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Old 11-02-2009, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Way South of the Volvo Line
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I am usually one of the loudest voices speaking about wasteful government spending, but speaking as an artist I know that the grants and fellowships that the Maine Arts Commission offers keep many productive artists teaching, working and supporting our local communities. Many of these grants mandate involvement in community or educational institutions.
I was one of the first to gripe at the Wegman photos in Kennebunk mainly because I know him to be a NY artist, not a local. Not all the spending is so frivolous when you consider that local artists are also local labor.
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:56 PM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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No wonder I can't wee wee cause they closed the other rest areas. Now I will admit, a timely stop is much much better than any art.
Now that's something I forgot. They did close some rest areas didn't they?
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Old 11-02-2009, 04:53 PM
 
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$100,000 for those three dog pictues is just plain stupid. You could pay two shovel leaners salaries for that.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:26 PM
 
Location: some where maine
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reading all these posts just screams at me "RANGER RUN FOR GOVERNOR" id put the breaks on all of it.
85 grand for BLT water.100 grand for some dam dog photo.that's 185 grand that could have kept at least one rest aria open between grey and Bangor,the problem it there is NO over site committee.
there is no accountability.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:34 PM
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Ranger for gov! Pssst....the one just before the Pittsfield exit please?

Reloop, yes, they been closed for a few months now.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: In a van, down by the river.... LOL
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I usually stop at the very first rest/welcome area about two miles in when you come north on 95 from NH. Is that one still open? It was 3 weeks ago when I went up to close the camper for the winter.
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Old 11-02-2009, 08:42 PM
 
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I must begrudgingly admit I do so admire the art work that Arizona Department of Transportation ( ADOT) has set up under bridges and on highways. It is fresh, clean and very attractive!
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Old 11-03-2009, 03:39 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I appreciate art too but don't appreciate money that is supposed to go to roads being spent on art. Then we're hit with this:

[CENTER]Question 6: Bond Issue [/CENTER]
[CENTER] (Part A of Ch. 414, Public Laws of 2009)

[LEFT]“Do you favor a $71,250,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, airports, public transit facilities, ferry and port facilities, including port and harbor structures, as well as funds for the LifeFlight Foundation that will make the State eligible for over $148,000,000 in federal and other matching funds?”[/LEFT]
[/CENTER]

Someone isn't spending the money appropriately now and they want more.
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Old 11-03-2009, 04:23 AM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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I've seen the "dog art" at the Kennebunk rest stop. If they paid $102,000 for that, the artist is the one laughing all the way to the bank.
I haven't seen them. Is it the one where they play pool or the poker one? Sorry
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Old 11-03-2009, 05:08 AM
 
Location: On a Slow-Sinking Granite Rock Up North
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Default Question 6

Agree with MW on that one.
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