March 20, 2019

There Are Legitimate Reasons To Reconsider Baxter Land Swap

Honestly, it seems that people, hunters, snowmobilers, ATVers, conservationists, anti-hunters and just about everyone else with an opinion, can’t seem to see beyond the end of their noses on this Baxter land swap issue and the land purchases of Roxanne Quimby.

The anti-hunters refuse to see because of their determination to foil all hunting, that there really are some serious issues that can affect us all. These issues are not imagined. If everyone would just get beyond their self-absorbed biases long enough, I think they would begin to see that this issue really is NOT about hunting. It’s NOT about preservation. It’s NOT about traditional recreation. What it IS about is a good or bad use of taxpayer money and the possibility that those who wish to keep Baxter State Park a protected wilderness might be putting that classification in jeopardy.

If the Baxter land swap were to continue as planned, and most everyone involved in Governor Baldacci’s working group on this project seem to indicate there is no way the Maine Legislature is going to modify the agreement from last winter, 4,000 acres will become part of Baxter State Park. This 4,000 acres will include Katahdin Lake and the land surrounding the lake. To the north, 2,000 acres will become public lands managed by the Bureau of Parks and Lands.

*Update* 11:35 am Friday, Sept. 15, 2006 Since I published this story, I was able to locate a website (Maine Environmental Policy Institute)that contained a map. Scroll to bottom of this page for a map.

Roxanne Quimby, a preservationist and an obvious anti-hunter, anti-trapper and anti-motorized recreational vehicle person, has been buying up vast amounts of land in northern Maine. Quimby, the former owner of Burt’s Bees, has made no bones about the fact that any land she buys she closes it to hunting, trapping, snowmobiling and ATV riding.

Quimby is in the process of buying between 23,000 and 25,000 acres of land to the east of Baxter. This is a parcel that the state of Maine tried, although we’re not sure how hard they tried, to buy last year. It is my understanding the state offered the owner, a timber company H.C. Haynes/Crawford, the appraised value and the offer was rejected. Quimby jumped in with an offer of somewhere around $10 million dollars, significantly above the market value.

What this purchase does is essentially landlock the 2,000 acres that will become public land from access. Hunters and the like are now asking what good is this 2,000 acres of public land if we can’t get to it? Preservationists are ranting their same rhetoric saying that hunters have too much land to hunt on now. Because of their dislike of hunting, they may be selling their soles to the devil to win their battle.

In theory, should the Baxter land swap come to fruition and Quimby’s purchase of the 23,000-plus acres go through, Maine taxpayers are left with 2,000 acres in which they need to find a way to create access.

For those who don’t know, it is Maine law that says that no land can be landlocked without access being provided somehow. Providing that the Maine Legislature is looking out for the best interest of its people, they would go to work to find the best way to gain access to this land. This process could become extremely time consuming and complicated as well as expensive.

Some on the task force that are working on this issue are saying that we need to negotiate with Roxanne Quimby. Should we? Rep. Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop in referencing Roxanne Quimby, had this to say at Monday’s meeting. Flood sits on the Governor’s task force for the Baxter land swap.

“I would hope we could work with the landowner and find some solutions,” said Rep. Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop.

This is wishful thinking and I would suppose that miracles do happen but Quimby’s track record on these kinds of things isn’t strong when it comes to sharing her land.

Bart DeWolf, who works for Quimby in her land preservation foundation called Elliotsville Plantation, yesterday had remarks that were not encouraging to those hoping she would leave her land open to hunting, trapping, snowmobiling and ATV riding.

But DeWolf predicted that, like other land purchased by the Burt’s Bees founder, the property likely will be off-limits to hunters, trappers, snowmobiles and ATVs.

But DeWolf went on making comments that are misleading.

DeWolf took issue with any suggestion that Quimby is “closing off” the land to others. In fact, her actions may have maintained public access to heavily cut timberland that otherwise might have been subdivided, developed and closed to all users, he said.

“At least now with our ownership we do not preclude fishing, for example,” DeWolf said. “We encourage hiking, canoeing, camping … and all of those other uses on the property.”

It is my understanding that there are cases in which Quimby has closed her land to everyone but the issue here isn’t what Roxanne Quimby can and cannot do with her land. We all know she has the right, within the law, to do with it as she pleases. The real issue is whether Maine taxpayers want to be beholding to someone like Quimby with the track record she has for access to land owned by the public?

This is a very serious issue that needs closer scrutiny on the part of the committee, the Legislature and the Governor regardless of how difficult it was to reach an agreement last winter.

Let’s take a minute and look at another issue that I doubt few have considered. Once again supposing all plans on the table come about. Maine now owns 2,000 acres that needs and is required by law, access. Where is this access going to come from?

Many keep talking as though if we schmoozed with Quimby, she would grant us access. Whether she would or wouldn’t, with her past record of forcing the termination of easements and leases on other property she has bought, I don’t think this is a good idea.

What few if any are looking at is the obvious means of access to this land. I’m sure there are other possibilities but what is the best way to gain this access? There is a distinct possibility that if this entire debacle ended up in the courts, and it may very well before it’s done, access may be granted via Baxter State Park. If that were to happen, well, I’ll let you think of the possibilities.

Yesterday, George Smith, executive director of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and Bob Myers, executive director of the Maine Snowmobile Association, said that with this change of Quimby’s land purchase, they want to see all 6,000 acres become part of Baxter State Park. They say the money realized from the sale of 7,000 acres of public land as part of the negotiated deal, should be recovered and used to buy other public land near the Millinocket area.

If there is some kind of ploy behind this new proposal, we have yet to see but I think it is playing right into the hands of the preservationists who are looking to expand Baxter State Park and continue the growth toward a much larger wildlife preservation that would ultimately kill any and all economic hopes for the residents in the Katahdin region and render the massive amounts of acreage unusable by the majority of Maine’s citizens.

My point in all of this is that no matter which side of this issue you sit on or maybe you don’t even have a side, consider seriously all aspects in the realm of possibilities. I would ask everyone to move beyond their hatred, anger and prejudices and ponder whether this acquisition of the 6,000 acres as it is proposed, is worth the possible nightmare it can cause. Seriously consider if you will, the distinct possibility that some of Baxter State Park will have to be chopped up in order to grant access to this 2,000 acres. This may have to be done in the form of a road leading to the 2,000 acres.

Roxanne Quimby is who she is and Mainers have to learn to live with it. As much as I personally believe her actions to close her land is un-Maine, it is her right. We don’t know her real motives behind her philanthropic endeavors but for me, I think it is a safe bet that attempting negotiations that would be in the best interest of Maine, would be a futile one at best.

Consider the possibilities.

This link takes you to my last article on this subject called, “Something Smells Really Bad Around Baxter Park And Hunters Will Lose – Again“. Following that story at the end are links to all previous posts about the Baxter land swap issue.
Map showing land holding of Roxanne Quimby

Tom Remington

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Forget Everything You Know About Tracking

This was to be the title of J.R. Absher, The News Hound’s, article at his blog at ESPN Outdoors. He opted out of the story but sent his information over to me to see if I would be interested in picking up on the story. Thank you J.R. and by the way readers, if you haven’t been over to read the News Hound, I highly recommend it.

After I got the info I thought to myself, “Oh, cool! This is interesting.” And then I remembered getting a photo back last year, 2005, during the Maine moose hunt that will be directly related to this story. With the blessings of J.R., here’s what he had written.

Forget everything you know about deer tracks!

In one of those “you’ve got to see it to believe it” stories, alert ESPNOutdoors.com News Hound blog reader Bruce Norton of Rushford, Minn. scanned and e-mailed this clipping from Sunday’s Winona (Minn.) Daily News showing a whitetail deer with the most bizarre footwear we’ve ever seen.

Besides sporting respectable headgear, this buck that recently fell victim to a vehicle near Alma, Wisc. has hooves that appear to be at least five to ten times the average size.

Not only would one expect that these malformed toes led to this nice buck’s demise on the roadway, it’s hard to even fathom what kind of track it left in soft soil when it walked.
The photo’s caption indicates that Jarrad Fluekiger at The Main Channel Fishing Shop in Alma intends to have a full mount made of the unique animal.

The caption also notes that biologists believe that a diet high in specific minerals or proteins may have led to the oversized hooves.

Unfortunately, the Winona paper has not posted the photograph on its Web site.

So once again, we turn to our astute blog readership. Have you heard or read anything about this specific deer—or are you aware of this anomaly occurring in other ungulates?

Let us know!

Included in the story was a copy of a photo. I cleaned it up as best I could. Below the picture, I will include the caption that came with it.
Elf Deer killed by automobile in Alma, Wisconsin
This deer killed by an automobile recently in Alma, Wis., has overgrown hooves and biologists believe it is likely the result of eating something high in minerals and protein, said Jarrad Fluekiger of Alma. Fluekiger said the deer was recovered and placed in a cooler at the Main Channel fishing tackle shop in Alma. Doreen Burt at the shop said the owner, Lee Fluekiger, plans to have the whole deer mounted.

Not to be outdone by those in Wisconsin, Maine has a similar story but on a grander scale – of course you don’t really think the first story has a chance do you?

Last season during Maine’s annual moose hunt, the below cow moose, affectionately nicknamed the Elf Moose, was bagged by a hunter in northern Maine. Here’s the short story that accompanied the moose followed by the picture.

An interesting cow, referred to as the “Elf Moose” which has been observed around the Beaver Brook Road (T14R5) for the last two years was harvested this past week by Traci Bushey, the Ashland IFW Headquarters Warden Service Radio Operator. A real oddity as observed in the attached picture is the excessive growth of the hooves.
This cow had rear hooves over 15 inches long that curled upward. The animal did seem a bit skinny, perhaps due to reduced mobility from the hooves, but there was no problem with the meat.

Elf Moose killed during 2005 Maine moose hunt.

Tom Remington

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Something Smells Really Bad Around Baxter Park And Hunters Will Lose – Again

I have repeatedly said that we haven’t heard the last in the Baxtergate land swap debacle and that we are barely scratching the surface in terms of the backdoor politicking and deals that took place.

According to articles this morning in the Portland Press Herald and Bangor Daily News, Governor Baldacci’s group that he pulled together to further study the Baxter land swap and aquisition project revealed new and disturbing information about the efforts of conservationist Roxanne Quimby.

As best as I can explain it, here’s the deal. Governor Baldacci’s administration, through three years of secret negotiations that excluded Maine’s citizens and its lawmakers, agreed to trade out some of our public lands combined with purchases of other private parcels, in exchange for 6,000 acres of land adjacent to Baxter State Park and surrounding Katahdin Lake. It’s a complex operation utilizing the efforts of the Trust for Public Lands (scroll down for links).

Through misinformed negotiations that were prompted by the Baldacci camp’s urgings that time was of the essence, the rushed through compromised deal would set aside 4,000 acres around Katahdin Lake for the exclusive use of the Baxter State Park users – meaning no access for hunting, trapping, snowmobiling, ATVs, etc. – and setting aside a whopping 2,000 acres for “traditional” uses.

This latest development comes as no surprise to me and I am shocked to think that anyone involved in any of this knowing the track record of Roxanne Quimby, would be surprised. Quimby’s foundation, known as Elliotsville Plantation, Inc., has purchased around 23,000-25,000 acres adjacent to this 6,000 acres that Baxter State Park is about to acquire.

In short what this means is there will be no access to the 2,000 acres that was part of the deal to guarantee hunters and other traditional land users, access to the land – all part of the negotiated deal.

The Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine along with the Maine Snowmobile Association are asking Baldacci to take another look at this land swap deal. It is pointless for Maine to swap out land, around 7,000 acres of public land, and end up with 2,000 acres of unusable woodlands.

Furthermore, as part of the overall picture, Maine is contemplating using some of the monies generated from its undervalued selling price of the 7,000 acres, to purchase 8,000 acres on the east side of Baxter State Park. Once again rendering the land useless should Quimby post her land to prohibit access across it.

The citizens of Maine deserve at the very least for the Governor to revisit this issue and I believe an investigation is in order. The investigation should look into whether or not there were other behind the scenes deals made by Quimby, members of the Baxter Park Authority and other so-called conservationists. This entire deal smells of a bunch of dirty rats.

What also angers me are the comments being made by those who think we should just move ahead and hope things work out. This is how Paul Carrier put it in his article in the Press Herald.

But other participants at the meeting, which was held at the Department of Conservation, said state officials should first meet with Quimby to determine how she plans to use the 23,000 acres purchased from Lakeville Shores Inc. in Winn and from R.A. Crawford and Son Land and Timber Inc. in Lincoln, and what activities will be permitted.

Is it in the best interest of the overburdened taxpayers to be left at the mercy of a land owner who has a track record of buying and closing land? Why should Maine negotiate with someone whose objective is to buy up land and close it off?

Members of this group that met recently also said we should consider looking into “value swaps” with Quimby. What’s a value swap?

A value swap would allow the state to ban hunting on its proposed purchases if Quimby allowed hunting on her foundation’s land south of Katahdin Lake.

Others still insisted that we should work with Quimby on finding solutions.

“I would hope we could work with the landowner and find some solutions,” said Rep. Patrick Flood, R-Winthrop.

Flood said he does not expect the deal that the Legislature approved this year to fall apart, despite the concerns raised by Smith and others, because it took “so much will and energy” for the Legislature to cobble it together in the first place.

This is total irresponsibility on the part of this committee and our Legislature if they don’t take a closer look at this issue. If they plod along hoping for the best while being at the disposal of Roxanne Quimby, simply because this was a long involved and complicated negotiation, is flat out wrong. So what! Who really cares how complicated it was! Two wrongs don’t make it right.

Baldacci’s aid, following this case for the Governor and Conservation Commissioner, Patrick McGowan, both think we should just do the best we can with what we have so far.

Davies, the governor’s aide who is following the issue for Baldacci, said what is more likely is that all of the interested parties will try to reach agreement on limited changes that could then be ratified by the Legislature, without having lawmakers rehash the entire transaction.

“I don’t think the Legislature is likely to go back on this thing,” said Conservation Commissioner Patrick McGowan. “We have to work around it,” he said of the Quimby land purchase.

Roxanne Quimby has every right to buy as much land as she wants. She also has the right to post it or open it or limit its uses. This is not what is at issue here. If there were negotiations that went on prior to and during the first negotiations to acquire the Katahdin Lake parcel, with the intent to deceive the people, then this is wrong. We the taxpayers deserve to know for sure. We also have to have absolute guarantees of access to our public lands for recreation, otherwise this would be the worst investment anyone could ever make.

For our lawmakers not to take a second look at this would be blantant disregard in looking after the interests of the citizens of Maine. Personally, I have a strong feeling that this whole Baxtergate landswap involved a lot more than any of us know. I also have a stinking suspicion we will never be given the opportunity to find out.

Follow this link to a story about the Baxter land swap. At the end of the story you’ll find all the links to all the stories I’ve written about this issue.

Tom Remington

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Black Bear Bagged In Woodstock, Maine

160 lb. black bear shot in Woodstock, Maine
This 160 pound female bear was bagged by Don Jackson on September 1, 2006. He was sitting in a treestand in the late afternoon looking over his bait high on a mountain top in Woodstock, Maine. both photos taken by Randy Baker
Don Jackson with his 160 lb bear taken in Woodstock, Maine

Tom Remington

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Maine Any-Deer Permit Drawing Results

You can find them here at the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife website.

Tom Remington

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Governor Baldacci And Congressman Michaud Will Address Maine Wardens on 9/11

Governor BaldacciCongressman Mike Michaud

What: Congressman Mike Michaud and Governor John Baldacci visit Game Warden Technology Training on five-year anniversary of 9-11.
Where: Department of Public Safety Building
Take I-95 to exit 112. Head north on Route 27. Department of Public Safety is located 1.2 miles north on Route 27, on the left at the Central Maine Commerce Center.
When: 1:00 pm, Monday, September 11, 2006. Congressman Mike Michaud and Governor John Baldacci will address game wardens at 1:15 p.m.
Focus: The first phase of the plan to equip all Maine Game Wardens with laptops has started. Twenty Maine game wardens will be in Augusta on Monday, September 11 as one of the first groups to participate in the initial stage of implementing the Maine Warden Service Data Solutions Project. The project, funded by a $600,000 COPS federal grant secured by Maine Congressman Mike Michaud, will equip all Maine Game Wardens with laptop computers.

Congressman Mike Michaud and Governor John Baldacci will visit the laptop training at the public safety building at 1:15 pm on Monday September 11, the five-year anniversary on the attacks on the world trade center. They will speak to the game wardens concerning the importance of working with other county, state, and federal agencies in the wake of 9-11.

The laptops will be invaluable tools that will allow game wardens to manage incidents and investigations from the field and on scene where the actual work is performed. This project will also allow the Maine Warden Service to link with other state and federal law enforcement personnel through computer aided dispatch and electronic information storage and retrieval.

Tom Remington

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They Say You're Never Too Old

This morning Rod Davis, one of our contributing writers sent along to me a picture and a short note that I think would be of great interest to a lot of my readers.

Rod just returned from Oxbow, Maine after spending a week at Libby Camps for the opening of the Maine black bear hunting season. He files this report.

Carl Rainone of Providence, R. I. killed his first bear at Libby Camps last Friday evening. I hunted with Carl and his grandson Jason Arabian in 2004.
They make a point to spend time together every year at Libby’s for the bear opener. Carl is a delightful gentleman who killed his first bear at only 89 years young. I plan to mention them in my next story.

Carl Rainone

Tom Remington

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Favoritism, Maine's Image, Greedy Tax Mongers And Old Fashioned Politics May Keep Cabela's Out Of Maine

I just finished reading an article this morning in the KeepMeCurrent.com by Victoria Wallack and came away fuming. I just don’t get it. I am beginning to believe that Maine, its politicians and residents, are so mired into protecting some fanciful “image” that it is going to destroy itself.

At issue is the outdoor equipment retail store Cabela’s looking to open a store in Scarborough. They are now threatening to pull out of their proposal to locate there if the state doesn’t grant them some kind of tax break similar to the one given to  competitor L.L. Bean.

The tax break is part of a bill passed exempting L.L. Beans from paying a personal tax on equipment. Wallack explains it best.

That bill eliminates the property tax on equipment for manufacturers that business groups have been saying discourages new companies from coming to Maine and existing ones from expanding here. It leaves the tax in place, however, for storefront retail operations.

The exemption in it for L.L. Bean largely puts the homegrown retailer in the same class as manufacturers, while other local retailers have to pay the tax and then do the paperwork to get a reimbursement from the state under the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement program or BETR.

The carve-out for L.L. Bean was essentially a continuation of an exemption tucked into a massive state budget bill last year and unabashedly nicknamed the “anti-Wal-Mart” amendment. It required all national retailers with stores of 100,000 square feet or more, except for L.L. Bean, to pay the business equipment tax with no reimbursement. That provision was continued in the BETR bill passed this April, with overwhelming support in the Legislature.

It is no secret that Leon Gorman, owner of Beans, fully supports Governor Baldacci. I don’t think I would be remiss in saying this tax break is a payback.

What Cabela’s is asking for is a break on sales tax from it’s catalog and Internet sales from Maine residents.

The fast-growing and very popular retailer of outdoor and sportsmen’s gear doesn’t want to charge sales tax on its catalog and Internet sales in Maine if it builds a store here – a so-called use-tax that L.L. Bean charges on all its catalog and Internet sales in Maine and anywhere else it has a retail outlet.

Bean says the tax break would create an uneven playing field in Maine because people could go to the Cabela’s store, check out the merchandise, and then go order it via the Internet or a catalog without paying a tax.

Cabela’s claims that in the 19 other states where it has or is planning a retail store, the exemption has been granted through a ruling from the states’ revenue departments. They have determined the company’s retail operation is sufficiently separate from its catalog and Internet sales to allow for the sale tax exemption. If Cabela’s doesn’t get a similar ruling in Maine, store representatives say it won’t build here.

I think that it would be in the best interest of Maine to work out some kind of solution so that both retailers can exist here but I’m not sure that it will happen. The development in Scarborough, which would be anchored by Cabela’s as the major retailer, promises 800 new jobs, something Maine is desperate for. Economics 101 teaches that competition benefits the consumer.

L.L. Beans has had a monopoly as a retailer of outdoor gear with some competition coming from the Kittery Trading Post. One can only assume that a successful retailer like Cabela’s has done their homework and knows that Maine can support another store of its kind.

Those who voted for the bill are saying that the intent was to encourage manufacturers to move their headquarters to Maine. They say this is the kind of business Maine is looking for.

They use L.L. Bean as an example of how a business could move its headquarters here and enjoy the same tax breaks.

Sen. Ethan Strimling, D-Cumberland County and a member of the Taxation Committee, supports the Bean break, but is opposed to Cabela’s request, and will sponsor legislation to overturn the sales tax exemption if it is offered by the Maine Revenue Services.

He says the difference is the business tax exemption offered to Bean is available to other national retailers, if they move their headquarters here.

“If Cabela’s moved their headquarters to Maine, they would get the exemption. That was the philosophy behind it,” said Strimling, to attract national chains that can make their corporate headquarters wherever they chose. “If you can live anywhere, you can live here.”

Is this another one of those “quality of life” quotes that so many speak of in Maine – essentially that it’s okay to be poor and destitute because the quality of life in Maine more than makes up for it?

“It shows legislative intent to foster the kind of Maine-based business that L.L. Bean is. L.L. Bean is part of the state’s image,” said Rep. Thomas Watson, D-Bath, another member of the Taxation Committee. “Right now, L.L. Bean is the only one that qualifies. It’s an incentive for major retail to get stated here and get Maine-based.”

If this is so true, I wonder how many manufacturing companies or for that matter, similar retailers have inquired about moving their headquarters to Maine? Maybe a call to the Maine Chamber of Commerce could answer that question – but I doubt it.

I think it is clear why Maine needs some changes when it comes to taxes. Under Baldacci’s watch, taxes in Maine have strapped the people there to the point where the state has become the most taxed in the nation. It seems everyone sitting on the Taxation Committee shares the same view. I think that view is let’s carry the load of the Maine economy pandering to L.L. Bean.

Even the chairman of the Taxation Committee agrees and sees Bean as “the kind of business they want”.

Rep. Dick Woodbury, an independent from Yarmouth and House chair of the Taxation Committee, agreed.

“The intent of eliminating the business equipment tax was to encourage new businesses to come to Maine and existing businesses to expand,” Woodbury said. If a national retail company wants to base its operations here, “that’s the kind of business we want to attract to Maine and that’s the reason we put the provision in place.”

This is the same old story. It’s been written in chapter after chapter in the book on Maine’s economy. It seems that when opportunities present themselves for more jobs and competition in the marketplace, it gets run out of the state because it doesn’t necessarily fit the mould that Maine is looking for.

I certainly don’t want Maine to become one large strip mall but this image thing has got to go. I think it was an intelligent thing to offer Bean’s a tax break to spur on growth and expansion. Let’s just not be exclusionary because L.L. Beans is some politicians supporter. Offering a tax break on manufacturing equipment probably will have little effect on convincing companies to headquarter in Maine. Take a look around. The corporate taxes, sales taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes, are sinking business there now.

800 jobs is nothing to sneeze at and Maine consumers need competition to keep the prices of their outdoor gear down. This benefits everyone. Competition is good. Playing politics at the expense of the consumer is bad.

I think it is time for massive changes in Augusta.

Tom Remington

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12-Year Old Greenville Girl Bags Bear

The Bangor Daily News covers the story of Casey Alexander’s first bear. Hunting since she was 10, the Greenville girl has also bagged deer, turkey and rabbits.

Casey Alexander's Bear

Tom Remington

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Why Didn't Pat LaMarche Participate In My Interview?

It now appears that the registered voters of Maine have only five choices left on the ballot come November – that is if the five remaining hang on that long. Left are Baldacci, Merrill, Woodcock, LaMarche and NaPier.

I had asked four of these to participate in an online interview – Baldacci, Merrill, Woodcock and LaMarche – giving each candidate a chance to answer six questions and make a general statement.

Those of you who have been following know that three of the four who participated were Baldacci, Merrill and Woodcock. Even though LaMarche, green party candidate, contacted me to tell me that she would participate, after I sent the questions I never heard back again.

In all honesty I was surprised to think that a member of the green party would actually answer questions for hunters, fishermen and trappers. I made the assumption that she might not be a big fan of Maine’s rich heritage.

My theory may have been strongly supported when I read in the Lewiston Sun-Journal this morning that Pat LaMarche has won the endorsement of the Maine chapter of Friends of Animals. For those with a short memory, they are the ones in 2004 that initiated the referendum to end hunting bear with bait, dogs and traps.

Maine Friends of Animals, which unsuccessfully tried to ban bear hunting with bait, traps and dogs two years ago, has endorsed Green Independent Pat LaMarche in the governor’s race.

“Many Democrats who supported the bear referendum have not forgotten Gov. Baldacci’s support and illegal use of the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to defeat the referendum,” said Robert Fisk, the group’s president. “Chandler Woodcock has shown no interest in animal welfare issues, and like Baldacci, is strongly supported by Maine’s extreme hunting lobby.”

I love Fisk’s choice of words in describing Woodcock and Baldacci as being “strongly supported by Maine’s extreme hunting lobby”.

I fully understand that a candidate doesn’t have a choice should some group such as the extreme left-wing, anti-hunting group Friends of Animals decides to back them. I also can make a logical leap and say that there is a reason a group such as this extreme one supports LaMarche for governor.

Tom Remington

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