was going to save our planet from climate change.

What you may not have noticed, is that those ads stopped in favor of a new approach. The opposition researchers that now were planted throughout the state (including in our community), likely saw their “green” ad campaign was not swaying the smartly skeptical voters who are paying attention to the issue.

Instead, we are now being inundated with a different message from Mainers for Fair Laws, a political action committee that was created by the same nefarious players to confuse and distract you from what Question 1 is really about.

So, let’s get this straight: Question 1 is about the Northeast Clean Energy Council, plain and simple.

In 1993, Article 9 Section 23 amended our State constitution to say our public lands could not be substantially altered for any purpose without first passing with a 2/3 majority vote by our legislature.

During the permitting process for the Northeast Clean Energy Council, which crosses a significant section of public lands in western Maine, both LePage and Mills administrations facilitated the violation of that constitutional amendment in order to fast track the permit, saying the 100-foot-tall poles and connecting powerlines would not substantially alter this wilderness area.

Anyone who has been to this area and enjoyed what the wilderness offers will know this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Mainers for Fair Laws is trying their best to capitalize on the unsettled political climate of our time by saying Question 1 is unconstitutional and creates retroactive laws that we should all fear for some reason.

The truth is, we wouldn’t be having this conversation if the State constitution was followed in the first place. If you close out the noise for a moment and actually read Question 1, you will see that unless you happen to be building “high impact transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region,” you have nothing to worry about. It has to be retroactive, because CMP started construction knowing full well their project would be challenged.

CMP and Hydro Quebec are banking on the fact they can confuse Mainers into believing this is something that it isn’t. Let’s prove them wrong.

Vote Yes on Question 1 to stop the CMP Corridor.

Tom Edge

Camden

Only in Maine

After being “away” for quite some time, we recently spent a week in the Rockland area.

On a beautiful day, we stopped at Archer’s for lunch. My companion accidentally dropped her wallet out of her purse when getting out of the car. One of Maine’s great citizens picked it up and turned it in to the hostess.

The staff at Archers promptly surveyed the restaurant and caught us going out the door! The wallet was intact and we had a great lunch. Thank you, Maine!

Sam Giustra

Omaha, Nebraska