Sorry Newbie, I didn't check back after my diatribe. Yes, I am correct. Maine is a wild(less then it used to be) remote(up east and north and west) and quiet place. The weather is so bad that I have seen families move in because they thought it was Bar Harbor or Old Orchard Beach year round (how bad can winter/mud season/fall mud season(sometimes frozen, be?) And move out less then a year later. Visit it and admire it for what it is. But to move into the outer reaches is to be a particular type of person. And most of them voted for Oidiot. And now the natives do to because there are no jobs and they are captured by the welfare, healthcare, wick, fuel assistance, and SS benefits for being dumb, alcoholic, or hurt
. No kidding, I know a guy(knew a guy) that got a pension for being a drunk, and he promptly drank himself to death. That must be the death panels they talk of. All it is going to take is some tinkering with the rules for fishing and the money game the lobstermen have going right now will be over. (Believe me, they make GOOD money) It is the only thing keeping traditional families in the ungodly beautiful harbor homes and scenes in way downeast Maine. Just let the gov. get them or the fishery to collapse a bit and even though many of them are millionaires, they will be taxed off that valuable land.
It is hard for some to fathom that Maine is that different. After all, Portland is just right up there. We ain't talking Portland as the rest of Maine calls it N. Boston. Go spend a winter in Fort Kent with our northern most member, sterling40man, and you will get an education.
Glad you enjoy my take on things. Many in the family have asked me to write a book about growing up "in the bay" as our ancestral home was called. Holmes Bay it is called. I have seen the transition from true poverty to created poverty in rural areas and the damage the created kind has done. I am called the Curmudgeon by family and friends for good reason.