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Kathy Gagnon

Speaking for the Town
By Kathy Gagnon
Oct 15, 2006 - 8:00:00 PM

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Recent disclosure of emails from Millinocket Town Councilor Matthew Polstein to Ralph Knoll, and a letter to Roxanne Quimby, have caused much concern with myself and other citizens in the town.

I believe it is time for citizens to ask themselves why we bother to have a council of seven and/or town council meetings when one councilor takes it upon himself to send out emails to State Senators and State Representatives interpreting his version of what the council and citizens have said, and claiming to speak for the town. This is not only wrong, it is highly inappropriate and unethical.

Not only does this councilor claim to speak for all of us, he also labels the citizens of Millinocket as narrow-minded in these emails.

The citizens have made it clear, numerous times, that we are not in support of a park taking over most of this area. Despite this, Mr. Polstein, in his capacity as Town Councilor, continues to pursue this agenda behind our backs.

These actions have been proven with the disclosure of his emails, letters, and with his participation in The Backcountry Project; all of which he has tried to conceal from the citizens. E-mails dating back to February and March of 2006 reveal his actions against what the town citizens have expressed and his desire for meetings with himself and others that he considers key parties in the land dealings.

Records of Backcountry Project meetings show that Mr. Polstein has been involved with them and attending those meetings since 2005, although he feigned surprise when this organization‘s existence was mentioned at a town council meeting in May of 2006.

It would appear that Councilor Polstein wears many hats and doffs one to wear the other as the need arises.

Even after the citizens clearly told Councilors Polstein and McLean we did not want our town to be a gateway community or indebted to The Wilderness Society, they accepted funds for MAGIC and encouraged involvement in this area from that organization and The Nature Conservancy.

The town council is elected by the citizens to act according to the wishes and best interests of the citizens and the town. These actions, I believe, are not in accordance with that.

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