Protect nation's water resources

In the article “Nestle: Maine tough state to do business” (July 16), Nestle CEO Kim Jeffery laments that Maine is making it difficult for Nestle to operate here, with several pieces of legislation “to tax us or limit our development as a company.” But as Rep. John Hinck pointed out, Nestle is exaggerating about the harm that such a small tax would impose on the company.

Maine taxpayers invest a lot to protect natural resources. Why shouldn’t Nestle as well?

The reality is that Nestle’s benefits to communities where it mines water are dubious, and community organizations throughout Maine have leveled resistance — and in many cases successfully rebuffed — its attempts to make a commodity out of a public resource.

There should be an even greater tax — one-cent per ounce — on all water-based beverages nationally to help fund the nation's deteriorating water infrastructure. According to a recent poll we conducted with Lake Research Partners, 63 percent of voters surveyed said they favored the tax.

The bottled-beverage industry is a major user and abuser of the nation’s water. It’s time it did its part and cleaned up the water from which the industry profits.

Nisha Swinton, Portland

Organizer, Food and Water Watch

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Truth, you are attempting to

Truth, you are attempting to reason with a liberal. That is akin to trying to pick up a turd by the clean end.

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Guess what? I haven't had any

Guess what? I haven't had any problems with my well water and as I stated before, it's from the same aquifer than Poland Spring. I drink my water right out of the tap from the well - no filters. So I would not hesitate to buy (don't have to) the bottles in my local Hannaford.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Yeah, save the planet from

Yeah, save the planet from the idiots that want to save it. Never mind that it's been saving itself for millions of years. Now, a bunch of left wing loonies are gonna save it. Quit drinking the Kool-Aid and drink some cool natural Poland Spring bottled water.

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yes it does kill fish

Actually it was Auburn tap water. Don't know if this is much different from Lewiston. We had to replace my daughters goldfish and use bottled water instead. Now that I live in Poland, I put just plain unfiltered well water in my aquarium and it’s just fine.
Grady, do you want to put a tax on my well also and control it, since it's from the same aquifer as Poland Spring? Enjoy your tap water - maybe you had too much of it.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I bet you'll be real pleased

I bet you'll be real pleased when they pull out of Maine because of people with attitudes similar to yours, and throw a couple of hundred people out into the streets without jobs.
You'll feel really good then, because YOU will have won, eh?

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My favorite quote -

from the Kim Jeffery article was "We don't take more than Mother Nature gives us." Not being sustainable would not be logical, Jeffery said, because IT WOULD PUT THEM OUT OF BUSINESS. His concern is being put out of business -- not depleting aquifers, collapsing neighboring wells, harming sensitive ecosystems. And he certainly doesn't care about the impact of increased truck traffic on rural roads and all the petroleum that goes into the manufacture of the billions of bottles (80% of which don't get recycled). All Mr. Jeffery cares about is the bottom line for Nestle's shareholders and for himself.

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