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Letter to the editor, June 8, 2011: Save LURC

Thomas Varney writes about his positive experiences with LURC in a letter to the editor.

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Letters to the editor, May 29, 2011: Abolishing LURC would do North Woods no good at all

As a Mainer, hiker and resident, Laura Suarez is disappointed at the little coverage given to Gov. LePage's attacks on the North Woods.

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Legislature should take more time on LURC

A legislative committee took a step in the right direction this week by saying it needed more time to implement a plan to abolish the Land Use Regulation Commission and shift all its authority to county governments. The committee ought to go a little further, however, and take the time to ask if abolishing LURC is really a good idea at all.

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Abolishing LURC won't solve anything

While there may be issues with LURC, abolishing it would fix nothing, and would poorly serve the state. The counties are, at least at present, a very poor substitute for what has become a state function. Historically, counties have not engaged to any significant degree in the planning, permitting and enforcement functions that are an absolute necessity.

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Keep the Dark Patch Dark - Don't 'Reform' LURC

The Maine Woods are much different now. But they still display a great patch of darkness on the iconic nighttime satellite photos. This remote, largely undeveloped region has been privately owned for 1½ centuries. But the pressures for change are growing stronger. Resisting those pressures, with its finger in the dike, has been the Land Use Regulation Commission.

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