Who is paying for all those ads urging us to defeat the citizens’ initiative proposing the consumer-owned utility Pine Tree Power? Indeed, its opponents’ unrelenting campaign reminds me of the bottle industry’s record spending in Massachusetts in opposition to the bottle bill. Ultimately, that over-the-top campaign backfired as people began to wonder: “Why the overkill?”

Why do the opponents of Pine Tree Power think that a nonprofit utility is going to cost us more than a company that appears to have enough of a profit margin to be able to fund what appears to be a very costly ad campaign?

I encourage Mainers to base their decision on the facts. Take a look at the Pine Tree Power website. The information presented there is far more compelling than the scare tactics being put forth in the campaign being waged by their opponents.

Erik Bertelsen
East Boothbay

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