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This week I spoke with Freedom citizen James "Bub" McSpadden. I recognized him when I first moved to town from when I went to a youth group at a church that was very involved with Camp Fair Haven in Brooks. During the time I went there, Bub was the boy's director. He teaches at Temple Academy in Waterville, and has been teaching classes on U.S. history and American government in various settings over nearly four decades.

Bub is very passionate about the Maine and U.S. constitutions, and has a very recognizable vehicle calling out Maine's Legislature. He does not believe that the current actions of our governing bodies are abiding by one of the binding principled of the U.S. Constitution, which is to "secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity."

What displeases him most about this whole process is that it is not being done by the Legislature with opportunity for citizen comment through a public hearing. He does not believe that the Legislature has the authority to grant legislative authority to the governor and that such action defies the whole point of having three branches of government.

He had to get back to teaching a class remotely due to his adherence to virus guidelines, but he left me with this observation: "We need to get back to the actual Constitution of the State of Maine. Read it and understand it."

I will try to give people other than internet readers notice of the Planning Board meetings, which are scheduled for the second Tuesday of each month, and the Freedom Community Historical Society meetings, which take place the second Wednesday of each month. I get a little distracted, and 2020 has not been my best year.

Speaking of that, if anyone has anything they would like to submit which deals specifically with the town of Freedom, or a specific resident that you would like to see highlighted, or an event of interest, please feel free to send it to me to appear in this space.

"The average man can't prove of most of the things that he chooses to speak of." — Damian Marley Patience

Peace.