Letters to the editor, The Courier-Gazette

Nov 01, 2012

Protect all families

We, the undersigned are called to raise our unified voice in support of the freedom of same-sex couples to marry in Maine. Though we may have diverse theologies, all our religions hold up the universal values of tolerance, compassion, equality and love; all our religions teach that there is no religion without justice. Religion is about what holds us together as individuals, as loving couples and as a community. So, our faith requires us, not only, to speak of human dignity, but also to work to ensure that every member of our community is treated fairly. Our religious values, our professional responsibility and our basic ethics insist that we embrace and nurture and protect all families and allow all Mainers to care for and make a lifelong commitment to the person they love.

Our vote and our advocacy is grounded in our faith in a just and loving God and is inspired by the teachings of Jesus who ministered to those who were wrongly marginalized in his own time, and who called us to give a voice to the voiceless, to widen the welcome table and to love our neighbors as our selves.

As religious professionals with the responsibility of knowing and naming our religious history, we also clearly recognize Question 1 as an issue of the separation of church and state. That division has been important to each of our traditions; and we applaud the clear intent in this law to protect the religious freedom of those still struggling with this issue. No church will be forced to marry any couple. Question 1 addresses issuing marriage licenses to all couples regardless of gender or sexual orientation. This is a civil right that should be extended to all Maine citizens.

Finally, as citizens, we are moved by the transformative values of our country’s founding; and we are still inspired by the idea of a self-evident truth that we are all created equal and that we are all entitled to the basic human rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. This dream has not yet been realized but with each widening of the welcome table, with each extension of rights to those who have wrongly had them denied, we take one step closer to this ideal.

Take this step with us.

Vote yes on 1, so Maine can be the state and the shining example that, in the words of Langston Hughes, “lets America be the dream that dreamers dreamed.”

Rev. Mark Glovin, Rockland, Unitarian Universalist

Rev. Kevin Pleas, Camden, United Church of Christ

Rev. Nancy R. Duncan, Rockland, United Church of Christ

Rev. Peter Jenks, Thomaston, Episcopal

Rev. Dr. Susan Stonestreet, Lincolnville, United Church of Christ

Rev. Juni Shepardson, Rockland, Retired Local Pastor, United Methodist Church

Rev. Dr. Diana Lee Beach, Thomaston, Episcopal

Rev. Joan Smith, Rockland, United Church of Christ

Rev. Ralph Moore, Rockland, Episcopal Priest, Retired

Rev. Judy Mullins, Owls Head, United Church of Christ

Rev. Peter T. Richardson, Rockland, Unitarian Universalist, Retired

Rev. Jeffrey T. Belcher, Tenants Harbor, United Church of Christ, Retired

Rev. Theodore Kanellakis, Camden, Episcopal Priest, Retired

 

Elected treasurer

Union Tea Party supports an elected treasurer's position for our town:

One main reason to keep the treasurer's position elected is to keep it out from under the control of the town manager and select board. Reason number two is to maintain a check and balance system. Number three is to quote Sara Moore, selectman, in the Oct. 25 edition of The Courier-Gazette, "Every time I turn around we get one more thing taken away from us that we can't vote for." In my humble opinion, the public hearing on Oct. 16 to discuss the treasurer's position was a meeting to throw the current treasurer under the bus as her job deficiencies were discussed with the town's people. Greg Grotton, selectman, stated, "Remember, it is the position not the person we are talking about." If it was the treasurer's position only, than the treasurer's job deficiencies should have never been discussed. That's a management issue and should have been handled internally before it ever reached this point in time.

Mr. Feyler's letter to the editor, dated Oct. 25 in The Courier-Gazette, stated the board had to take emergency measures to keep the town running. A special select board meeting was called, Mr. Feyler was voted by the board to become a deputy treasurer, problem solved. Where is the emergency? Why haven't the staff been trained for temporary replacement for the treasurer before now? This has nothing to do with the treasurer's position being elected. It is a management problem.

The "firewall," as noted by Mr. Feyler, is supposed to be a preventive measure to eliminate co-mingling of funds. The "firewall" was never meant for the treasurer to choose what to pay and not to pay.

Mr. Feyler questioned the continuation of the right to vote for a position that nobody else runs for anyway. How can Mr. Feyler make that assumption? He can observe trends, but trends change.

If the financial safety and security of the town is the most important thing the taxpayers of Union can do, according to Mr. Feyler, then we must keep the treasurer's position elected.

The Tea Party agrees with Mr. Feyler's statement, that the town manager's position be elected, is a great idea.

Please vote to keep the treasurer's position elected on Nov. 6.

Doris Vertz

Tea Party Attendee

Union

 

Supreme displeasure

I am writing to express my supreme displeasure with the latest propaganda received in my mail. The “Citizens Who Support Maine's Public Schools” sounds like a group that cares about education, which is one reason I am incensed! The dishonest attack on Deb Sanderson and promotional misrepresentation for Lisa Miller leads me to consider that this organization may be motivated by something other then our children's education.

The truth? Under Miller's three terms in office, a total of six years, just following the passage of the 55 percent state funding requirement, this thresh-hold had never been met. Further, during those six years while Miller held office the state's contribution decreased.

More truth? These last two years, during Rep. Sanderson's term, the state's portion increased while the budget allocated an additional $63 million dollars for school funding.

Do not treat us like fools! “Citizens Who Support Maine's Public School," my rump!

Cynthia Rosen

Washington

 

A time of success

As a Rockland resident and a former city of Rockland employee, I am writing to support the candidacy of Brian Harden for another term on the City Council. In the years that I have known him, Brian has spent countless hours working for a better Rockland. He has attended hundreds of meetings for the same cause. His knowledge of local issues is impressive, and unmatched by other candidates.

I have tried to think of a couple words that describe Brian’s time in public service in Rockland and I would say “thorough” because he studies the issues and is always prepared. The second word I would use is “fair” because he decides issues based on what he feels is truly best for all Rockland residents, not a special interest or single issue group. In other words, he takes the long view, and I admire that quality in anyone, but especially in our leaders.

Harden’s time on the Rockland City Council has been a time of success in many areas of local government, and he struggles to help keep budgets lean and taxes from going up any more than absolutely necessary. I will vote to give Brian Harden another term and I firmly believe that you should too.

Nikki Maounis

Rockland


Harden serves Rockland best

We have lived in Rockland most of our lives and we believe Brian Harden is one of the best city councilors we’ve known. We want to ask for your support for Brian as he seeks another term on the Rockland City Council. Mr. Harden has served the city of Rockland in some capacity since the early 1970s. He has studied and written about local history for many years and was the editor of our only comprehensive history called “Shore Village Story”. His work on long range planning led to the 2002 Comprehensive Plan still used as Rockland’s blueprint for future growth. And since he was first elected to the City Council in the year 2000, he has consistently represented all Rockland citizens fairly and equally. Harden understands both the strengths we possess and the challenges we face as Rockland adapts to a fast paced, fast changing world. He has served us well and he deserves our support. Please re-elect Brian Harden on Nov. 6.

Harold and Janet Simmons

Rockland

 

Something stinks

I'm confused about the dismissal of the Rockland Community Development Director, Audrey Lovering. To whom is the city council of Rockland accountable? Is what they have done legal? Is it moral? Who decides? What happened? Giving someone lots of money to be silent has a funny smell.

Christine Statler
St. George

 

Why I'm voting for Jeff Evangelos

I rarely write letters to the editor, but the recent vicious smear campaign against Jeff Evangelos has motivated me to speak out. I've known Jeff for more than 20 years and he is not a politician. A politician is someone who does things for his own benefit and who is willing to smear someone to gain advantage. This describes the recent conduct of Jeff's opponents, who are conducting one of the dirtiest campaigns against Jeff we've ever witnessed in Maine. Jeff, on the other hand, is running an honorable and clean campaign. Jeff is not a politician; he's a statesman, which means he makes decisions based on the public's behalf, even when it runs counter to his personal interests. In other words he's fair and cares about other people.

After graduating from the University of Maine, the town of Warren took a chance on a 23-year-old and named Jeff their town manager. Jeff served admirably, and oversaw the construction of the Warren Fire Station, town garage, and Payson Park footbridge, among his many accomplishments. In 1980, he became business administrator for School Administrative District 40, a position he held for 15 years. His sharp business acumen and fiscal conservatism saved the taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. Jeff also oversaw the construction of SAD 40s building program, which included the addition to our Friendship Village School, Miller School addition in Waldoboro, the Prescott School addition in Washington, and the new school on Route 17 in Union. He also appeared before the State Board of Education on behalf of the town of Warren and insisted that Warren receive state funding for their new school that replaced the old Frank Rowe School.

In 1991, while living in Warren and serving as SAD 40s business administrator, Jeff surprised a lot of people when acting against his own personal interests, he rose up in defense of the people in Friendship. He courageously supported a compromise that fairly-balanced the cost of education in SAD 40. The people of Friendship have never forgotten his leadership and courage and his insistence on fair play for all. We will never forget this in Friendship. That is why I call him a statesman.

In 1996, Jeff moved to Friendship. He lives a quiet self-sufficient life on his small farm, cutting wood, growing beef and tending a large vegetable garden. He shares his produce with his neighbors. As he had done in Warren for 21 years, Jeff became involved in our community. As an unpaid volunteer, Jeff has written a variety of grants for the Friendship Museum and the town of Friendship. One of these grants, written for the museum, resulted in the production of the book “Friendship Homes." This book received Maine's highest award for historic preservation in 2008. Jeff's experience and knowledge as a public administrator also helped guide the town of Friendship through a serious financial crisis in 2005. We will never forget this in Friendship.

Recently, Jeff and I were chatting in front of Wallace's Market. I told Jeff I was outraged by the vicious attacks that have appeared in our mailboxes. The latest attack featured a bomb going off under Jeff's picture. While we were talking, a lobsterman pulled up beside us in his pickup truck and hollered, “Don't worry Jeff, we've got your back covered.” I think most people in the towns of Cushing, Friendship, Warren, and Union would agree that these attacks have crossed a major line. As I said, the people of Friendship have long memories; we will never forget what Jeff has done for us. Despite the attacks, Jeff has refused to retaliate and continues to run a clean campaign with a positive message. On Nov. 6 the voters will have the final say about the tactics used against Jeff. He will serve our towns in the Legislature with distinction and honor.

Arthur “Bubba” Thompson

Selectman

Friendship

 

Truly special event

The Episcopal Church of St. John Baptist in Thomaston was transformed for two hours into a cabaret during Saturday’s (Oct. 13) concert featuring The Sweetest Sounds led by producer/pianist John Mulcahey and singers Andrew Fenniman and Nancy Durgin. The church’s Outreach Program benefited from these wonderful musicians who donated their time and talent singing songs of Richard Rogers and Irving Berlin. All associated with St. Johns are sincerely grateful to John, Andrew and Nancy for their generosity. It was an evening that will long be remembered as a truly special event.

David Percival

St. John Special Events Committee

 

Out with the bathwater

On Nov. 6, I am voting against ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council wages war against our democracy. Funded by huge corporations, such as Exxon, Monsanto, oil baron Koch brothers, and big tobacco, this secretive, powerful group writes model legislation to benefit their own bottom line. And state legislators are wined, dined, and brainwashed into sponsoring these bills.

Just of few of their policies, out of more than 800 model bills, would begin the gradual process of privatizing Social Security, Medicare, and public schools. When you hear the word “voucher," that is the beginning of the end for these historically successful programs.

ALEC promotes inequality for minorities, opposes women’s rights and bargaining rights for workers, and offers “stand your ground” bills like Florida’s. But perhaps the worst threat to our democracy is voter suppression, aimed at making it difficult or impossible for hundreds of thousands of Americans to vote. In Maine, Charlie Summers brought us voter suppression; our people’s veto threw it out.

The following state legislators are, or were, tied to ALEC as of Oct 12, as listed online by Sourcewatch.org:

Sen. Richard Rosen, R-Hancock; Sen. Debra Plowman, R-Penobscot; Sen. Brian Langley, R-Hancock; Sen. Christopher Rector, R-Knox; Sen. Mike Thibodeau, R- Waldo; Former Sen. Carol Weston, Waldo; Rep. Ryan Harmon, R-Palermo; Rep. James Hamper, R, Oxford; Secretary of State, Charlie Summers, candidate for Snowe’s Senate seat

When ALEC was exposed last summer by the mainstream press and Bill Moyers (see his documentary, The United States of ALEC, on Democracynow.org) more than 50 corporations and 70 legislators resigned ALEC, denouncing it as un-American. Not one Maine legislator quit.

Time to throw these babies out with the ALEC bathwater.

G. Bridges

Freedom

 

Newcomer for Rector

Since moving to Maine in early July, I have had the good fortune to meet State Sen. Chris Rector in a number of situations: church group discussions of how we can support homeless people through the winter months, chamber of commerce presentations supporting local business entrepreneurs, and a range of other community efforts in Knox County, Portland, and Lewiston.

Chris’s generosity of time, information, and introductions for me as a newcomer has far exceeded anything I might have expected from a busy friend, much less an erstwhile stranger and an active state senator.

After meeting Chris I examined much of his record. Although I may not yet have deep familiarity with many local issues as long-time residents, I can state unequivocally that I found his work to be socially principled, financially sound, and reassuringly future-oriented.

I have also asked many people about candidates, and both local and state-wide issues. Remarkably, but not surprising, virtually every one I’ve talked with has vigorously confirmed my view that Chris’s constituents have been superbly well-represented in Augusta.

Given the choice to cast an absentee ballot in Oregon, where I lived for 18 years — and still feel intimately connected to candidates and issues — or in Maine, where I have chosen to start a new life and am still adapting to its ways, I am convinced that casting a vote for Chris Rector is a great investment — for success with my new life here, for this region I now embrace, and for the state’s economic and environmental vitality.

Chris Rector has my vote, and I fervently hope voters in his district, moved by experience deeper than mine, acknowledge his passion for serving, his consistent and reliable leadership and the positive results he has delivered by sending him back to Augusta for another term.

Nick Lapham

Tenants Harbor

 

Johnson for small business

Small business is in my blood. As a third generation pharmacist and business owner I support Chris Johnson for the Maine State Senate.

The Maine Republican Party recently put out a mailing saying that Chris Johnson is anti-small business. That is a gross distortion and claimed Chris would do away with the Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement. He never considered such a foolish thing. It is an out-and-out false claim. Take a minute to think. Why would any politician say they were anti-business in the state of Maine? Almost all of our businesses are small. Chris works for a small business. He knows that nearly 70 percent of our jobs are in small businesses. If you want to know more about this honorable and reasonable man go to his web page senatorchrisjohnson.org and learn the truth.

Please join me, a conservative business man and vote for Chris Johnson.

Ted Wooster

Waldoboro

 

Get the facts

Some recent letters to this newspaper have said that Chris Rector, Knox County's Senator, is bi-partisan and moderate. I wish this were true — the facts show a very different picture.

To get the facts, go to the pro-LePage conservative PAC Maine People Before Politics. This conservative PAC gave Chris Rector a 92 percent approval rating. (Source: People's Report Card for the 125th Maine Legislature at mainepeoplebeforepolitics).

With this record, how can he be called a moderate and bi-partisan? The truth is that in the last two years, Sen. Rector has been a strong supporter of Gov. LePage. Because I don't support Gov. LePage's agenda for Maine, I cannot in good conscience vote for someone who stands with the governor 92 percent of the time.

I am happy to have Chris Rector as a neighbor. When it comes to representing Knox County, I am voting for Ed Mazurek for the Knox County Senate seat.

Diane Smith

Cushing

 

Evangelos for District 49

I am writing to you today to voice my support for Jeffrey Evangelos, independent for House District 49, representing Union, Warren, Cushing and Friendship. I have known Jeff for nearly 40 years and found him to be intelligent, honest, hardworking and willing to listen to all sides of an argument, allowing for negotiation and compromise. I also know Jeff to be dedicated to civil and human rights, personal freedom and social responsibility. I served on Union's budget committee for 21 years, 18 as its chairman; I understand the need for fiscal restraint in municipal budgets and know that Jeff Evangelos has a proven track record of fiscal conservatism.

When I first met Jeff he was Warren's town manager. I remember this highly motivated young man, fresh from UMO with a master's degree in American History, willing, even anxious, to make the world a better place. During his tenure, Warren built a new town garage and fire station, built the footbridge across the river at Payson Park and bought a gravel pit, at a bargain price, to provide the town with material for many years. The site is now further utilized as the town's transfer station. Jeff left a legacy of significant, long-term improvements for the betterment of the town.

I next had a connection with Jeff through the SAD 40 superintendent’s office, where my wife was the bookkeeper and Jeff was the business manager. In this role Jeff was responsible for non-teaching personnel, buses and buildings. For 20 years Jeff presented balanced budgets while fighting to provide living wages and benefits for the workers. He worked diligently to reduce operating costs of the district's infrastructure through efficiency and planning. Jeff's hard work and vision has saved all the towns in the district huge money and improved the facilities that our children attend.

Jeff understands what it takes to earn your way and provide for a family. After retiring from public service, Jeff successfully ran his own small business in Waldoboro for 20 years and moved to his self-sufficient farm in Friendship. He has never lost sight of, or his concern for, those in our society who have experienced discrimination.

For a representative who is intelligent, hardworking, experienced in public government and private business, fiscally conservative and with a proven record of standing for the rights of women and minorities, I strongly endorse independent candidate Jeffrey Evangelos for House District 49, and urge my friends in Union, Warren, Cushing and Friendship to vote for Jeff on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Jeffrey Payson

West Rockport

 

Support for Carter

I have been acquainted with Bob Carter for the past 35 years. He is loyal, honest, compassionate and knowledgeable about our district's needs.

Bob is not a complacent person, but rather someone who is proactive when problems arise. Therefore, I urge District 49 residents to vote for Robert Carter for state Legislature on Nov. 26.

Connie Heath

Warren

 

Real chance for change

Recently, I attended a reception for Angus King and was struck by his humility, intelligence, genuineness, humor and good intention. I am disturbed by the amount of out of state money that is being spent to defeat him. Why would these factions be so concerned about his election unless he poses a genuine threat to the status quo and inertia that plagues Washington? He represents a real chance for change and solutions. The negative ads launched against him are based on marketing strategies that amount to brainwashing and have no basis in truth. The facts are compelling reasons to support King:

· King understands that climate change is real and needs to be addressed while we also shore up protection of the Clean Water and Clean Air Act, unlike his opponent, Charlie Summers, who supports drilling off the coast of Maine.

· King supports the Affordable Care Act while recognizing the need to bring down health care costs, unlike Summers, who would repeal the ACA, rolling back coverage for young adults and preventive care for all.

Angus King represents the change that we need in Washington: a Senator who will actually represent his constituents, in a thoughtful and intelligent way, without hidden agendas or vested interests. And…so goes Maine, so goes the nation. Let’s show the rest of the country how to get the job done and elect Angus King.

Joanne Miller

Administrator/owner of ASK…for Home Care

South Thomaston

 

SAM for Rector

Maine is blessed to have leaders that bring people of all persuasions together to promote sound policies and conservation and management of our natural resources and outdoor heritage. Sen. Chris Rector is one of those leaders.

As a former state senator and executive director of the Sportsman's Alliance of Maine, I am pleased that Sen. Chris Rector has earned our endorsement. Throughout his legislative service, Chris has worked with SAM and other groups to maintain the healthy balance that is required to ensure our natural resources are available now and in the future.

Chris Rector has received plenty of attention for his leadership on the job creation front, but his work on environmental preservation and wildlife issues is equally important to all of us. Chris Rector recognizes both the need to earn a living, and the need for families and friends to spend quality outdoor time. Please support Chris Rector.

David Trahan

Executive Director

Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine

 

Thanks to our friends

The Waldoboro Democrats thank all of our friends who attended our event on Oct. 20.

It was a great success. Sandie, Bill and Betsy outdid themselves and the supper was delicious. Carol Blodgett was in charge of desserts and had two tables full of delectable delights. Democratic Sen. Chris Johnson, Valerie Johnson, Lincoln County Democratic Chair and Sandie O'Farrell, Waldoboro Democratic Chair, served.

Ellee Simons, director of the Waldoboro Food Bank was the guest speaker. She told us that the food bank services about 275 families in Waldoboro and Bremen, which is about 5 percent of the population. It costs about $2,500 per month to keep the food bank functioning. There has been an increase in the numbers of people that need assistance. These numbers increase during the winter months.

We raised about $700 this evening. All proceeds were given to the Waldoboro Food Pantry.The food bank welcomes any donations of time, money or food. The Waldoboro Food Bank is open on the third Thursday of the month. Again, thanks to all who attended.

Claire Bowley

Waldoboro Democrats

 

Support for Romney

I supported John McCain in the last presidential election. While disappointed that McCain lost, I was heartened that Barack Obama’s victory clearly confirmed that the highest office in our nation is truly open to all, regardless of race. I was also hopeful that the new president would yoke his oft-proclaimed commitment to bring a different tone to our political conversation to tackling the nation’s most important issue — resolving the economic crisis. The high level of cooperation during the transition from the Bush to Obama administrations — publicly acknowledged by both leaders — was a promising first step in that direction.

However, once in office partisan considerations took over, starting with the announcement that Guantanamo would close within one year and quickly followed by the Democrat-crafted $875 billion stimulus bill. Bipartisanship beat a hasty retreat and, with few exceptions, has not resurfaced.

More important than the partisan tone itself have been the consequences for our nation. Although the economic crisis that threatened the total breakdown of our financial system was averted, the country has paid a huge price. Our national debt has skyrocketed and been accompanied by a miserable job climate in the weakest economic recovery in modern memory. Rather than meld the best ideas from both political parties for reigning in the federal deficit and fostering strong and sustained private-sector job growth (as set forth and urgently recommended by both the bipartisan Simpson-Bowles and Rivlin-Domenici commissions) President Obama chose to turn his attention to other divisive issues, most notably a government-driven reform model for our health care system. The result was the passage of another largely Democrat-crafted and Democrat-supported piece of legislation signed into law in 2010 and opposed by a solid plurality of the American public ever since.

Now, amidst a backdrop of 23 million Americans out of work and a still-swelling and potentially crippling national debt of $16 trillion, and having offered no credible comprehensive plan to fix our economic woes (Congressional Republicans and Democrats have overwhelmingly rejected budgets submitted by the White House the past two years), President Obama seeks re-election on the promise that the outcome will be different if he is allowed four more years. Yet, rather than outline a comprehensive plan that holds the promise of yielding a different outcome, the Obama campaign has spent most of its time attacking President Obama’s Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, much of it centered on his character and personal integrity.

A sustained and robust private-sector economic recovery is the essential foundation for resolving virtually all of our other domestic and foreign policy issues. Mitt Romney has demonstrated throughout his career a capacity for solving problems — helping businesses become successful as the head of Bain Capital, leading the turn around of the 2000 Winter Olympics, and as Governor of Massachusetts collaborating with a Democrat-dominated legislature to repair that state’s broken health care system and improve its schools.

I am proud that the Republican Party chose Mitt Romney as its presidential standard bearer in this crucial election. We urgently need a leader with his skill set and experience to get our economy back on track and, by so doing, dramatically reduce both unemployment and underemployment and put us on a path to reducing the national debt.

John Bird

Spruce Head

 

Free our government

Soon the ugliest of election campaigns will be over. I know there are some who will join the usual chorus, “It has ever been thus," and they will ask us to remember “Tippecanoe and Tyler too” in 1840 — and even earlier, from the beginning of time, the election of 1801 that ruined the beautiful friendship between the two great minds of the Founding Generation, Abigail Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Those two elections may have been ugly, but they never cost the billions of dollars that the election of 2012 will cost. (Another lesson of history: money and political power spell absolute corruption.) Let’s put an end to that. On Election Day, some of us, led and coordinated by the Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, Veterans for Peace and Move to Amend, among other activist groups, will be at the polls collecting signatures on petitions to submit to local and state officials to pass resolutions and whatever directions necessary to reverse the Supreme Court 2010 decision, Citizens United v. FEC largely responsible for having made legal the preposterous idea that money equals free speech.

Please write or call me to get involved in an effort to free our government from the corruption of Big Money. Write clavertu@gmail. com or call 354-9556, or go directly to Maine Citizens for Clean Elections, MCCE.org.

Carmen Lavertu

Thomaston

Listens to all

Two men are running for the state senate seat covering Rockland, Camden and Thomaston. Both are decent, thoughtful individuals. Both have legislative experience. I’ve served with both of them. I respect each of them immensely.

How should a voter decide?

I know that as a legislator, Rep. Mazurek’s voice is well respected. When he rises, it’s as if EF Hutton is beginning to speak. When a constituent has a need, he tends to it quickly and makes no bones about it.

I know too that Ed Mazurek has had a profound impact on thousands of young people. A great family man and a longtime football coach, Mazurek would be the gold standard role model in any community. An interested citizen who really connects with his constituents, Coach Mazurek makes no bones about where he stands on controversial issues. He does his homework, listens to all sides then fights for the right result.

I urge the citizens of District 22 to elect Ed Mazurek to the State Senate. He has earned your vote!

Janet T. Mills

Former Attorney General

Farmington


 

Don't forget Maine

In a Presidential election year we tend to forget how important our Maine state government is to our lives. It is Augusta that has a major say in the education, welfare, or environmental policies affecting us, or in our state income taxes which, for many of us, are higher than our federal income taxes. The last thing we want to see in Maine’s Legislature is the partisan inflexibility and gridlock that is afflicting the Congress in Washington, D.C.

For this reason it is important that, when we go to the voting booths Nov. 6, we pick candidates who have a track record or a demonstrated willingness to work across the aisle for the best results for Maine and for all its citizens and not for a party or ideology.

I am a supporter of OneMaine, a group of your fellow Mainers, working to bring legislators to Augusta who will work in a thoughtful, pragmatic and non-partisan way to make Maine a success. Go to our OneMaine’s website, onemaine.com, for more information about its goals and the candidates who have endorsed them and to whom we have given our endorsement.

Susan Baines

OneMaine Board of Advisors

South Thomaston

 

Committed to our needs

Rep. Ed Mazurek has been there for the people he has represented, both as a member of the Rockland City Council, the Rockland mayor, and a member of the Maine House of Representatives. He will represent the residents of Knox County with commitment to our needs and do his job for us and not because he has signed on to a national agenda.

Ed has demonstrated his commitment to the people of coastal Maine and I am confident he will continue to do so in the Maine State Senate.

He has my vote. Please vote and elect Ed Mazurek as our next Knox County State Senator.

Linda Hay Crawford

Camden

 

Elect Mazurek

Rep. Ed Mazurek has represented Rockland and part of Owls Head for the last eight years, and did so successfully. As a member of the Marine Resources Committee, and later as chair of the Transportation Committee, Ed has worked tirelessly and effectively in Augusta.

He has sponsored bills to reduce taxes paid on fuel used by fisherman and parts purchased by windjammers; to start a pilot program to help schools serve local produce and seafood to students; to allow military personnel permanently stationed in Maine to qualify for the Homestead Tax Exemption; and various legislation pertaining to our roadways and other modes of transportation.

Ed does not speak for special interests and he does not support the LePage agenda. Ed will bring the perspective of Maine's hard working middle class back to Augusta.

Please join me in voting for Ed Mazurek for Senator for Knox County Senate District 22.

Ann Donaldson

Union

 

Represents citizens' interest

I urge everyone to vote for Ed Mazurek for the Knox County Senate Seat.

Ed Mazurek has served four terms in the Legislature as a member and co-chairman of the Transportation Committee, member of the Marine Resource Committee and Legislative Liaison for Zone D Lobster Council. He also knows Knox County well as a former member of the Rockland City Council and mayor in 2003 and 2004.

Currently, Ed sits on the Rockland Coast Guard Committee and Maine Lighthouse Museum Board of Directors. He is also a member of Elks, Knights of Columbus, Friends of Rockland District Nursing Association, and is Co-Founder of Knox County Energy Committee.

I appreciate Ed's commitment to Knox County and the citizens of Maine.

It is high time we had a state Senator that represents the citizens and interests of Knox County.

I hope everyone will support Ed Mazurek for the Knox County Senate seat.

Diane Cowan

Friendship

 

We deserve better

Whatever happened to the nest egg? The paycheck just seems to evaporate with the elevated cost of gasoline, heating oil, food and other living expenses. The high cost of fuel is influenced by a policy of reduced drilling permits and conveyance of oil in our own country. We have a huge supply of oil right under our feet, but Obama's policy forces us to depend on foreign oil. Wind, solar and other alternative sources of energy should be pursued, but they are proving to be expensive and inefficient compared to oil and natural gas. This administration continues to spend, borrow, print money, hand out stimulus funding and increase taxes, with total disregard for the consequences. Small business owners are holding back on expansion and hiring, due to the uncertainty of taxes and other costs associated with Obamacare and welfare. So, here we are with bad policy on energy, lack of employment opportunities, high food and energy costs. Not to mention national debt, bad foreign policy, no budget plan, etc. We the people deserve better and shame on us if we miss this last call. Choose a new team that has integrity and love of country. A team with a plan that will deal with and solve the problems brought about by the Obama administration. Vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan on Nov. 6.

Daniel Davey

Warren

 

Vote on character

As is usual during an election year, there are many candidates running for local, state and national offices. It’s often puzzling who to vote for. Sometimes, conflicting reports by media about the candidates, muddy the waters.

Rather than vote on party lines, it might be more relevant to vote, based upon the character of the individual. Back when our country was newly-formed, that was the case. You will need to take time to do some research on your own. Some defining questions to ask ourselves might include:

· Does the individual recognize the difference between a constitutional republic and a democracy? The United States was formed as a republic. That word is included in the Pledge to Allegiance, which in times past, school children used to say each morning.

· Has the candidate committed himself/herself to support the U.S. Constitution? Have they backed that up by their actions?

· Do they support a law to legalize gay marriage?

· Do they support funding of abortions using tax dollars of other citizens?

How many of us have read the U.S. Constitution within the last year or ever? How many of us have read the Maine State Constitution? We hear the phrase, “an informed electorate” used. If we are negligent of the foundations of our governments, how can we make the best choice of candidate?

The election of the best candidate is important, for what will government and society be like for our children and grandchildren if we do less? Please know the makeup of the person you chose to support and then be sure to vote Nov. 6.

Brian and Donna Dobbs

Cushing

 

Fair

I am supporting Ed Mazurek for Knox County’s Senate seat, because I believe he will bring a sense of fairness to our legislature. He knows that many Maine citizens have been harmed by Gov. LePage and the Republicans’ policies, policies his opponent Chris Rector supported 92 percent of the time. Ed will work to make life more secure for all Maine people. I hope you’ll check out both records and join me in voting for Ed Mazurek.

Katie Syrett

Owls Head

 

Independent thinker

Deb Sanderson opposed the governor on the open-pit mining bill because research revealed evidence of contamination in near-by waters of open-pit mines.

She opposed the governor on the working papers bill because she believes in more transparency, not less.

She opposed the governor on the Standards Based Education bill due to concerns regarding the impact on local control over education and also, through researching, found evidence lacking country-wide of proof of success where SBE had been implemented.

She voted to overturn the governor's veto on the teacher-training bill, which would have supported our teachers in becoming more effective through helping defray costs for professional development.

These are just a few examples that look to me like Deb Sanderson does not walk "lock-step" with the governor as mailers are portraying. We need independent thinkers like Deb Sanderson. A vote for Deb Sanderson is a vote for sensible, researches and independent decisions.

Mildred Melgard

Washington

 

 

 

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