May 21, 2019

Beyond asphalt

Stan Moses waxing poetic about paving the state (BDN, Oct. 7) was something to behold. Would that Maine’s economic problems could be fixed with asphalt.

As a Maine native and high-tech small business owner, I have been waiting for the day when Maine’s tax structure (for companies and employees) is revamped so that I can move my business back to Maine. My company and other low environmental impact, high-revenue businesses like it are where Maine’s future is. The future is most certainly not in a four-lane highway blasting through established communities and sprinkling low-paying service jobs along its length. This kind of thinking had its day, but that day was over decades ago.

Maine has an important infrastructure edge in its fiber optics network. This is forward thinking. Paving a route so that Canadian goods can pass more easily from St. John to Montreal does nothing except leave people like me with less reason to want to move back to Maine. If I wanted to live in an asphalt wonderland, I would stay right where I am.

Douglas J. DeAngelis

Woburn, Mass.

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