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Sally Bouchard

Citizens Speak Out
By Sally Bouchard
Dec 2, 2005 - 2:36:00 PM

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From southern Maine to the north woods, the citizens of Maine are speaking out.

High taxes and the threat of losing their homes have some of the citizens of Maine using their constitutional rights to have their voices heard.

How many people along the coast have to lose their homes before something is done to help them? Where will they go? How will they live? They are speaking out because they are angry.

A change in the town charter on conflict of interest was voted on by the people in one community. Their voices were heard and it was their right to be heard, and their votes counted.

One of the cities of Maine had five hundred people turn out to voice their opinion on a new revaluation of their homes. Higher taxes and they want a voice as is their right as citizens and if the people in office donít want to listen to them; recall they say.

Greenville has a group of citizens organizing so their voice will be heard in the big changes that will be effecting their community. The people should have a say in their government and anything that will change their community and their way of life; it is called democracy.

Citizens spoke at a town meeting to voice their support of their town manager, to recall the selectmen instead of losing the town manager. Yes, people are speaking out for their rights to be heard.

Are all these people from different communities kooks? Are they being negative? No, they are using their rights as citizens and making their voices heard by the people who were elected to represent them.

Poor investments in a community in California has brought a town near bankruptcy. Like the people of Millinocket, they also did not pay enough attention to where their money was going.

After twice being very low in funds, the people in Millinocket still arenít paying attention to how their money is being spent. But we are expected to believe that the people are being negative in Millinocket when they ask where the money is going.

Who gets selected for the Pine Tree Zone should be done by the town council, not by the unelected board of MAGIC. The council was elected to do the peopleís business, not to give control to MAGIC without the consent of the people.

The town council should explain to the people why a citizen of Millinocket, with a good product that is needed by the people, has not gotten the help he needs from the town or from the state to manufacture his product in a town that is badly in need of economic stability.

To keep our young people here and to bring back many that want to come back, they need jobs and if Bob Moscone would get the help he needs, maybe he can have his boilers manufactured right here in Millinocket. That's what he wants.

It is past time for the council to put this question on the agenda, or to let the people know why nothing has been done on this issue. If nothing is done to help this town get jobs, even with a good product, Millinocket will again be come the laughingstock of the state. People are watching and if our council fails to act, and to act appropriately, then I hope that they will be held accountable for their inaction.

To all the people of Maine, good luck in fighting for your rights. Our state and town governments are not going to help us. It is up to the people to fight for their towns, and to keep Maine a state that is for the people, not the special interests.

Editor's Note: I was alone in speaking out against giving the Pine Tree Zones to MAGIC to administer. The council did so unanimously, and it was not the right thing to do. -- Ken Anderson

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