Letters to the editor — The Courier-Gazette
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
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.
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.