By Tom Seymour
We’ll begin with a letter that Waldo resident Nap Blais sent to me:
My name is Nap Blais and I live beside the town hall in Waldo. After reading your Waldo Town News column in the August 8 Republican Journal I was very upset with the selectmen of this town. I feel that none of them know how to communicate with the townspeople about issues involving the town. At one of our recent town meetings Kathy Littlefield asked how the selectman of Waldo could better communicate with the townspeople. We have a town reporter that writes for our town and his column comes out every Wednesday. Why can’t she let him know each week after their meeting as to what is going on in the town? She states that she can’t be expected to contact everybody. Of course she needn’t contact everybody, just Mr. Seymour so he can get it in the Waldo Town News. If she can’t then maybe one of the other selectmen could contact him.
I hope the selectmen know that the compensation they receive for their time is payment to take care of town business and to communicate with town people. Posting a sign at the local country store for special meetings obviously isn’t effective as not everyone in town stops there.
The dirt roads in Waldo have been a sore subject for years. I personally feel that selectmen do not want to advertise the issue and have to deal with the people who live on said roads. I think we should get a well-known contractor who has built roads the proper way, have a meeting with him and let him explain to us what really needs to be done. Get a contractor who is impartial to town politics, who might be willing to explain how to build a good road and what it takes to maintain it.
On that same note, I don’t feel that spending over three hundred thousand dollars to pave the few town roads that were done this year should have been done without the townspeople’s approval prior to doing so. It is about time that the people of Waldo have a chance to decide what our money is spent on. The town meetings are informative, yet not enough people show up to make a proper decision on some of the articles. Bottom line…communication is a two-way street, paved or otherwise. I invite anyone to make comments regarding all the above.
Forever in Waldo,
Before going on, I should point out that selectman Herbert Harnden has contacted this column with input from selectman’s meetings, and plans to do so on a regular basis.
Freshwater fishing will slow down a bit this week because of a full moon, but saltwater fishing should remain productive.
Did anyone in town stay up late last Monday to view the annual Perseid meteor shower? I sort of did. The show was to peak at 1:00 a.m., so with all good intentions I set up a lawn chair on my back deck and began watching. Not one Perseid showed up, despite my gaze being fixed around the area near the constellation Perseus, where the meteors apparently radiate from. By 11:15 my eyes grew heavy, sending me back inside and off to bed without seeing any meteors.
“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s’ too crowded.” – Yogi Berra