Get rid of this filibuster

How did the congress of the United States of America become one driven by who can stand and talk longest, to an empty chamber, about literally nothing, without wetting themselves with no more purpose than to prevent a piece of legislation from being deliberated by the very body elected to deliberate on our behalf.

To think that the next time this childish obstruction will be employed will be in the name of preventing a bill that grants unfettered access to voting and representation to every American citizen!

I implore Senators Collins and King to treat the pervasive farce of filibuster for what is.

Get rid of it, and vote in favor of unfettered democratic opportunity for us all.

Phil Crossman

Vinalhaven

Support the Carbon Dividends Plan, for our future generation

As someone who has grown up all my life in midcoast Maine, I am constantly asked what my plans are for the future. I always looked forward to living “the way life should be,” but in order to realize that dream, our state needs to offer more opportunities and prosperity for young people.

Over the past year, Maine College Republicans are particularly focused on a solution that would do just that. Known as the Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan, it offers a fast and affordable way to shrink the carbon footprint of both the U.S. and its major foreign competitors. It achieves this by unlocking $1.4 trillion in new private sector investment in clean energy innovations and low-carbon solutions.

Young Mainers stand to gain from a policy that taps our state’s vast renewable resources and pioneering spirit. By replacing redundant carbon regulations with a simple carbon price, we can protect Maine’s natural beauty and ensure it becomes a better place for businesses to thrive and create jobs.

Meanwhile, all revenue will be cycled back to households, ensuring the vast majority of Maine households come out ahead. Keeping young people in Maine should be a top priority, and there is no better way to do so than the Baker-Shultz Carbon Dividends Plan.

Communications Director of the Maine College Republicans Peter Alexander

Waldoboro

Firefly

All of us have times in our lives that are difficult with challenges to overcome.

I live next door to a wetland (Firefly Field) and have been criticized for having a nice home we restored. We’ve been living the American dream owning and improving this national historic property while raising a family. It has been a challenge to fix up an older home but with good bones you’re half way there.

The historic home we bought as a wreck was built by Brigadier General Davis Tillson in 1853.

It was also owned by an immigrant; Overness Sarkesian who was rescued as a boy and brought to Maine by William Kallock, a peace officer traveling to Ellis Island in N.Y.C. Overness grew up with Mr. Kallock’s family, became successful and bought the Tillson house where they all lived together. This story was told to us by Frances Bird Hjoye who was a relative of William Kallock.

According to records, the Tilson house spent a lot of years foreclosed upon. These are the challenges this house and land (firefly field) has been through. Firefly Field was once a part of the Tillson property.

The wetland (Firefly Field) is doing a job of water management which should not be developed nor modified by Habitat for Humanity. The people who came before us knew that the Wetland wasn’t to be developed and shouldn’t be developed. The arrogance of man is that one can change nature to inhabit a place while encroaching upon native life. Almost everyone knows that you shouldn’t develop wetland.

The Rockland’s City Council has a conflict of interest in promoting this project, without any public outreach by Habitat for Humanity prior to the granting of a Contract Zone in June.

The city repeatedly, over the incumbency of several city administrations, demonstrated a lack of concern about storm water routing in Lindsey Brook. The current routing of storm water upstream of Traverse St. allows direct discharge and downstream flooding, loss of use for homeowners, and accelerating delivery of sediment to Lemond Cove.

OWOW is the Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds. This combination of EPA’s responsibilities for addressing nonpoint source pollution, restoration and protecting wetlands, lakes, rivers coastal and marine environments. We can find grant money with this and other partners if we only try. We should engage a biologist for critical wetlands habitat especially as this one is in need of restoration.

My children used to gather frog eggs for show and tell from the frog pond but they have stopped their singing since the city put drainage pipes nearby.

The City cannot be expected to objectively review environmental impacts but DEP and EPA can. We should demand that all the agencies do their inspections before one shovel full of wet dirt is dug. Let the frogs, fireflies and nature thrive alive in this neighborhood green space.

Beverly J. Cowan

Rockland

Fire King is memorable

I want to congratulate Glenn on his ascendance in the coffee world.

Like Glenn, I remember getting coffee, whatever, from wherever in whatever, usually instant coffee because it was easy to make. I drank it black because my parents did. Then, I moved away from Utah where I grew up, to Alabama where I was related to everyone, to go to college.

I stayed with my grandmother near Mobile on breaks, and she, being from around there, drank creole coffee with chicory in it. Every morning, she would brew it up in a stovetop, two-piece coffee pot and say, “You don’t drink my coffee, do you?” Every morning I said I did, and every morning she would act surprised.

Later, I had a girlfriend who introduced me to the finer points of coffee, buying the dark roasted beans and grinding them before brewing. I restarted my studies in French, specifically Quebecois French, and learned the art of adding cream or half-and-half to my dark roast, and also drinking out of a bowl-like cup.

Boy, wasn’t I sophisticated? I love stories about coffee, and Glenn does a nice job with his. I just wanted to add mine to the comments.

Dan Kirchoff

Belfast

The General Henry Knox Museum says thanks

On behalf of the General Henry Knox Museum, a sincere thank you to all who supported the museum’s major fundraising event of the year – our 19th Annual Knox Night – held Aug. 12 at the Samoset Resort.

Dr. Lindsay Chervinsky, noted historian and author of “The Cabinet” (available at the museum’s Elias Adams and Lougee Family Library), spoke to the event attendees. Her lecture, delivered live and live-streamed across the country, focused on Henry Knox and his importance to the founding of our republic, specifically, as a confidant to General Washington and as a member of Washington’s first cabinet.

Of course, no volunteer event can succeed without a village of help, both professional and volunteer. We are indebted to our dedicated and energetic volunteers, board members, staff, interns, auction donors – and buyers, friends, the wonderful staff of the Samoset and even Mother Nature, who provided a perfect evening.

Our event goal, a crucial part of the museum’s operational budget, was met. In addition, as part of the auction, the museum launched a campaign to restore the museum’s 98-year-old windows. Installed in 1929, every window in the museum desperately needs restoration, and this event provided one quarter of the needed funding. We are humbled and grateful for this generous support. Thank you, thank you.

The museum has been open to the public Tuesday through Saturday all summer for guided tours. From Sept. 1 until mid-October, the Museum will be open Friday and Saturday only. Visit knoxmuseum.org for hours and upcoming events. We look forward to welcoming you to explore this community treasure.

Executive Director Ethan Yankura

Thomaston