Sunday, May 19, 2013
Morning Sentinel Staff
At a meeting for candidates in Hartland, I asked Sen. Doug Thomas, R-Ripley, why he scored lowest in the Senate on the environmental scorecard of the independent group Maine Conservation Voters. For example, LD 852, Land for Maine's Future, a $5 million bond issue that helps protect working farms, forests and waterfronts, enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support. Thomas was one of only six senators out of 36 who voted against the bill. His reason was money, he said.
It seems a no-brainer that this $5 million would be a wonderful gift to future Mainers that otherwise are mostly inheriting problems from our generation.
This is a vision for the future that I share, apparently, with the overwhelming majority of the voters and state representatives and senators. Other exceptions, in addition to Thomas, are Debra Plowman, R-Hampden, and Ray Wallace, R-Dexter, who had the dubious distinction of a flat zero on the scorecard.
Wallace was even OK with bisphenol-A in baby bottles, although it "might cause some women to grow little beards."
This kind of extremism cannot help us overcome the Great Divide. Let's elect people who can talk and listen to and reason with fellow Americans of differing opinions.