September 28, 2020

Your editorial, “Other Maine’s turn” (Jan. 3-4), suggests that after five years someone has finally peeked out of the ivory tower at the Bangor Daily News to observe that things are somewhat amiss to the east and north. Little or no coverage of news events in what had been BDN’s heartland probably accounts for your lack of understanding of the quality of life in the outback.

Your assertion that Gov. King has been “a reasonably strong advocate for the other Maine” underscores that lack of understanding.

You credit the governor with saving us from from the federal agencies that wanted to list the Atlantic salmon as an endangered species. You do not tell us, however, how much the state’s plan to keep sending salmon down our rivers and into the nets of fishing fleets is going to cost.

You allude to the fact that the governor’s people never intended to keep a prison payroll in Washington County. We knew that despite King’s pep rally in Machias last fall when he led locals to believe they had a chance to be on the inside in the new multimillion-dollar prison-spending extravaganza upon which both Maines will soon embark.

You should have mentioned that there will be a serious effort launched to separate Poor Maine from the other if Angus King emerges as the only viable candidate for governor come next summer. When he delivers the State of the State message this month remember that there are two Maines and that one of them has not been enamored by state government minions, including this governor, for a considerable period of time. Herb Cleaves Whiting

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