Call for “national emergency”

Yesterday (Feb 17) on "Face the Nation," Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-SC, defended Trump’s call for a national emergency by stating,

“It’s better for middle school Kids in Kentucky to have a secure border. We will get them the school they need, but right now we’ve got a national emergency.”

I can only think that school kids in any school in this country know only too well that this country definitely has a national emergency, but it is not at the southern border, it is within our very borders. The senseless massacre of children attending school in our nation’s communities by predominantly white American males is a true national emergency!

In a February 2018 report from the New York Times, since Sandy Hook in December 2014 (20 children, six adults killed), there have been at least 239 school shootings nationwide in which 438 were shot, and 138 of those were killed.

This is only part of the story. Many of the children who are traumatized by these events never fully recover. Schools have responded to these threats with “active-shooter” drills, with children as young as 4 hiding in darkened closets and bathrooms from imaginary shooters. This trauma is thus reinforced. This is a national emergency.

I ask Congress to step up to the job to which they have been duly elected. Do not permit this single issue of “the wall” to dominate and siphon funds from all other major issues.

Bonnie Percival

Tenants Harbor

Kind words for Pen Bay Medical Center

Our family has just lost our brother to cancer combined with other medical complications. We recently spent 14 days coming and going through the doors visiting at all hours of the day. We witnessed the shift changes and the team coordination of all the staff working together. Mind you, our brother was just one of many people undergoing care. We were so impressed with the staff on the floor where our brother was located. We were personally cared for as well during those visits. We are very thankful to Pen Bay Medical Center and all the talented people who work there.

Over the past nine months, we accompanied our brother to his many visits with pncology, primary care physicians and palliative caregivers. Going through these experiences can get complicated and excellent guidance is critical to the morale and health of the patients. We were able to accompany our brother to his many office visits being another set of ears and asking questions of the doctors about the next steps. The care and the staff at all levels were gracious, kind, professional and humorous. Having some fun in tough times is very important and it meant a lot to our brother that his team of caregivers had a sense of humor.

We would like to express our great appreciation for Pen Bay Medical Center. We are very fortunate to have such a great hospital located here in the Midcoast. Pen Bay has many wonderful people who are employed there, who travel long distances and in all types of weather for their jobs.

Thank you all so very much.

The Eddy Family


Rockland library says thank you

What an amazing evening! On behalf of the Rockland Public Library, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all those who contributed to the success of this year’s "Love your Library; your Library loves you Open House/Valentine to the Community.”

No way could staff could create this hugely popular celebration of community without the tireless, cheerful and dependable energy of the past and present members of the Friends of Rockland Public Library’s Board and many of their spouses and/or other family members; they continue to inspire and amaze. Without them, the open house would never have been able happen, let alone recur yearly. Happily, they also have a great time working on and at this wonderful event.

The following individuals, organizations and businesses made generous donations of scrumptious food, gifts, money or time; some gave all of these: Rebecca Albright, Jessica Blanchard, Café Miranda, Janet Corcoran, Carney Doucette, Katie Drago, Dorothy Elwin, Nancy Eugley, Friends of Rockland Public Library, Ed Glaser, Jeanie Gover, Linda Gundel, Hannaford, Lisa Ignaszak and Dan Wilson, Niki Janczura, Patty King, Julie Kinney, Barbara Klapprodt, Brent Lawyer, Carol Maines, Jeanne Marshall, Carlotta Miller, Sean Murphy, Jennifer Newman, Ann Rafferty, Jane Ryan, Rockland Public Services Department, Jeanie and Jim Schaden, Deborah Sealey, Shaw's, Marjorie Strauss, Katie Syrett, Marilyn and Brian Trask, Walmart, and Gerald, Henry and Jimmy Weinand. The entertainers for the evening, Bill Barnes and Doug Kennedy, added so much ambience and delight to all, as did Susan Beebe, who led crafts in the Children’s Room.

It wouldn’t be a party, without the attendees, so thank you to all those who came; we’re grateful you braved the not-very-pleasant weather. Check the library’s Facebook page for pictures.

More than anything, though, Rockland Public Library is about community. We’re here for everyone; the open house is a time when, and place where, folks who may not interact in their day-to-day lives join together in celebration– of each other, of our library and of our community. It’s such a joy to be a part of this.

Amy Levine

Rockland Public Library Director