Question 1 is about the NECEC

Unless you are living in a cave, you likely either saw, heard, or read the carpet-bombing ad campaign that CMP and it’s hopeful partner Hydro Quebec unleashed upon us all over the last year, about how the Northeast Clean Energy Council was going to save our planet from climate change. What you may not have noticed, is that those ads have stopped in favor of a new approach. The opposition researchers that have now been planted throughout the State (including in our community), likely saw that their “green” ad campaign was not swaying the smartly skeptical voters who are paying attention to the issue.

Instead, we are now being inundated with a different message from Mainers for Fair Laws, a political action committee that has been created by the same nefarious players to confuse and distract you from what Question 1 is really about. So, let’s get this straight: Question 1 is about the NECEC, plain and simple.

In 1993, Article 9 Section 23 amended our State constitution to say that our public lands could not be substantially altered for any purpose without first passing with a 2/3 majority vote by our legislature. During the permitting process for the NECEC, which crosses a significant section of public lands in Western Maine, both the LePage and Mills administrations facilitated the violation of that constitutional amendment in order to fast track the permit, saying that the 100-foot-tall poles and connecting powerlines would not substantially alter this wilderness area. Anyone who has been to this area and enjoyed what the wilderness has to offer will know that this couldn’t be further from the truth.

Mainers for Fair Laws is trying their best to capitalize on the unsettled political climate of our time by saying Question 1 is unconstitutional and creates retroactive laws that we should all fear for some reason. The truth is, we wouldn’t be having this conversation if the State constitution had been followed in the first place. If you close out the noise for a moment and actually read Question 1, you will see that unless you happen to be building “high impact transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region” you have nothing to worry about. It has to be retroactive, because CMP started construction knowing full well that their project would be challenged.

CMP and Hydro Quebec are banking on the fact that they can confuse Mainers into believing that this is something that it isn’t. Let’s prove them wrong. Vote Yes on Question 1 to stop the CMP Corridor.

Tom Edge

Camden

 

The State of Menstruation

The State of Maine began taxing menstrual products in 1954. Beginning Oct. 1, 2021, menstruating Mainers will no longer be taxed when purchasing period pads, tampons, menstrual cups, panty liners, and “other similar tangible personal property designed for feminine hygiene in connection with the human menstrual cycle.”

Sixty-seven years of financial gain from girls, women and trans folks having periods is a long time and represents many millions of dollars in Maine revenue. It took fearless legislators and advocates working unrelentingly for years before Maine became the 23rd state that does not tax menstrual products.

We are pleased with this progress.

There is still work for us all.

One Less Worry, a Knox County nonprofit that ensures area menstruators have the period products they require, is working to untangle issues of cultural unease regarding women and girl’s bodies, and menstruation.  We want menstruators to own, understand and be at ease with menstruation and for their families, schools, and communities to support them by actively normalizing periods.

This looks like menstrual products in all bathrooms.

This sounds like words such as period, menstruation, pads, tampons, and menstrual cups rather than code words that imply menstruation is unhygienic and limiting.

This feels like periods are normal even for people who do not have them.

Sharon Hobson

Executive Director, One Less Worry

 

Only in Maine!

After being “away” for quite some time, we recently spent a week in the Rockland area. On a beautiful day we stopped at Archer’s for lunch. My companion accidentally dropped her wallet out of her purse when getting out of the car. One of Maine’s great citizens picked it up and turned it in to the hostess. The staff at Archers promptly surveyed the restaurant and caught us going out the door! The wallet was intact, and we had a great lunch!

Thank you, Maine!

Sam Giustra
Omaha, Neb.