Senior System Analyst.
Sawin Millet has been a career Washington and Augusta, Republican politician since at least 1968. He hasn't had an independent thought since he was born. Paul LePage has neither the experience, temperament, or knowledge to run anything beyond a junk cart. What are these independent values that Len Greaney shares with them.
He says he wants to move the state forward after "30 years of decline". Well its true the shoe companies have disappeared along with many of the jobs in the forest products industry, but Maine's per capita income has risen faster in those 30 years than the national average. The whys are obvious. The Party Mr. Greansey is now going to support came back in power 30 years ago with the philosophy it now holds - destroy the middle class. That's you and I if you didn't notice. George Bush 41 called it voodoo economics or soak the working people. Just last week, Republicans in Washington prevented the repeal of tax incentives corporations use to move jobs overseas. Mr. LePage who has proved himself a liar, cheat, and tax evader and many of us suspect a draft dodger would continue this Republican tradition.
First, Dr. Aniel may have called Rumford "cancer valley". What I remember is Dr. Martin called it cancer valley. I also remember a "preliminary" study was done that showed an epidemic of cancer in the Rumford Valley. Not to surprisingly the sample was declared too small so the study was expanded to include up-wind towns like Andover and miraculously cancer all but disappeared. That is not to suggest that Dr. Aniel is credible. He isn't. But he should be listened to and his ideas analyzed with a critical eye.
Second, to Commonsense a "special interest" is anyone he disagrees with. To me a special interest is one that will financially gain by lobbying for some governmental action. That fits First Wind not private citizens. Private citizens are protecting their property rights.
Third, when someone proposes a significant change like building a new industrial plant, they are responsible to prove that either no harm will be done or that the affected people are compensated for the harm done. We have heard nothing from First Wind and others. They haven't participated in meetings. They haven't offered any answers. They have not shown that their actions are safe. Only vague claims of wonderful tax cuts (bribes) cross their lips and even less specific "its only noise".
Until we have scientifically valid answers and proof that these industrial wind farms are perfectly safe, the only sane vote is NO on November 2nd.
Too bad that some people are this ignorant. LePage as Major of Waterville had a ceremonial position. He's an expert in one thing only - Marden's. He expressed his ignorance on road repair by answering a reporters question about the backlog of road repairs by saying that the problems were solely caused by "bloated bureaucracy". The bloated bureaucracy disappeared years ago with the Republican recession.