The Village Green in Thomaston, for generations the grim site of the state prison, is a property that deserves permanent protection for the public.

So many Maine communities have embraced developing land for economic gain as a “tax base,” without considering aesthetic and quality of life issues. I’ve never heard anyone say a town has too many green places.

I can remember when Route 1 from Thomaston Village to the Rockland line was a pleasant drive. Now it’s sprawl, with big-box stores sucking local money out of our communities. Damariscotta wisely rejected a “super” Walmart in favor of its local economy, and guess who ended up with the Walmart?

As someone who loves historic Thomaston, I urge voters on June 14 to support keeping the Village Green as green space. Forever.

Steve Cartwright
Tenants Harbor