Rural Cleansing

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Roger Ek
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Rural Cleansing

Another established store has closed in rural Maine. Bento's was a general store for over 100 years in Macwahoc. The names changed over the years, but it was always open until the last couple of years. It was at the intersections of Routes 170, 2 and 2A. It was centered in a sportsman's paradise with hunting, fishing, snowmobiling and ATV trails. The markets have gone and along with that, the cash flow.

Down the road, Winn General has closed. Crawford's General Store in Drew closed; both stores in Topsfield have closed and the store in Brookton has lost much of its customer base. In Springfield, Mill Stream Store and Thompson's closed. The general store in Cary closed. The Duck Trap, only store in Carroll has closed, but is open occasionally selling craft type souveneirs.

Caution: If you venture into northern Washington County, eastern Penobscot County and southern Aroostook, do us a favor; Stop in, fill up and stock up. It's a long way to the next store. I could tell you why this is happening. It isn't over yet.

We have 95,000,000 Amerians between age 18 and 65 not working. They are not starving to death. They are paid not to work by our government, That is three times the population of Canada.

anonymous_coward
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Stores and restaurants in

Stores and restaurants in Manhattan close all the time, and nobody gives two shits about it. In fact, the saying is, a restaurant is only as good as its lease.

Stuff goes away, get used to it.

Matt
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AC, you are wrong. It's

AC, you are wrong. It's written in agenda 21 that Crawford's and Bento's close. It also states that newspaper and magazine circulations need to plummet, catalogs should go the way of passenger pigeons, and pulp and paper making jobs be shipped to places with quick growing trees in the south, and super cheap labor in China.

Oops, wait a minute--I believe those last changes were not promoted by the UN, but the conservative politicians and their free market economic policies who rural Mainers generally vote for.

Doh!

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You're numbers are wrong

You're numbers are wrong Roger, and the majority of those who aren't working are old or truly disabled. Sorry facts scare you.

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I'm tired of the whine from

I'm tired of the whine from rural communities. If you live there, and can't get a job, move to where they are. It's not rocket science.

Mark T. Cenci
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Yeah whats wrong with those

Yeah whats wrong with those people? Theres jobs at the Bald Mountain copper/gold mine.

Oops. The auburnite-types stopped that.

Oh but LURC will help people by making development easy in the unorganized territories.

Oops

never mind

BlueJay
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Thank you for pointing out

Thank you for pointing out these two vital factors, Mark Cenci.

Mark T. Cenci
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As i recall the bald mt open

As i recall the bald mt open pit mine will be the size of the Blue Rock quarry, which fits into a corner of Westbrook and borders the Maine Turnpike.

Enviro ninnies drive past it within 300 feet of the quarry and dont even freaking know it is there.

Such ignorance rules this state. Our "best and brightest".

Ugenetoo
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Natural Resources Council of

Natural Resources Council of Maine has done more damage to rural Maine than any of the various free trade boondoggles ever could.

Bruce Libby
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Mark

Mark
I disagree with your Westbrook reference.
Other than a small part of site mostly ,where cement tailings were deposited, the by products of the quarry operation
were consumed in asphalt production. Also , the area was not developed around quarry until fairly recently so there was not much damage to area.
I do not question that the various entities mentioned have had questionable effects on area and economies.
What I disagree with is the total failure to recognize that there were factors that allowed those organizations to win some fights.
IMO a bad analogy on your part.

P.S. the site is being redeveloped.

Melvin Udall
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I'm not following, Bruce.

I'm not following, Bruce.

Bruce Libby
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Simple it is easy tto blame

Simple it is easy tto blame NRC etc. instead of recognizing somethings were created that allowed
such agencies to get involved.

Roger Ek
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One "thing" that allowed this

One "thing" that allowed this beast from Hell to get a foothold was Agenda 21, the environmental industry's plan for the 21'st century. Dr. Michael Coffman documented it well in several books. One of his last books, "Saviors of the Earth" details it well. There are dozens of deep green groups in Maine. Even on the coast they have Gateway One. It was defunded by the state, but wealthy foundations picked up the slack. It lives on as a tool of ICLEI. Never heard of it? International Communities for Local Environmental Initiatives is adoption of the UN's Convention on Biodiversity at the local level.

Around 1993, Mike published a map of the UN's six biodiversity regions in Maine and the corridors that connect them. The corridors are called "wolf routes" so wolves can migrate between populations and not become isolated genetic minorities. I have property in the Down East Lakes Biosphere which connects with the Greater Baxter biosphere.

Mike died on June 21. We lost a giant advocate for Maine people.

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On the issue of rural

On the issue of rural amenities, I have two friends who moved to homes with a mile long, one lane dirt driveway in the middle of the woods and are now bitching because they cannot get cable, among other things, for less than $10,000 or $20,000 to run it. Same goes for the rusticators and country loving gentlemen farmers. You moved to the hills or the woods or the quaint little pond in lower Slobovia for the good life and privacy that such locations provide...live with it. Don't go about demanding subsidies to get the stuff you don't have in the middle of the woods.

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Watcher, your friends need to

Watcher, your friends need to get with it. I have friends who live entirely off the grid in northern Maine. They have internet and satellite television with no problem.

Roger Ek
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I know someone who lived six

I know someone who lived six miles off the road for six years. Drilled well, septic, solar and propane generator, Hughes satellite Internet and did computer coding for a living.

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Remember, all those woods and

Remember, all those woods and fields are just a park for city folk. You're not supposed to live there and spoil their views and recreation... ;-)

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