Truth and Consequences

How a massive cultural transformation being marketed by public- private special interests on the Boothbay Peninsula of Maine does not withstand the most elementary, rudimentary research effort.

Mackenzie Andersen

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Are they soluting or are they protesting? William White Unsplash

I was composing a post for two days, working on it yesterday morning when it suddenly disappeared from my dashboard and from Google history. All edits for the post I have been working on since two days before yesterday have been wiped, while other history remains.

I tried to find ways to restore the history but nothing worked and so now I must re-create the post from memory. Here goes: I know it will be a very different post this time around not unaffected by the disappearance of my original post about the proposed 100-million-dollar school. In the vanished post I was more low-key and actually trying to move away from thinking about the depressing transformations being planned for our rural community by outside agitators, but once my post was disappeared low key was out the door and I can’t hold back.

There is a video online at AOS98, the school district website, Building Project Overview in which School Superintendent Robert Kahler is pitching the 80 million dollar school before it became a 100 million dollar school.

Kahler explains that in the beginning there were two unidentified companies that both estimated the cost of the school at 40 million dollars but a May 2022 Boothbay Register article states that two identified architectural firms said “You can expect that the final number is going to land somewhere between the $10.8 million and $16.7 million.”

The misrepresentation of the facts is so easy to establish that it begs the question, what is the perceived character of the public to whom the video is pitching? I submit that the special interests behind this transformation so intentionally exclude community participation that they are woefully occluded from knowing who their audience is.

Mr. Kahler says “Our goal is to complement not to compete” with the “very unique existing services and resources of this region”. In practice, it will likely be “dominate and replace” considering the 100 million dollar school in the context of the BRDC…

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Mackenzie Andersen

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