November 29, 2023

Gov. Paul LePage = Biff Tannen?

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Biff Howard Tannen is a fictional character in the Back to the Future trilogy. Thomas F. Wilson plays Biff in all three films as well as the Universal Studios ride, and voiced the character in the animated series.

Biff is a large, rude, arrogant and violent bully who obtains what he wants by intimidating others into doing his work for him, or by cheating. He and his family members have a tendency to misuse idioms in a way that makes them appear foolish and comical despite their intention to insult or intimidate, and all share a disdain for manure. His favorite insult is “butthead”. Bob Gale, a writer on the Back to the Future films, based Tannen’s personality on that of real estate mogulDonald Trump.[1]<<<Wikipedia>>>

Invoking the call for “progressive leadership” generally means to go backwards in all aspects, while convincing the mind the path chosen is best.
I recall the days when the forest products industry was the leading industry in Maine. That was replaced by tourism. No matter how hard Maine has tried to pretend to be “Vacationland,” it hasn’t worked to anything that remotely measures up to what the forest products industry was.
It is utter nonsense to think a national park would be an economic boost.
In my travels and those included in the years I spent in the hospitality business, the number one comment I have heard from people when they find out I come from Maine is, “It’s such a beautiful place.” The second comment is, “But I’ve never been there.” There must be a reason. Are you listening Jym St. Pierre (aka Mr. Strickland)?

The Great Northern mills that my father’s side of our family helped build and run for generations are gone. That does not mean Maine cannot also have a viable forest industry going forward. But you do not need a time machine to see that we should come together to support a national park in the Maine Woods to recover the land and to supplement our economic prospects. Are you listening, Paul LePage (aka Biff Tannen)?

Source: Maine Environmental News > Home