Letters to the editor, The Camden Herald

Dec 06, 2012

Can the GOP come back

We are all relieved that the elections are finally over and the carpet bombing of political gas and mirrors is done, for the time being. In the aftermath of the election it's been more than interesting to watch the GOP twist itself into knots trying to both dissect and spin the crushing results they suffered. Not that the outcome was so much a landslide for the Obama administration but that the bloviators on the far right had so polished the narrative to be that this was the big one. A loss to this President, they cried, would spell the end of America as we know it. This election would prove the virtue of the far right of the Republican party and finally put big government in its place.

Of all of the spin that we see coming from the Republican party, the one seeming constant has been that they, the GOP, are simply not understood especially by the "minorities" that they were largely abandoned by. Whether it’s former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum saying that they just need to show that they care or Patrick Calder in his recent BDN editorial, "The problem is not the issues, it's the way they are sometimes presented."

I do not believe that the GOP, or for that matter the Democrats, have gotten the real message from this election. For me the electorate in a clear and resounding way has said, we do not care about how you, big R and big D, package yourself. We do care about the facts of what sometimes lie well hidden in the political double speak you send our way. Both parties, but most especially the Republican party, seem bent on building their brand value and dethroning the oppositional party rather than actually dealing with the issues of the day. It’s the issues, some life threatening to the US, that we the electorate care about and so should you.

I am registered as an Independent here in Maine in large part in protest against the win/lose mentality that now characterizes politics. The days of obstructionism in the cause of party popularity should end. Governing is not a sporting event. For Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell to openly state four years ago that, " The most important thing we (the GOP) want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one term President", has got to be a fire able offense. How does he still have a job in light of the fact that this statement was made while we were engaged in two wars, plunging into the deepest recession in decades, our automobile industry was on the brink of collapse and, if you recall, there was the threat of a world wide pandemic. History must treat this statement of purpose as a high water mark of failed governance and leadership.

The “grand old party” (GOP) seems today to be stuck in its own made up hologram of the American dream. A time when things were less complicated and white males called the shots. The fact is that until the GOP comes to terms with some basic truths: Global warming is real and man has a hand in it. The separation of church and state is the only way to ultimately keep from risking the religious extremism that we say we so abhor in places like Iran and Afghanistan. Immigration is a strength for the US, not a liability. Women can get pregnant from being raped. Government is not all bad. Renewable energy has to be a large part of our energy future. Gay people should enjoy the same rights that heterosexuals do both in the bedroom and in marriage. Until that and more come to pass, the GOP will stay disconnected from reality and the wise middle sector of the electorate. This disconnection is not good for any of us. The GOP needs to be a viable party again that cares less about “winning” and is more willing to engage in the real resolution of problems. Stop the posturing and begin to lead again.

Des FitzGerald

Camden

 

Auction a success

A big thank you to all who made the P.A.W.S. Auction for the Animals fundraiser on November 29 at High Mountain Hall a big success.

Thank you to our staff, our Administrator Lisa Dresser, our Shelter Manager Laura Stupca, Board of Trustees, volunteers, auctioneer Kaja Vielleux who donated his time , to Todd and Sarah Anderson of French and Brawn and their staff who donated the most delicious food in abundance; to Laugh Loud Smile Big for the delectable sweets, to Foglifters Coffees, Teas & Spices for the coffee bar, to Party Fundamentals for the table donation, High Mountain Hall for the cash bar, to Elm Street Printing for printing the auction catalog and to The Free Press, our media sponsor.

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals who donated items to our auction and those who purchased items at the auction and those who baked cookies to sell at the auction. Thanks to volunteers Georganne Bendall, Rene Hutchinson, Charlotte Simon, Barbara Cizmazjia, Fred Reinke, Lynn Schoen, Jean Silva, Eveline Henner, Judith DeMott, Tim Dresser and to Board member Lisa Sojka for her famous Prism Restaurant tomato soup.

Our four-footed friends at the shelter thank you for your ongoing support.

Jean Freedman-White

President Board of Trustees

P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center

 

Seeking information

I am writing in reference to the article "Lincolnville Selectmen Discuss Cemetery on Private Property" about the Kendall Cemetery. We understand that there may have been as many as 12 to 20 gravestones in this cemetery at one time. The same is true of another cemetery, the Drinkwater/Field Cemetery, farther up on North Cobbtown Road.

If you roamed this area earlier, perhaps as a child, a hunter, a summer visitor or resident, and remember seeing other stones in either of these burying grounds and remember any names on them or information we would be extremely grateful if you got in touch either with me or Lincolnville Town Office.

We are working so hard to honor the former residents of this town and to show respect to their descendants.Right now, it feels like a number of families have been wiped off the map and that is not a happy situation.

Thank you very much.

Corelyn Senn

Lincolnville

 

 

A merry thank you

All of us at Merryspring Nature Center want to thank our members and guests who helped make this holiday season truly memorable by coming to our annual Holiday Bazaar. We hope you found some wonderful gifts and little treasures among the many natural and nature-based items that were on display for your holiday pleasure.

We would also like to thank the many Merry Elves who donated their time and talents to create such a wonderland of special ornaments, table arrangements, decorated wreaths, little angels, and all sorts of other goodies.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you.

Ray Andresen

President

Merryspring Nature Center

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