I recently read, in this newspaper, yet another lament about Mainers not supporting economic growth and being against everything. It is true that Maine people have opposed a lot of things that might have added jobs. The list is long and stretches everywhere from the Dickey-Lincoln Dam to nuclear power, casinos, road widenings, wind turbines, tar sands and public squares.
Some people, particularly those who think the economy trumps everything, tend to lump all of this opposition into this derisive spittle of a word, “NIMBY” (“Not in My Back Yard”). The implication is that everyone who opposes something would be in favor of it if it weren’t so close to their house.