Letters to the editor, Courier-Gazette
Withdrawing from House race
Dear community members,
I regret to announce that I’m withdrawing from the race as the Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives, District 49 (Cushing, Friendship, Union and Warren). After great thought, and despite my truest intentions, I’ve decided I could not fulfill the role in the next two years to the best of my ability as your elected official. Circumstances in my own life have changed recently and at this point in time, I feel that I cannot continue the race as my time and energy needs to be focused towards my career as I continue to pursue a path in public education.
I cannot thank everyone enough for their time and energy from the start of campaign season through the recent primary and during my 2010 campaign! I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm which I’ve received through many interactions and phone calls. Though difficult, I feel that I’ve made the right decision and in doing so, I’m proud to give my support to fellow Independent candidate, Jeffrey Evangelos of Friendship. Jeff has incredible drive and a passion to bring forth positive changes to Maine and to our communities. He is a hard working individual who has been active in our communities throughout the years. I am so hopeful that members of our party and our district can put their full support behind Jeff as he campaigns for the House seat in the state Legislature.
Thank you all again, it has been a pleasure to meet you, hear from you and I do hope to one day serve you!
With heartfelt thanks,
Tea Party in Union
The citizens of Union spoke and elected a conservative Tea Party goer as our selectwoman. The residents spoke against the controversial "No Tea Party" election signs. This may have worked in Camden and Rockland last year but not here in Union. The town's people have been lectured on having a Clean Elections law but our town is under 15,000 population and does not have to follow the Clean Elections guidelines. We would like to keep it that way and base our elections on honesty, accountability and responsibility. Let's hope that the town manager and the Select Board follow up on who ordered and erected these "No Tea Party" signs. Certainly, disciplinary action is called for at a minimum if any town employee has been involved.
No one needs to fear the Tea Party. We are a grassroots, community minded segment of Union residents believing in God, family, country, the Constitution and Bill of Rights as these values and principles relate to local, state and federal government. We believe that God is the focus of our lives and families and our country was created by God through the Founding Fathers based on the Bible and English law. We believe that the Constitution and Bill of Rights govern our way of life and should offer us equal justice under the rule of law. We believe in smaller government, stable tax rate, capitalism, sovereignty of our country, reform of welfare, no benefits to illegal aliens, private property rights and exploration to meet our energy needs. Our beliefs are not limited to these stated ones. Come to a meeting and meet your neighbors. Please call me at 504-1393 for meeting time and place.
A great coach
We are writing because we want the whole world to know about our incredible Coach Chris Roman! He is the manager of the George C. Hall Rockland Little League softball team. We couldn't have dreamed of a better coach. He is kind, caring, compassionate, hard working, generous, smart, funny, amazing, fantastic, and most of all a great role model! He leads by example and always puts 110 percent into whatever he does. He doesn't care if we win or lose as long as we put forth our best effort and play with integrity! We are so sad that he will no longer be our coach. However we will take the lessons he has taught us and use them throughout our lives. We feel honored to have been able to call him our coach, he has been such a blessing in our lives! Thanks for everything Coach Chris, and good luck in all your future coaching adventures!
Drew and Payten Simmons
Support after fire
This letter is long, long, long overdue but no less sincere. It was on March 15 that an explosion in my garage immediately filled the garage with dense black smoke. The intense heat, smoke and flames quickly spread through the breezeway into the house. The South Thomaston Fire Department arrived in eight minutes after receiving the call but the loft with thousands of books, carvings and furniture had already collapsed onto the cars in the garage below, destroying the cars and the collections of model cars, planes and fishing lures.
I was “kept” in the ambulance so wasn’t aware, until just recently, of the other fire departments that responded: St. George, Owls Head and Rockland. My sincere thanks to all of the persons who assisted in extinguishing the fire and “hauling” the 100 or so paintings up the fireman’s ladder (the stairs to the gallery had burned completely) to the safety of the parking lot. Some boxes of materials were also carried down a burned curved stairway to safety. Three friends then carried them through the wooded area to my neighbor’s garage. You have no clue regarding the danger that awaits the firemen until you have witnessed their work. Each member of the fire department deserves a medal for putting his/her life in danger to assist others.
Two members of The Pine Tree Chapter of the Red Cross also responded and were very helpful in getting messages from the fire chief to me. They were able to assist the firemen in retrieving a few critical items which had only smoke and water damage from drawers in the kitchen, such as my address and check books. The support and company of Jan Dolcanter and Bob Moores during the ordeal was comforting.
It is a devastating blow to watch your home and precious possessions and memorabilia turn to ashes but it is during these times that you learn who your real friends truly are. A special thanks to Deborah Northgraves who met us at the Trade Winds with clothing and personal items that we would need immediately. Many thanks to all who offered assistance.
Initially, I planned to rebuild but quickly realized that the stress would be too great; the idea of living very near my daughter and son-in-law, my three grandsons and one grand-daughter-in-law, and two great-grandsons became very real. So, I have placed the land on the market and I shall move to Tennessee. The peace and quiet and beauty of 24 Snowdeal Lane will be missed as will the friendship of so many people in Maine.
Nice to say hello
Remember the days when he or she could use their business or home phone direct — now days you pick up your phone and receive all these “press one” or two or three. Then they tell you their business hours.
Then they come back and say — it’s not necessary to press one. Please call again. Then she goes all through with the information and you forget what you called for in the first place.
I’m not trying to go back in time but it was nice to say hello to the person or persons.
It seems like they were in the next room. Times changed.
Kudos to the Mid-Coast Choral Singers, directed by Mimi Bornstein. The Strom Auditorium on June 16 was filled to capacity with community supporters, families and friends. With the true spirit of giving the singers gave the monetary proceeds to the Restorative Justice Program. The music was a blend of magnificent sounds of alto, tenor, bass and soprano, which filled music lovers attending with such pleasure. For those who missed this fabulous performance there is always next year. I for one will be there!
Mary “Mickey” McKeever
Not just another thank-you note
Every Thursday, this section of The Courier-Gazette is filled with thank-you letters from those who have benefited from Saturday potluck suppers, spaghetti dinners and bake sales held for any number of worthy causes. I usually skip over them because they are long, and a thank-you in any language is pretty much just a thank-you. But I hope you don't skip over mine because the people I am thanking have made a profound difference in my life, and I bet many of you reading have written the same letter, if not to an editor somewhere, then maybe just in your head. But I hope I speak for you all in thanking some of the everyday heroes who live among us, and change lives every day with their compassion and professionalism, although I am sure they would say they are just doing their job.
My husband, best friend, and biggest fan, Harry James, passed away in February. He was in and out of Pen Bay's emergency room many times in his last six months of life, and a familiar face on Med Surg North and South. When he got strong enough, he spent weeks at Quarry Hill, and the Knox Home in Rockland for skilled care, and when he came home, wonderful people from Kno-Wal-Lin took care of him. He usually got around town under the watchful eyes of the Camden EMTs and ambulance crew. Harry was a memorable patient, with his handsome white hair and Cary Grant accent, but he was not always an easy one. He was older, suffering, and just plain stubborn. But when I knew that, finally, he would not be coming home with me, the last week of his life would have been infinitely harder to bear without the kindness and understanding of the Pen Bay doctors, nurses, CNAs and hospice staff that helped ease his journey and me to face losing him.
I can never thank these people enough for helping me through a time in my life that nobody wants to face, when hospital time hangs suspended, when you move in a suspended state, and make decisions you never hoped to have to make. But I can write a letter to the editor and let the community know that there are angels among us, and that they are taking care of us, and the people we love every day. So thank you Dr. Reynolds, Dr. Koester, Dr. Filderman, Dr. Yetman, Susan Harris, Christina Wheelwright, Victor, Lisa, Allison, Dick Baldwin, Kristina and Diane from the Knox Skilled Care Unit, to the bed changers, meal bringers, pill givers, and people who stopped me in the halls that week saying how much they liked Harry, and would not forget him.
Harry is gone, but these people are still with us. We should give thanks daily, and I do.
Sharon Goodspeed James
Thank you to the Thomaston police, fire department, and EMS that responded so promptly when my dog fell into the containment pond at the wastewater treatment plant on June 16. I'm very sorry we caused a problem and made it necessary for you to come out. He managed to sneak under the gate trying to get to the ducks on the water. I'll be more careful in the future.