I'm voting Miramant

When I vote to elect our State legislators I always look for the person who can best represent all the people in our district. In November, I will vote for Dave Miramant to represent State Senate District 12.

As our state senator, Dave wants to change the economic stagnation brought on by the current governor and his policies. He knows it’s time to support local businesses not big out of state corporations that leave when their tax breaks end. Dave has personal experience running a small business and he understands the problems small business owners face on a daily basis.

Dave will stand up for quality education. He knows the importance of education and the sense of community that comes from sending our children to local schools. He understands that supporting education means improving the quality and effectiveness of our schools and that includes involving all the local communities in achieving that.

Finally, I’m voting for Dave because I want someone who is committed to Maine and the people of Knox County, not to some extreme national movement. Dave’s involvement in our local community shows that he cares about what is going on and is willing to do something about it.

Dave is traveling around the district, and I urge you to take the time to talk with him. Find out for yourself who Dave is and for what he stands. If you do I think you’ll join me this Nov. 4 to vote for Dave Miramant for State Senate.

Bruce Hodsdon

Port Clyde



Neighbor, friend gets my vote

Dave Miramant is my neighbor and friend. One cold wintery day when my snow blower broke, I called Dave for help. In very few minutes he arrived with his cheerful countenance and the necessary tools to make things right. That’s the kind of senator we need in Augusta … get things done right.

When Dave served our area in the Maine House of Representatives, he proved to be an honest and hard fighter for the welfare of all Mainers. I believe our state needs Dave more than ever. He will deliver clear-headed thinking on the tough issues facing Maine.

Vote for Dave Miramant. Vote for honesty and integrity in government.

Hank Lunn



Dismayed at stolen support

As a supporter of Owen Casas for Representative of District 94 (Camden, Rockport and Islesboro) I was distressed last week to discover the political sign I had placed in my yard signifying my support had been stolen.

Replacing this sign wasn't a simple matter of obtaining another mass produced sign from party headquarters. Owen's signs were each hand painted on wood felled from his home in Rockport, then milled locally into boards cut into the signs. As an independent candidate, he did not tap into an existing network to get the signs made.

Like Owen, these unique signs represent thrift and hard work and a commitment to using sustainable and recyclable materials (after the election, several campaign signs will be collected and split into kindling to be donated to those who can use it).

A new sign is now displayed in my yard, where I hope it remains until the election on Nov. 4 when I cast my vote for Owen Casas, a unique and independent voice for District 94.

Lynette Meiler



Support for Miramant

I am writing in support of Dave Miramant for Senate District 12. A graduate of U Maine Farmington, Dave has already served in several capacities: Selectman in Camden and member of Maine House of Representatives. He has demonstrated his commitment to our communities.

He now seeks to replace the highly respected Ed Mazurek, a true lion in the Democratic fight for the environment, education, middle-class protection, the safety net for our most vulnerable fellow citizens. Dave is the kind of person we need to carry the fight, to battle against those who would turn back the clock on the progress made over the last 40 years.

He has been endorsed by the Maine Conservation Voters, the Maine Education Association, The Maine People's Alliance and the Sierra Club. These speak to Dave's record and character.

Please join me in supporting this strong candidate on November 4th who will advocate for those values and principles we need to protect.

Michael Donnelly


A shared responsibility

It would seem that the best way to remember Dr. Laurita is to ensure that his elephants, Opal & Rosie, do not endure more hardship in their future home.

We suggest that the Hope elephant committee, supporters, and general public share a responsibility to see that the two bonded elephants remain together and are placed in a reputable sanctuary such as the one in Tennessee.

This is the time to step up and find a humane, stable place for elephants who have endured so much upheaval and adjustment.

Please have their proposed home vetted for its suitability and humane practices.

Find them a credible retirement sanctuary and collect donations for their transport and set-up costs..

We owe Rosie and Opal this much after uprooting them and bringing them here to Maine to fullfill one person's dream.

We are waiting for information as to where the elephants are being placed and for information on making donations to their welfare.

Karen and Gerry Hull



The ultimate betrayal

When James Laurita opened Hope Elephants, he assured supporters that funds would be used to help Rosie and Opal, and vowed to provide sanctuary and veterinary care to elephants who had been retired from the circus. Sending Rosie and Opal back to the Carson & Barnes Circus compound would turn Dr. Laurita’s promise upside down. It seems like the ultimate betrayal.

Carson & Barnes has one of the ugliest histories of mistreating animals and their abuse of elephants in particular has been captured on video. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has repeatedly cited Carson & Barnes for inadequate veterinary care, which is especially concerning given Rosie’s and Opal’s special medical needs.

Rosie and Opal deserve to be sent to an accredited sanctuary where these beautiful girls would have room to roam, swim and play, and socialize with other elephants. They don’t deserve to be sent back to the same miserable existence that Dr. Laurita removed them from.

Yours truly,

Delcianna Winders, Esq.

PETA Foundation


Progressive’s fact-free column

Perhaps we might examine some real facts from the foundational sources of information? Mr.Reichard’s opening claim that the $14,387 figure, “each illegal immigrant household costs U.S. taxpayers in government benefits and services,” “…it’s a lie”, is itself a lie. The $14,387 estimate comes from the following Heritage Foundation report on the costs of illegal immigration: heritage.org/research/reports/2013/05/the-fiscal-cost-of-unlawful-immigrants-and-amnesty-to-the-us-taxpayer. It is not hard to find online, and the credibility of its source material is unimpeachable as compared to Mother Jones and Alternet.

Mr.Reichard’s statement willfully ignores that there are 117 data sources or references footnoted in this specific Heritage Foundation Report, such as the US Census Bureau 2010 Population Survey, White House.org, National Research Council, US Dept of Labor- Bureau of Economic Analysis, and so on. Hardly “factoids” as Mr. Reichard claims. It is tedious reading, but if you want to know the truth about these things you have to be willing to consider facts and statistics.

The claim of “immigrant bashing” is as specious as his suggestion that Republicans are the root of all legislative evil. From the 1800s through the early 1900s the legal immigrants he refers to (my great- and grandparents included) arrived largely impoverished, had no governmental welfare system to latch onto, learned English and valued education, and assimilated by virtue of necessity to survive and prosper. This is most certainly not the case today.

We are under siege from illegal immigrants overwhelming the “system” at the southern border—and they are NOT all “unaccompanied minors” by far. Look at the following chart from US Border Patrol itself: cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/SWB%20Family%20and%20UAC%20Apps%20thru%208-31.pdf

Just consider that “family units” apprehended illegally crossing into the US in two of these border regions, Del Rio and Rio Grande Valley, have increased since 2013 by upwards of 500 percent. That does not factor in the ones not apprehended, of which there are likely many.

For those readers who wish to see what the US Census Bureau in 2010 had distilled, please examine the following—but remember this was before the Obama executive order known as DACA prompted the current illegal immigrant surge: heritage.org/~/media/images/reports/2013/05/sr133/updatedphotos/srimmigrationcosts2013appendixtablea8revisedp1900.ashx

Reichard’s suggestion that Pew Research’s “73 percent of Americans agree that immigrants currently living in the U.S. illegally who meet certain requirements should have a way to stay legally” is representative of a majority of Americans is statistically absurd. If he had continued to read their explanation of how the “survey” was conducted, perhaps he would have seen this from the Pew Newsletter of March 29, outlining the source used for their survey:

"The national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted March 13-17 among 1,501 adults, finds that overall attitudes about immigrants in the United States are more positive than negative, despite the nation’s struggling economy.”

The reliably liberal Pew Research Foundation finds 1,501 adults to answer their questions about illegal immigration and you think this is representative of America? I think not.

Paul Ackerman

Tenants Harbor



Must have missed the facts

I would like to know why Mr. Ludwig even wrote his letter published on Sept. 11. If it was only to say that he disagrees with “Another View” it could have been accomplished without his misinformation and baseless assertions. In the interest of full disclosure, I am acquainted with most of the contributors of “Another View” and most particularly with Mr. Frederic.

First, Mr. Ludwig seems to be most concerned by Conservative groups such as The Heritage Foundation, Freedom Works and Americans for Prosperity, of which he appears to be suspicious, if not actually contemptuous. While he asserts that these organizations represent the wealthy and greedy, he seems unconcerned by organizations such as MoveOn.org or The Open Society Institute, both strongly Left Wing groups, active nationally and here in Maine, which are heavily funded by presumably also greedy multi-billionaires. The group Mr. Frederic referenced is made up by local citizens. They are retirees, working singles and couples, parents and grandparents. The organization, if it can even be called that, is loosely organized, with no officers, no dues, and no membership roles. They meet at regular (although NOT weekly) meetings, and discuss their concerns in a respectful atmosphere. While it is true the Conservative organizations Mr. Ludwig sites are in favor of smaller government and less taxes, the rest of his statement is incorrect. It is not “freedom from regulatory restraint and individual responsibility” as he states, but freedom from regulatory overreach and the usurpation of individual rights. I challenge Mr. Ludwig to cite one instance where the Heritage Foundation, Freedom Works, or Americans for Prosperity have ever advocated for a “ruling class made up of the wealthy and privileged”. That is simply nonsense. If he actually believes that, it is just sad.

He also is disdainful of the writer’s group of contributors for “Another View” that discusses ideas and not people. He calls this “ideology”. I would refer Mr. Ludwig to a well-known 20th Century progressive, Eleanor Roosevelt, who said:

“Great minds discuss ideas, Average minds discuss events, Small minds discuss people”.

Mr. Ludwig correctly points out that none of the articles published thus far have mentioned Democracy. Fair enough, but then why should they? Mr. Ludwig might feel “proud of believing in the Democracy” where he lives, but I must point out that if he lives in Maine, he does not live in a Democracy. The United States of America is Representative Republic, and while I know some uniformed people will wave their hands with a dismissive “whatever”, there is a difference.

While Mr. Ludwig states that Mr. Frederic “and his ilk” show disdain of liberals and paint them as haters, he does not provide any evidence to support this, and in my contacts with them, I have seen none. I would also like to question Mr. Ludwig’s assertion that “Liberals know the truth”. I am not aware that one opinion only is the “truth” while any dissenting view must therefore be “untrue”. If there is disdain here, it is not on Mr. Frederic’s side.

I can attest most emphatically that Mr. Frederic writes all his own columns. When he does quote another source, that source is referenced. Mr. Ludwig’s “suspicion” that the articles are coming from “organizers and benefactors” is laughable. There are no organizers or benefactors. The contributors to the column meet once a week and discuss topics (but not content) and accept assignments based on their own interests and depth of knowledge.

Mr. Ludwig’s use of words and phrases such as “propaganda”, and “political paranoia” smacks of projection, and makes me wonder if Mr. Ludwig actually reads “Another View” or as he erroneously accuses Mr. Frederic, merely signs his name to a piece written by someone else.

Submitted (and actually written by)

Betty Ann Frederic




Democracy & Rant

In the Sept. 4 editions of The Camden Herald and The Courier Gazette, Ken Frederic wrote an article entitled “Biscuits,” which described an organization called the Tea Party. In the Sept. 11 editions of The Camden Herald and The Courier Gazette, Raymond Ludwig responded to Mr. Frederic’s article. I would encourage all to read both articles via past newspapers or VillageSoup.

As I read Mr. Frederic’s article it is a calm and temperate explanation of what the Tea Party is all about. There is no attempt or mention of other groups whose views would be different than that of Mr. Frederic or the Tea Party.

Mr. Ludwig in his letter to the editor accuses Mr. Frederic of not being the actual author of the article. Not only is this completely false it also expresses that evidently Mr. Ludwig does not feel that an ordinary Midcoast citizen, who happens to be a conservative, has the intelligence or capability to write thoughtful and expressive articles. Mr. Ludwig displays his lack of knowledge about our government in repeatedly asking why Mr. Frederic does not use the word democracy to describe our system of government. Mr. Ludwig, the United States of America is not a democracy, it is a republic. Practice the Pledge of Allegiance, which is recited at a Tea Party meeting, a few times and maybe you would come to understand.

Mr. Ludwig also makes completely false and inflammatory comments in his letter. Mr. Ludwig states that the Tea Party promotes “deliberately devious conservative influence on state and local governments”, “intent on greatly diminishing or even possibly destroying our great Democracy”, and “the democracy of all the people would be replaced by a ruling class made up of the wealthy and privileged”. These are all complete fabrications of an overactive imagination.

Mr. Ludwig describes Mr. Frederic’s article as a rant. I would strongly suggest again that all who would be interested read both articles and decide who has written a “rant”.

Dale E. Landrith Sr.



Ain't politics fun?

Truth be known, no they "ain't", in fact they have become too dirty and offensive. As an example, I refer to the recent column by Dave Miramant. The man got into office some two elections back through some shenanigans of the State Democrat party. He served his term, then in an attempted re-election came forth with aims of how he worked to lower taxes and other good things. This paper printed a letter from a political colleague of Mr. Miramant's which exposed the Miramant claims to be bogus. Fortunately and thankfully the voters saw through his offensive diatribe and voted Chris Rector into that office.

Apparently, now with Mr. Rector retiring, Mr. Miramant is giving it another go. In so doing, Mr. Miramant hasn't changed his fallacious political litany.This time, thanks to the letter in this paper (Sept. 4, by Paul Ackerman – "Puzzled by Miramant's take") Mr. Miramant is blown out of the political waters once again.

To disagree politically or otherwise is a precious prerogative of those of us in the free world. So why pollute it with untruths, especially when those untruths are blatantly intellectually offensive. Mr. Miramant accuses the governor of "creating more debt for the state" when in fact the governor paid back multi-millions of Medicare debt the state owed the hospitals. In addition, Maine now has a sizable surplus of some $93 million. Then again one needs remember that Democrats only generate debt much less accumulate surpluses. Paying back debts is alien to them. The fact that Mr. Miramant isn't running for governor seems to be irrelevant. To have read his column one needs conclude Mr. Miramant is amongst those Democrats who expect us to assume that our lakes and streams became polluted, (if in fact they are) with the election of a Republican governor. Does Mr. Miramant really expect us to be so obtuse as to forget that the same lakes and streams were flowing during the tenure of the four Democrat governors who preceded Governor LePage and no one raised the issue of pollution?? True, Governor LePage has his caustic and even his bawdy side, but he gets things done. Then again, who amongst us doesn't have a bit of the caustic and bawdy? The governor has lowered taxes, and his prime interest is the well being of the state, not of his political party.

From the earliest of my 70 years of voting I used to look to vote "either side of the political aisle" if for no other reason but to assert my individual independence, but with the advent of the four musketeers headed by Obama, Biden, Pelosi and Harry Ried, heading the cesspool in D.C., it will be a cold day in hell before I consider adding to it by a local vote for Mr. Miramant.

Steve Masone



Thank you

On behalf of Help Heat Homes, I wish to thank Hon. Sawin Millett for driving down from Waterville to address a public audience on the subject of 'Where Our Money Goes.’ As someone who has served under five governors and as a legislator, and is perhaps the most knowledgeable person in Maine regarding our state’s fiscal matters, he managed to make a very complicated topic relatively understandable to the average voter.

I also wish to thank all of the attendees who made a contribution to Help Heat Homes in order to attend this event. Since its inception three years ago Help Heat Homes has raised and distributed more than $92,000 to 349 individuals or households who needed assistance paying their heating bills.

And, I want to extend a heartfelt thank You to the following restaurants and food providers who donated gift certificates to support this event. As a result of their generosity, we were able to raise more than $500 for Help Heat Homes. Thank you to Atlantic Baking Company, The Brown Bag, Clan MacLaren, Chowder House, Dorman’s, Home Kitchen, The [New] Landings, Rock City Cafe, Roselyn, Terra Optima, Owls Head General Store, Wasses in Rockland; and to Boynton-McKay, Cappy’s, Cuzzy’s, Elm Street Grille, Graffam Bros., French & Brawn Marketplace, Market Basket, Peter Ott’s on the Water, Saltwater Farm and Zoot in Camden-Rockport; and, to Athens Pizzeria, Black Harpoon, East Wind, Happy Clam, The Slipway, and Thomaston Cafe in Thomaston-St. George.

It was a privilege and an honor to meet and hear Mr. Millett; to greet the people who were interested enough to come and listen to Mr. Millett; and, to meet the owners of all the restaurants who supported this event. I acknowledge their love for the service they provide, for the unique contribution their respective establishments lend to the personality of the Midcoast region, and their generosity of time and spirit for this and all the other events they support. They are truly the backbone of any local community’s economic foundation.

As a relatively new Midcoast resident I was overwhelmed with everyone’s generosity supporting this event. Thank you.

Nick Lapham

Help Heat Homes