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Maine Compass: Step back from brink of nuclear annihilation

World leaders should focus on how to use diplomacy, not threats of nuclear annihilation, in addressing the dark path begun 73 years ago. Recent events have brought into focus the merits and liabilities of a national security policy built on the threat to kill millions of innocent civilians with nuclear weapons. While in South Korea, …

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Be wary of fighting ticks with pesticides, consider alternatives

Chemicals can be as troubling as the threatening insects because both are linked to disease and illness. The recently released results of a Critical Insights poll show that over 80 percent of voters in Maine are concerned about the increased spread of insect-borne diseases like Lyme related to our changing climate. If folks haven’t been outdoors much …

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Scarborough lawmakers should back solar bill

The Forecaster Letter to the editor from Mark Follansbee on a proposed law that would protect Maine’s solar industry. “New rules, which will be implemented in just a few months, impose an additional fee for using energy that homeowners generate themselves. This undermines the economic incentives for residential-scale solar installations and, in turn, threatens an …

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Pass legislation to protect community solar projects in Maine

Portland Press Herald Letter to the editor from Mark Follansbee on a proposed bill to protect Maine’s growing solar industry from new fees. “New rules that will be implemented in just a few months impose an additional fee for using energy that homeowners generate themselves. This undermines the economic incentives for residential-scale solar installations, and, …

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Trump’s EPA cuts are a threat to clean water

Bangor Daily News Op-ed by physician Janis Petzel on the repeal of the Clean Water Rule and proposed cuts to EPA’s budget. “Weakening clean water protections harms Maine and its people. A healthy environment leads to better health from a medical perspective, but it is also the basis for a healthy economy. Maine depends on …

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We can pull ourselves back from the brink of nuclear war

Bangor Daily News Op-ed from Peter Wilk, MD and Constance Jordan, MSN, ANP, PMHNP on what we can do to prevent nuclear war. “Mainers are joining in the urgent effort to lead us back from the brink of nuclear catastrophe. A growing group of Maine health professional and religious organizations, including the Maine Council of …

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Our View: Nuclear threat brings world closer to ‘midnight’

There’s been too much reckless talk about the unthinkable: first-strike use of nuclear weapons. On Sunday, the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons will receive the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize for drawing attention to the “catastrophic humanitarian consequences of any use of nuclear weapons.” The award comes not only as the United States is perhaps as close …

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Help firefighters by nixing chemicals

Morning Sentinal June 28, 2017 Letter to the editor by Sally Melcher-McKeagney, RN, PSR Maine member. “The only way to reduce exposures to our families and firefighters is to avoid the toxic chemicals completely. Flame retardants in upholstered furniture have no life safety benefit, make fires more dangerous, according to experts, and no state in …

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