Thank you

Teresa Cail and all of her family would like to thank the Freedom Grange for her benefit supper; it was so much appreciated by all of us. It's been a long, hard road.

Special thanks to Sue Greeley for getting it together and all of the Grange people who helped. Thanks for all of your thoughts and prayers.



Mom and Dad, children and sisters

Why should we pay?

Central Maine Power Co. is appearing before a legislative committee today in an attempt to recoup losses incurred during the windstorm that left 500,000 Mainers without power for up to nine days.

Concurrently, the Public Utilities Commission gave them an 18-percent rate increase. During the last billing cycle our bills more than doubled.

A rep from the PUC told me they've received an "unprecedented" number of complaints due to spiked bills. We are trying to figure out where to turn re: our enormous bills and now CMP is trying to stick us with the costs related to the storm.

What is the purpose of CMP except to keep the grid safe and secure? If they had done their part before the storm, we could have been spared the week-plus without power. Why should we have to pay for their failures?

Nancy Sosman


Facing facts in D.C.

This past Super Bowl weekend the president decided to drop the nomination of Kathryn Hartnett White to head up the Council of Environmental Quality (which oversees all environmental information that reaches the White House). He did so because the votes weren’t there.

Mr. Trump dreaded risking defeat in the Senate, but he hadn’t minded choosing someone who had no science background, had worked for fossil fuel companies, had called prior climate policy “deluded and illegitimate” and had no knowledge that the ocean traps greenhouse gases which heat the ocean, causing warmer water to expand.

She has said that renewable energy is “parasitic” and that global warming information represents “a creed, a faith, a dogma that has little to do with science and that science shouldn’t dictate policy in democracies.” Mr. Trump supported those claims. It was the votes he was worried about.

To the extent that any of our candidates here in Maine choose to minimize, lie, or even ridicule any and all proven science about climate change, their campaigns should be put on notice — this pattern of deception must be stopped.

That goes for our current legislators as well. There’s nothing partisan about the need to respect and accept reality.

Beverly Roxby