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Sally Bouchard

Tomas de Torquemada
By Sally Bouchard
Dec 11, 2006 - 10:35:06 PM

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How the president of the Millinocket Area Growth and Investment Council (MAGIC) could compare Tomas de Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition to questions that were asked by a member of our town council is beyond the comprehension of anyone in Millinocket who knows the history of the Spanish Inquisition.

Councilor Busque wanted to know the answer to one question and instead of answering that question, Marty Cyr went on a tirade that sounded much like a personal vendetta.

If Mr. Cyr knows when the mill is going to be closing, he should tell the people of Millinocket. He did state that it was closing in five years. Let the people know, Mr. Cyr, where you got your information and, if it is true; unlike Torquemada, the people of Millinocket will not torture you to get that information, nor will any member of the town council.

We the people of Millinocket know that we cannot depend on the mill forever and that is why, we the people want something else in our tax base.

We the people of Millinocket also know that having MAGIC as the only economic development concern working for our town is also not a good idea. Letís not put all our eggs in one basket, especially one that has shown so few positive results.

Medway has land, while Millinocket does not. Councilor Busque has bought up the subject of annexation of land to allow the town of Millinocket to build up a new tax base, but this idea was killed by the members of the town council who had very close ties to MAGIC.

East Millinocket has an industrial park, but Millinocket does not. Having an industrial park in Millinocket might bring jobs to our town and is another item that should be discussed by our council.

Like all economic development workshops, there has been a lot of talk but nothing has been done and it is past time that we the people decide the future of our town, not a special interest group called MAGIC.

In a democratic republic, the people have a right to know how their tax dollars are being spent. If Millinocket is at the end of the line and too far from the interstate and no jobs will come here, then why are the citizens of Millinocket giving money to an organization that is supposed to help bring economic development to this town?

There is no Spanish Inquisition nor is Councilor Busque another Tomas de Torquemada; nor is it vindictive for the people of Millinocket to ask for accountability from an organization that operates off of our tax money. That is our right, and the responsibility of any member of our town council.

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