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Letter: Kindness at the State House

Traveling to and from the Legislature, I have a warm feeling at Exit 17 of Interstate 93 because of the kind folk who came to my assistance when my car expired. Can such kindness help connect the dots of legislative choices? Let’s try!

Senate Bill 89 seeks to protect our loon population by prohibiting the sale of toxic lead sinkers and jigs weighing one ounce or less. There are more than 124 documented cases in loon deaths in the last two decades due to lead sinkers. With some kindness we can protect the oldest and most primitive bird which has inhabited our waters for over 20 million years and whose eerie calls add mystery and sentiment to those who celebrate wonder.

Another kindness, this for our fellow human beings, is to oppose the Senate Bill 152 which seeks to create a Casino with 5,000 slot machines. This is a costly effort to raise money for underfunded education and human services. What kindness is there to lure folk to lose money and build a glittering neon community, which promises gratification, but produces loss and increased societal costs.

Kindness may spare us the domestic human cries and ensure the continuation of the wild loon calls.



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