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Alyce Maragus

The Polstein/MAGIC Political Machine
By Alyce Maragus
Oct 31, 2007 - 3:47:52 AM

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I think an old adage goes something like this: Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party.

Well you better believe "they" are going to be out there in full force during this coming election campaign. Can "we" say the same? We need to come to the aid of the Millinocket we all love.

If I observered correctly, Gail Fanjoy was designated as Polstein's mouthpiece when she previously served on the council. And mouthpiece she was.

Throughout their joint reign in office, she was Polstein's lackey. During her last week on the council, she managed to upset many of our life-long residents. In case you have forgotten, it was Fanjoy who took away the public's right to speak at council meetings. Is it possible for councilors to know how the people (who they are supposedly representing) think or feel about town issues especially if they are not allowed to express those opinions at council meetings? But then "they" probably didn't want to know those opinioins.

Fanjoy also decided to relegate the TV cameras to the back of the council chambers. Keep in mind there were no connections in place to accomodate those cameras. Again Fanjoy knew that! Still KAT-TV was allowed to televise the meetings up close and personal. Could that have been because at the time, David Nelson was in charge of KAT-TV? I do believe this is called discrimination. Of course to their chagrin, the public could still be witness to the antics of Polstein and Fanjoy but I hope you will all remember their behavior at the time. Do you want a repeat?

Still not satisfied with "her" little power surge and "her" infringement on the rights of the people, Fanjoy went a step further and complicated the petition process. God forbid we allow the citizens this "inalienable (not transferable; that which cannot be rightfully taken away) right" given to the American public by their forefathers.

And don't forget, Fanjoy initiated the appointment of Dean Beaupain to serve as our "town" attorney. Beaupain has been legal council for anyone willing to line his pockets including Millinocket, MAGIC, Katahdin Paper, Polstein and even Avenger Boats during that fiasco. He also undermined our very own citizen's legal efforts to withhold $80,000 from MAGIC through the petition process. And yet Fanjoy proposed him to represent our town?

Could it possibly be "she" and Beaupain were more interested in representing MAGIC's best interests than those of the citizen's of Millinocket?

Now is the time to come to the aid of Millinocket.



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