Quimby "Compromise" Reported to Have Gone Well

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Michelle Anderson
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Channel 5 is reporting that the meeting "went well," though for the life of me, I cannot understand where they get that opinion.

[quote]Quimby OKs sportsmen's use of Katahdin Lake area until next year

OLD TOWN - Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby agreed Friday afternoon to continue allowing sportsmen to use some 23,000 acres of a Katahdin Lake-area township until Sept.Channel 5 is reporting that the meeting "went well," though for the life of me, I cannot understand where they get that opinion.

[quote]Quimby OKs sportsmen's use of Katahdin Lake area until next year

OLD TOWN - Environmentalist Roxanne Quimby agreed Friday afternoon to continue allowing sportsmen to use some 23,000 acres of a Katahdin Lake-area township until Sept. 1, 2007.

Quimby, who recently acquired the land, reached the agreement to keep the area open during a two and a half hour meeting in Old Town with Millinocket town officials and statewide sportsmen's representatives.[/quote]

[url=http://bangordailynews.com/news/t/statewide.aspx?articleid=141742&zoneid...

I wonder what is projected for next hunting season? Next snowmobile season?

Tony Bessey
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The length of the compromise is just futher proof that Governor Baldacci is going to do whatever it takes to get relected.

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Tony: The Governor played no part in this agreement. It should be noted that no administration official was invited to the meeting.

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Dan, you are correct about no state officials being involved in this meeting. They were pointedly not invited. Quimby initiated this meeting herself and invited the parties she felt had the immediate and appropriate concerns and would work most co-operatively in finding an agreement for the next few months. I also have to applaud Millinocket Town Council Chair Nelson for not giving in to big pressure from the two enviro' members on the council to send more representatives to today's meeting. He sent two effective members for the Millinocket region to have in this issue.

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[quote="BlueJay"]Dan, you are correct about no state officials being involved in this meeting. They were pointedly not invited. Quimby initiated this meeting herself and invited the parties she felt had the immediate and appropriate concerns and would work most co-operatively in finding an agreement for the next few months.[/quote]

That is also my understanding, though my information is third hand.

As long as Paul Davis is at the table, those who support public access and traditional uses are well represented.

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Though I do not know who was there, I will be shocked and dismayed if Paul D was not there.
He has been a key player in these issues for a long time. LEt's all wait for news of this meeting.

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It was reported elsewhere that those attending were Bob Myers from the MSA, George Smith from SAM, Paul Davis, and the Millinocket Town Manager.

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Hm-m, good for now, but don't bet the farm on anything. She still has a goal and is trying to ward off the serious animosity she encountered a while back in the Patten/Sherman area when she closed off T5R8, which she later traded with another landowner (Gardner, I think).
She loves the power, do not ever forget that.

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First, we'll institute hangings for hunting the King's deer and poaching the King's salmon. After that, we'll just introduce Potato Blight and that should result in a peasant-free Northern Forest Eco-Paradise.

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Dan,

No administration people might have been at the table, but the Baldacci Administration and the DOC have been at the heart of shutting Maine people out of this area. No one's hands are clean on this whole situation and the compromise that Quimby reached is only a short term situation that takes the heat of the Governor and Pat McGowan until the election is over. That is just a plain fact. The people of Millinocket have been lulled to sleep by the promises of organized labor, Matt Polstein and the Democrats for years and not the chickens are coming home to roost. It only seems fitting that Quimby is going throw the community a bone long enough to keep Baldacci in power so she can work for another four years with the DOC and Matt Polstein to create a National Park. Defend the Governor all you want on this one, but I have spent far too much time north of Bangor to be foolish enough to deny that rural cleansing isn't happening.

Tony

Michelle Anderson
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[quote="Dan Billings"][url=http://news.mainetoday.com/apwire/D8KO21701-285.shtml]A.P. Story[/url][/quote]

Scroll to the bottom of the page, Dan. The AP got the story from the BDN. It's the same story I cited above.

Michelle Anderson
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I just watched the WABI story about the meeting. Guess whose bald head was bobbing around as he addressed those at the meeting? Seems Tony Bessey knew what he was talking about.

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Even when she compromises, it isn't enough for those who want to use her land (and I have made my feelings known on here about her putting these restrictions on her land). Amazing. She could've said "no deal" and gotten the same treatment, but she left the door open for more talks. How about a public "thank you", instead?

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She simply delayed closure until August of next year. It will take her that long to get the gates up anyway.

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You must have pretty good information, Roger. Time will tell, but I prefer to give folks the benefit of the doubt.

All the talk of her evil doings and the presumption that she will never compromise isn't helping the cause of those who want continued unfettered access to someone else's private land. If I was in her shoes, and had to listen to all the crap given by the locals, I probably wouldn't give them the time of day.

Private property rights is what it comes down to, in my book, no matter how much I disagree with her.

Have any of the local sportsman's clubs or recreational organizations ever tried to buy their own land for their members to ride around on?

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Bob is exactly right. The same people who run on about Roxanne are writing scathing comments in other threads about the state taking away their property rights with regulations. And then those same people vote against or oppose purchasing land for public use. It seems to me that they want to use other people's land at no charge as long as no one tells them what to do with theirs.

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Bob MacGregor asks:

"Have any of the local sportsman's clubs or recreational organizations ever tried to buy their own land for their members to ride around on?"

They can't afford it. We send so much of our money to Augusta that the state buys it. Augusta came to our town and bought 2,900 acres. There was no particular reason. They just have so much money they have to do something with it. They bought half the town of Drew. That's about 11,000 acres. Same deal. Now the taxes for the good folks in Drew have doubled. You see, Augusta doesn't pay any taxes to the towns they rape.

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I understand you can't afford it. Neither can I. But apparently she can. Isn't that what this country's all about?

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[quote="Bob MacGregor"]I understand you can't afford it. Neither can I. But apparently she can.[/quote]

But the state of Maine can, because they've overtaxed both you and Roger to death. And Roxanne Quimby, who can well-afford to pay full-boat on her taxes, gets a break for what is billed as "tree growth."

For the love of Pete, can the state at the very LEAST tax the woman what they would tax you or me?

And that's what Roger is talking about in his post.

I'm wondering, though, how one person is allowed to economically strangle a town by buying all the land around it and cutting off access.

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A couple of things called free enterprise capitalism and private property rights allows her to do it. Would you like to change to a socialist state where the state owns everything, and there's no such thing as private property? Or perhaps you'd be ok with limiting the amount of land that someone can buy?
You can't have it both ways. You gripe if the state buys land for public access, and you gripe if a private citizen buys land and blocks access.

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