October 1, 2008
The editorial "Poland Spring paradox" (Sept. 23) was deeply disappointing. While claiming to provide a balanced perspective on a difficult issue, the piece was actually a thinly-veiled defense of Nestle Waters/Poland Spring's operations in Maine.
Concern for Maine's groundwater is not the non-issue the editorial asserts. Absent adequate protection at the state level, citizens in one town after another are organizing locally to protect their water from this foreign-owned company. Nestle Waters/Poland Spring repeatedly states that the company will not go where it is not wanted, yet continues to extend its reach without regard for local community sentiment.
Nestle Waters/Poland Spring treats Maine's groundwater not as a vital public resource, but as a private cash cow.
Maine deserves better.
The battle to safeguard our groundwater now moves to the Maine Legislature.Cathryn L. Thorup, Sandy River Plantation
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