ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 22, 1977
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(Studio) Islanders of Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket, Massachusetts, talk of secession from state due to redistricting plan.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters
(Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts) Secessionist group goes to state capitol in Boston to plead case with regard to redistricting with Cape Cod. [Martha's Vineyard state representative Terrence McCARTHY - group hopes state will help work out problem, but if not, bill to separate being put on file.] Islanders say they live under many unnecessary state laws which don't apply to island life. [Jack FARRER - doesn't see necessary input from state.] [MAN - should have been done years ago.] [2nd MAN - thinks it's joke.] Islanders to begin voting with regard to issue next month [Massachusetts Governor Michael DUKAKIS - hopes vote will be opposed.] In unlikely event of secession approval by Massachusetts legislature and Congress needed; some govs., like Vermont Governor Richard Snelling eye 2 islands. [SNELLING - talks of trade relations with islands.] Islanders note they used to be part of Maine and New York; will write states letters to see if anyone wants them. Few expect actual secession, but feel they've now made point.
REPORTER: Bill Stewart