Thirty years of designing

This week marks the 30th year of designing display advertising for The Courier Gazette, Camden Herald and Republican Journal for Heidi Anderson Belcher.

You should know Heidi is the consummate professional, who delivers top notch work with a can-do attitude. Her easy going nature makes tight deadlines bearable.

Thank you, Heidi.

Glenn Billington

Rockland

Dredging and adding floats to Rockland Harbor

About two weeks ago, the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands sent a notice dated Sept. 1 to Rockland town officials about a proposal by the new owners of the property/pier by Archer’s to dredge a large area of ocean and install a number of new floats for boat docking.

The notice, posted by the town Sept. 14, calls for public comment about impacts of this development by Oct. 1.

This is a call on the City Council, the Town Manager’s Office, the town Harbor and Waterfront Department, Rep. Geiger and Sen. Miramant — and on the public — to contact the Maine state authorities and urge an extension of the public comment period for at least a month.

More steps can be taken to inform the public, publicize the details of the plan, set a public meeting and increase transparency surrounding this large project.

The notice can be found at rocklandmaine.gov/news (Submerged Lands Notice), and it includes the plan proposed for dredging and the new docks. The application was made by SHM Rockland LLC (Safe Harbor Marinas).

Here are a few details: the area to be dredged is 138,000 square feet. The additional docks include four long 150-ft fingers, one 90-foot dock, one 115-foot string of docks and one 172-foot string. No information is given about the type of boats expected to use the new docks.

The Maine Bureau is the trustee for submerged lands, extending from mean low tide to three miles out. It may approve such a lease for the plan, if it does not:

  • “unreasonably interfere with customary or traditional public access ways to or public trust rights (fishing, fowling, recreation and navigation) in, on or over the submerged lands”
  • “unreasonably interfere with fishing or other existing marine uses”

Current users of the harbor area — including people who use the boardwalk/park area, moor boats, lobster boats and people who enjoy the current views — are urged to look at the plan, call town officials and call the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands at 287-6128 to ensure proper public evaluation.

Readers can also reference information provided by Dun & Bradstreet regarding the parent company, SHM LLC, based in Dallas, with 555 companies, 2,584 employees and about $405 million in annual sales; and its overall parent company, Sun Communities Inc. in Southfield, Mich., a real estate investment trust with annual revenue of $1.39 billion.

Judy Pasqualge

Rockland

On rationing healthcare…

Our world of politics, both national and local, is a truly strange and sometimes surprising place.

In an incredibly ironic twist of fate, Republicans became the de facto party of both health care rationing, and frankly, of death panels.

Through both governor’s executive orders or legislation in a large number of Republican controlled states actively discouraging both mask wearing and vaccine mandates, hospitals around the same parts of the country are rapidly overwhelmed by huge numbers unvaccinated COVIC-19 patients.

In Idaho, Montana and Alaska, not only are medical facilities lacking adequate critical resources to deal with a huge surge in unvaccinated COVID-19 patients, but non-COVID patients in need of ‘ordinary’ emergency health care for heart attacks, strokes, dialysis, etc., are now suffering too, since there is no longer space available in hospitals for them to be cared for, even under emergency life-threatening circumstances.

In some of these places, health care is literally being rationed.

And too, there is the issue of thousands of people dying daily and needlessly, from what is now a largely preventable disease: in every state in America we now have multiple extremely effective immunizations for COVID-19 available in large supply, and they’re free for everyone.

Still, we lose about 2,000 largely unvaccinated citizens a day to COVID-19!

The truly tragic thing about all these dire circumstances is that they were quite predictable and entirely avoidable. Whether we are comfortable admitting it or not, primarily Republican-driven disinformation and obstructionism for crass political gain seems to be the driving force behind our inability to get a handle on the surging Delta variant currently raging through our communities.

Sort of reminds you of those same politicians perennially blocking reasonable gun control legislation, doesn’t it?

Florida and Texas governors are the poster children for this horrendous situation, although the governors of South Dakota, Arizona and Wyoming (not to mention recently announced gubernatorial candidate in Maine, Le Page), are simply pandering to their respective Trumpist voter bases, and all have been relentlessly spewing false and irresponsible ideologically driven drivel about personal freedom of choice, and questioning scientifically undisputed efficacy of the widely available free vaccines, not to mention mask wearing.

Who could have imagined Republicans, the so-called party of Lincoln, would ultimately be the party behind health care rationing? The literal effect of these cynical, self-serving political machinations has been the effective creation of the death panels that candidate Sarah Palin warned us about in 2009.

As we rapidly approach a death toll of 700,000 Americans by COVID-19, I can only hope many of my fellow Americans will wake up and smell the coffee: personal freedom means you can personally choose to protect your children, neighbors and friends by simply getting the jab.

Please just man up and do it!

Seth Hall

Waldoboro