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Cynical and arrogant

Roxanne Quimby’s assessment of the impact a national park in northern Maine would have on the people living there reflects the views of the Boston-based RESTORE organization. She says in the July 10 Bangor Daily News: “Very few people derive a living from the woods. They cut some wood, farm …

Fools and their money

The July 10 article regarding the purchase of land by Roxanne Quimby for a possible national park in northern Maine is unwelcome and not supported by the people in this part of the state. In addition to the general populace, 10 counties, 32 communities and three agencies plus Gov. King, …

The real agenda

One would have thought that Roxanne Quimby, having worked three part-time waitress jobs before acquiring success and wealth with Burt’s Bees, would be disdainful of the service-sector jobs that a national park would create. But then, this is a person who moved her growing business out of state, with an …

Dream came true

I was very impressed by the picture and article on the front page of your July 10 edition. The headline should have read, “Small town girl makes good!” Back in the ’70s I was a teller in the Piscataquis Savings Bank, which at a later date, merged with Bangor Savings. …

Let them eat cake

Just think of all the hungry, uninsured and homeless Maine senior citizens and children who Roxanne Quimby could be saving with her millions rather than blowing all her money (and she isn’t afraid of reminding us how much she has) on trying to buy herself a national park. Quimby says …

The real agenda

Outrage doesn’t come close to what I felt after reading the article (BDN, July 10) regarding Roxanne Quimby’s land purchases. She can find no better description of the decent people of Piscataquis County than, “They cut some wood, farm some vegetables, make some crafts to sell at fairs.” That after …

Mainers are fed up

Karen Woodsum, in her op-ed piece of July 28-29, thinks it is unfortunate that meaningful discussion of options for Maine’s forests is lost in the polarizing and inflammatory reaction to every private land transaction. She is, of course, trying to defend Roxanne Quimby’s purchases of land in Piscataquis County. Woodsum …

Only trying to help

Several letters to the editor seem to have blamed Roxanne Quimby’s purchasing woodland tracts for the dwindling number of woods-industry jobs in northern Maine. That’s too bad. It’s easy to blame someone “from away” or conservationists for our economic woes, but saving forests from development that would reduce the number …

Quimby’s no Baxter

It was hard to believe reading the Bangor Daily News that one would describe Roxanne Quimby as a modernday Percival Baxter. Gov. Baxter strongly believed in the people of Maine enjoying their natural treasures, including hunting and fishing. Why doesn’t RESSTORE: the North Woods buy land in Massachusetts and spend …

Windmill waiting

Your July 10 front-page article featuring Roxanne Quimby’s one-woman pursuit of a national park in northern Maine made me think, what a shame that Piscataquis County’s only daily newspaper would be willing to make such a big deal out of something which will never come to pass. Quimby’s purchase of …

Quimby’s quest is questioned

I continue to be amazed by the audacity and arrogance of RESTORE: the North Woods, the Massachusetts-based group which wants to create a national park from Maine’s working forests. I read and reread the front-page Bangor Daily News story of July 10 about Roxanne Quimby’s quest to buy land in …

Keep Maine balanced

It is unfortunate that the opportunity for meaningful discussions on options to ensure the long-term health and viability of Maine’s forests is being lost in the polarizing, inflammatory reactions to every private land transaction in northern Maine. One incontrovertible fact that is consistently overlooked in the ongoing debate over the …

Park opponents pull no punches in reply

The times they are a-changing, and nowhere is that more evident than in the Maine woods, where wealthy investors are buying up vast tracts of land at an alarming rate even as environmental protectionists conspire to turn much of the state into a national park/playground for the idle rich. The …

Maine land purchased with eye on U.S. park

While many North Woods residents gnash their teeth over the possibility of a national park in their region, a businesswoman is quietly buying up land she hopes will be part of the federal preserve. Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees, has bought up 8,500 acres in Piscataquis County, all within …

Novices, experts show off skills at meet

BREWER – From the more accomplished young enthusiasts like Kurt Prescott of Topsham to more casual participants like Veazie’s Bill Wetherbee, the Maine State Hershey Track and Field Championship offered something for everyone from the ages 9-14 set. Tuesday’s meet at Pendleton Street Track saw novices and experts alike come …

Orono, Bangor in final Both teams set for state tourney

BANGOR – To borrow from the vernacular popularized by NCAA basketball tournament fans: They know they’re going to the big dance. They just don’t know who their dance partners will be. For the second straight year, both Orono and Bangor will represent Zone 1 in the American Legion state baseball …

Woman of the clothy Baileyville fiber artist designs outfits to dye for

Nan Sepik’s clothes make you feel like a natural woman. In the showroom of Daylily Weaving and Design Works, the business she runs from her home in the Washington County town of Baileyville, dip-dyed organic-cotton undies share space with luxurious woven chenille scarves, bright little tams and racks of softly …

Orono football player has special bond to Shrine Bowl

Todd Ellis was 14 months old the last time he was inside a Shriners medical facility. His right hand and more than 90 percent of his face was severely burned when he was caught in a sudden backdraft from a wood stove after his father opened the door to check …

Semipro league for Maine explored Ex-player wants to revive baseball teams which thrived on coast in 1950s

Rufus Candage still vividly remembers the glory years of the Waldo-Hancock League, a semipro baseball league in coastal Maine which thrived in the 1950s. More than four decades later, the 81-year-old baseball fan thinks the time is right to revive the idea of a competitive league for players ages 18 …

Hundhammer likes potential of Brewer team Coach returns to high school job

After a six-year hiatus from the high school varsity coaching ranks, Mark Hundhammer is back as the new boys soccer coach for Brewer High School. The former University of Maine-Machias men’s and women’s head coach, who last coached high school ball in 1994, will take over the reins from Mike …