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Threat to ‘quality of place’ but no voice to complain  

Credit:  Morning Sentinel, www.onlinesentinel.com 13 September 2010 ~~

How does one define “quality of place”?

The Webster’s Dictionary describes “quality” as meaning a degree of excellence, distinctive properties of character (as of merit or superiority), and a distinguishing attribute.

I had never consciously thought of where I chose to call my home quite in those terms until the character of the region in which I live (Lexington Township) became threatened by wind energy sprawl.

After searching Maine looking for a place to retire, my husband and I were attracted to this area with the beauty of the mountains and the friendliness of the local people. We cherish the peace and serenity here after living in military quarters for years.

I am angry that LD 2283 took away my right to speak out against a looming threat to our quality of place. We did not count on the destruction of Maine’s mountains when we moved back to Maine. We chose to live here in a valley surrounded by mountains near the Sandy Stream. My husband fishes for trout in the Sandy. He worries about the effects on fishing, hunting and trapping.

The change that will come to our mountains is very real and not worth the high cost and resulting low benefits.

The residents of Maine’s unorganized territories cannot speak out against the impending loss of their “quality of place.” LD 2283 took away that right. What is wrong with this picture?

Linda Miller

Lexington Township

Source:  Morning Sentinel, www.onlinesentinel.com 13 September 2010

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