2013-10-25 / Letters

Alabama’s issue could be city’s issue

To the editor:

The Waterfront Protection Ordinance vote is coming closer with claims made on both sides. Who should we trust? I offer a suggestion. Don’t believe anything the oil companies say until they have completely cleaned up their messes elsewhere. They scare you with the loss of jobs. How many jobs were lost in the Gulf due to the oil contamination that is still not cleaned up? Google (yes I am using it a verb) “Alabama tar sands spill” and see if this is the gamble you want to take for yourselves and descendants. The children of Alberta, Canada who are being sickened by the tar sand recovery are just as precious as your children. The animals that will suffer and die are just as precious as your pets. The suffering will increase many fold by noxious gases and again if there is an accident. The burning of fossil fuels is already creating havoc on our planet. Be a part of the solution, not the problem.

Don’t believe anything the oil companies say until they give you specifics. Anybody can say anything. Demand facts before taking an irrevocable step and educate yourself on energy policies and the consequences both positive and negative.

If you vote against the Waterfront Protection Ordinance and time proves you are wrong, the legacy you are responsible for is ugly. Your children and grandchildren will suffer and pay the price. Be safe, not sorry. Don’t gamble with matters of health, life and the economy.

Vote yes for the Waterfront Protection Ordinance.

Joyce A. Polyniak
Damariscotta

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