A clarification on position

I read with great interest what you wrote about the approval by the Planning Board to send to the Select Board the request from 3 Inns to serve dinner. I appreciate that you, differently from other newspapers, made the choice to report the feelings of both sides, those in favor and those not.

I would like to clarify better what is my position about this issue, as probably there has been some misunderstanding. I read in your article “the change would allow him to also to serve dinners and he would feel obligated to do so to remain competitive”. This not true, and for many reasons:

· The requested exception to the town zoning ordinance would allow 3 of the 4 Inns in the same area to serve dinner. The only Inn to be excluded would be the Maine Stay Inn. We are just a few steps from the other three, and if they will be allowed to serve dinner, we will have to face an unfair competition from the other three, as many people will prefer to make a booking where they can also have dinner rather than choosing a standard B&B. The other three Inns will have the possibility to offer attractive packages with dinner, and we will never be able to match this kind of offer. So our business, especially in wintertime when the inclement weather suggests people not to go out, will be highly affected. The same will be for other Inns in our same situation, and this is not fair.

· I think that we, as a community, have to care also of the other businesses already in operation. There are already many (perhaps too many!) restaurants in town and it would be sad to see others joining the list of those who had to close.

· We will have a great increase in the street traffic flow. We don’t need to have more trucks travelling on High Street, which is already too noisy and busy, especially in summer-time.

· Last, but not least, I have to say this. I would like to see no change at all, but it is clear that one of the main purposes of this request is to increase the commercial value of those three properties. We are just a few yards from these three Inns, and I don’t understand why this benefit should be granted only to three of the four Inns located in the same area. We don’t mean to have a restaurant, but if they will have the benefit of this increase in their commercial value, I think it would be right and fair that it be granted to us too.

Many people – included the very well respected Barbara Dyer who knows Camden like no one else – spoke and wrote against this proposal (I read all the 26 pages that were sent to the Planning Board and not one was in favor!), but nobody listened to them.

Thanks a lot for your attention

Claudio Latanza

Maine Stay Inn


Heavy-handed selectmen

Rockport Selectmen are using a heavy handed approach to get approval for an expensive new library at the old elementary school site. Apparently mesmerized by the Library Committee's spokesperson, the Select Board failed to see an important signal in the resignation of the president of the Friends of the Rockport Library. They have also failed to see that the Library Committee's proposal suffers from bad mathematics, mishandled data, faulty conclusions and disguised objectives.

Rockport presently has a library of approximately 3,400 square feet located in the center of the village. The Library Committee notes increased patronage in recent years. It also observes that the work being carried out typically requires a 6,000 square foot structure.

Despite the fact that there is no evidence that Rockport's population will increase any time soon, the Library Committee jumps to the conclusion that we need a fourteen thousand square foot library. They ignore changes in the publishing business with more readers turning toward Kindle and I pad for their reading. They also fail to recognize that the high school library now has a reduced schedule. A reduced schedule because students are not using libraries the way they had in the past. Since the only land parcel big enough for a fourteen thousand foot building is the site formerly occupied by the now demolished Rockport Elementary School, every other possibility has been dismissed as inadequate.

Contrary to a recently published opinion piece by the Chairperson of the Rockport Library Committee, there are no plans to increase the library's present book collection. Instead, they are attempting to convince the community that we need a building that provides space for teenagers to congregate, where mahjong and bridge players can enjoy their games, where those favoring doing taxes in a group can be accommodated, for ukelele lessons, an art gallery, meeting rooms and several more computers. These activities will require that there be a large parking not and several bathrooms. A break room where librarians can get away from the twang of inexpert ukelele players will also be necessary. Don't forget yoga. In other words, the Library Committee wants to build a community center or a recreation center, not a library.

The Library Committee became committed to its community center concept at least two years ago. They ignore the survey of patrons which concludes most residents want the library to stay just where it is. Instead of researching whether the present site and structure can be improved and expanded, they misused a $10,000 grant to design two versions of a fourteen thousand foot structure that couldn't be built anywhere but at the Elementary School site. When residents balked at the size and cost, the Committee hired university personnel to host a so called listening tour. Although the listening tour was allegedly intended to discover what residents want in a library, neither the Library Committee nor the Selectmen chose to listen. Instead they created a meeting format that would allow them to sell everyone the Committee's grand package. When asked for supporting data, we were referred to web sites.

A sharp eyed observer would have quickly discovered that, with the exception of Library personnel, Library Committee members and Selectmen, the majority in attendance favored keeping the library at its present location and with the same basic mission. Ignoring the survey and the outcome of their own Listening Tour, the Library Committee asked to be on the Select Board agenda for the July 14th meeting intending to request that their proposal be placed on the November ballot.

In violation of the Open Meetings Act, Select Board Chairman, Bill Chapman, announced at the meeting that he had made the unilateral decision that there would be no public comment on the Library Committee's ballot proposal. When pressed by Selectman, Geoff Parker, to allow five minutes for procedural questions, Chapman was forced to momentarily relent. When asked why the Select Board had chosen to ignore the petition signed by 100 Rockport residents asking that other ideas be considered, in a fit of bad temper, Chapman shouted "No" banging the gavel and ending the brief question period. While he later apologized for his outburst, the discussion never resumed. The Library Committee's spokesperson, however, was allowed to make a full presentation in support of their ballot proposal. Since most residents left in protest over Chapman's refusal to listen to the community, these remarks were made to the Library Committee members and the Selectmen but virtually no one else.

While the Library Committee's steam roller moves forward fueled by the Selectmen but with minimal support from the community, other ideas are being developed. Contrary to what we had earlier been led to believe, our present library structure can be improved and even enlarged. Recognizing that the neither the Library Committee nor the Selectmen are interested in hearing about alternative plans, these ideas are being developed outside the existing system.

A danger we face is that the Library Committee may have someone with deep pockets willing to ante up half the money required for their pseudo Library. Free money is always difficult to refuse. Difficult to refuse even when it offers an inferior or even damaging result. Large structures also require large budgets for maintenance.

Despite a lack of resources, the preliminary plans being developed by residents working outside our system have the potential to solve many of our library's present problems. Not only will it be a good looking structure well used by patrons, it allows the Town to preserve the former elementary school property for some better future purpose and comes with a far more modest cost than the Committee's plan.

A community center for group activities may be a good idea for the future. Before embarking on this kind of very expensive endeavor, we first need to take care of Rockport's lovely little library to make it even better.

Thomas A. Latta




In reading the letter to the editor written by Jim Ruddy and signed by 99 other Rockport residents, I am confused as to exactly what are their issues.

They ask for a “comprehensive independent survey” to “gather real (and quantitative) data regarding all the issues related to the future of our Library.” What sort of “real and quantitative data” are they referring to? What would they consider to be a “comprehensive independent survey?”

Last fall a listening tour was held in the five villages in the town to gather information about what folks wanted in their library. While the data gathered was not quantitative, it did cover a wide field of issues about libraries and the meetings were run by an unbiased, independent, expert from the University of Maine.

The letter asks for an “independent and thorough analysis (by expert professionals)” of the condition of the current library. Again, what would they consider to be an “independent and thorough analysis” and who would they consider “expert professionals?”

The current library building has been examined by construction professionals several times over the years to evaluate the condition of the building and to recommend repairs. The latest round of examination and analysis included both construction and engineering professionals, two of whom, Allen Mitchell and Will Gartley, are among the local leaders in their fields and who are well regarded by their peers and clients.

The letter asks for an “extended (3 hour minimum) Select Board/Citizens Workshop” to discuss library issues. This will happen on August 5th when a public hearing is held at the Opera House. Folks can not only speak at the meeting, but submit written comments and if not everyone gets a chance to talk, additional hearings will be scheduled.

The letter ends by asking the select board to “assume the responsibility for managing and overseeing the above actions.” As was pointed out at the July 14 select board meeting, the select board does not have the authority to manage anything regarding the library except the budget relating to salaries and waste water. The select board does have the authority, though not the obligation, to call a public hearing on a potential warrant article and it has done so (August 5th).

The letter asks for that “comprehensive independent survey be taken of the entire town to gather real (and quantitative) data” regarding the library. I submit that a non-binding referendum on the November ballot would more than meet the request for “a comprehensive independent survey” of the entire town and the results would be quantitative.

Helen A. Shaw



A 'relentless and stubborn campaign'

The recent letter by the Chair of the Rockport Library Committee cannot go unanswered.

The first reference is to a “contingent” of residents, a term selected to diminish the groundswell of opposition to the Library Committee’s plans, a terms that blatantly and once again refuses to recognize the large numbers of people who at organized and professionally guided focus groups and surveys opposed moving the library and the small amount of people who attended later attempts to organize a Listening Tour, a not so veiled attempt by the Committee to gain support for their unwanted agenda. A petition signed by more than 100 people has been sent to the town’s Select Board. The mailing list of people who oppose the proposed move well exceeds that number. So much for a contingent.

Regarding the Committee’s self-described “meticulously transparent process” please note what follows.

Regarding parking: Having been a Rockport resident for 39 years, I personally have never had a problem finding parking for the library. The past seven years, I have met on average twice weekly with a group of 8 to 12 people at the library. Never has one member of the group complained that they could not find parking. Never. There are more fender-benders and near misses of adults and children in parking lots of supermarkets and big box stores. According to the Committee Chair, “There is no group meeting space, no quiet reading area, no manageable work space for librarians or storage area for extra chairs and tables.” What has been going on at the Library all these years? Plenty of meetings, (I have met on average twice weekly with a group of 8 to 12 people at the library), wonderful Library events held across the street at the Opera House, 120 patrons a day, we’re told, people enjoying the Marine Room as a quiet place to read. But there is no space for this. Admittedly, the library staff could use more work space, another bathroom and there is room for all this and more at the current site. And everyone wants to address that. By the way, many of us could walk into Rockport Library and make good decisions that would get rid of the “cramped, jammed” look, without at all diminishing service to patrons. People are “craving” for more space. Note the language again, language that increasingly damages the Committee’s credibility and underscores the agenda they have been pursuing for quite awhile. Asking people what they think the idea library should look like did not in any manner demonstrate a “craving,” quite the contrary.

We are told again and again that the current building cannot be expanded. No solid, extensive professional report assessment or analysis has been done. We were told DEP would not allow expansion on current site. Not true. We were told zoning would not allow expansion. Not true. You are being told the “opposition” is trying to stop people from voting. Not true.

Opponents of the Library’s Committee’s relentless and stubborn campaign simply want to defer a vote until a better, more thorough and persuasive assessment can be completed regarding the current library site. “Block” and “defer” are not synonyms in anyone’s dictionary.

One more thing. At a recent Select Board meeting, it was stated that the Committee was simply following the direction of a mandate in the town’s Comprehensive Plan and refered to only half of that mandate. Here is the complete mandate: “Address long-term needs for increased shelf space, programming space, computer work space and parking by weighing cost and benefits of: a) Expanding the library building and creating more parking at its current historic location in Rockport Village. The present building is widely admired for its architecture and landscaping. Zoning and traffic issues will need to be addressed. b) Constructing a new facility on one of Rockport’s major routes. In a larger, more centrally located, conveniently accessible public space, Rockport residents could meet, interact and build the bonds of community”(Town of Rockport, Comprehensive Plan, p. 127).

Section “a” of the mandate is what a lot of people want to do. Yes, do address your comments by email to librarypublichearing@town.rockport.me.us. and then attend the August 5 public hearing and see if your comments matter, especially if they oppose the Library Committee’s agenda.

Paul G. Charbonneau


A manipulation of facts

After reading David Trahan’s piece published in the Aroostoock Republican and Camden Herald (bear baiting, hounding and trapping is necessary), I found myself alternately frustrated, offended and bemused. I was frustrated by his transparent manipulation of “facts”, offended by his obvious perception of the readership as naïve rubes who would blindly accept his nonsensical half-truths as gospel and bemused at his attempts to shock, alarm and frighten us with tales of rogue black bears picking the back door lock and rummaging through our kitchens in the wee hours to find where we stash the Oreos.

Mr. Trahan conveniently omits information that would bring his pro-baiting conclusions into question.

He states, for example, that in New Jersey there were 201 successful home entries and another estimated 144 attempted home entries by bears between 2006 and 2010. He fails to mention that these entries were proven to be made by human-habituated and food conditioned bears—the result of homeowners who had ignored the state’s published bear education advice on storage of garbage cans, cleaning greasy barbecue grills, placing food scraps in compost piles, and other preventative methods.

Furthermore, it is pointless to compare Maine to New Jersey and Florida – the two states he relies on to back up his arguments. Florida does not allow any bear hunting, and during the years he supplies statistics for in New Jersey there was also no bear hunt. Comparing Maine to New Jersey and Florida is like comparing apples to oranges. The initiative in Maine would not ban bear hunting – it would simply prohibit the use of hounds, bait, and trapping of bears.

When looking at the data from states that are actually comparable to Maine, the numbers certainly don’t help Mr. Trahan’s case. Oregon banned baiting and hounding via ballot measure back in 1994, and information from the state’s wildlife agency shows that the number of nuisance complaints remained the same after baiting and hounding were prohibited, and the bear population has also remained stable at around 25-30,000 bears. The same thing happened in Washington, where baiting and hounding were prohibited in 1996. This data certainly contradicts Mr. Trahan’s claims that the bear population and bear-human interactions will increase if this referendum passes.

As we encroach farther and farther into their habitat, they lose their natural fear of us. Baiting bears exacerbates this by habituating bears to human food, and teaching them associate human scent with a free and easy meal. Looking again to Oregon and Washington, despite growing human populations of roughly 1 million and 2 million, respectively, since they successfully banned baiting and hounding, the bear population has remained stable and the number of nuisance complaints did not increase.

Finally, to his condescending charge that opponents to baiting, hounding and trapping have a “Pollyanna belief that bears can be managed without hunters,” I would suggest he think this through a bit more carefully. The referendum doesn’t call for a ban on bear hunting – and stating so just shows how desperate Mr. Trahan is to mislead the voters with scare-tactics. In fact, its passage would require the state to review successful population control methods employed by other states, such as Washington. There are plenty of hunters out there that possess the knowledge and skills to successfully track a bear without the use hounds, bait, or trap. – The thousands of bears killed every year in Washington, Oregon, and the other states that don’t allow these cruel methods prove that.

Make no mistake –bear hunting will continue if this referendum passes and Mr. Trahan knows that. But he’d rather use cherry-picked “facts” and fear mongering to protect his buddies in the baiting, hounding, and trapping industry – and he doesn’t care if he has to mislead Mainers to do it. Don’t fall for it – vote yes on Question 1.

Eva Weitman



I have a few concerns I would like to address in reference to the article titled “Williamson hopes to begin Summertime days sails," published in your July 17, 2014 issue. The article cites “mooring complications." The mooring permits for Mr. Williamson, for Lincolnville Harbor, were in place in the beginning of June 2014. Harbormaster Mr. Mike Hutchings has been waiting for Mr. Williamson to bring a mooring to Lincolnville Harbor since this time and it arrived just last week on Wednesday, July 16. The additional mooring for Mr. Williamson’s transport boat, to bring passengers between the pier and the Summertime, has also been available for use since the beginning of June and has sat empty since that time.

I am concerned that Mr. Williamson has interests in changing the Lincolnville Harbor Ordinance in order to suit his business needs. A harbor ordinance, mind you, that has been praised by the Army Corps of Engineers as one of the best ever written. Mr. Hutchings is simply doing his job as Harbormaster by following this ordinance.

Mr. Williamson seems to intend to utilize this pier seasonally. The commercial fishermen use this pier year-round to support themselves, their families and our community. These fishermen are providing products to our community that make Maine was it is. People flock to Maine to enjoy a taste of an infamous Maine lobster and other seafood delicacies.

Hopefully Mr. Williamson will be able to run a successful business. Although, another issue that I note in this article is that Mr. Williamson has not yet found a place to sell tickets for his excursions. With just a little research, it can easily be discovered that ticket sales of any kind are prohibited on a commercial fishing pier. Thank you for your time.

Jarica Cantlin



Deepest gratitude

On behalf of the Board of Directors of MCH, Inc (formerly Methodist Conference Home) and all of the beneficiaries of the Meals on Wheels program here in Knox County I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Bettina Doulton of CellarDoor Winery and Lani Stiles of Megunticook Market for inviting us to participate in this year’s Pop the Cause benefit event. It was an honor to be included along with such valued not-for-profit partners as United Mid Coast Charities, Mid Coast Hospitality House and Coastal Opportunities.

It was also inspiring to be part of an event that did such an outstanding job of promoting the idea of volunteering and giving those that have never tried volunteering an opportunity to have this rewarding experience. The idea of Pop For Change was and is a completely novel and innovative way to get people active in giving to our community. With the help of CellarDoor Winery’s Devon Salisbury, our Meals on Wheels program signed up nearly 100 volunteers this winter and spring through the Pop For Change program, and many are continuing to help Meals on Wheels.

Our thanks go out to all of these volunteers who helped deliver Meals on Wheels. Volunteers are an essential part of Meals on Wheels, we could not operate the program without them. Volunteer drivers are on the road five days a week, delivering meals, but also bringing relief from the isolation that many of our homebound participants experience. Our volunteers are a connection to the outside world.

We are also tremendously grateful for the enthusiastic support from people in the community who voted for Meals on Wheels to win the top award of $100,000. Thank you to all the Rockland businesses that hung the plates sharing Meals on Wheels recipients’ stories of how the program helps them.

The Board of Directors of MCH has voted to set aside $80,000 of the $100,000 award to put toward much-needed upgrades to the kitchen at the Methodist Conference Home on Summer Street in Rockland, where the meals are prepared by Lois Stackpole Alley and her dedicated staff.

As Maine’s population continues to grow older, demand for Meals on Wheels in Knox County will only continue to increase. Over the past three years the need for this program has increased by more than 25 percent. This wonderful gift from Pop the Cause will help MCH gear up to meet the growing need for this vital program.

Thank you once again to Bettina and Lani, the volunteers and voters, and all who made this gift possible!


Lee Karker

Executive Director

MCH, Inc.


Watershed Tour a success

Last Sunday, July 13th, the Georges River Land Trust held its 23rd Gardens in the Watershed Tour in Appleton, Rockport, Warren and Union. It was a wonderfully bright, sunny day! The Land Trust, as well as the gardeners, are grateful to the over 400 patrons who came to the middle watershed to appreciate the lovely country gardens, vistas and to partake in the beautiful summer day.

There are so many people to thank, but most important are the gardeners who graciously opened their special places to us and without whom there would not have been a tour: Alvin Chase and Tozia Dippre of Dreamchaser garden, Josie Hughes and Rickard Franklin’s Vaughn’s Neck Garden, both in Warren, the garden of Steve and Barbie Sylvester in Rockport, garden of Nancy and Chuck Huus, Judy and Dave Brogden at Mill Pond House and Mike and Rosalie Brady at Breezy Farm Acres, all in Union, and Linda Arnold and Jim Ostergard at Brambly Cottage in Appleton. Their dedication, hard work and love of the land were evident in the riot of color and peaceful serenity we were all privileged to experience last Sunday. We are indebted to them for their gracious hospitality and incalculable contribution to the Land Trust.

Bangor Savings Bank is our major sponsor of this event and we are grateful for their financial support and interest in our work. We thank them and the 72 other business sponsors and individual donors who dug deep in their pockets to fund this event and support the mission of the Land Trust. Their generosity is greatly appreciated. We encourage everyone to patronize these wonderful businesses listed in the tour brochure. James Hatch and his staff at the Home Kitchen Café deserve our grateful thanks for preparing nearly 200 delicious lunches of unique sandwiches, chips, and cookies for our hungry patrons. The sandwiches were delicious! And the cookies…large and chocked full of chocolate chips!

As always, our volunteers on tour day kept things running smoothly, from helping park cars and directing traffic to taking tickets, handing out lunches, selling raffle tickets and assisting the gardeners in various ways. We are grateful to the 45 wonderful people who gave up a good part of their weekend to help us.

The Gardens in the Watershed tour is the single most important annual fundraising event of the Georges River Land Trust and its success is crucial to our work of helping to conserve the watershed, both land and natural resources, for the public benefit. It also offers participants the opportunity to experience the diversity and traditional character of the Georges River watershed as they travel from garden to garden.

And with deep gratitude, we recognize our fellow members of the Garden Tour committee who have worked tirelessly all year to make this event successful: Linda Arnold, Pat Ashton, Tracy Beck, Mary Bumiller, Mary Ann Carey, Leslie Fuller, Sydney Hall, Ginny Hibbard, Norma Jones, Heidi Lyman, Hilary Matlack, Bonnie Percival, Jane Rasmussen and Judy Waterman.


Cheryl Feldpausch,

Chair of 2014 Garden Tour Committee for the Georges River Land Trust


A musical thank you

The Camden Rotary Club has many people to thank for their help with this year’s Music by the Sea celebration on July 4th.

We are deeply grateful to the sponsors of this event, whose generous contributions will enable our club to provide more than $20,000 of assistance to various youth-related services as part of our Youth are the Future program.

Youth are the Future supports a large range of activities including post-secondary scholarships, international youth exchange programs, the Interact Club at Camden Hills Regional High School, a Rotary Youth Leadership Award, and camp scholarships. This year, the program will also include a $5,000 grant for the Penobscot Bay YMCA’s new playground. Youth Are the Future augments the club’s regular grants program and charitable work.

Music by the Sea is a group effort that involves many of our club members as well as the wider community. Many thanks to the Camden Public Library for arranging to host the concerts in the Harbor Park and Amphitheatre and to Rockport Opera House for providing a place for the show to go on despite the stormy weekend weather.

Kudos to our wonderful bands: The Muellers, the Midcoast Community Band, Reina del Cid, and David Dodson and the Lowdown. Three cheers also for buskers Tori Aru, Colby Arau, Aidan Kaczynski, Alex Wilder and Shayna Cohen for performances in Camden and Rockport. And sincere thanks to Bob Oxton for driving the Lobster Festival float around town to let people know about our change of venue.

Last but not least, loud applause for those who braved the wind and the rain to enjoy the music!

Yours sincerely,

Jane Monhart, President, Camden Rotary Club

Jonathan Goss and Glenn Buckingham, Music by the Sea co-chairs


Why I will vote for Jonathan Fulford

I attend a lot of community meetings: meetings about RSU 20, the closing of Stockton Harbor to lobstering, the proposed Searsport dredging project and community concerns of all kinds. For months now I have been seeing Jonathan Fulford almost everywhere I go. At first I didn’t know who he was. He doesn’t act like a politician. He doesn’t look for opportunities to speak or call attention to himself. He just sits quietly and he listens.

Once I got to know him, he explained that he tries to attend important meetings in all the towns of Waldo County because, although he has lived and worked in Waldo County since he was a young man, he feels there is still a lot about the County that he needs to learn. And I learned why he doesn’t act like a politician. He isn’t one. This is the first time he has run for office.

I have never seen Mike Thibodeau at any community meetings. Maybe he attends some, if the subjects are important to him, but I’ve never seen him. What I like about Jonathan is that he comes to community gatherings to learn about the things that are important to us: the people of Waldo County. He is working to understand the real issues and concerns of all the people of Waldo County so he can represent our interests in the State Senate.

If you would like to understand how this makes Jonathan Fulford different from the incumbent, google “Michael Thibodeau and ALEC”. This search will bring up several articles that show very clearly whose interests Mr. Thibodeau represents.

I’m voting for Jonathan Fulford.

Meredith Ares



Fulford supports alternative energy

As a long time science teacher, Registered Maine Guide, and as a parent, I am extremely concerned about the effect that global climate change is having on the world in general, and on Maine, in particular. Not only do I see species ranges changing, plants blooming much earlier, invasive species intruding, but I also see worldwide damage resulting from the rising intensity of storms, floods, droughts and fires. However, future effects if we do nothing will be much, much greater.

In addition to effects on nature, I read that climate change is also going to have a huge economic effect. A group of business people, including the former Secretary of the Treasury under George W. Bush, has done a business-based risk analysis of the economic effects if we do nothing different. The results terrify me. Looking at annual costs from storm damage alone during a 20 year period, Maine losses are “most likely” around a quarter of a billion dollars! And that doesn’t even consider costs of changes in labor productivity or the other factors the risk assessment studied. The report is at riskybusiness.org.

So what is state government doing? “Head in the sand,” to be polite, but it’s much worse than that. The current administration, supported in the Legislature by Republican leaders like Mike Thibodeau, is doing everything it can to stand in the way of alternative energy development, for example, preferring instead to support a multibillion dollar fossil fuel pipeline that Maine taxpayers will have to help pay for.

I’m glad that Jonathan Fulford supports the development of alternative energy in Maine, and other steps to reduce the impact of global climate crisis for our children and our natural world, and I’ll be voting for him for State Senate for Waldo County in November.

Cloe Chunn



Vote Fulford

If you like our Governor, vote for the senate incumbent in Waldo County’s state senate race. If not, vote for Jonathan Fulford for State Senate. I am. Jonathan Fulford lives and works in Monroe as a Maine carpenter, farmer, husband, hunter, father and grandfather, where his sons and their families operate their own working farm in Waldo County. They don’t think life in Maine under LePage and the incumbent senator is the way life should be for the 99 percent. Neither do I.

I am voting for Jonathan Fulford for Maine Senate because I know him as caring, thoughtful, honest, and hard working. Jonathan will represent all Mainers, and will respect and listen to all constituents without regard to party or persuasion. Jonathan is passionate about protecting the environment and its jobs with fair wages for all. He believes in affordable and accessible health care for everyone. Jonathan will work hard for properly funded public education and its hard working teachers. He will protect full and open voting rights for all citizens and stands as a Clean Election candidate. Jonathan will work across party lines to see Maine’s economy, health care, educational and environmental policies work fairly and efficiently to improve opportunities for all Maine’s citizens and voters. If you are tired of partisan politics in Augusta, vote for Jonathan Fulford, as the next and best Maine State Senator in Waldo County’s District 11, and begin to enjoy the way Maine life should and will be—for all!

Jeff Smith