The East-West Distress


The evil of prosperity, the evil of means is really defined as viewed through the lens of the beholder or in the hands of the manipulator.  For it seams that all this evil means experiences a metamorphosis when it changes hands by force through taxation, fines and regulatory compliance ordinances into government coffers.  Then, when it somehow finds it way into a government initiative to support several unwashed, matted-haired individuals surrounding a mud puddle, I’m sorry, a vernal pool, chanting in desperation for the rains to continue and fill the crevice in an effort to block a logging operation from continuing to support hundreds of hard-working families and their community at large, it becomes somehow wonderful.  Perhaps we can appreciate their willingness to stand there in defense of the defenseless mud puddle all the while donating ounces of blood to the reproductive cause of the swarming mosquitoes who are flying in formation around their caked ringlet heads in a salute to their generosity.  But we cannot agree with the environmentalist’s and liberal’s belief that money, when earned, is evil and money, when stolen, is good.  Truly, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

“Ah, you foul fiendish capitalist,” they cry, “ No, Robin of Locksley are you!”  Yes, sadly my one brief foray into joining the cast of  “Men in Tights” was thankfully nothing more than abject humiliation, actually, a cruel joke played on me by my older sister.  How she ever tricked me intoooo….ahem, moving on.  It would seem that even Robin Hood would be dismayed at the lengths Peter Vigue has gone to appease the new “Merry Men” and how they continue to decry his endeavor to create a more suitable artery of transportation for the State of Maine.  He has addressed the eminent domain issue, proving that false.  He has made many overtures to the conservation and wildlife concerns by building causeways over the highway for safer migration.  He has assured that the imprint of the road is narrower by far than I-95.  Yet, the environmentalists continue to chant, sweat and wail.  As each demand is met and another is thrust in Vigue’s face, the truth becomes all too evident.  There is one core issue of distress that cannot be resolved.  The East-West highway is a harbinger of prosperity to come.  It represents everything most hated by the left.  Americans earning their money and reinvesting that money into their community portends those communities becoming a bustle of hated, healthy human activity.  When these communities become part of the artery of commerce, they will taste the forbidden fruit of independence, self-reliance and self-actualization.  Oh, how the left hates that word, independence.  But we in Maine love it!

The East-West Highway represents the one final link to integrate the ingenuity of this great State quickly into the commerce fabric of our fabulous Nation.  For to long we have been held back from seeing our piece of the American Dream.  Imagine if the environmentalist had been around to stop I-95.  How would they get around to harass Peter Vigue?  Let’s take our rightful place in the American commerce, or…we could…go back to dancing around the mud puddle and praying for rain.

What Quality of Life?!!

As the radical left continues to besiege Peter Vigue, the catch phrase used by the these environmentalists to justify their anarchist intent is they don’t want to lose “the quality of life” poverty-stricken Piscataquis and Washington County has to offer them.  This is akin to the “it’s for the children” line used every time a liberal politician wants to raise your taxes to pay for another redundant bureaucracy.  There is no quality of life in poverty save for the quality of your soul, but that is not the substance of this debate.  If rural Counties in North-Central Maine cannot show large businesses that we have a transport artery for them to easily ship their products to market, we cannot hope to provide an attractive package to entice these businesses to come here.  These enviro-leftists know this and that is their hope.  At the core of their plan for our Maine is to drive the human footprint out of the “wildlands”.  They use the ruse of  “quality of life” to create hesitation in those who truly love the quality of life in areas we live on the edge of Maine’s wilderness.  They hope to create uncertainty and conjure the elements of a conspiracy against the native men and women of Maine. The inevitable stalemate ensues.  The entrepeneur with all his good intent suddenly finds himself neck-deep in a quagmire.  After millions and even billions lost trying to help the impoverished, the businesses give up in despair to the cackling glee of environ’s meddling minions.  Their accomplishment is two-fold.  The hated business man has learned a painful lesson concerning rural Maine and leaves considerably weakened financially.  The inhabitants of rural Maine are left even deeper in the despair of poverty, the environmental “quality of life”, and, with their children leaving in droves to seek fortune elsewhere, they follow in their wake to a different quality of life.  And Maine is left barren of humanity, just the quality of life these anarchists seek.

The East-West Direction


One of the major tenants of conservatism is the belief of private landowner rights.  It was the adherence to this belief that caused this columnist to be doubtful of the East-West highway project.  The Maine Conservative Voice had concerns about the probability of imminent domain and the violation of private landowner rights.  That is why I attended the forum at the Foxcroft Academy.  I made my way up to the top of the bleachers so that I could brace my tired back from a long day of construction work.  No sooner had I sat down that many orange-garbed people began to surround where I had deposited my tired frame.  It was readily apparent that they had already made up their minds about the project and expressed their disproval of the highway.

The presentation began and I listened.  But my neighbors did not.  At any moment when they did not approve of Peter Vigue’s statements, they would flash signs calling him a liar and at points heckling him.  Soon Mr. Vigue addressed the issue of imminent domain and it verified some of my research that private companies cannot invoke imminent domain.  On the other hand, the heckling orange clad protestors, that I found myself next to, revealed evidence of a different kind.

Every time Mr. Vigue would ask if the people from Piscataquis wanted a better prosperity, the orange throng about me would mutter, “No, we want a green life.”  When asked if they wanted to see more businesses leave Piscataquis, they would answer, “Yes, to save the earth.”  I began to see that all the protest against the violation of landowner rights was just one more ruse by the Environmental Left to keep any hope of prosperity coming to this great area from blossoming, thus, driving the hated human footprint from rural Maine, to turn this into the Wildlands they dream about.  After all, these are the same groups who advocated for LURC, wildlife easements and the like.  And they do have a plan for Piscataquis.

For some strange reason I received an email from a Mr. Gayton detailing his plan for Piscataquis County called the Piscataquis Village.  He plans to build small European style villages with narrow streets and create no-car zones.  This “micropolis” would set on 125 acres and would have “private building covenants”.  Gayton also proposes a 325-acre “green band” around this village, which also would be a car-free zone.  He needs to raise 2 million dollars to achieve the start of his plan for Piscataquis.  He has many who have started to donate in the hundreds of thousands.  There is more on this at these websites:


Some advocate these car free villages will agree to share one vehicle in case one is needed.  So while the left calls for Piscataquis to embrace its vision of our future, which is something akin to beg, borrow and steal, we the people of Maine need to look closely at the true motives behind those who exploit our love for this land.  They wish to blind us into severing our lifeline to future prosperity by cutting off the artery of business, transportation, as a sacrifice to their green agenda.

Recently while driving through Dover-Foxcroft, I noticed a bright hand made sign in storefront window.  On the sign was boldly written “Say No To The East-West”.  Right next to this sign was another sign in the window.  It read “Going Out Of Business Sale”.  Need I say more?

And please folks, get out there on the 12th and vote for Bruce Poliquin and Blaine Richardson, so we can send true social and fiscal conservatives to Washington, D.C. !!!