2015-07-17 / Letters

Support of LD1378 is appreciated

To the editor:

Thank you, Sen. Ron Collins and Rep. Chris Babbidge for supporting LD 1378. The governor has vetoed the bill and we strongly urge you to vote to override his veto.

The governor is holding the Lands for Maine’s Future (LMF) bonds hostage as a political bargaining chip, putting 30 projects at risk. Recently, the Legislature voted by over two-thirds in favor of LD 1378. This bill would require the governor to release voter-approved bonds unless there are legitimate, non-political reasons for holding them.

Maine voters have spoken. Over 60 percent of Maine voters in 2010 and 2012 voted to invest these conservation funds. In York County in 2012, 62 percent of voters supported the LMF Bond, 65 percent in Kennebunk alone. Failure to override the veto would devastate current and future conservation activities statewide.

LMF funding has supported projects close to home, including the Kennebunk (Blueberry) Plains, a protected grassland community that is the largest such ecosystem in New England. The Plains turn purple at the end of the summer with the blooming of the world’s largest population of Northern Blazing Star, an extremely rare flower that occurs nowhere else in Maine. Expertise with birds or plants is not required to enjoy that landscape, as can be confirmed by the many people who make use of it every day.

Kennebunk Plains is just one example of LMF’s benefits to the local community and state at large. Thank you for voting in support of LD 1378. Please support the will of Maine’s people and our own community by voting to override the governor’s veto.

Ken Janes, Eileen Willard, Monica
and Bill Grabin,

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