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I love my commute from Freedom to Belfast because of the rolling hills, farmland, and the fact that I have to stop more for groups of turkeys than traffic. However, fall adds a special majesty to the landscape that is the envy of so many “leaf peepers” around the world. It’s such a great time of year for living where there are more trees than anything else.

Now is also the time of year when it gets dark out early, and not too cold to sit outside for long periods of time. This week I turned off all the lights in the house, sat on the back deck, and basked in the brilliant bright stars’ serenity. It was such a stark contrast to the rest of the day, when we are inescapably bombarded with electronic distractions and short attention spans. I hope you take a moment to step outside once the sun goes down, turn the phone on silent, and let your mind go blank as you stare up into the clear night sky.

The Freedom Community Historical Society is holding an online auction to raise funds for the Keen Hall restoration. If you have an interesting item to donate — something on which you think either locals or a national audience would bid — please get in touch with me. The society has been pleased with Keen Hall’s progress so far, and has welcomed new members in the last couple of months.

Absentee ballots are currently available at the Town Office. There are three ballot questions, the most famous (infamous?) one being the question about the CMP corridor.

I will not get political here. I will give no opinion on what I think should pass, but I want to note that in my view, Question 1 appears to be actually a three-, four- or five-part question, depending on how you read it. The enumeration below is added by me and indicates what I think are the parts of the question:

“Do you want to [1] ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, [2] both retroactively to 2020, and [3] to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?

“Do you want to [1] ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and [2] to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, [3] both retroactively to 2020, and [4] to require the Legislature, retroactively to 2014, to approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?

“Do you want to [1] ban the construction of high-impact electric transmission lines in the Upper Kennebec Region and [2] to require the Legislature to approve all other such projects anywhere in Maine, [3] both retroactively to 2020, and to require the Legislature, [4] retroactively to 2014, to [5] approve by a two-thirds vote such projects using public land?

The multi-part nature of the question is supported by the two possible responses. Your ballot will say that a “yes” vote is to enact the initiated bill “in its entirety,” and a “no” vote opposes the initiated bill “in its entirety.”

Regardless, I think the wording of the question is quite confusing and multi-part ballot questions are unfair to the voter. Mr. and Mrs. Voter are left in the lurch if they agree with some parts of the question and disagree on others. Am I crazy, or do people out there in readership-land agree with me?