July 09, 2020

Public access denied

Back in the 1970s the people of Minnesota were sold the idea that a national park was needed. The people were told that public access and traditional outdoor recreation would continue unchanged. A national park would increase tourism. Also the lost property tax revenues would be made up because the federal government does not pay taxes.

People were told one-industry towns would become two-industry. But today there is a full congressional hearing in Minnesota to give Voyageur National Park back to the people. Why? Because the people were lied to on every account.

Public access has been taken away from them. Traditional outdoor recreation has been denied. Increase in tourism never happened. One-industry towns are still one industry. Who was behind all this? The Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club and other narrow-minded special interest groups. In Maine we now have the same thing happening: a Massachusetts-based group called Restore.

Mainers must not be fooled by these people. They will do whatever it takes to get you to believe them. Maine is known for the way life should be. Restore and others want to take away our way of life, our heritage and our traditions.

Public access must not be denied. Traditional outdoor recreation must be preserved. There is one club that is a leader in protecting our outdoor rights and traditions: the Millinocket Fin and Feather Club. When the facts are known about Restore an uprising will take place and the Fin and Feather Club will be leading the charge. Join our “Keep Maine Free, No Restore for Maine Coalition.” Jimmy Busque Millinocket

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