I hope the people of Lewiston will understand — I voted for the shoemakers. I know many Lewiston residents really wanted a casino. Sorry about that. I could not see any long-term return.
I do see a very real need for a refreshed manufacturing base in Maine. Traditional fuel prices are going to go through the roof. The public will need to be able to supply for its own needs.
In voting against the casino, I voted for farms, legalization of hemp, fiber mills, tanneries, slaughterhouses, and for people who can make shoes. Lewiston was the mecca of shoe manufacturing. The knowledge is still within area residents. The canals and rail lines can still run the engines. Shoes are important. Local wares are important.
I hope the people of Lewiston understand.
Jenny Gray, Wiscasset