2016-02-19 / Letters

Conservative option is to retain status quo

To the editor:

Passions are running high regarding dam removal. Apparently there are legitimate concerns and points to be made on both sides. One of the many reasons my family moved to Maine was to get away from the low, caustic level of political discourse where we were living.

Emotions here are just as intense, but civility is more evident and I would hope that this complicated discussion will refrain from half truths, misleading information and personal attacks.

John Burrows’ letter was informative and well crafted, but I have no idea as to how accurate it is, so I will retire to the boonies of the Port and stop this letter writing. However, one paragraph in Burrows’ letter that I did not understand was the one about diverse organizations favoring the dams’ removal. He writes, “.... agencies like the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service don’t support initiatives that destroy the environment.”

Well,keeping the dams is not an“initiative” that “will destroy the environment” while removing them might. Whatever changes there took place a long time ago, when the dams were first built. Over the decades since, a new and seemingly healthy ecosystem has evolved. During those years, the weather, topography, rainfall, human population, manufacturing, etc., have all changed while the dams’ influence on the area has not.

As both sides have reasonable positions, the conservative thing to do is to keep the status quo, which seems to be working quite well rather than introducing “an initiative” which might “destroy the environment.”

Lou Miller
Kennebunkport

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