Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette

Jul 10, 2014

CMCA update

We want to take this opportunity to bring the Midcoast community up to date on our plans for CMCA’s new home on Winter Street in Rockland. Since final approval in May, the board and staff have been working closely with architect Toshiko Mori and general contractor Jay Fischer of Cold Mountain Builders on finalizing construction drawings and plans.

Recognizing that the summer festival season is a busy time and economically important for the community, we are delaying exterior demolition until late August to avoid any possible disruption. While the outside of the building will remain intact through the summer, preparation and demolition of the interior has already commenced. Construction of the new building is scheduled to begin in late September.

CMCA will periodically provide construction updates in the news and on our website cmcanow.org. We eagerly look forward to the move to Rockland and to enlarging our service to the community and artists of Maine.

Marilyn Moss Rockefeller

Chairman, CMCA Board of Trustees

Factual errors

Last week [July 3] in his Another View column in honor of Independence Day, Mr. Landrith wrote that the signers of our Declaration of Independence in 1776 "pledged, In God We Trust" and that they "signed their names and committed to, "In God We Trust." How was it possible for those men to pledge or commit to a motto they had never heard of? A phrase that first arose during the Civil War almost a hundred years later as the battle cry of the 125th Pennsylvania Infantry? That was first inscribed on our coins in 1864? That only became our official national motto by an Act of Congress in 1956?

The signers of our Declaration of Independence did commit to the motto "E Pluribus Unum" or "Out of many, one." It was suggested by a committee of members of the Continental  Congress appointed on July 4, 1776, and was adopted by an Act of Congress in 1782 to be inscribed on the Great Seal of the United States. It's still there, printed on the banner held aloft by our eagle and imprinted on our coins, paper money, passports and all official documents.

Mr. Landrith states that the Founding Fathers he quotes "were people of faith," "expressed their convictions," "finished this great document" and "then signed their names" on it, James Otis, John Dickerson, John Quincy Adams and Patrick Henry did not write the Declaration of Independence nor did any of them sign it. When the Declaration was signed John Quincy Adams was 8 years old. Although John Dickerson was a member of the Continental Congress, he voted against the Declaration of Independence, refused to sign it and resigned from Congress.

After reading Mr. Landrith's column I wondered if the 4th of July was no longer Independence Day, but had been converted into a Christian holiday dedicated to retrospective inquisition into the religious beliefs of our forefathers. Does Mr. Landrith judge some of those men to be sufficiently righteous and others not quite up to snuff? Is that why Mr. Landrith declines to quote Thomas Jefferson, the primary author of the Declaration Independence, choosing instead to honor John Dickerson, the only man who opposed independence and hightailed out of Congress?

I also wondered why Mr. Landrith's column contains so many factual errors. Might Mr. Landrith be the victim of revisionist American history? Perhaps he will tell us how he came by so much misinformation.

Springer Lowell

Rockland

Long lines

Many shoppers enjoy shopping at the large malls. Signs that say, "come in where your dollar is worth more."

But there are days there is only two checkouts. At these large stores, the question is that maybe the store manager cannot find people to fill these empty checkouts? And two open causes the long waiting lines at the checkouts; and a person says, "I hope I can get out to my car before my milk sours or my ice cream melts."

So good luck Mr. Manager in finding someone that's unemployed to fill those closed checkouts. This would please your customers.

Gordon Wotton

Thomaston

Comments (4)
Posted by: Victoria Bucklin | Jul 15, 2014 21:20

Letter posted under Victoria Bucklin was written by Dale Landrith, Sr. in response to Springer Lowell's letter to the editor.



Posted by: Victoria Bucklin | Jul 15, 2014 21:18

In the July 10th Village Soup newspapers Mr. Springer calls into question the facts of the article entitled, “In God We Trust”.  The only problem with Mr. Springer’s assertions is that what he calls into question is either poor reading on his part or misinformation by him.

 

The entire point of the article was that the Founding Fathers were for the most part men of the Christian faith.  The title “In God We Trust” was used as a common phrase today that would portray their faith.  It was never stated that the phrase was used or invented by the Founders.  The fact that “In God We Trust” became an official motto and then used on our currency later in history was only made possible by the fact that the Founders were men of the Christian faith and that the country was founded on Christian principles.  The idea presented was simply that it was faith in God that gave them comfort as they made speeches, wrote letters and memoirs, and some as they signed that Declaration.

 

Mr. Springer seems to have a problem with some of the men who were mentioned.  He is correct that John Dickenson did not sign the Declaration.  The only problem with Mr. Springer is that he evidently does not read very carefully.  John Dickenson was credited in the article with signing the Constitution, not the Declaration.  It is true that other men mentioned in that article also did not sign the Declaration, but once again it was not stated that they did sign the document but proper credit was given to the source of their words.  Mr. Springer also seems to portray John Dickenson as some sort of bad person because he “opposed independence and hightailed out of Congress”.  Mr. Dickenson was from Pennsylvania and was highly influenced by the Quaker set of beliefs.  He deplored violence and wanted to find another way to change England’s actions towards the colonies.  He did not vote against the Declaration but abstained.  After the Revolution he actively participated in the forming of the Constitution.

 

Mr. Springer also wonders why Thomas Jefferson was not quoted.  However, Mr. Springer is caught in his own misinformation, as Thomas Jefferson was quoted and Mr. Springer even acknowledged it.  Mr. Jefferson is regarded as the author of the Declaration.  Phrases from the Declaration, showing faith in God, were included in the article; “Nature’s God” and “Divine Providence”.  What better way to quote Thomas Jefferson that to show his faith by using phrases from the Declaration itself.

 

One should not discredit someone else’s writing by leading readers to believe that facts are being quoted, when in fact, a misuse of the facts is being put forth.



Posted by: JOCELYN WILCOX | Jul 11, 2014 12:23

Snow Marine Park is a gem !  Here is a huge space for all to run as free as man or beast wishes.

There is talk now, of closing this gem. The wrong species will bear the brunt of this action - the dogs.  All because the human bringing the dog, didn't  bring any thing to clean up after the animal, should it need to relieve itself. Yes, places can be closed to dogs.

There was a time in Rockand, when people could not walk their dogs on Main St. This caused much distress not only to the local dog owners, but to the traveling pet owners who wished to window shop as they walked the dog. That reason resolved itself when the young dog owners grew up. The law, however, was till in effect. It was finally reversed after a local attorney/City Council member was arrested for walking her sheltie on Main St., via the crosswalk painted from the corner of Limerock St. to the other side of Main St and her office door on that side. once the law was reversed, Main St. merchants began leaving bowls or water and treats for the fur people who once again walked Main St.

Dogs need to be walked and allowed to run. But it seems that the owners of fur people do not seem to understand that the population around them does not need to be subjected to the risk of disease simply because you, a the owner of a dog, chose not to provide yourself with the necessary paper towel/tissue/bag to pick up the waste your dog left behind.

The cleaning up after the furry member of your family is common courtesy, it also helps to prevent disease, and it is necessary if places like Snow Marine Park are to be enjoyed by all members of our society.

The privilege of the boardwalk, Snow Marine Park, any open space or any street, can be revoked to those with dogs.

Your fur person depends upon you for food, water, housing, medical care, all of which you give willingly and lovingly. Why can't you provide the simple service of preparing for and cleaning up should you have to for your pet?

A fur person deserves to be welcomed  and enjoy all the great places here in the City, where ever its human is welcome. Don't make them shut down the places you most want your fur friend  to enjoy.  All that is needed is to clean up after your family member.

 

 


 



Posted by: James York | Jul 10, 2014 16:49

Thank you Springer Lowell for calling out another "Another View's" factual errors; while I appreciate the space the Courier provides for political views of those in the community at what point does the paper owe it to their readers to do a little fact checking before publishing some of this stuff. Thankfully we have readers like Springer Lowell who tells the facts and name the (correct) names. thx



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