Tag Archives: national park debate

Force a national park regardless of local public opinion? What a slap in the face

Ouch. If you are a citizen of the Katahdin region, double ouch. The kind of condescension used by Doug Rooks in his column about having Roxanne Quimby’s land declared a national monument just stings. Like a cold hard slap in the face. And then another. In a July 9 MaineToday Media column, Rooks argued Quimby should ignore […]

I wanted to know how the Katahdin region could grow, so I asked these 3 key people

  When I met Nancy DeWitt, board member of Our Katahdin, I knew that her son and founding board member, Sean, didn’t fall far from the tree. I first became aware of Our Katahdin while researching and blogging about the Millinocket region national park debate. Our Katahdin “is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization working to promote […]

Tourism jobs can’t replace high-wage manufacturing jobs. What’ll Maine do about it?

The more I’ve researched the Katadhin region national park debate, the more I’ve come to terms with a glaring reality check: Over-reliance on tourism in Maine in the wake of the manufacturing decline may not be such a good thing. Don’t get me wrong — we can and should rely on tourism. The 2014 fact […]

What if Quimby and St. Clair worked with locals on a comprehensive economic plan for the Millinocket region?

Boy, Roxanne Quimby and Lucas St. Clair are missing out. Since writing a post about the national park debate in northern Maine, I have received so many thoughtful responses. The people I’ve been in contact with are good, intelligent people — the kind of people who could have worked with Quimby and St. Clair to […]