DEAR SUN SPOTS: Keys were found in the parking lot at the VFW Hall in South Paris on Friday, Sept. 24. This key ring also contains a Rite-Aid key tag and a birthday/horoscope key tag. If you’ve lost your keys and were at the VFW, please call 890-8176 to identify them. — Rich, no town

ANSWER: Like I always say, I encourage everyone who has lost or found something to write to Sun Spots!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: You asked to receive information about my request for a 1965 Edward Little class ring (Sept. 23 Sun Spots). I’m pleased to say I found what I was looking for and have arranged for the woman to send it to me. This ring is for my sister who lost her Edward Little statue on the ring. She will be very pleased to get a new one. — Carol, no town

ANSWER: Excellent!

DEAR SUN SPOTS: Why are they talking about two Question 1s on the November ballot? — Peter, no town

ANSWER: Here is the explanation of Question 1 from News Center Maine. I hope it helps.

When Mainers receive their ballots in November, Question 1 will read: “Do you want to ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?”

The referendum question was initiated by citizens, who collected more than 80,000 signatures, sending the law proposal to the Maine Legislature. But the Legislature did not act on the measure and sent it to the voters in the November ballot.

The question stems from opposition to the New England Clean Energy Connect, or NECEC, a hydropower project stretching from the Quebec/Maine border to New Hampshire. While the majority of the project leans on existing power lines, new lines would be added from the Canadian border through The Forks in Maine.

In short, a “Yes” vote on Question 1 supports a ban on the construction of electric transmission lines defined as high impact in the Upper Kennebec Region, including the NECEC.

It would also require the state Legislature to approve high-impact electric transmission line projects through a two-thirds majority vote.

A “No” vote on question one opposes a ban and supports allowing the construction of the NECEC project to continue. It would also mean the state Legislature would not be required to approve high-impact electric transmission line projects moving forward.

Permits have been approved for the project and construction is already underway. However, because this question includes a need for “retroactive” approval, if the “Yes” campaign wins, a two-thirds majority in the Legislature would be required to approve the NECEC and other similar projects that passed in the past seven years.

Another part of this issue is already playing out in the courts. A judge ruled last month that the Bureau of Public Lands violated the constitution when it issued permits in 2014 and again in 2020 to allow CMP to lease a mile of public land for the corridor. CMP has appealed that decision.

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