Letters to the Editor, Camden Herald
Voters in Camden and Rockport are fortunate to have Rep. Joan Welsh on the ballot this fall. Joan has skillfully represented the people of our district for two terms in the Maine House of Representatives. In the legislature, she has distinguished herself as a voice of reason, moderation, and civility.
As a member of the Joint Standing Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, Joan has recognized that the well being of Maine's economy depends upon the wise stewardship of our natural environment. She has worked tirelessly to improve the economy of our state. Joan has decried the significant increase in health care costs to individuals and small businesses that resulted from the health care changes made by Republican lawmakers in Augusta in the last legislative session. She has worked hard to cut costs and improve health care for all Maine people.
As a representative of our district, Joan has been a consistent supporter of issuing marriage licenses to loving, committed same-sex couples. Joan believes that marriage matters to all Maine families. In August, Steve Betts reported in the Bangor Daily News that her opponent had participated in a Knox-Lincoln County Tea Party meeting that clearly opposed the freedom of same-sex couples to marry. Why would Joan’s opponent attend such an event when she later stated in the Bangor Daily News Candidate Questionaire that she supports marriage for same-sex couples?
Voters in Rockport and Camden have a clear choice this November. I hope you will join me in voting for Rep. Joan Welsh.
Integrity and ambition
I'm writing in support of Jethro Pease for the position of State Representative in District 44.
Jethro has shown his qualifications for leadership in business in many ways. He has, in the past, co-owned two McDonalds restaurants with his wife. He has served as chairman of the Lincolnville Telephone Company as well as past Waldo County Commissioner.
Jethro was also on the founding board of directors for the Bangor Ronald McDonald House from planning to several years after opening.
He has served as chairperson of the Morrill Board of Appeals for 4 years.
Jethro was also, the first Volunteer Fire Chief in Maine to be awarded the Maine Fire Chiefs Association chief of the year award. He was a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years.
He has served his town well and Waldo County also, as Chairman of the Waldo County Commissioners for 4 years.
Welsh a good choice
I am writing to urge my fellow citizens to re-elect Joan Welsh as our Representative in Augusta. There are many qualities that make her a good choice: responsiveness, genuine concern for her constituents and approachability. But it is in some specific actions that you can see her concern for fair treatment and the welfare of the people in her district.
Joan voted “no” when the governor and republican majority succeeded in passing a euphemistically called a free market healthcare reform bill, effectively removing the cap on individual insurance premium increases. As a result of this bill, more than 50 percent of Anthem's individual policy holders received rate increases many as high as 18 percent.
Joan voted “no” when the administration moved to reduce the DHHS budget by removing people from Mainecare and reducing prescription benefits for seniors.
These “no” votes were “yes” votes for the benefit of her constituents. Higher individual private insurance premiums plus reduced Mainecare is a prescription for more people in Maine without either affordable healthcare or access to healthcare.
Re-elect Joan Welsh, she is standing up for all of us.
I have known Chris Rector for many years and was delighted when he decided to run for elective office a decade ago. I supported him enthusiastically then and continue to do so today.
While we share a common bond as Republicans, more important for me, Chris is widely known and respected in the legislature as a problem solver who, from within a core philosophical framework, approaches all issues with an open mind and a strong desire to craft as bipartisan a solution as possible. I haven’t always agreed with Chris’s conclusions, but I have always admired the integrity and conviction he brings to every step of the decision-making process. This approach has, at times, subjected Chris to criticism from fellow Republicans, such as when he co-signed a letter critical of the tone of some of Governor LePage’s public comments.
We hear a lot of talk of the need for more bipartisanship and civility at all levels of our public discourse. I urge all of you for whom this is a core consideration to vote for Chris Rector on November 6.
What about my religious rights?
This month my wife, Mary, and I will have completed 57 years of the commitment we made when we married. If we had been of the same sex we could not have married and could not have made that commitment.
I have no problem with those whose religious principles are opposed to gay marriage. Their churches would not be required to perform same sex marriages under the proposed law permitting licensing of gay marriages. Their churches would also be protected from any legal actions because of their choosing not to perform gay marriages. So they would be free to follow their convictions if the law passes.
I have a serious problem when those individuals opposing gay marriage attempt to impress their religious beliefs at the expense of mine. This is a violation of my right to follow my convictions which find nothing wrong with issuing marriage licenses to gay couples wishing to make the commitment that marriage requires. Religious freedom, on which this country was founded, means that you can have your beliefs and I can have mine..
We’ll never know what position Jesus might take on the question of gay marriage. We can find nothing in the Bible quoting Jesus about homosexuality. We know, however, that on many occasions He went out of His way to show His love and acceptance of those who were rejected by some in society.
Gays should have the same right to make the ultimate commitment to another through marriage. It is my hope that voters will consider Question 1 with an open heart and an open mind and vote “Yes”.
Rector for Senate
What do you look for in a candidate for state Senator? My criteria include the following: integrity, responsibility, effectiveness, dedication, hard-working, educated and well-respected.
These are just some of the criteria that Chris Rector possesses. For two terms in our state Senate, and three terms in our state House of Representatives, Chris has represented the varied concerns of our district and his constituents. He also is currently so dedicated working as chairman of the Labor, Commerce, Research and Economic Development Committee; as a member of the Energies, Utilities and Technology Committee; and as co-chair of the Maine Economic Growth Council, he has sacrificed valuable campaign time and efforts, to continue to serve us, when he could be out campaigning for himself! That’s admirable! That’s Chris! Whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or an Independent, Chris is the man! Please cast your vote for Chris Rector for State Senate on November 6th.
Sandra Freeman Orluk
The Fiscal Cliff
It is no news to anyone by now that our nation has a spending problem. Fiscal irresponsibility and out-of-control spending have brought America to the edge of a financial disaster.
Big, expensive government is not just a fiscal issue; it is a moral issue.
For decades, misguided and costly government policies have perpetrated a vicious and repeated cycle of dependency. These policies have weakened the family, which in turn, has come to depend more heavily on the government to supply its needs.
Liberals call this “progressive.”
In reality, it is the worst kind of backward thinking imaginable and has devastating consequences for the health and stability of families and of our nation.
So the challenge before us is that if it is not reined in, will rob our children of their freedom.
During this Presidential Campaign liberals” have intentionally hammered the uninformed with half-truths, false information and downright lies….with such constant bombardment that those who get their education from the media are falsely indoctrinated to accept it all as the truth…most of it is a lie.
The fact is, We need a President like Mitt Romney who will give us the leadership to bring our government together to insure a balanced budget.
If you are tempted to sit out this election, I encourage you not to.
All of America is depending on your Vote!
Protect the environment, vote Chase
One of the most valuable assets we have here in Maine is our natural environment. On November 6 I will vote for Lloyd Chase as a representative to the Maine House of Representatives because he understands and appreciates the value of the Maine environment to our unique way of life. Our natural resources together with the resourcefulness of our workers can contribute greatly to our economic recovery. We need to kick-start the economy in a way that preserves our three major industries: fishing, farming and forestry.
Lloyd Chase of Liberty wishes to grow our economy while protecting our environment and he knows these are not mutually exclusive goals He understands how to work towards solutions with people who have diverse opinions, backgrounds and beliefs. As a Maine native and veteran, Lloyd understands the value of Maine’s unique environment and the value of green jobs to our state.
Lloyd Chase is running as a clean elections candidate. He is committed to working for the greater good and believes in the power of individuals to affect positive change in their communities and their country. Please join me in voting for Lloyd Chase on November 6.
To Pease Supporters
I wish to thank you all for your help in this campaign. There is one important detail I wish to ask you to maintain.
It is my feeling, like many of the people I am meeting that campaign season brings too much clutter to our roads. Signs are a necessary evil in promoting our names. That said it is my request that all of my signs be placed on private property, namely our lawns. If you see one of my signs at intersections or randomly placed along a roadside, please call me and it will be moved.
It’s a small step but, a promise I made to a couple of people this week to do my part in minimizing the clutter.
Candidate for House district 44
We need more people like him
I am writing in support of Mr. Jethro Pease as the representative for House District 44. I have known Jethro for many years and I believe him to be hones, hard-working and trustworthy. He is someone who I can trust to exercise his independent judgement on issues that come before the Legislature.
Jethro will do what he believes is best for his community and the state. We need more people like him in the state house.
Pease is 'flexible and fair'
I am writing in support of Mr. Jethro Pease as representative for District 44. I have worked closely with Jethro during his service as director and chairman of the Board of Lincolnville Telephone Company and its affiliate companies. I have known him to be hardworking, creative, flexible and fair. I am sure that Jethro will handle all issues that come before him with honesty, integrity and good sense.
President, Lincolnville Telephone Company
Bad signs for Camden
You may be concerning yourself on the November ballot with State and National elections which certainly are of great importance, but there are a couple of local issues that you should pay attention to and I hope that you will.
It is up to all of us to be informed voters and I wish to bring your attention to Article VI and Art. XI that deal with zoning changes to the Camden ordinance. I am not only going to ask you to examine these ordinances but to vote NO and defeat them.
We are concerned on a national level with lobbying and money directing our political choice, it is exactly that on a local level that has brought these issues to the Camden voter this November. These issues have been championed by the Downtown Business Group to allow more signage and the opportunity to expand non-conforming businesses even greater than the 30 percent asked for because it redefines lot coverage in all zones. These changes are for all zones in town and in areas where the speed limit is greater than 35 mph signs can be 6-feet in size and will double the allotted amount. In addition they give new powers to the code enforcement officer and the zoning board that make the enforcement of these changes arbitrary at best.
Please defeat Article VI and Article XI. Business is great in Camden, there are no vacant shops and I might suggest that it is the unique character of Camden’s zoning ordinance that keeps us as successful and such a wonderful place to live. Don’t chance it. Once the changes are made there is no turning back. It is our duty as citizens of this community to only allow changes to our ordinance that are absolutely necessary, these changes are not and I feel that they will diminish and exploit the special place we call home.
Occupy Chestnut Street
Stop the letters about Frye Street. Stop writing all these letters of self pity and helplessness. Put your convictions into practice. Don’t expect the board of selectmen to take your letters seriously. Your useless letters are probably in the trash, assuming they even read them.
Where are all the protestors? Where are all the people on Chestnut Street? Get out of your houses, make your signs and show the community, the state and the country what you really stand for.
What are you afraid of? Censorship? Repercussions? Embarrassment? I refuse to patronize any company involved in the demolition of Frye Street: the carpenters, electricians, plumbers, roofers; anyone remotely connected with its tearing down and the rebuilding of the next structure.
The only way to preserve what’s right will NOT be through the select board. It will be through your political pressure and conviction.
Occupy Chestnut Street! Starting tomorrow. Who will join me? Or will I be standing alone with my candle.
Independent Impressed by Longley
Last spring I attended Senior College at the Hutchinson Center, enrolled in a course called "Good Health 101." It turned out to be about a lot more than health; it was a helpful course for senior living. I give this preface so anyone reading this will understand my experience.
There were about 40 attendees; one woman in particular stood out to me. I had no idea who this person was until near the end when I discovered it was Probate Judge Susan Longley. She was an attendee, not a speaker, but I am sure we all learned from her. Probate Court is more than probating wills. It is about the living: those who need help with adoptions, conservatorships and guardianships, among other things. What impressed me was her genuine caring for the people she served. This was emphasized by her comments and questions, both wise and compassionate.
There is no question in my mind that Susan Longley should be re-elected and allowed to serve the community for another term.
Voting for Mailloux
I write to encourage support for attorney Randy Mailloux for Waldo County probate judge. Randy has the knowledge, wisdom and experience, both as an attorney and as a judge, to best serve the citizens of Waldo County as their judge of probate.
As a lawyer just out of law school, I first met Randy about 15 years ago when he was Judge Mailloux and serving as probate judge of Waldo County.
The matter which was before Judge Mailloux was a probate case involving numerous family members and a high level of disagreement. Judge Mailloux handled the case with great professionalism, appropriate judicial temperament and with compassion for all of the family members and their respective arguments.
Since that time, I have been involved with several cases where Randy has represented people with interests adverse to [those of] my clients. In each of those cases, I have found Randy to be an extremely capable and professional attorney.
In addition, throughout the years, I have consulted with Randy for advice about cases I have been working on. He is a wealth of information on all matters relating to probate issues and his advice, like his approach to legal matters, combines his vast knowledge with practical applicability. In the interest of full disclosure, Randy is a great source of information regarding hunting and fishing, also.
Randy lives in Waldo County, knows the people of Waldo County, and cares about the people of Waldo County. I believe he is the best candidate for judge of probate and I believe he can bring a much higher level of expertise, experience and knowledge to that position. I encourage you to vote for Randy Mailloux for Waldo County judge of probate.
Donald F. Brown
Let's go, Mailloux
For more than 20 years, I have had the privilege of practicing as a trial attorney in Waldo County. During that time, i have negotiated and tried many cases against Randy Mailloux, and I have tried cases with him as co-counsel. I have also tried cases in front of him in his role as judge of he Probate Court. I think it's fair to say I have seen all sides of Randy in his professional capacities. I fully support his election as probae judge.
If the voters are looking for a probate judge who is experienced, measured in his judgment, of the highest integrity and a well-respected member of the Maine Bar Association, they should choose Randy.
William S. Kelly
Curry for State Senate
I am voting for Chip Curry for state senator from Maine Senate District 23 -- Waldo County -- and here’s why you should, too.
Chip Curry believes in local control. He understands that Mainers are outspoken straight shooters who make their own way and don’t need cookie-cutter laws written by out-of-state interests. Unlike his opponent, he won’t turn his back on Maine people in favor of the out-of-state big money of ALEC.
Chip is strong on education. As a matter of fact, he’s devoted his life to it. He knows what’s right with our public schools, and what needs to be changed. He has watched the consolidation experiment fail locally and he understands that vouchers and virtual classrooms can never replace all that our children get from viable and vital community schools. He and his wife, Chris Goosman, have spent their lives investing in and inspiring local students and all of our kids are better off because of it.
Chip Curry understands that women are not second-class citizens. He wants his daughter to have the same chances as any other child. Chip believes in equal pay, equal opportunities and unlike his opponent, he supports a woman’s right to choose her own health care options.
We currently have a governor for whom 61 percent of Mainers did not vote. Unlike his opponent, Chip Curry will not be a rubber stamp of approval for the Le Page agenda. Chip believes that we agree on the vast majority of issues and those are the ones we need to focus on. Not wasting time and money on the few that we can’t come to agreement on. He believes in coalition-building and compromise. He believes in Maine.
If you believe that it’s time Maine politics got back to The Maine Way -- where we put the integrity and ingenuity of our people first, please join me in voting for Chip Curry for Maine State Senate.
I have been greatly perplexed by the snide, mean-spirited, attacks on Judge Susan Longley that have recently appeared in The Republican Journal. The statements that have been made in no way reflect my experiences in the Waldo County Probate Court.
I have worked in Belfast as an attorney for more than a decade and have often appeared in the Waldo County Probate Court, either as an attorney or as a guardian ad litem.
Typically, the matters that were before the Court were guardianships or adoptions. Because of the nature of these proceedings, emotions were often inflamed and there was always the risk that relationships within families would be irreparably damaged.
It is in this context that Judge Longley has distinguished herself, for she has brought to these matters a palpable respect and concern for all of the participants. In a manner that is new, and disconcerting to some, she has sought to resolve the legal issues before the Court while at the same time making every effort to minimize the perpetuation of conflict and hatreds. The atmosphere in the courtroom has been new and different and healthier, for everyone involved, but, most particularly, for the children whose futures were in the balance.
Shabby, self-serving partisan attacks do not alter these facts, facts which argue most persuasively for the re-election of Judge Susan Longley.
Thank you very much.
Robert E. Meggison
Longs for Longley
I want to encourage Waldo County residents to vote for the Hon. Susan Longley for probate judge for another term. She is very approachable in court and has a remarkable manner with families who are seeking guardianship or adoption of children. Her knowledge of family matters is sound and fair.
Please vote for Susan Longley and keep her as the probate judge for Waldo County.
As a grandmother who has had experience in Susan Longley's courtroom, I would like to share my experience. First of all, the staff in her office explained to me that I could petition the court directly, without the cost of a lawyer. Imagine my surprise, there was a fee I didn't have to worry about. Susan has a wonderful, calming demeanor, making the court experience calm and peaceful and the transition from grandmother to guardian a lovely celebration.
Thank you, Susan.
I’ve known Susan Longley for over 25 years, and recommend her re-election as judge of probate for Waldo County without hesitation.
I first met Susan when I worked for Sen. George Mitchell and had the opportunity to work with Susan on issues of importance to several of her constituents. Susan quickly won my confidence, and my respect, as she diligently worked on behalf of the people of her district, always putting the people’s best interests first and foremost.
I’ve also personally observed her continuing focus on the best interests of individuals in probate court, and I am consistently impressed with her intimate knowledge of the specifics of each case, and her awareness of the unique personal circumstances involved. Her goal of resolving cases through mediation means that she believes that participating in solutions makes for a better chance for a successful resolution, and the record shows that is true.
There are other administrative successes Judge Longley can claim, but it is her focus on what is right and fair for each individual that I most admire her work, and the reason I will be voting for Judge Longley again this November.
Another voice for Longley
I am writing in support of Judge Susan Longley. Judge Longley has been, and still is, an exceptionally dedicated servant to the citizens of Waldo County, as a legislator, teacher, judge and friend. This is one instance where we must keep our best player "on the bench."
I am urging all the voters of Waldo County to support Susan in her [bid for] re-election as judge of probate, so that she can continue to serve with kindness, compassion and a true belief in helping all who come before her, all hallmarks of a dedicated public servant, a true professional and a wise jurist.
As a former selectman of the town of Searsport, i contacted Susan on many occasions with questions or problems. Her helpful response was always immediate. I recall one lady who was having problems with the state. i directed her to Susan. The lady called me later, expressing her surprise that someone at the state level listened to her and helped her.
As a professional, my wife has had numerous opportunities to work with Judge Longley. Handling each challenging, emotional case with thoughtfulness, thoroughness, wisdom and a sense of sincere caring for each family member has earned Judge Longley the utmost respect.
The are just a few of the many reasons we will be voting for Susan Longley in November.
Dr. Rebekka Freeman-Merrithew
Mailloux is the right man
My name is Joanne Crowley. I worked for the Waldo County Probate Court for 37 years. I began my employment in 1971 as a clerk to the register of probate. In 1983, I was appointed register of probate. From 1986 until my retirement in June of 2008, I ran successful campaigns and was elected register of probate. I worked with a number of judges, including Randolph Mailloux and Susan Longley. After thoughtful consideration of this election year's candidates, I proudly endorse Randolph Mailloux for judge of jrobate.
When Randolph Mailloux came to the Probate Court in 1997 after his appointment by Gov. Angus King, he came with a successful practice and expertise in family law, probate law, and how court systems operate. He quickly demonstrated his understanding of probate law and rules of procedure. His ability to recall names, cases, laws, rules, procedures and details was impressive, which was evident in court hearings, enabling him to make decisions from the bench with little delay. He was even-tempered, informed, confident and an excellent listener.
Judge Mailloux was professional, efficient and ready to assist. His practices supported a functional and productive work environment. He was well prepared for scheduled court hearings and proceedings, and for emergencies any time of day, any day of the week, including holidays and weekends. He also made himself available to assist probate court proceedings in other counties when needed. He devoted time and energy working with the staff to serve the people in our community and beyond.
Judge Mailloux was a clear and effective communicator with the registry. He communicated with staff using various modes of communication, including telephone and electronic correspondence, but he valued communicating in person. He made himself available to carry out Probate Court business with the registry in person. The result of his personal involvement allowed staff to successfully carry out their responsibilities. An electronic communications system initiated by the current judge, Susan Longley, was inefficient. Personal contact rarely occurred, isolating the judge and the registry staff from one another. This isolation slowed court business and created an inefficient work environment.
Judge Mailloux was successful in many facets in his position as judge. He helped implement a computerized docket management system to be used by individual probate courts. He recognized the value in the continued practice of using official probate forms, thereby keeping the court uniform with the rest of the state. Although Judge Longley appears to take credit for establishing a restitution (payback) system, it was Judge Mailloux who developed and implemented a procedure for collecting restitution in 2001.
I am a Democrat. Politics have no place in my decision. Having worked alongside both candidates, I know Randolph Mailloux is the best candidate to serve the citizens of Waldo County as judge of probate. I will vote based on his qualifications, ability and judicial experience; he can be counted on to do an outstanding job. I will be voting to return Randolph Mailloux to Waldo County Probate Court.
Joanne M. Crowley
Voting for Longley
Well, it's that time of year, and elections are right around the corner. In this time of miscommunication and misdirection, a letter to the editor seems warranted. The position of judge of probate is up for renewal and Judge Susan Longley is running for re-election to the position.
Having followed Susan Longley through her many years of service to the state of Maine, I have found her to be conscientious, fair and a voice for everyone, regardless of their political affiliation, and overall a very caring person.
A small example was in 1998 during the Ice Storm, when Susan Longley was Waldo County's state senator. After being without power for two weeks, with no reasonable answers coming form Central Maine Power, I called and left a message on Sen. Longley's phone, not expecting a return call. Sen. Longley did return my call and answered my many questions, also giving me information should I need other avenues of help. Susan Longley did not know me or my political bent, and yet she responded to a citizen of the county [to whom she was] responsible.
Susan Longley is running for another term as judge of probate. Her integrity, sincerity and dedication make her a perfect person for this position. Judge Susan Longley has my vote.