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Sally Bouchard

Election Time is Near
By Sally Bouchard
Sep 25, 2006 - 7:42:00 AM

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Another election is coming up in November and like all elections important issues will be voted on.

In the Katahdin Area, we have more land for Roxanne Quimby and how the state handles that problem is very important for the economy of our area. Snowmobiling, logging and hunting brings in much need money for our motels and restaurants and she does not like any of those things nor does she like roads.

We had the Katahdin Land Swap which Augusta was for, but the people in the Katahdin Area knew would be a bad deal. The Backcountry Project is also another project that is being hidden from the people of this area.

RESTORE is again making noise about most of Northern Maine becoming a National Park, not caring what the people want. Like Roxanne Quimby, the people donít matter to them, and the question to ask before voting is how much help are they getting from our public officials in Augusta and Millinocket.

You will be voting for a new Governor, so listen to what they say about these issues and watch what they do.

In Millinocket, the people will also be voting on whether to give MAGIC another $30,000. MAGIC is thought to be the areas growth and investment agency. Are they the best we can do to bring new jobs to Millinocket?

Read their report and then ask questions. They claim in their report that they created fourteen new jobs by helping the Katahdin Press, and also fourteen new jobs for helping to create the Community Press. Since they are the same paper under different names, twenty-eight new jobs were not created and how many people lost their jobs with the Katahdin Times when the two papers merged?

They have helped some people perhaps, but at what cost? We need jobs to keep our people here and sometimes MAGIC seems more interested in bringing new people in and are ignoring the needs of this community. They have had some successes, but also many failures and the Katahdin Press will only give you the news they want you to have; as they are beholden to MAGIC.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights is another big issue. Taxes in Maine are too high and Augusta is spending our money very unwisely. Read the information from both sides and ask questions before you vote.

Two council members are up for reelection. Go to candidates night or watch it on KAT-TV but remember that who is on our council is very important to the future of our town. We need jobs, and we need to spend our money wisely. Some candidates will do what is best for the citizens of Millinocket and others are part of the special interest call MAGIC, and serve that organization alone.

Vote in November, but remember to listen to what the candidates say and watch very closely what they do. As politicians, they will tell you what you want to hear and too many times they will ignore what you have to say.


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