Letters, Camden Herald
Already voted for Gartley
Carole Gartley is running for State Representative of Camden and Rockport. I voted for her already. I hope you will join me. Coming from a proud liberal Democrat, one might be surprised that I have such confidence in my friend who happens to be a moderate Republican. Carole possesses all the qualifications required to do a great job at representing us. She is generous, caring, very smart, and industrious. She is able to research and synthesize new information, explain it simply and apply it regionally. She is honest, has integrity and is committed to representing the needs of everyone living at and working here. On the important social issues, we agree. I am a small business owner and I like her perspective. I am the mother of a five year old in public school and I love knowing that she will vote for schools. What I love most about her and what makes me so sure she will do a great job for us is that she is a great mother and business woman and has been a caring and loyal friend for over thirty years.
The most important thing is to get out there and vote!
More than $3 million raised
As Honorary Chair of the Snow Bowl Capital Campaign, I am thrilled to tell you we have crossed the $3 million mark! This certainly reflects many contributors making this unique community resource a priority.
This project has been in the works for a number of years and plans have been made that include a new lodge, chairlifts, and trails for year-round uses such as hiking, mountain biking, skiing and snowboarding.
The history and development of the Snow Bowl has been a joy to be part of and there’s something so wonderful about seeing generations of families enjoying outdoor activities in our beautiful Camden Hills.
Dave and I go back over 60 years and four generations of great moments at the Snow Bowl. I’ve known other longtime skiing families as well as newer families now enjoying all sorts of year-round activities.
It’s been great fortune to have a $400,000 private matching “challenge” pledged to help our Committee complete the Campaign. How wonderful it would be if we could all pitch in and help reach this immediate goal by Thanksgiving!
To learn more about the challenge and Campaign feel free to contact Campaign Co-Chairs Erin Flanagan (785-5240) or Mort Strom (236-3052). You can also find extensive information about the redevelopment plans overall by going on the Snow Bowl website www.camdensnowbowl.com.
Joan Welsh brings not only a wealth of knowledge and experience to her work in the Maine House but also the personal qualities that make her an excellent Representative for the residents of Camden/Rockport. I have known Joan for over 20 years in a variety of professional and civic roles. In every aspect of her career, Joan has distinguished herself as a bridge builder; a leader who listens to all sides of an issue and considers all perspectives thoughtfully. During the past two terms as our Representative, Joan has fought hard to improve the economic health of our state while being a committed defender of environmental protection. Joan understands the value of Maine’s natural resources and the role that natural beauty and“sense of place” play in our economic development. As an educator I appreciate Joan’s ongoing efforts to understand the challenges that Maine schools face and her commitment to supporting teachers and students. Rather than jumping on the bandwagon of criticizing school failure, Joan is always looking for opportunities to celebrate our schools. Whether attending a school assembly at CRES or field day at CHRHS, Joan demonstrates her interest and pride in our schools. Joan is a tireless defender of protecting the rights of those who need to be protected most and will continue to seek balanced solutions when considering budget cuts that affect our most vulnerable citizens. Please join me in voting for Joan Welsh for State Representative for District 46.
Good signs for Camden
The Camden Downtown Business Group urges Camden residents to vote “Yes” for the proposed ordinance amendments to Article XI, the section in the Town Plan that addresses signage. Members of the Camden Downtown Business group unanimously endorsed the passage of these ordinance changes at its October meeting.
These changes will update the ordinance that preserves the beauty of the Town and the safety and well-being of the inhabitants while at the same time allowing reasonable advertising and informational signs regulating the type, number, location and size of such signs.
Unfortunately, there has been lots of misinformation -- urban myths, if you will -- about these proposed amendments.
These amendments have come about through hard work, in public forums, by members of the Camden Downtown Business Group and Town officials and Town committees. A public comment meeting was held and suggestions and objections of those attending have been incorporated in these amendments.
It is important to note:
No one from the business community and the Town would put the natural and scenic beauty of the Town, its rural area and waterways, in jeopardy with signage that would despoil the beauty of the Town and create hazards to vehicular and pedestrian.
These amendments will not increase the total number of allowed signs per business.
These amendments will keep the appearance of signs uniform town wide.
These amendments will prevent Camden from becoming a jumble or a jungle of signs, but will allow our resident businesses to be more visible and, hopefully, more profitable. It is in everyone's interest that the town stays beautiful and attractive.
Any and all signage will still require permits and code officer approval.
Please vote “Yes” on amendments to Article XI.
Chairman, Camden Downtown Business Group
Talent? She has tons. Camden-Rockport’s District 46 incumbent, Joan Welsh, works all sides of the Democrat-Republican wall to affect both political needs in business, environmental, health and educational fields.
Community knowledge and experience? Extensive. Former membership on boards such as The Community School, The Knox County Advisory Committee of the Maine Community Foundation, Maine Women’s Fund just to name a few. Currently, she’s on the Maine Media Workshops and the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship boards.
Leadership experience? Absolutely. She was Deputy Director of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. That’s a big one, but then, they’re all big including President and CEO of the Hurricane Island Outward Bound.
Education? Plenty. A college degree and later, Harvard University Business School Executive Seminar, Leadership Maine and the Center for Creative Leadership.
Family? Got one of those too. Three children, six grandchildren and an amazing mom.
Her strengths as a Legislator? Many. She listens, understands and is responsive to her constituents. She works hard to understand the issues at hand and listens to and considers all sides of an issue, both as it affects the Camden-Rockport district as well as the greater population of the State of Maine. Committed in her position, she attends legislative sessions, legislative committee meetings and important local forums and events. Wow.
Her Legislative accomplishments? She has sponsored or cosponsored bills to encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics education; improve environmental laws, protect health care consumers including children in Mainecare. Another wow!
Any Kudos as a Moderate? Yes! Endorsed by One Maine, they state “you demonstrated your dedication to working across the aisle to find solutions to Maine’s great problems. We thank you for that dedication.” The League of Conservation Voters also named her an Outstanding Newcomer in the 124th legislature.
Other Attributes? Of course. Great personal warmth, energy, dedication and commitment to her constituents.
Her priorities? To support and enlarge our midcoast Economy and Creating Jobs, especially in small businesses. Wait, there’s more. To improve the availability and affordability of Health Care for all. To protect and preserve Maine’s most important asset: the Environment. And finally, to maintain a well educated workforce and vital community.
Camden-Rockport’s District 46 is indeed fortunate to have Joan Welsh as an incumbent.
Please join us in our support for her re-election. Joan will be grateful. She wants to keep busy. Please give her a hand. She’ll love you, and so will Maine.
Robert and Didi Manns
Yes on 1
A week ago Annie had a bad fall at work and fractured her arm just below her shoulder socket. When the ambulance arrived at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, the EMT told the Emergency Department staff that Annie’s wife, Lucie, was following directly behind. Soon Lucie was signing the papers which allowed Annie to be treated and was by her side to comfort her.
In a time of emergency, we were unbelievably fortunate. Our marriage in California is not legally recognized here in our home state of Maine. When she received the call that Annie had had an accident, Lucie was not at home and had to come without the papers we have ready for just such an emergency. As registered domestic partners in Maine we hope, but can never be certain, that the very limited protections we are granted will cover our ability to support each other in medical emergencies. The limited rights and protections of our civil union in Vermont stop at the Vermont border.
There is only one word which describes the lifelong commitment we have made to one another and to our family: marriage. For better or for worse, in sickness and in health. Our children deserve to be able to count on the legal recognition of our vows and so do we, especially in an emergency.
In just a few days the voters of Maine will decide whether or not to recognize our marriage license. Before you vote on whether you consider our family worthy of marriage, we urge you to talk with your lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender neighbors, friends, co-workers, or family members about what the freedom to marry will mean to them. Please ask them how your vote on Question 1 will affect their lives.
Then stand on the side of love, commitment, and family and join us in voting Yes on 1.
Lucie Bauer and Annie Kiermaier
I support Welsh
This is a letter of support of Representative Joan Welsh for District 46.
I have known Joan Welsh for more than 10 years, first as a Rockport neighbor, and now as a Camden resident constituent. Joan has been friendly, direct and forthcoming long before she agreed to enter the political area. She is not the kind of person to tell you one, and then do something different.
Joan Welsh was the executive director of the Boulder County Safe House (Colorado) from 1979 to 1984. Having a state representative who has an understanding of all the elements that make up our community, including domestic violence, is important to me.
As a graduate of the first summer session of Hurricane Island Outward Bound, I greatly respect Joan's leadership of that fine organization as well as her leadership in environmental issues.
Let's see, I mentioned domestic violence, education and the environment. I guess that makes me a dedicated Liberal. Not really. My wife and I have owned a small business in Camden for the past 10 years. We have weathered some pretty tough times in the past few years. I think Joan Welsh is good for small business too!
Enthusiastic support for sign ordinance
On Tuesday November 6, Camden voters will have the opportunity to enact changes to the Signs Ordinance Article XI and the Non Conformance Ordinance Article VI. Both changes are designed to allow businesses to increase their presence and still maintaining the unique character of Camden.
The Downtown Merchants enthusiastically support changes with Signs Ordinance that will allow a single changeable blackboard sign and will increase the sign area from 2 square feet to 3 square feet. Businesses will be allowed one illuminated sign that says OPEN with no advertising or logo. Home Occupations will be allowed to increase their one sign from 4 square feet to 6 square feet (2x2 to 2x3).
This letter is not because of action or vote by the Camden Select Board. The complete descriptions of both the Signs Ordinance and the Nonconforming Uses can be found on the Town of Camden’s website: http//camdenmaine.gov or by visiting the Camden town office during regular business hours.
The advancements in the nonconforming uses will allow a limited amount of businesses to expand up to 30% pending Zoning Board of Appeals determination and that the affected businesses meet the conforming regulations of the ordinance.
These proposed changes came as a result of local business owners, members of the public and the Camden Planning Board meeting several times in workshop and public meetings. After two final drafts the changes before you, the voter, on November 6th reflect the best thinking on ordinance changes that will allow both the businesses and the public to visually identify our local businesses which will keep more business locally and allow for the best playing field for all concerned.
Join us on November 6th by voting in favor of these changes. Like all of you, we want to preserve the appearance of Camden and at the same allow resident businesses to be more visible and profitable. While we whole heartedly agree, Camden is the best place to live and work, competition all around us makes these few changes necessary to help our Camden neighbors succeed.
VOTE YES OF ARTICLE XI SIGNS AND ARTICLE VI NON CONFORMING USES
Clergy support for Question 1
We, the undersigned are called to raise our unified voice in support of the freedom of same-sex couples to marry in Maine. Though we may have diverse theologies, all our religions hold up the universal values of tolerance, compassion, equality and love; all our religions teach that there is no religion without justice. Religion is about what holds us together as individuals, as loving couples and as a community. So, our faith requires us, not only, to speak of human dignity, but also to work to ensure that every member of our community is treated fairly. Our religious values, our professional responsibility and our basic ethics insist that we embrace and nurture and protect all families and allow all Mainers to care for and make a lifelong commitment to the person they love.
Our vote and our advocacy is grounded in our faith in a just and loving god and is inspired by the teachings of Jesus who ministered to those who were wrongly marginalized in his own time, and who called us to give a voice to the voiceless, to widen the welcome table and to love our neighbors as our selves.
As religious professionals with the responsibility of knowing and naming our religious history, we also clearly recognize Question 1 as an issue of the separation of church and state. That division has been important to each of our traditions; and we applaud the clear intent in this law to protect the religious freedom of those still struggling with this issue. No church will be forced to marry any couple. Question 1 addresses issuing marriage licenses to all couples regardless of gender or sexual orientation. This is a civil right that should be extended to all Maine citizens.
Finally, as citizens, we are moved by the transformative values of our country’s founding; and we are still inspired by the idea of a self-evident truth that we are all created equal and that we are all entitled to the basic human rights of life liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This dream has not yet been realized but with each widening of the welcome table, with each extension of rights to those who have wrongly had them denied, we take one step closer to this ideal.
Take this step with us.
Vote yes on 1, so Maine can be the state and the shining example that, in the words of Langston Hughes, “lets America be the dream that dreamers dreamed.”
Rev. Mark Glovin, Rockland, Unitarian Universalist
Rev. Kevin Pleas, Camden, United Church of Christ
Rev. Nancy R. Duncan, Rockland, United Church of Christ
Rev. Peter Jenks, Thomaston, Episcopal
Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet, Lincolnville, United Church of Christ
Rev. Juni Shepardson, Rockland, Retired Local Pastor, United Methodist Church
Rev. Dr. Diana Lee Beach, Thomaston, Episcopal
Rev. Joan Smith, Rockland, United Church of Christ
Rev. Ralph Moore, Rockland, Episcopal Priest, Retired
Rev. Judy Mullins, Owls Head, United Church of Christ
Rev. Peter T. Richardson, Rockland, Unitarian Universalist, Retired
Rev. Jeffrey T. Belcher, Tenants Harbor, United Church of Christ, Retired
Rev. Theodore Kanellakis, Camden, Episcopal Priest, Retired
Rector and Gartley a winning team
Voters in Camden and Rockport have the opportunity this coming election to send a team to Augusta that would be a significant force for job creation in Maine. We all know that Chris Rector has worked tirelessly during his time in the legislature to promote innovation and job growth, and very few legislators today have the breadth and depth of experience that Chris brings to his seat in the Maine Senate. In his years of service, Chris has proven to be a highly regarded legislative leader who is listened to and who has clearly demonstrated he can get things done in Augusta. Carole Gartley has precisely the background she needs to join Chris in Augusta and help bring more jobs to Maine. Carole’s years of experience as a classroom teacher means she understands that a quality education is the key to Maine’s economic future, and as an entrepreneur and small business owner, Carole has a unique understanding of the skills and knowledge our workforce will need to build a strong economic future for the state. Together, Chris and Carole would be a powerful voice for job creation in Augusta. As someone who served with Chris in the House of Representatives and who taught with Carole right here in Camden, I am thrilled that these extraordinary leaders have stepped forward to serve us in Augusta, I firmly believe they can make a real difference for Maine, and I strongly urge voters to support them on Election Day.
Former State Legislator
Thanks for tour
The Camden Conservation Commission would like to thank the Maine Farmland Trust for leading two walking tours of Rokes Farm — Camden's new "Forever Farm" — this past Sunday morning.
The weather was Fall-spectacular, and the informational program and farmland tour delivered to nearly fifty people was exceptional! The vistas from the distant end of the field looking back toward outer Mechanic Street and Hosmer Pond Road rival the beautiful view from the road that is so familiar.
We learned that a young woman who grew up in Camden and then moved to California is now returning home and purchasing the land with her husband, the son of a successful farming family in California's Central Valley. Agricultural land, permanently protected, is a reason more and more educated and hard working young people are remaining in Maine after college or returning. Thanks to Maine Farmland Trust and its programs such as Maine Farm Link for this ever growing segment of young Mainers.
Thanks to those who helped with the event and publicity — Cate Cronin, Nina Young, and Andrea Denny of Maine Farmland Trust, John Evrard and Carla Ferguson of the Camden Conservation Commission, and Volunteer Nancy Caudle-Johnson.
Douglas N. Johnson, Chairman
Camden Conservation Commission
'Stripped of its teeth'
Maine can be proud of its clean air and the vast majority of us would be against anybody who would do anything to pollute it. Why ruin a good thing and go against our best interests? That’s why I’m so upset that our state’s Clean Election Act has been stripped of its teeth and that State Senator Chris Rector voted to do it.
The Maine Clean Election Act was approved overwhelmingly in 1996 and it leveled the playing field so that candidates who can’t afford to spend large amounts of their own money could run fairly against more wealthy opponents with ties to special interests.
Senator Rector has voted to turn the clock back on Maine’s Clean Election Act despite the fact that recent polling shows that nearly 80% of us were totally fine with things they way they were. Now, we can thank Rector and his Republican colleagues for making it easier for the wealthy and special interests to outspend their Clean Election opponents. Candidates in Maine have traditionally knocked on doors and met with community groups to get their message across. That’s how elections work best and it’s what we had here before State Senator Rector voted to change things and take us back to the days when private money spoke too loudly and gave an unfair advantage. Even a couple fellow Republicans bucked Governor LePage and their party to do the right thing and vote against the weakening of Maine’s Clean Election Act. Regrettably, Chris Rector didn’t join them and voted instead for special interests over our best interests. We need Ed Mazurek as our State Senator. Just as he will protect our clean air, Ed Mazurek will fight to restore Clean Elections.
I am supporting Ed Mazurek for the Knox County seat in the Maine State Senate. Rep. Ed Mazurek has proven himself an excellent public official. He represented Rockland and parts of Owl's Head for eight years in the Maine House of Representatives. He is a former member of the Rockland City Council and Mayor of Rockland. He was an excellent and caring teacher. He taught and coached at Rockland High School for many years. He is also a warm and active citizen. He is a member of the Rockland Coast Guard Committee, on the board of directors of the Maine Lighthouse Museum, and a member of the Elks and the Knights of Columbus. Ed is a graduate of Xavier University and has MA from Fairfield University. He and his wife Maryellen have four children and four grandchildren.
By electing him to the Maine Senate, the people of the rest of Knox County will quickly learn what those that live in Rockland and Owl's Head already know – that Ed will keep their interests and those of rest of the state at heart.
Vote for Ed Mazurek for Senate District 22.
Another Pease supporter
As the former sheriff of Waldo County and a retired game warden, for the past 40-plus years I've had the pleasure to live with and to serve the folks in my area to the best of my ability.
Along the way, I met many other folks who always was were serving their communities in a commendable way to say the lease.
One of them, Jethro Pease from Morrill, is currently running for the House of Representatives position, hoping to represent the folks in his district.
I've known Jethro personally for many years. He as a sharp businessman working in Belfast and Bucksport as the owner of McDonald's franchises. He is a good friend of mine and a dedicated firefighter in Morrill. He was a dedicated Waldo County commissioner and as a citizen, Jethro often could be found volunteering to work on many causes geared to aid and assist those in need who were living within his area.
Jethro never sought out recognition for his efforts, nor did he ever decline to aid a person in need if he heard about their struggles. As such, Jethro has gained a high amount of respect within our communities.
Jethro has raised a great family. Both of his son's currently are conducting their own respectable careers, providing a valuable service to the state of Maine and its citizenry.
It is my privilege as Jethro now looks to advance his own career to serve the people of Maine, to offer my full support of his efforts. I know he'll give the citizens his all and he'll do so always with their best interest at heart.
I urge you to join me in supporting a man with integrity, honesty, and a sense of community dedication. I assure you, you'll not regret the choice.
John Ford Sr.
Retired Waldo County Sheriff/state game warden/author
Mazurek a positive and balancing force
In the upcoming State Senate (District #22) election voters are being asked to choose between two candidates for that position, Ed Mazurek the Democrat Challenger and Chris Rector the Republican incumbent.
Both have extensive legislative experience and both are honorable, nice men, but the critical difference to the voters is what will happen legislatively in the next two years. The Republican candidate has, as he has generally in the past two years, no choice but to support Gov. LePage’s extremist agenda.
One only has to look at what has transpired over the past two years. Gov. LePage has designated 14 bills as the most important of his legislative agenda during this period and rated legislators in accordance with their support of these bills. A Legislators degree of loyalty to Gov. LePage's Agenda can be checked by going to www.mainepeoplebeforepolitics.com.
That check reveals Chris Rector Received a 92% favorable voting rating on Gov. LePage’s website. Chris Rector only voted once against the governor's agenda when he voted to override the Governor’s veto of the Research & Development Bill. Conversely, Representative Ed Mazurek has opposed the Governor’s agenda.
The LaPage/ Rector Agenda are that of the Tea Party, the Koch brothers (oil billionaires), some corporations and assorted reactionary organizations. The intent is to privatize most if not all Government services. This is not the agenda of the people of Maine.
Ed Mazurek, on the other hand, will be a positive and balancing force in opposing the LePage/Rector agenda in the State Senate and will represent the best interest of the people of Maine as he has in the past.
Ds “Out of the Closet” for Rector - again
It’s that time again. Every two years I “step out of the closet” and let the whole world know that I am indeed a liberal Democrat – through and through. And this year, as in the past, I am declaring that I am once again supporting a moderate Republican, Chris Rector, for the State Senate.
Now, more than ever, we need a true moderate representing us in Augusta. Chris Rector is that moderate -- fiscally conservative and socially progressive. In the mold of Olympia Snowe (and George Mitchel for that matter), Chris Rector presents a balanced and reasoned voice in a tempestuous sea of highly polarized partisan yelling.
But before I make my case for Chris, let me first say a few words about Ed Mazurek. Ed is a good man and a good Democrat. I have had the pleasure of working closely with Ed on a number of economic and educational policy issues over the years. For as long as many of us can remember Ed has been a fixture on the scene as a loyal, traditional, party line Democrat. I appreciate all that Ed has done for this region over the decades and I for one honor him for his many, many years of service.
Chris is thoughtful, knowledgeable, independent and energetic. He’s a bit of a policy and budget wonk actually. As a long time member of the non-partisan and highly respected Maine Economic Growth Council, Chris has perhaps the most in-depth knowledge of the complex business and economic issues facing Maine of any legislator currently serving in Augusta.
In addition to knowledge and experience, Chris possesses the tireless work ethic and stamina of the “Energizer Bunny.” We desperately need an independent thinker and energetic representative who has a track record of reaching across the isle to get the job done in in Augusta – and Chris is that person.
In case you have forgotten – here are a few reminders of why we all sent Chris to the State Senate in the first place (and why the LePage administration and the “Tea Party” wing of the Rs are not happy with him):
· Stood up to LePage - Chris was one of only 8 Republicans to publically (in writing!) reprimanded the LePage administration for inappropriate comments and the Governor’s “tone” early in his administration;
· Supported Same Day Voter Registration - Chris was one of only 3 Republicans in the entire legislature to vote with the Ds against the ban on same day voter registration;
· Resisted Union busting efforts - As Chair of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee, Chris resisted the LePage administration’s attempt to rush anti-union legislation through;
· Bipartisan support for Investment in Maine - Along with House Minority Leader Emily Cain (D), Chris introduced a bond bill to invest in Maine’s biotech, composites, environmental science, IT, marine trade and precision manufacturing industries (a bill that was strongly opposed by Gov. LePage and many of the leaders of the Republican party);
· Supported Same Sex Marriage – Chris was one of only 2 courageous “Rs” in the State Senate to stand up in favor of Same Sex Marriage (he has been in the cross hairs of the far right wing and Tea Party ever since);
· Supported a Woman’s Right to Choose – Chris has consistently supported a woman’s right to choose and was one of only 5 Republicans in the Senate in 2011 to vote against his own party’s bill to criminalize offenses against a fetus – a measure that was designed to erode abortion rights in Maine;
· Worked with Ds to re-write Gov. LePage’s energy bill – Chris joined with Ds on the Energy, Technology and Utility Committee to rewrite Gov. LePage’s energy bill. When it came to this issue, Governor LePage is quoted as saying, “I hope the people in November remember his name,” meaning the Governor would rather see Rector replaced by a Democrat. As Bill Nemtiz sarcastically noted in the Portland Press Herald, “and they say LePage isn’t bipartisan!”
So I urge all Ds out there to think independently - beyond party labels - and consider supporting Chris Rector – a true moderate with a bipartisan track record.
And to my fellow Ds who wisely voted for Chris in the past, I say, “fear not.” While Maine’s Republican Party certainly has drifted ever farther to the right – Chris Rector has not. You remember why you voted for him in the past – he’s the same Chris Rector now that he was then. We need his energy, his knowledge, and his independent voice of moderation - now more than ever.
Be aware before you vote
The Nov. 6 election, which will be interesting for a variety of reasons, includes several bond issues that you might overlook in your hurry to vote for the candidates of your choice.
However, Bond Question 4, listed as being for infrastructure and to create jobs, includes
$3,000,000 for dredging the Searsport commercial channel
$2,000,000 for “material handling equipment” at Mack Point, which is the Searsport harbor
This is money for the proposed Searsport LPG facility, which many people would normally vote against.
However the wording on the ballot will be this:
"Do you favor a $51,500,000 bond issue for improvements to highways and bridges, local roads, airports and port facilities, as well as for funds for rail access, transit buses and the LifeFlight Foundation, which will make the State eligible for at least $105,600,000 in federal and other matching funds?”
Which is reasonably deceptive. Who could be against the LifeFlight Foundation?
Consider, however, that he funding included in the package for LifeFlight is $300,000 in a bond bill worth $50 million, or 6 tenths of 1 percent (0.006) of the funds.
please be aware of what you are voting for or against.
I can't vote for Chris Rector this year
Every two years we get to decide whether the legislators that represent us in Augusta are doing a good job of representing our views. I can tell you that this election I will be sending a message to Chris Rector that his constant support for the Governor LePage tea party positions does not reflect my beliefs or views.
As a Senator he voted for the Republican’s partisan health insurance rate hike bill that is causing health insurance costs for small businesses and individuals to rise across Maine. He refused to close property tax loopholes for the rich,and he voted in favor of tax breaks that largely benefited Maine’s top 1%. Then he voted against a tax cut that would put more money in the pockets of middle class and working Mainers.
For years, I thought of Chris as a moderate who proudly thought for himself and had the best interests of his constituents at heart, but a close look at his voting record tells me something quite different. He voted in support of Governor LePage 92% of the time. Two years ago, I was part of the 61% majority that did not vote for Governor LePage, and I still believe that he and his supporters are not what is best for Maine.
We deserve a lawmaker who understands that doing what is right for his constituents is more important than scoring political points in Augusta. That’s why this November, I am supporting Ed Mazurek for the Knox County Senate Seat.
Fortunate to have Longely
Susan Longley has done a fine job as Probate Judge for the past 8 years. She is a just and caring person who brings well tempered experience to the position.
We are all very fortunate in having Susan's wise counsel serving us. A vote to put her right back in office is the smart thing to do.
Monroe B. Hall
Mailloux for probate
Being a judge of probate isn’t about power and control – it’s about integrity, compassion, fairness, and being available when there is a need – not just during “business hours”. Randy Mailloux will bring that, again, to the bench. I support him 100 percent.
I’ve been reading the letters over the past few weeks in support of both candidates for judge of probate and feel the need to respond. Most of the comments in support of Susan Longley refer to her success as a politician and how friendly and trustworthy she is. Some make reference to the so-called “negative” campaign that Randy Mailloux is conducting. I don’t see it as negative at all. How is Randy to voice what is wrong with the current judge and system without being labeled as negative? Unfortunately for the current judge, it is not flattering to have these issues made public. I, for one, want to know what the problems are and how he intends to do things differently. My vote will not be based on which political party I belong to, it will be based on who I feel is best qualified. Therefore, I will be voting to return Randy Mailloux to the Probate Court.
Who will best nominate for Supreme Court
With four of nine U. S. Supreme Court justices in their 70s and the next president in the position of possibly shaping the future of affirmative action, gay rights, abortions, and more with appointments he might make should any openings occur, the question of what kind of nominee he might put forth is our concern.
Mitt Romney’s view of the Constitution is straightforward: He believes its words have meaning. The founding generation adopted a written constitution for a reason. They intended to limit the powers of government according to enduring principles. The job of the judge is to enforce the Constitution’s restraints on government and, where the Constitution does not speak, to leave the governance of the nation to elected representatives…not up to the judges personal policy preferences.
Mitt Romney supports judges who “will exhibit a genuine appreciation for the text, structure, and history of our Constitution and the laws as they are written.”
He’s says, “I’ll reverse the president’s decision on using U. S funds to pay for abortion outside this country and I don’t think the taxpayers here should have to pay for abortion in this country.”
Those things I think are consistent with my pro-life position. And I hope to appoint justices for the Supreme Court that will follow the law and the constitution. And it would be my preference that they reverse Roe V. Wade and therefore they return to the people and their elected representatives the decision with regard to this important issue.
Will get the job done
I am writing in support of Randy Mailloux for Judge of Probate. Randy has 34 years of experience as a lawyer and is dedicated, hard-working and honest.
Randy will get the job done in the proper manner for the citizens of Waldo County.
Experience does matter and it is evident when you learn about the dedication that this man has for the job of Judge of Probate that he is the only person that is qualified for the position.
I recently found out that Randy put his own time and money into creating the office for the Judge of Probate. He built the furniture and designed the room so that it would not only more comfortable for the people coming in and wanting privacy but for a feeling of decency. He will work hard as your Probate Judge – please vote for Randy Mailloux for the Judge of Probate on November 6th.
Vote for Mazurek
Some recent letters to this newspaper have said that Chris Rector, Knox County's Senator, is "bi-partisan" and "moderate." I wish this were true—the facts show a very different picture.
To get the facts, go to the pro-LePage conservative PAC Maine People Before Politics. This conservative PAC gave Chris Rector a 92% approval rating. (Source: "People's Report Card for the 125th Maine Legislature" at www.mainepeoplebeforepolitics).
With this record, how can he be called a moderate and bi-partisan? The truth is that in the last two years, Senator Rector has been a strong supporter of Governor LePage. Because I don't support Governor LePage's agenda for Maine, I cannot in good conscience vote for someone who stands with the Governor 92% of the time.
I am happy to have Chris Rector as a neighbor. When it comes to representing Knox County, I am voting for Ed Mazurek for the Knox County Senate seat.
As a fellow attorney from Unity, I have worked with Randy Mailloux over the years. He is a conscientious attorney who is well versed in Probate laws and procedures. I believe that Waldo County would be well served with Randy as our Probate Judge.
Attorney at Law
Lucky to have Longley
Recently, while attending Community Weekend at Unity College, where our son is a freshman, I noticed a picture lawn sign of my law school friend, Judge Susan Longley. Once back home in Connecticut, I went on line to try to reconnect with her. I emailed Judge Longley ( I still think of her as Sue), she responded, and I now know I will have to wait until after the election for more catching up. With the election just around the corner, I just want to say that I think you have a great person serving as your judge. Her whole family is made up of great people. Sue happened to follow in her Dad’s steps as a public servant. Even way back in law school she always had her feet solidly on the ground, thought carefully about right and wrong, and was mindful of the needs and rights of all folks. Indeed, I recall a certain property professor she was willing to challenge, and he needed it! I encourage you to vote to keep Judge Susan Longley working for you…she will not fail you. Maine is lucky to have her.
West Hartford, Conn.
From moving Probate Court into the twenty-first century with something as simple as computerized case management to her commitment to children, the elderly, and families, Judge Susan W. Longley has worked hard to create a fair, frugal, and effective probate court for Waldo County.
Judge Longley instituted the Waldo County Mediation Program, giving families in conflict a vehicle other than lawsuits to settle family differences. Mediation also helps families, as well as taxpayers, save money. She has seen to it that all family members have fair notice of all proceedings.
Judge Longley has reduced excessive fees by setting up a maximum fee system for appointments. For example, if a lawyer is appointed guardian ad litem, he or she can’t charge more than $500 without first filing a motion to exceed the fee. This gives the family and the court time to discuss the matter and determine if more hours and fees are really needed.
Given Judge Longley’s commitment to children, the elderly, and families in crisis, and given her ability to create a fair, frugal, and effective probate court, she deserves our continued support. I intend to vote for Susan Longley. After considering her abilities and accomplishment, I hope you will, too.
Keep Longley on the bench
As Maine and federal elections near, most of us simply want them to be, well, over. Even so, I enthusiastically look forward to casting my vote to help assure that Susan W. Longley remains our Waldo County Judge of Probate. I am a friend of Susan’s, as well as her professional colleague, and I feel strongly that she has earned my vote time and time again.
I have had the privilege of practicing law in Waldo and Knox Counties for nearly four decades, and have been honored to serve on the Board of Overseers of the Bar, the Maine Bar Foundation, and as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project. My own law practice included extensive probate and trust work, bringing me into contact with Probate Court judges and their courts around the state. Thanks in large part to Susan and her capable staff, the Waldo County Probate Court merits much praise.
Lawyers, I believe, should ease and facilitate the daily affairs of Maine citizens, rather than obstructing or complicating their already challenging lives. The same goal should guide our judges and courts. During her eight-year tenure as Waldo County Probate Judge, Susan has, in my experience, both adopted and expanded on this principle, focusing on the people and families who appear before her, while still hewing to important legal procedures and precedents. Her sensitivity to real human problems, particularly those surrounding death of a family member and similar traumatic life episodes, adds an important dimension to what might otherwise be frightening, cold and expensive encounters with the judicial system.
We have a valuable, compassionate and skilled probate judge in Susan Longley. I hope others will join me in seeing that she continues serving in this very important post.
Richard A. McKittrick
Casting a vote for Longley
In the run-up to the election we have seen a number of letters in support of Susan Longley for Judge of Probate of Waldo County from social workers, educators and family members who have recently taken part in probate proceedings. I think there is a simple explanation for their heart-felt endorsements. In her eight years as Judge of Probate Susan Longley has instituted a mediation procedure and other measures that help turn what could otherwise be a costly litigation nightmare into a helpful family opportunity. I am casting my vote for the person who has made this happen, Judge Susan W. Longley.
Lawyers support Mailloux
I, like many local lawyers so far, am endorsing Randy Mailloux for Judge of Probate. There’s a reason that the vast majority (maybe close to 80% or more) of the local lawyers are supporting Randy. Ask them and they will tell you about their experiences and then you can make a decision.
I will tell you one of mine. It is all a matter of public record and you can read it for yourself at http://caselaw.findlaw.com/me-supreme-judicial-court/1536141.html. I represented a father who was fighting to keep custody of his child. Judge Longley announced at the beginning of the case what law she would be deciding the case on. After the case was concluded, it was very clear that my client had won and should have been reunited with his child based on the law that the case would be decided upon. There was no evidence that he could not safely take care of his child and the only real issue was that the child might have to transfer from one elementary school to another one down the street. That was certainly not enough of a reason to separate a child from a parent. Judge Longley said that she needed some time to think about it and that she would let us know her decision soon.
A short time later, I received the decision and was shocked when it decided against my client, but then absolutely blown away when the Judge decided the case based on an entirely different (and incorrect) law that was promised to us in court! I had never seen anything like that before and my client had lost his child unjustly. So we appealed the case to the Maine Supreme Court.
The Maine Supreme Court agreed with us that Judge Longley had violated the law and immediately vacated the guardianship in our favor. They did it unanimously and without the need for oral argument. This court rarely flips family law decisions like this unless the error was so blatant and clear that it has no choice. That was the case here. The sad fact was that a father lost his child for over a year because of this case and that kind of damage can never be undone. This should have never had happened with such a simple case.
This decision is just one example of why we need to return an experienced and qualified judge to the bench. It is major reason why I support and have been working so hard for Randy Mailloux. This never did and never will happen with him on the bench and we need to put aside the politics (name recognition, how nice someone seems to be, political party etc.) and vote for the most qualified person. With over 34 years in our courts (compared with several years around 20 years ago) that person is overwhelming Randolph Mailloux. He’s not a politician but he’s a great judge. Please consider voting for him on November 6th.
Aaron Fethke, Esq.
I am supporting Susan Longley for re-election to the position of Waldo County Judge of Probate.
Susan has helped many families with the difficult issues including those of guardianship, adoption, name changes and administration of decedents' estates in a very respectful and caring manner during her term as Judge.
Waldo County has many lower income families who are unable to afford high lawyer and legal fees for matters referred to Probate Court and her initiation of negotiation instead of a trail has saved numerous families. I have personally had a situation to appear in Judge Longley's court and felt the matter was dealt with in a fair and respectful way for all parties.
I urge you to vote in November and to re-elect Susan Longley as Waldo County Judge of Probate regardless of your political party affiliation.
On Nov. 6, I am voting against ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council wages war against our democracy. Funded by huge corporations, such as Exxon, Monsanto, oil baron Koch brothers, and big tobacco, this secretive, powerful group writes model legislation to benefit their own bottom line. And state legislators are wined, dined, and brainwashed into sponsoring these bills.
Just of few of their policies, out of over 800 model bills, would begin the gradual process of privatizing Social Security, Medicare, and public schools. When you hear the word “voucher”, that is the beginning of the end for these historically successful programs.
ALEC promotes inequality for minorities, opposes women’s rights and bargaining rights for workers, and offers “stand your ground” bills like Florida’s. But perhaps the worst threat to our democracy is voter suppression, aimed at making it difficult or impossible for hundreds of thousands of Americans to vote. In Maine, Charlie Summers brought us voter suppression; our people’s veto threw it out.
The following state legislators are, or were, tied to ALEC as of Oct 12, 2012, as listed online by www.Sourcewatch.org:
1. Sen. Richard Rosen (R-Dist. 31, Hancock)
2. Sen. Debra Plowman (R-33, Penobscot)
3. Sen. Brian Langley (R-28, Hancock)
4. Sen. Christopher Rector (R-22, Knox)
5. Sen. Mike Thibodeau (R-23, Waldo)
6. Former Sen. Carol Weston
7. Rep. Ryan Harmon (R-45, Palermo)
8. Rep. James Hamper (R-100, Oxford)
9. Sec. of State, Charlie Summers, candidate for Snowe’s Senate seat
When ALEC was exposed last summer by the mainstream press and Bill Moyers (see his documentary, The United States of ALEC, on www.Democracynow.org) over 50 corporations and 70 legislators resigned ALEC, denouncing it as un-American. Not one Maine legislator quit.
Time to throw these babies out with the ALEC bathwater.
Who Do You Represent?
The voters of Waldo County should be aware of the possible allegiance of two of their legislators, who are up for re-election. As independent voter in Waldo County, I recently discovered that Mike Thibodeau and Ryan Harmon are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is an organization that brings state and federal legislators, and even their families from around the country, all expenses paid, to four star hotels and resorts for conferences and workshops. ALEC is funded by many corporations and billionaires such as the Koch brothers. Their conferences and workshops consist of educating the legislators regarding ALEC’s political agenda. ALEC provides the legislative members with templates (“cookie cutter bills”) of legislation to be used to create bills to introduce in their respective state legislatures. These templates address many aspects of current laws and proposed laws that ALEC favors. In general some of the legislative areas being focused on are:
1. Privatization of Schools – creation of for profit schools to displace public schools. This benefits corporations such as K12 (NY Stock Exchange: LRN) and Connections Education LLC owned by Apollo Management (NADAQ: AINV). Privatized schools would take taxpayer funds to run these schools with 25 to 30% going to the corporation’s profits. The strategy to justify creating these schools is already in motion. The consistent cutbacks in school funding are affecting students’ performances. This in turn is used to justify displacing public schools with private or charter schools.
2. Creating legislation to privatize government functions such as child welfare programs, prisons, water and waste treatment, all at a profit.
3. Legislation to reduce corporate liability (tort reform) for unsafe and environmentally hazardous products and processes which benefit such industries as pharmaceutical , tobacco, energy, and many more.
4. Divorce restrictions and elimination of “no-fault” divorce which create more profits for legal firms.
5. Opposition to minimum wage and removal of employee collective bargaining rights.
6. Further deregulation of the banking, health, pharmaceutical, and insurance industries (no rules).
7. Further deregulation of industries overseen by the FDA, EPA, etc. (no rules).
8. Elimination and restriction of women’s reproductive rights such as access to contraception. The results of this effort has generated legislation is states such as Virginia.
9. Disenfranchisement of voters through voter id laws which make it more difficult for the poor, elderly, and people in rural areas to vote. Interestingly, voter fraud is virtually non-existent.
10. More tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.
11. Legislation to block health care reform.
12. At the federal level privatization of Social Security and Medicare.
13. At the federal level more jobs going overseas by supporting legislation for free trade agreements with Columbia, Taiwan, and South Korea.
Due to recent rising interest in ALEC, consumer pressure has caused 44 corporations to leave ALEC, such as McDonald’s, Coca Cola, Pepsi, General Motors, GE, etc. Efforts are also under way to remove the tax exempt status of ALEC and classify it as a political lobby. For more comprehensive information google ALEC. It is sad to see placards supporting these two legislators in front of the homes of people who would be harmed by the results of ALEC’s legislation.
When two of Waldo County legislators are members of ALEC, I have to ask, ” who do you actually represent?” , the citizens of Waldo County or the corporate/billionaire funders of ALEC.
Thank You for Support
On behalf of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation and thank you to many individuals and businesses for the collective efforts that took place in Harbor Park and the City of Rockland over the past few weeks in preparation for visits of Oceania Cruises MS Regatta (September 28 and October 15) and the maiden voyage to Rockland of The World – Residences at Sea (October 12 – 14). The MS Regatta carried 632 passengers and 398 crew members on the October 15 port visit. The World – Residences at Sea had 56 Residents, 33 Guests and 240 crew onboard during their stay.
The Chamber of Commerce Visitor & Hospitality Services team of Alicia Bagnall and Sarah Shepherd, the Camden Chamber office volunteers Judith Tarbox and Fran Moore, and Lorain Francis, Executive Director of Rockland Main Street Inc., coordinated our overall volunteer shifts in both Rockland (Public Landing and Main Street) and Camden (Village Green). The following volunteers were invaluable in our efforts to assist these visitors by sea during the three port of call visits: John Allbee, Barbara and Leon Bausch, Phelps Bristol (who was onboard the two vessels assisting their concierge staffs during their port calls), Sally Bristol, Ann Bacon, Susanne Carey, Barbara Cizmazija, Stan Elliott, Priscilla Granston, David Harden, Lucinda Hathaway, Renee Hutcheon, Evelyn Kalloch, Dottie Liberty, Mark Masterson, Ann Matlack, Martha McCann, Fran Moore, Pat O’Brien, JoAnn Peace, Leona Pierpont, Fred Reinke, Karyn Rizzo, Tom Rizzo, Judith Tarbox, Bob Williams, Arlene Woodman and Jennifer Woodman.
I would also like to thank the following individuals and businesses for their contributions and overall assistance: Dottie & Bob Liberty (décor); Woody Emanuel of Admiral’s Buttons (two–sided map of downtown businesses in Camden and Rockland); All Aboard Trolley – Jim Gamage & his staff; Schooner Bay Taxi – Chris & Renita Merritt and their staff; City of Rockland – City Manager James Smith, Mayor Brian Harden, Harbormaster Ed Glaser and the Public Works Dept.; Amy Powers – CruiseMaineUSA; Frank Isganitis – Board President of the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce (and mini-lobster trap tree set-up); Farnsworth Art Museum; Owls Head Transportation Museum; Schooner Appledore – Capt. John McKean; Cellardoor Winery – Bettina Doulton; Plants Unlimited – Hammon Buck (décor); Green Thumb – Alice Schultz (décor); Brooks Trap Mill – Stephen Brooks (lobster traps for mini-lobster trap tree); Adventure Advertising and Rock Coast Sports- Mike Czosnek (signage); and Muriel Curtis (assistance with set-up).
During The World visit, there was a maiden voyage private ceremony and presentation of gifts aboard the vessel with the Captain on October 13. Thank you to the following individuals who participated in this welcoming ceremony and private tour: Amy Powers – Director of CruiseMaineUSA; Frank Isganitis – PBRCC Board President; Brian Harden – Mayor, City of Rockland; James Smith – Rockland City Manager; Lorain Francis – Director of Rockland Main Street Inc.; Representative Ed Mazurek and Maryellen Mazurek; Ed Glaser – Rockland City Harbormaster; Carol Maines – County Commissioner; Martin Cates - Select Board Chair, Town of Camden; and Deborah Tobey, Development Officer – Farnsworth Art Museum.
As an active member of CruiseMaineUSA since 2001, we had been actively working with our partners within this Coalition for many years in support of the development of a responsible and sustainable cruise ship program for the Midcoast region, including additional vessels like the privately owned residential yacht, The World – Residences at Sea. As a Chamber of Commerce, our vision statement and mission have been aligned with elements of the City of Rockland’s Comprehensive Plan (2002) in working together to engage community stakeholders and foster careful and responsible economic growth in the development of a sustainable cruise ship program, while staying mindful in our endeavors of balancing the area’s business growth and development with our natural attributes, heritage and exceptional quality of life.
A number of milestones have been achieved through these collective efforts. 2011 was Oceania Cruises first visit to Maine and the North Atlantic in their history. Inquiries about Rockland by Senior VP of Operations of ResidenSEA’s The World – Residences at Sea, led to a FAM tour of Maine in the summer of 2005 that was very well received, with a confirmation that Rockland should definitely be part of their future itinerary planning in their next visit to Maine. The selection process for a given destination for this privately owned residential yacht is based upon a vote taken by their Residents two or more years in advance, so we continued to build our relationship over the years, and ultimately we received confirmation in August of 2010 that The World – Residences at Sea would be calling on Rockland in the fall of 2012.
Cruise ship visits to the Midcoast have been steadily growing, with the retention of multiple sailings from American Cruise Lines and the return of Blount Small Ship Adventures in August of 2012 (three port visits), resulting in 29 cruise ship visits, our highest number ever. The 2013 season is looking very strong, with three port calls confirmed for the MS Regatta (September 15, October 3, October 9) and 28 port calls from American Cruise Lines from June through October.
We are looking forward to our continued collaboration and partnerships in the community as we build on our success in carefully growing this industry as one element of the economic sustainability of the entire region.
Director of Operations, Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce