It’s hunting season in Maine. And, as a Central Maine Power employee, I am proud that CMP land is open for Maine recreation.

In fact, right now, Versant and CMP both allow access along thousands of miles of their power lines across the state. These corridors are open to all sorts of recreational activities like hunting, fishing, sledding and trail riding.

But what would happen to our access if the government were to take control of all the power lines in Maine? Instead of the longstanding agreements we’ve had with these companies, politicians would get to decide what we could and couldn’t do along power line corridors.

This would be one of the potentially disastrous effects of the proposal to seize our electric utilities. Imagine the immense pressure they’d be under to limit or even ban many of these activities.

People come here from all over the world to enjoy our wide-open spaces and trails. It’s a key part of our economy in rural Maine, not to mention our way of life, and this proposed takeover would threaten all of it.

People will be hearing more about the proposal to have the state take over Versant and CMP in the coming months. It’s a terrible idea. I hope people don’t support it.

Bridgette Spencer, Winthrop

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