Everyone needs to vote in Waldoboro

I am writing this letter because a lot of taxpayers don’t understand the impact this increase in the town budget is going to have on their taxes in Waldoboro.

If you feel you and your neighbors can afford an increase of $240 on a house valued at $200,000, then you need to vote yes.

If you are like a lot of people struggling with the increase in groceries and gasoline you need to vote yes on Article 3 to send the budget back to referendum and no on the rest of the budget. The town needs to cut back the $275,000 or 19.6 percent increase in taxes in one year. Most towns have a budget with no increase or are under last year’s budget.

Young taxpayers and senior citizens on Social Security simply cannot afford this increase.

You can call the Waldoboro Town Office at 832-5369 to get an absentee ballot.

Please get out to vote on June 14.

Carl Cunningham
Waldoboro

Thanks for loving care

Since the recent death of our mother, Harriett Griffith, we have been filled with gratitude for the numerous people who lovingly cared for and supported her during the closing chapter of her life.

Caregivers from PALS truly went the extra mile for Mom every day for two years and made it possible for her to remain, until her last week, in the Rockport home she so dearly loved. When she could no longer prepare balanced meals, they stepped in with delicious, healthful, homemade dishes fit for a queen. They ran the errands, did the laundry, and kept scrupulous track of her medications. But above all, they simply loved our mom. They listened to her stories. They laughed at her jokes. They sat with her for hours, discussing everything from books and dogs (her two favorite subjects) to the proper care of orchids. To Trish, Kim, Winnie, Marilyn, Trudy, Penny, and Sarah: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for caring so dependably, creatively, and deeply for our mother. We could not have asked for more.

Words can scarcely express our thanks for the loving, respectful, and skillful care Mom experienced as a patient at Penobscot Bay Medical Center, and particularly during her final days in the Emergency Room and Special Care Unit. We profoundly appreciate the time and energy that the nurses, physicians, and other staff there devoted to our mother — and to us, as we wrestled with her options and, ultimately, said our goodbyes. To Drs. Malik, Master, Stein, Lash, and Mandel, to Pen Bay’s superb nurses, and to everyone else who supported our family during this difficult time: Please know that we’ll never forget your kindness, your patience, your compassion.

Devon Smith, Camden
Field Griffith, Glen Allen, Va.
Shelley Griffith, Phillips

Thanks for service

The fourth annual Serve An Ace for Hope tennis tournament, held at Mid-Coast Recreation Center on June 5, was a grand success, raising $1,800 to support the work of New Hope for Women. Twenty-eight players participated in the event’s two divisions, senior women and mixed doubles.

We want to extend a heartfelt thanks to persons and businesses whose support makes Serve An Ace for Hope an exciting annual community event. We are grateful to: Key Bank for again being the tournament’s sponsor, Maine Sport Outfitters for donating tennis balls and a prize racket, Midcoast Recreation Center for donating all court time. The Strand Theater, Dale Temple and SAGE gallery in Camden also donated drawing prizes. Jen Mirabile at Key Bank, Jeff Boggs at Maine Sport and Seth Meyer at MRC get special thanks for their support.

Our business supporters, true community partners, are: Elm Street Printing & Graphics, PHI Home Designs, Lie-Nielsen Toolworks, Amy Dietrich Design, Union True Value and Shanie’s Gifts & Scrapbooking, Ily Shofestall (NMT), Pilates at SOMA, and Mid-Knight Auto Body and Used Cars.

Sincere thanks to Betsy Saltonstall, the event’s originator, who generously contributes the grand prizes, and to Dale Temple, the tennis pro at MRC, who makes it all run smoothly on tournament day. Both spend hours of time each year assisting with planning and organizing.

Congratulations to grand prize winners Lesley Arbour (senior women’s division), and Bonnie Gochenauer and Eric Belley (mixed doubles division).

New Hope for Women, celebrating its 30th year of service in 2011, continues its work to end domestic and dating violence in Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties. Thanks to all who value and support this work. We look forward to a fifth Serve An Ace for Hope next year.

Richard Ailes, development director
New Hope for Women

What’s on horizon

What will Vacationland in the state of Maine be like this summer. Every chamber of commerce office in every town along the Maine Coast has their fingers crossed, with the price of gasoline so high that the travelers that come to Maine with four or five children will be eating at McDonald’s or Burger King to save so they can fill their gas tank. The question is what’s going to be for the state of Maine now after school closes and up to Labor Day? Will it be the same as last year with the summer tourist?

Gordon Wotton
Thomaston

Signs cross the line

I feel it’s just fine to run an honest and robust political campaign, but when it comes to erecting signs that want to intentionally hurt or demean an opponent’s character, then that is just crossing the line of fair play.

I awoke this morning with the likes of signs next to the road that belittle the Tea Party movement…you be the judge. This is what was on one of the signs: “Tea Party / No Thanks. / Vote Sensibly.”

Little do these folks know about what they have had printed on these signs and erected in the middle of the night.

The Tea Party is all about fair play and honest government, and not spending money that we don’t have.

Let me ask you a question, “Who would take the time to print up such misguided baloney, I betcha they have never been to a Tea Party meeting in their entire existence…What say you?”

Gene Graves
Rockport

Support the Waldoboro library

Recently I heard a man state that he liked and used the local library; he just didn’t want to support it. This reminded me of a handful of students I’d known who’d wanted the grade; they just didn’t want to work for it. This is not the Maine work ethic that has been the pride of our state.

Libraries are an asset to a town. They are open to all ages, all wages. Like a number of Maine libraries, the Waldoboro Public Library is set up for the best economic value to the town. The town is not responsible for 100 percent of the cost, nor is it responsible for running and maintaining the building. If one adds the value of donations and volunteers to the library’s contribution, there’s a match. And yet the town and its citizens receive 100 percent.

A vote for the library is a vote for Waldoboro.

Jann Minzy
Waldoboro