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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - May 14, 1990, Biddeford, Maine 35 cents May 14, 1990 Haj e daily newspaper of York county Maine Specter of negative advertising has District 1 candidates wary by lib Burnit staff writer a waiting for Willie Horton might be the watchword As campaigns enter the final month in the crowded democratic primary in Maine a first congressional District. Willie Horton if you remember was a Little known criminal who became the Achilles Heel of Michael Dukakis a White House Campaign because of a negative to and about Dukakis a furlough program. Here in Maine the Specter of a Willie Horton like and has put some candidates in a state of red Alert. No such ads have yet been aired. All the candidate forswear use of negative ads on their behalf and no one expects them to be used in the primary. But some candidates seem particularly jittery about the possibilities of oversimplifying or distorting their positions. A last week attorney general James Tierneyy a Campaign was actively engaged in damage control on a Campaign mis step that he Felt might be further exploited in a to and. Tierney Campaign Aid Jonathan Reitman tried unsuccessfully to get new stories in the press critical of a journal Tribune Story that highlighted an exaggerated Tierney Campaign claim regarding his environmental record. In an interview Tierney said part of his campaigns anxiety stems from concerns that his role in derailing a Federal plea bargain with Exxon in the Valdez Oil spill might play into a negative and. A it used to be you got Good stories and bad stories Good editorials and bad editorials a Tierney said. A a it a not that Way any More. Now any statement appearing anywhere a Chi it used to be you got Good stories and bad stories Good editorials and bad editorials. Its not that Way any More. James Tierney Maine attorney general the Brunswick shopping news a by a mistaken reporter a candidate or Campaign Aid can be put on television easily and a last month state senator Thomas Andrews had expressed anxiety that his published remarks on aids education at a candidates forum might be distorted to portray him As some sort of playground condom dealer. Campaign aides scanned newspapers for Early warning signs in the letters to the editor sections and Are now expressing Little concern. A a we re not worried a said Campaign spokesman Dennis Bailey. A you can make a negative and about anything. I done to see that Issue As being any different than any one political insider is not quite so assured. A potentially i can see a negative condom add said sen. Barry Hobbins a Saco. At any rate the fear of negative ads is reshaping Campaign behaviour and strategies say observers in and out of campaigns. A a it a Why candidates seem uptight a said John n. Diamond a former Maine House majority Leader and now journalism professor. A every smart politician has to anticipate their weaknesses opponents will exploit. All campaigns now Are foolish if they done to anticipate negative ads. They have scripts written for How to respond. They re stupid if they done to have a Andrews for example has deliberately avoided expressing his full position on one key unnamed position because he Hasni to yet figured out a distortion proof Way of doing it according to Bailey. A the issues candidates Are handling Are incredibly Complex and done to lend themselves to simple solutions a Bailey said. A but ifs so easy to demagogue an Issue. When you put something in its full context you can get almost anyone to agree with it. But you can take a piece of it put it on to you can make the candidate sound like Attila the Hun. A it does affect the debate instead of candidates weighing the issues they re thinking How a the other Guy going to pick it apart. Its a corruption of Tierney said he is no less hesitant to state his position but says he so More sensitive to How i appear in a one of the real permanent fallout of the 1988 Campaign was Willie Horton a Tierney said. A for All Public officials it Means that you will be judged not by your Best Case h ads continued on Page 14 pit proposal Wells gravel pit plan would reroute trucks 28 pages Abby 10 business 7 classified 22-27 comics 20 Community 8,9 lotteries 14 movies 10 National 13 obituaries 2 opinion 12 sports 15-19 television 10 world National 4,5 we Tow Sunshine. Page 2. By Emily Cal. Do ill staff writer Wells a High Pine residents Are hoping that a proposal to designate truck routes in the town will Cut Down on noise traffic fumes and dust that plague Homes in the area. The truck routes Are part of a proposal by selectmen to License gravel pits that some say will improve the Quality of life in Western Wells. Selectmen and planners Are considering a plan that Calls for $100 annual licensing fees for gravel pits with that Money going into a fund for Road improvements. Town manager Jonathan Carter said both Active and dormant gravel pits would require the local licenses under the proposal the bulk of gravel pits in Wells Are lot ated in the Western portions of town. The proposal also would designate a traffic route for trucks carrying heavy loads that would direct Drivers to travel the shortest number of Miles possible on Wells roads on the Way out of town. A the biggest thing. Is the truck route ordinance. It would ban some roads from heavy trucking a selectman and gravel pit owner Wayne Chase said recently. A it would keep heavy truck traffic from heavily populated areas a he said. A i think it will help on the West exact routes have not been determined. Currently selectmen Are waiting for planning Board comments on the proposal before moving ahead toward seeking a town wide vote next year. A anything is better than nothing a Bill s Lane resident Bobbi to Boulay said of the truck route plan last week. Noting that trucks still inevitably will pass some Homes Boulay said High Pine residents finally Are capturing selectmen a attention a but selectmen Are not following through a she charged. Boulay said water and air Quality Are threatened by unmonitored junk Yards and trash being thrown in gravel pits. For one High Pine couple getting town officials attention apparently is too Little too late. Jane and Cleve stairs of Bald Hill Road have tried in vain to preserve their property value and Quality of life by encouraging a residential oriented zoning change on their Side of town. Voters Defeated the proposal in March tile stairs also have spent More than a year questioning the legalities of the towns approval of an elks Lodge across the Street from their Home. Tuesday night their appeals to the town were exhausted and the stairs said they Arentt sure if they want to go to Superior court. Cleve stairs said last week that he and his wife probably will sell their Home rather than continue arguing a wills continued on Page 14 textile Plant fire caused by welding Torch by Windy Watkins staff writer Sanford a a fire inside a lint filled pipe at International Woolen company saturday morning was touched off by workers using welding torches. The Blaze came less than a Day after the Federal occupational safety and health administration charged the Mill with 99 safety and health violations and levied a $51,000 Fine for a wide Range of alleged infractions. No one was injured in the 8 30 a m. Fire but a Many Many pigeons who apparently had made their Home inside the foot wide pipe were killed As Black smoke travelled up its four Story length according to Sanford fire it. Brian Smith. According to Smith on saturday two workers were on the first floor of the textile Plant attempting to Cut away a portion of the pipe which is no longer used. At one time it reportedly was used to funnel Wool from one floor to another. Welders Bob Fortin and Mike Dube or. Were prepared with fire extinguishers to douse any flames caused by their work Smith said. A they expected some problems because of the Large amount of Wool inside the pipe a he explained. They apparently noticed smoke and sprayed the Smoky area with a fire extinguisher to put out any flames Smith said. Then thinking the fire was out they went to the roof to Complete another portion of the project. A portion of the fire was apparently hidden however. A there was just so much Wool residue in there that an extinguisher just do it a Smith said. In the meantime workers from nearby Wasco products noticed More smoke and called the fire department to report a possible fire. A the first sign of any problems the workers had was when the fire department got there a Smith said. Four fire engines and 25 firefighters responded to the fire. A when we got there there was a Small amount of fire showing from inside the Metal pipe a Smith said. The pipe runs up a stack attached to the outside of the Mill building. At first firefighters used an air pressurized extinguishers to try to put out the fire. A because of the volume of soldering debris that Wasny to enough a he said. Instead they ended shooting about 250 Gallons of water up the pipe. Pigeons reportedly kept falling out of the pipe As firefighters worked. The fire was under control in about a half hour Smith said. One of the violations Osha cited International Woolen with the Day before was for not having adequate fire extinguishers Handy for workers and having inadequate training in their use. International Woolen president Mario Fra to was in new York this morning and was unavailable for comment. International Woolen company was the site of a much publicized spill of concentrated sulphuric acid in january that led to an investigation by state and Federal officials of environmental and safety conditions at the Plant. Mass. Woman wins big after visit to Saco store by Imily Caldwell staff writer Saco a playing the same combination of numbers every week for almost five years without fail finally paid off for Helene Mancini on saturday when she hit a $3.5 million Jackpot a and she s not going to quit now. A Maine is a Lucky Lucky state for me a said Medford mass., resident Mancini 59, from the Augusta office of the Maine state lottery commission. A a in a not going to quit. I be done it since the first weeks lottery a she said ref err re to when Tri state megabucks held its first drawing in september 1985 Mancini said she owns property in Saco and is an investor with group i realty in Saco owned by her Nephew Mark Mccallum. Her sister who wished to remain unidentified buys tickets for her every week Mancini said. Mancini Learned of her win on sunday morning when her sister phoned her in Medford to Tell her she was a Jackpot Winner. A lottery continued on Page 14une grads told to be �?~active�?T2,000 attend ceremony by Michel Valway staff writer Biddeford nearly 2,000 people packed the University of new England Campus Center on mothers Day for graduation ceremonies of the colleges largest class Ever to receive degrees. The fog rain and Cool temperatures did not hamper the two hour Long ceremonies Complete with the traditional pomp and circumstance the Alma mater Hail Une and the prayer of St. Francis. . Sen. George Mitchell the commencement speaker urged the graduates to become involved. A wherever you go in life you will be part of a society a a neighbourhood a Community a state our great nation. Be Active in that society. Do something in and with your life a Mitchell said. The 168 graduates of the College of arts and sciences made up the largest graduating class Ever at Une and among them were 27 students who earned the first master of social work degrees awarded in Maine. University president or. Charles w. Ford noted that one graduate Mary p. Walsh earned a bachelors degree in pre medical after seven years of studies. Ford said the University continues to grow. On saturday officials broke ground for an expansion of the Jack s. Ketchum Library. Mitchell who is Active in health policy issues called the graduates chosen careers the a caring a one of our nations greatest challenges is to make available to every american Good health care readily accessible at an affordable Price. That is our nations goal. We have not yet achieved it a he said. He noted that at the last turn of the Century one out of every 25 americans was 65 years or older. Today of jut of eight is a senior. A half Century from now it will be one in five. The fastest growing group in the population is people Over 85, he added. A the health care and human service professionals who serve our people earn the gratitude of those they serve. They also deserve the gratitude of our entire society a he said. Ford awarded honorary doctor of humane letters degrees to Mitchell and or. Gene l. Schwilck retiring president of the Danforth found Carl d. Walsh Staft photographer six year old Sean Kennedy Lawrence congratulates his Mother Nancy after she received her Bachelor of science degree in nursing sunday during the University of new England a afternoon graduation ceremony in Biddeford. Hon for his contributions to the teaching profession. Mitchell was chosen to speak to the graduates according to University vice president Roger Sullivan because of his achievements in the health care and environmental areas. The Senate majority Leader is a key sponsor of the current clean air act legislation that is before Congress. He also has introduced legislation in Congress for $4 million to $5 million in Matching funds for a new medical sciences Center at Une that would include Modem state of the Art laboratories and the states body donor program. That Bill is in the a uni continued on Page 14 hundreds gather in the gymnasium of Uneus Campus Center for sunday afternoons commencement ceremony in Biddeford

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