Kalloch for District 93
I would like to publicly advocate for the election of Jim Kalloch for state representative in House District 93, Owls Head and Rockland. My experience with Jim is that he is serious about representing the people of this county. He is hard working, dedicated and honest. He has both military and private sector experience. He has demonstrated his commitment to this community and served on the local school board and was a professor at Maine Maritime Academy.
As a man who was born and raised here but has had the opportunity to travel the world, I am confident that his experience and perspective will bring a common-sense approach to representation of the people.
‘Leave Maine alone’
I walk out my front door every day, I’m on vacation. I walk the streets in this area, I’m in a distant land. I see the natural beauty everyday, I get emotional. The strong feelings I have for Maine have been ingrained in my body.
I encounter many conversations each day; I am a stranger, yet I experience warm chat with these Mainers. It is so refreshing.
I am home. I regret I did not get to call Maine my home until seven years ago.
Maine is unique. Why try to change it? Opening additional casinos, building condos and allowing motor boats on Moosehead Lake, invasion of the vast wilderness with thunderous tractor trailers, etc. makes no sense to me.
Please, leave Maine alone.
Climate Change Institute
I read the Feb. 11 column by Robert Shetterly, which prompted me to believe, mistakenly, that the Climate Change Institute indirectly supports oil industries in the far north. After I stated that belief in a BDN letter (Feb. 17), I learned that I was wrong: CCI does not in any way encourage oil industries or any related companies to capitalize on climate change. The institute’s mission is “to conduct science and improve predictions for future climate change.”
I apologize for my error.
Enough doom and gloom
Unfortunately, Doug Thomas doesn’t seem to recognize that most Mainers are wise enough to see through his Feb. 19 OpEd about a proposed east-west industrial corridor across the beautiful state of Maine. Many of us see that he is playing the “Old Game” — tell people how bad off they are, and when they’re really discouraged, pose as their great savior if they’ll only follow you as you fleece them by turning one of their greatest economic assets, tourism and their beautiful wild lands, into just another industrial development with millions of dollars in profits going out of state.
Maine will grow best when folks at the grassroots personally experience inspired leadership, clear vision and indomitable hope built on Maine’s many successes boldly held up for all to see as models. Enough of the gloom and doom. Enough of relying on rescuers. Enough of the manipulation.
Wrong road priorities
After attending the Legislature’s Transportation Committee’s work session on LD 47, I now understand why many lose faith in their elected representatives and the process itself. The Transportation Committee is supposed to provide oversight to the Maine Department of Transportation for Maine citizens, but it behaved more like an arm of that department.
Sentiments of elected leaders of Brewer and Eddington who strenuously objected to the proposed route multiple times and years of hard work by ernest area citizens choosing a route that made the most sense with the least adverse impact were cast aside as irrelevant.
The study system linkage need was quantified in the Final EIS: “Alternative 2B-2/the Preferred Alternative would further the study’s purpose and satisfy the system linkage need in the near term (before 2035).” This project’s design life is 20 years and (before 2035) is 2B-2’s use by date. Add 20 years to today’s date; each day exceeding December 31, 2034 is a day that 2B-2 does not satisfy the system linkage need in the near term or long term, even before construction. With project completion several years away, 2B-2 does not and cannot satisfy purpose and needs for the project’s entire 20 year design life.
Over the next three years, MDOT’s highway and bridge programs will experience a shortfall of approximately $119 million per year, including $70 million in unmet bridge needs per year. The fact is that basic transportation priorities will remain unmet because of MDOT’s strange fixation on a deficient route that many question the need for.