Letters, Dec. 10

Dec 10, 2020

BLM protesters move

At the request of city officials, the Black Lives Matter protest from the corner of High and Main streets in Belfast on Sunday, noon to 12:30 p.m., has agreed to temporarily move to Post Office Square, because of the tension and unsafe presence of a group of anti-mask protesters who have insisted on coming to the corner at the same time for the past two weeks. The folks in this group refuse to wear masks or consider social distancing, have refused our requests to go across the street to another corner, and refused to consider moving when asked by the same city officials.

The BLM group is doing so for the following reasons: 1) to keep those showing up for BLM healthy and safe, since the other group is not wearing masks or maintaining social distance; 2) to avoid confusing passersby about our message and intent; and 3) to avoid negatively impacting local businesses, which are already struggling during this pandemic.

While the City Council and the Belfast Police support this move and I, too, want to reduce tensions on the corner for the reasons noted, we are not the ones who should be moving — what this means is that we are all having to give in to bullying, and the issues that this brings up are much bigger than Belfast.

Bullying and a disregard for our common welfare seem to be ramping up as we see an administration that is still refusing to acknowledge both the surging pandemic and election results that have repeatedly been shown to be fair and clean. I am talking about the risk to our democracy here — both in Belfast and the nation.

Meredith Bruskin

Swanville

Nordic plan poses risks to native species

If Nordic Aquafarms has its way, we run the risk of having no wild Atlantic salmon. All that needs to happen is for a virus from distant waters to be introduced in the feed, and we get a virgin soil epidemic in our native salmon stock. That could conceivably annihilate every fish species in Penobscot Bay.

Moreover, if Nordic's plans are so economically sound, why aren't they building their fish factory in Norway? And why are they registered in Delaware, where they are sheltered from at least some Maine taxes?

As their project goes now, the factory will be defunct within the lifetimes of its youngest first employees, and Belfast will have to spend all of the tax money paid over the factory's lifetime to get rid of the mess, after which it will take at least a century to recover the two ponds and their surrounding woodlands. How can Belfast's leading politicians be so gullible?

William Burgess Leavenworth

Searsmont

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