On Nov. 7 I will vote for John Baldacci as governor. Out of many reasons to do so, I will mention three.
First is his support for funding for acquisition of land to be preserved for the benefit of the people of Maine. Development pressures will increase in the years ahead. Maine needs to be ahead of the curve, not playing catch-up. Otherwise, we risk loss of access to lands that generations of outdoor users, both residents and visitors, have enjoyed.
Second is Gov. Baldacci’s support for the Penobscot River Restoration Project, which will bring back 10 species of anadromous fish, including Atlantic salmon, shad and sturgeon, to 500 miles of their historic habitat by removing dams while retaining energy production capacity.
Third is the quality of the governor’s cabinet. Commissioner Patrick McGowan and Deputy Commissioner Karin Tilberg are outstanding at the Department of Conservation. Commissioner David Littell has restored respect for the Department of Environmental Protection. Commissioner George LaPointe of the Department of Marine Resources has demonstrated effective leadership in addressing difficult issues of fishery management.
Clinton B. Townsend