I appreciated George Smith article with regard to Swan’s Island and the problem they are having with the PUC (”Time to fight for Swan’s Island, and rural Maine,” Feb. 22).

The insensitive remarks by one commissioner that, “people choose to live on Swan’s Island,” implies that we could go live next to wherever he lives. Most islanders are descendants of settlers from the 1790s. Swan’s Islanders today live and work in the place that was built up by their ancestors. It is the place they live.

It is historic, if one cares to study Maine history, that the islands were the among first places settled. Maine would not have the cache that it now enjoys without the people of the islands.

Also, it isn’t always summer on a Maine island. There is struggle just as there is in every community populated by real people. I urge the PUC to get real.

Maililani Bailey


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