May 26, 2018
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Baldacci’s windy legacy

What is Gov. Baldacci’s legacy?

An 82 percent property tax increase under the Baldacci regime in Harrison. Shift and shaft policies were perilous. The shifting of state obligations to the municipalities happened in all Maine towns and cities


His enduring legacy will be adding to our already among the highest in the nation energy cost with his wind boondoggle. While he gets a fat position at a wind power company as payoff for expediting wind power, Mainers will be left paying increased electricity costs every month for at least the next 30 years.

People should spit on the ground whenever he walks by. Public service, my elbow.


Baldacci’s legacy will be two gigantic toxic sludge heaps, in Hampden off I-95 and in west Old Town. Hard to ignore, yet no one ever talks about them.

After his empty promise that they would never accept CCD (construction and demolition debris) from out of state, the Legislature simply changed the rules, so that rigs loaded up with the junk from south of the border can simply drive through a transfer station and — presto! — it’s Maine trash.

Baldacci, I’m sure, will be so proud when he moves back to the area and drives by his creation day in and day out. He turned his own constituency into a toxic waste dump. Like Katrina down in New Orleans, a complete disaster.


I like what he attempted with school consolidation. Too bad it was not implemented totally. We are still saddled with too many bosses and not enough workers in education.

I’ll take a wild guess and say that the state of Maine has more school boards, superintendents, etc. to administer our school population than say, Boston or Philadelphia.


Should an eagle’s nest block the Wiscasset bypass?

You can’t build your way out of traffic congestion. More roads attract more cars. The phenomenon is called “generated traffic.” The book “Asphalt Nation” by Jane Holtz Kay provides excellent documentation of this.

Fix the roads we have, but for heaven’s sake don’t build more. Invest the money in alternatives to the automobile,


The nest should magically disappear …


I do believe that we have two Republican senators who should have enough pull to get the federal regulations regarding eagle nests to be modified. Eagles are not endangered in Maine.


No, an eagle’s nest shouldn’t block a new highway, rather the insane price tag to Maine taxpayers should block this boondoggle. The “newly” discovered eagle’s nest has provided an opportunity to the Bypass Task Force and state officials to take a step back and assess the practicality of this $100 million dollar project.

We have bridges crumbling into the water, roads in dire need of repair and a Department of Transportation functioning with a $3 billion shortfall over the next 10 year planning period.

Let’s put our common sense hat on and build a pedestrian bridge over Route 1 at the corner of Red’s Eats to alleviate the primary source of congestion: pedestrian traffic. It can be built at a fraction of the cost, will have virtually no environmental impacts and it can be constructed in a year or so.

By contrast, DOT acknowledged last week that even if we move forward on some variation of the bypass, they do not hope to have a permit in hand for another decade!

Let’s stop trying to pass a wildly expensive bypass idea off as common sense, it is a waste of money and time. We can’t afford it.


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