Letters, Camden Herald
On Monday, I was fired by my employer of almost 12 years to cut expenses and increase profitability. On Thursday, my daughter was due to have surgery. Wednesday night, my septic tank backed up into my basement and into the shower my daughter was about to use.
But this letter is not about me, it’s about Superior Restoration and Interstate Septic. Because Thursday morning, very early, when the engineer from Interstate arrived to dig with such care in our vegetable beds for the septic tank’s inspection cap, his main concern was for my daughter and her operation. And when the team from Superior Restoration arrived to clean up the mess, their main concern was to get the shower usable so my daughter could take the shower prescribed by the hospital before the operation, the one she’d been trying to take the night before.
Then, when I told Dave, Superior’s boss, who is an old friend, that I had been fired on Monday, he commiserated, shook his head, took 10 steps towards his van, turned and said: “Consider this my Christmas present to you.”
Half an hour later Dave called again to let us know that he had spoken to Interstate and they had also waived their bill. “Just bake us some cookies,” he said.
I don’t know exactly how much the bills would have been, but this generosity saved us a substantial amount of money at a time when we can least afford it. I don’t know a better story to restore your faith in the human spirit, nor a better argument to buy local.
P.S. The operation went fine. Going to Waldo County General is like going to family, complete with eccentric uncles, kindly aunts, laughing cousins. We’ve rarely felt better cared for.
An open letter to Sen. Susan Collins
Dec. 17, 2012
Dear Senator Collins,
Here is an opportunity for you to step up to the plate and demonstrate the statesmanlike qualities Maine senators have been known for. First convince your constituents that no one wants to take away their hunting rifles or shotguns - you can do this!
This is a matter of banning assault weapons and all automatic or semiautomatic weapons from everyone except the military. These are weapons of war and no one else needs them. This is not a matter of keeping them out of the wrong hands - there are no “right” hands for these kinds of weapons. Other countries have successfully banned such weapons.
Be the first Republican to introduce a bill banning assault weapons and I guarantee that you will have national acclaim. What you lose in support from the NRA, you will gain in stature (and votes) both in Maine and nationally.
I will be glad to collect signatures supporting such a measure.
Thank you for your service to our state.