Letters, Feb. 6

Feb 06, 2020

Literally in my backyard

There’s a phrase, “Be careful what you ask for, you might get it.”

The people who are opposed to the establishment of Nordic Aquafarms should think a bit farther down the road about what would happen if they are successful in stopping this project.

If Nordic doesn’t build this agricultural project, the amount of money that would be going to the Belfast Water District, and the property taxes that would be going to the city of Belfast, will not exist.

Then when the Water District tells the citizens that they need to upgrade their pipe infrastructure and that the water bills will increase, most people will be annoyed.

And when the City Council tells us that property taxes must be increased because they need various projects done that will cost large sums of money, everyone will be annoyed.

But the outrage will not be just focused toward the district and the council; the outrage will be focused on the people who fought the project. They may become pariahs in the community and persona non grata for costing everyone more money to live here. A lawsuit has already cost the taxpayers money.

Most people will forget who supported this project, but they will never forget who opposed it and cost them money.

I have personally worked in fisheries and aquaculture for 40 years and feel that the process Nordic is undertaking to make sure that the farm is operating in an environmentally sound manner is proper and fulfilling all of the parameters that the state and federal government require. It will be a strong economic driver for this city. I support it. And I might add that this construction is literally in my backyard.

Gef Flimlin


Signs misleading

Driving around the city I have noticed signs popping up like weeds urging us to "Reject Big Pharma." It appears a reasonable suggestion on its face — who likes big drug companies anyhow? But wait — most signs advocating some action or another, including political signs, are a bit misleading and this one is no exception.

You see, the reason for these signs is something called a "Peoples Veto." An effort to overturn a law that eliminates nonmedical exemptions for required school vaccinations. According to the Bangor Daily News, 6.2% of kindergartners opted out of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine during the 2018-19 school year, mostly for nonmedical reasons. I say, reject this "Peoples Veto." Vote NO for the children.

Richard F. Dinsmore


Concerned about 'medical tyranny'

As a young taxpaying Mainer, I am very concerned over the ramifications of LD 798, which is a bill that was signed into law last year against overwhelming opposition. This law will require all children, from daycare to college, whether they are enrolled in public, private, parochial or online schooling, to receive 16 doses of vaccines to access an equal education in our state.

How will this law affect our unemployment rate if parents cannot send their children to school and do not have the ability to homeschool? Many are unaware that this law will also require adults who want to go back to school to receive all necessary vaccinations. How many students who would have considered attending one of our universities will instead choose another state that has more freedom of medical choice?

This law will also affect health care and daycare workers and their right to medical freedom. How many young families will be leaving, and how will this affect any families that were looking to migrate here? I own and operate two small, local businesses and volunteer for a number of local nonprofits. I will be leaving this state if this law is affirmed and taking my tax money with me.

This law is a violation of our civil rights, as well as gross governmental overreach. My parental rights mean more to me than staying in this state that I love so much. Allowing the government to make medical mandates and violate our rights as citizens is a very slippery slope and should not be taken lightly.

It’s important to strip this issue down to the fact that this law is the mandating of pharmaceutical products with known risks — products that generate a huge profit for the same industry that caused the opioid crisis that cost us so many lives.

Many still think this law is just about vaccination, but in truth it is more about the right to medical freedom versus submitting to medical tyranny. In addition, Maine cannot afford the mass exodus of young families, or the loss of nurses, as we are already in short supply of both.

Fellow Mainers, please think past your opinions on vaccination to look at the long-term effects that laws like this one will have on our great state, and remember to vote Yes on Question 1.

Kaleigh Van der Swaagh


Big Pharma's agenda

(Regarding the letter from Trudy Miller in the Jan. 30 Republican Journal, "What's Big Pharma got to do with it?"), Trudy, you are correct. This bill is not about their pricing policies; that is dealt with elsewhere. This is about something even worse than that; Big Pharma's global mandate to force a full slate of vaccines on every child in the world, state-by-state, country by country.

If you believe our state spontaneously noticed that we were about to have another fatal measles pandemic, and acted heroically in our defense, you missed how it really happened. Look at what's also happening in California, New Jersey, New York, and many foreign countries. Legislators are being professionally manipulated, and when they obtain a one-vote majority, a vote is called. They present NO scientific data for any of their points. (There isn't any.)

At the hearing for LD 798, the head of the Maine CDC stood up and testified that "vaccines are safe and effective." He advised the Legislature that "no, the CDC doesn't collect data on vaccine injuries, because we know it doesn't happen." Then the director of the Barbara Bush Children's Center stood up and announced that "no vaccine injury cases had ever been seen there." REALLY? This is what Yes on 1 is really about! We need honesty, we need accountability, we need liability for the industry, we need control over our health care choices, we need the right to informed consent, we need safe and effective strategies for protecting the health of our communities. Vote yes on one!

Jamie Huntsberger


Concerned about keeping children healthy

I’d like to share why nurses and health care workers are encouraging our fellow Mainers to vote No on Question 1 on March 3. Voting No on Question 1 will protect school-aged children from contracting deadly illnesses that are preventable with immunization. Whooping cough and measles are making comebacks in our country because of the low vaccination rate. There are areas in Maine where herd immunity for these diseases is compromised, putting the most vulnerable children at the greatest risk.

As a nurse, I worry about my patients — the school-aged children who cannot get vaccinated yet because they are undergoing treatment for cancer, or healthy newborns who are not finished receiving the proper course of vaccinations. Because Maine has the nation’s highest number of whooping cough outbreaks, I now advise parents to not bring their newborns out in public until they can be vaccinated. The law passed last spring is safe and commonsense. It will make our schools safe for all children by requiring vaccination against some of history’s worst diseases.

It’s frightening to see illnesses that we thought we’d never see again affect innocent people. These outbreaks demonstrate that we all share responsibility for community immunity. When our public spaces and schools become too risky for kids and fragile community members, we must take action. As one of the many nurses who will be going to vote next month, I urge you to join us in protecting Maine’s children. Vote No on Question 1 on March 3.

Elissa Bate


Moral obligation

I am deeply disappointed Trump will not be removed from office. I have never belonged to a political party, I do not believe in them, so this is not simply Democratic propaganda. I have voted for Cohen, Snowe and Collins, and revere Sens. Margaret Chase Smith and Cohen for taking a stand against bigotry and unlawful behavior, even if it meant confronting the powerful within their own party.

Trump politicized his unlawful behavior, making it appear Democrats against Republicans, and the Republicans cowered and complied. All during the mock trial, both sides spoke of the Constitution, but the Constitution is not the document upon which this nation was formed. This country was formed on a Moral Declaration, and this should never be forgotten: that we are all created equal and endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights. These are universal rights, innately ours; they cannot be given to us, for we are born with them, they can only be robbed from us.

We have struggled to affirm these rights for over two hundred years. They are our nation's promise and the ethical responsibility of those who lead it. Trump has violated these “truths.” I am not speaking merely of the Ukrainian ordeal, I am speaking of his repeated attacks on humanity's most basic rights; he has attacked the press while lying to us on national TV. He has attacked and debased both women and U.S. citizens of Mexican ancestry. He has condoned White Supremacy while calling our predominantly black Caribbean neighbors s-----hole nations. He demonized refugees, taking their children, placing them in something resembling prison camps.

He removed the troops that kept Turkey from invading the Kurds and gave the Turks the green light to commit atrocity. His rhetoric incites fanatics to commit hate crimes. How far do we go in letting him trash our common humanity? He declares he is going to make America great again, but without an ethical base, he sounds more like Mussolini or Hitler.

The Senate has shirked its responsibility. It falls upon us. This is not a political issue; it is an ethical reality. It is our unequivocal, moral obligation to vote him out of office in November.

Mike Beaudry


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