Letters, July 4, 2019

Jul 04, 2019

Misinformation not helpful

In response to "Another View — Pretending It’s Not an Invasion," I checked your citations because I’d never read nor heard that asylum seekers from Central American countries had threatened terrorist acts against the U.S.

First, your reference to The Federalist is a headline, not part of the text of the article. Secondly, the text of the article cited references "suspected" terrorists apprehended by our southern neighbors before entry to the U.S. Thirdly, The Federalist has a history of defending the Republican agenda and the president — hardly an unbiased source. As for your second citation — "cis.org/Report/Courting-Disaster," you stated that 90% or more of illegal aliens never show up for their hearings, and are untraceable within the U.S. Interestingly, your cited reference states, inter alia:

“American immigration courts have the highest failure to appear rates of any courts in the country. Over the last 20 years, 37 percent of all aliens free pending trial failed to appear for their hearings (emphasis supplied).”

You failed to mention that your cited source also stated that deportation orders are issued whenever an alien fails to appear for a hearing. Quoting the chief of Border Patrol in Maine, you write that none of the aliens failing to appear are apprehended and deported. But you fail to supply any data that would support the assertion that all scofflaws escape never to be found within our borders. I would be most appreciative if you would supply the name and telephone number of the "chief" so that I might independently verify your attribution.

You are certainly entitled to your opinions, but not your own facts. Hopefully, your next rant on behalf of a group of concerned citizens who meet regularly in the Midcoast will be fact-checked by your colleagues before publication. The citing of headlines rather than text and a statement that 90% or more of illegal aliens fail to appear at their hearings when the references cited give lie to such assertions damages your credibility and that of your concerned citizens.

Yes, Mr. Ackerman, our immigration laws need to be revised, but your biased view replete with misinformation and scare tactics is not helpful to finding a non-partisan solution.

Julian Cannell

Northport

Community priorities?

Recent letters and articles in The Republican Journal are very disheartening to me. How sad in our small community that we are seeing more and more homeless youth, a soup kitchen that needs to expand, and a thank you from teachers to Hannaford's for providing healthy snacks. Meanwhile, Broadreach is closing because of bankruptcy, Three Tides is closing due to back-to-back floods from climate change, and Front Street Shipyard is the one getting a $100,000 community grant.

Where is the City Council on these local issues? Instead, I read about a counselor looking for an opponent to fight with about the fish factory, and a counselor wanting to be mayor. It is really disheartening to not focus on some of the real issues facing our community — 1 in 4 children in Waldo County with food insecurity, growing homelessness, less, not more, affordable housing.

So, Belfast, what is important to us? We need affordable housing, healthy snacks in all our schools for all our children. There is also a need for affordable healthy food for everyone, and a thank you to the Reentry farm for making such an effort!

To quote Mark Twain: "Diapers and Politicians need to be changed often: and for the very same reason." And this is for ALL upcoming elections.

Donna Short

Swanville

Bait and switch

According to a June 29 Bangor Daily News article, Whole Oceans, which plans to build a large fish farm in Bucksport, is seeking a 70% reduction in its Bucksport property taxes.  Nordic Aquafarms and the city of Belfast are selling Nordic's proposed Belfast fish farm largely on the idea that the project will generate large amounts of tax revenue for Belfast.  That being the case, will Nordic, right here and right now, commit to not seeking a property tax reduction of any size, at any time, from the city of Belfast?

It's no secret that the Nordic Aquafarms proposal has sewn considerable division in the Belfast community, but surely we can all agree that a property-tax bait and switch is not in the interests of the citizens of Belfast.

Lawrence Reichard

Belfast

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