Conservation area is what Belfast needs

I’m writing to remind readers of some points which haven’t been clearly articulated in the flurry of news around the proposed “Oceanfront Park” in Belfast. The Harriet L. Hartley Conservation Area is already open to the public. People are welcome to come and enjoy the intertidal zone and the Bay. Do we need another city park for which Belfast residents would be paying taxes?

Also, let’s not forget that the “gift” of the land by Nordic comes with strings attached. “The company that wants to build a $500 million land-based salmon farm in Waldo County will give a shorefront property to the city of Belfast in exchange for a permanent easement that will allow the company to bring its intake and outflow pipes to Penobscot Bay.”  (Bangor Daily News, July 10)

Ownership of the intertidal land is still being decided in court.  The city as of this writing cannot provide any easement at all.

And of course there is the issue all area residents and visitors must consider:  Would a city park right near an outflow effluent pipe be conducive to rest, ease and relaxation?

Deborah Capwell

Belfast

 Open letter to Waldo County Commissioners

Regarding the recent citizen’s request to make Waldo County a Second Amendment sanctuary, I am writing today to express my strong disapproval of any such idea  — as unnecessary and potentially unlawful.

The last thing we need to do is glorify gun ownership, given the high incidence of accidents and crimes committed with guns in our society. The laws around gun ownership speak for themselves, are subject to change, and neither need nor deserve any superfluous, extra-legal shoring up, such as that recently suggested to you.

I know I speak for many of my fellow citizens in asking that you disregard such a request.

Diane Oltarzewski

Belfast

Fortunate to have Collins

With the support of Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, this could be a big year for infrastructure in Searsport. Recently, Sen. Collins, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, submitted directed spending requests to fund much-needed reconstruction on Route 1 ($9.2 million) and maintenance dredging in the port of Searsport ($1.65 million).

She also recently visited the two sites with Maine DOT Commissioner Bruce Van Note and Searsport Town Manager James Gillway to gain a deeper understanding of how these two projects are crucial for area residents, visitors and businesses. Revitalizing the Searsport village area of Route 1 will greatly benefit our community, which serves as a hub for tourists on their way to Acadia National Park each year. Additionally, the port of Searsport is one of Maine’s three major seaports. This funding will help ensure that Mack Point remains viable after maintenance dredging has been postponed for more than 12 years now.

We are so fortunate to have Sen. Collins going to bat for small towns like Searsport in Washington. Please join me in thanking her for supporting our community.

Mike Thibodeau
Winterport

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