The paper writes:
"Of course, the tourism industry here will always be driven by the coast – that’s what people think of when they think of Maine. But in many ways, that is because the coast is where the investment and attention have gone for decades. Inland Maine doesn’t have the infrastructure and high-end offerings of the coast, nor does it have an identity outside the state."
I'm not sure I agree fully that inland Maine does not have an identity outside the state. After all, it was "On Golden Pond", not Golden Ocean. And last I looked, Redford and Nolte's "Walk in the Woods" was to end at Katahdin, not Prouts Neck. Maine hunting and trout fishing are anything but unknown and the legions of skiers at Sugarloaf and Sunday River probably know they're nowhere near a lighthouse. The same for visitors to Moosehead, the Rangeley Lakes, The Belgrade Lakes and a myriad of inland meccas too numerous to mention. How about the thousands of family camping vacations in the Maine woods? And didn't Thoreau write a book by that name?
But the place where the Press Herald really needs to take its head out of the beach sand is its advocacy of despoiling inland Maine with thousands of thunderous, flashing and out of scale wind turbines - and all their hideous gigantic transmission lines -- at the same time it advocates for investment in inland tourism.
If the newspaper is truly sincere in encouraging attracting tourists to inland Maine, it might first do no harm and stop scaring them away with the push for defiling our rural vistas.