Some months ago, I was confronted in Hannaford by a person employed by the Department of Economic and Community Development. I was told that I had to stop writing about the JECD (Joint Economic Development Council of Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor). There was no collusion between the JECD and Industry Partnerships, I was told by one who obviously had been reading my blog.
The DECD is the statutory planning board of the Financial Authority of Maine, which concentrates and redistributes capital funds in Maine. What, then, is the DECD's chain of command, if not the regional boards?
§13059.State agencies to cooperate All state agencies and any other organizations designated by the department to implement community and economic development programs and policies shall cooperate with and expeditiously respond to requests of the department. [1987, c. 534, Pt. A, §§ 17, 19 (NEW).]
The Maine Development Foundation powers The foundation, notwithstanding the foregoing, shall have no power or authority to enter into contracts, obligations or commitments of any kind on behalf of the State or any of its agencies, nor shall it have the power of eminent domain or any other power not provided to business corporations generally. Bonds, notes and other evidences of indebtedness of the foundation shall not in any way be a debt or liability of the State or constitute a pledge of the faith and credit of the State. [1977, c. 548, §1 (NEW).
The FAME Corporation
§969-A. Powers and duties of the authority 14-A. Receive funds. Receive and accept from any source allocations, appropriations, loans, grants and contributions of money or other things of value to be held, used or applied to carry out this chapter, subject to the conditions upon which the loans, grants and contributions may be made, including, but not limited to, appropriations, allocations, loans, grants or gifts from any federal agency or governmental subdivision or the State and its agencies. ….[1991,c. 780,Pt. P,§1(AMD).]
The FAME Corporation 3. Programs and policies In implementing its powers, duties, responsibilities and programs, the Finance Authority of Maine shall consider the state economic development strategy and the policies and activities of the Department of Economic and Community Development. [ 1987, c. 534, Pt. B, §§6, 23 (NEW).]
Others are also being influenced to silence their voices if their views do not conform with those of the local power elite. John Seitzer's recent letter to the editor was mostly supportive of new developments but against changing zoning ordinances to allow condos to be constructed 25 feet from the water's edge rather than the 500 feet that the current ordinances specify. A recent story in the Boothbay Register reports that speaking out on the zoning issue prompted email threats from one of our local oligarchs, disturbing enough for the Seitzers to bring it to the public's attention.
“We’ve raised questions and concerns regarding the proposed zoning changes for the east side. (The emails) were clearly an attempt to silence us and stop us from speaking at public meetings.”Seitzers share Coulombe emails, Boothbay RegisterIn the same article Coulombe is quoted as saying "“I suggested that having nonconforming businesses made no sense for the future of the east side. It has been a full inclusive process with an advisory group that took all the input at many meetings to come to comprehensive recommendations for the planning board. It was a fair and unbiased process having everyone’s interest in mind.” (emphasis mine). "Nonconforming" is another way of saying there will be no divergent views allowed. This is the rhetoric upon which propaganda is built.
And so the silencing continues, or at least the attempt thereof. Following is the comment
made by reed1v, which remains in public view, followed by my response which has been deleted from view by being marked as spam, most likely by Islandmanz:
First from reed1v:
Mackenzie Andersen reed1v 4 hours ago