Let’s make June 19 a national holiday

Junteenth is the most popular annual celebration of emancipation from slavery in the U.S. This is a significant, important event in our country that first occurred June 19, 1865, in Galveston, Texas.

We need, as a nation, to celebrate this wonderful event by making Juneteenth a national holiday.

Just as we celebrate the Fourth of July as our nation’s freedom from England, let us also, as a nation, celebrate the freedom of enslaved Black people.

A Black Lives Matter vigil is held every Wednesday in Chapman Park from noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome to stand with us as we seek to change the culture of white supremacy.

Susan Manning

Rockland

So. Thomaston’s Article #10 needs to be amended

The current South Thomaston Town Warrant does not leave the option for voters to make a choice of raising funds to renovate the Gilford School. It only asks voters if they want to raise funds to replace the building with a new building for a Community Center/Library.

I believe this is extremely short sighted, as there are a large number of voters who would like to preserve the building and update it for the same purposes and more, an option that could be of less cost but of greater benefit.

Article #10 on the Town Ballot should be amended on Town Floor to read as follows (or something in the following vein) to allow townspeople the option to raise funds for either renovation or replacement, not just for replacement!

“To see if the Town will direct the Selectboard, at the recommendation of the Gilford Butler Futures Committee, to create a Library and Community Center Facility Committee to plan and fundraise for the construction of a new building, consisting of approximately 4,500 square feet, to house a Town owned library and community center ‘or for the renovation of the existing building for the same and additional purposes.'”

South Thomaston could have a functional and aesthetically pleasing 13,000 sq. ft. building in a renovated Gilford Butler School for use as Town Offices, Community Center, Library, meeting rooms and refuge accommodations for a cost of less than half of replacing it with a new building of 4,500 sq. ft. (1/3 the size of the current building).

Some brave citizen need to step up and propose changing Article #10 to this end.

D. Paul DiMaggio Jr.

South Thomaston