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Our Position on Polstein's Resort Plans
By Ken Anderson
Jan 3, 2007 - 12:50:03 PM

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While it would ordinarily be nice to be mentioned on the front page of the Bangor Daily News, I am curious about the references to the Magic City Morning Star in Bangor Daily reporter Nick Sambides' article about Matt Polstein's resort plans.

As the only local voice in a wilderness of propaganda and spin, we've gotten used to hearing Matt Polstein blaming us for everything that could possibly go wrong in his life, including the lack of snow this year, but I am a little disappointed to find that Nick apparently bought into it as if it were fact.

Those of us who live in the Katahdin region recognize that there is very little that is true in anything that Matt Polstein says about the Magic City Morning Star, or about anyone else who has dared to point out the error of  his ways.

If you were to do a little bit of independent research, such as actually reading what we've had to say, you'd quickly learn that the Magic City Morning Star has thus far taken no position on Matt Polstein's proposed Hammond Ridge resort.

We have called the councilor to task for using his political office in order to do favors for the paper company that he was negotiating with for the purchase of his land on Hammond Ridge.

We have pointed out when he has used his office on Millinocket's town council in order to kill efforts to annex land that he was negotiating to purchase, and for having done so illegally through emails that he sent to other councilors, directing his allies on the council to "kill" any effort to annex this property.

We've questioned his ethics on any number of issues, all of which we stand behind today, but we haven't yet taken a position on his resort plans, nor were we among those who asked for a public hearing on the project.

We haven't even discussed the issue with any of those who are requesting a public hearing on this project.

However, we do stand behind those who have done so. Too much of what has gone wrong in the Millinocket region over the past few years has been the result of schemes and agendas being carried out in secret, but often enacted with public funds.

You might ask yourself this question. If things are truly on the up and up, what could possibly be wrong with a public hearing?

The other reason that I was something less that excited about being mentioned on the front page of the Bangor Daily is that the Magic City Morning Star is in the midst of a problematic move to a new server, so we haven't added much of anything new in a couple of weeks.

Hopefully, this will be resolved very quickly.

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