Camden Herald Letters to the Editor Dec. 12

Dec 12, 2019
Pictured are just a few of the 125 Rockport Garden Club members who worked to make the Holly Berry Fair a success.

A response to An Open Letter to Reade Brower

[The Open Letter to Reade Brower was published in the Camden Herald Nov. 14 issue.]

Apparently it's now acceptable to matter-of-factly refer to a public figure as a "sexual predator" without a shred of credible evidence, as long as the target of the smear is a judicial nominee of a Republican president.

Columnist Pearl Benjamin's smear of Justice Brett Kavanaugh echoed the campaign of character assassination that leftist progressives and their allies in the news media have waged for the past year. She made the accusation as if it were self-evidently true.

Just to refresh our collective memory of the testimony presented during Kavanaugh's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee last year: a single witness accused him of sexual assault more than 30 years ago when they were both in high school. She never reported the alleged incident to her parents, to the police, or to anyone else. Not a single witness came forward to corroborate her story. In fact, her best friend at the time has no recollection of any such incident.

Kavanaugh unequivocally denied that he has ever engaged in any sexual misconduct with anyone at any time.

Several other women who submitted written statements with lurid rape allegations against Kavanaugh have since admitted that they were lying. Hopefully they will be prosecuted for lying to Congress, which is a felony.

These character assassins need to be punished. If they get a pass, it will only encourage more slime and smear campaigns against judicial nominees.

Ms. Benjamin should ask herself: how would she feel if her father or grandfather were similarly accused decades after an alleged assault? How do you disprove such an accusation? Shouldn't the burden of proof be on the accuser? And where do you go to get your reputation back after your good name has been dragged though the muck?

Kristen Redman,



Castle Builders Bankruptcy Sale

Castle Builders Bankruptcy Sale is Thursday, Dec. 12 at 10 a.m. at the Union Agway store.

There will be many items for sale at this auction. Unfortunately because my husband and I cannot satisfy the bankruptcy court and trustees that some of the materials up for sale were paid for by us for our roof job. Those items are up for auction. I know that everyone is after a deal and wanting to save money where they can. I don’t blame buyers at all.

What I would like those that attend to consider when bidding is to realize that many of the materials up for sale were bought and paid for by customers of Castle Builders who’s jobs are not completed or even started. I can only speak for my husband and I that we paid to have the four roofs done in metal “Colonial Red” along with aluminum white trim and boards to replace rotten eaves. Our house is one of those four roofs, and which is about half covered.

We do not have the means to go out and purchase these materials again and hire people to do the work. We are like everyone else trying to live on a shoe string budget off social security and what I make as an educational technician in a school system. We used our savings to do this project and it is not complete. We need the materials that are being auctioned off to complete our job.

We are asking that if you are considering on bidding on metal roofing, materials for metal roofing, or machinery for bending metal roofing. That you consider who’s project this material are for. We are hoping and praying to be able to purchase the materials and machinery needed for our roofs at a minimal cost because we have already paid for the materials.

We are not out to get get an incredible deal. We are only out to be able to purchase back the materials we need to complete the job that Castle Builders did not complete. Because it is a detriment to our house and lives.

SRB Helping is still taking donations at Bangor Savings to assist many other people who need assistance completing jobs which Castle Builders have left incomplete.

Thank you for taking your time to read this.

Valerie and Billy Jackson



Thank you from the Camden-Rockport Elementary School

The Camden-Rockport Elementary School, CRES, is full of gratitude towards our community and its outpouring of care that we have received over the holidays. Several local individuals, churches, fire departments, businesses, medical offices and agencies have come forward to offer support in an effort to make this holiday special for children in our community. Due to this help, we have been able to provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals as well as holiday gifting for many families.

With warm hearts we want to extend our deepest gratitude to Elaine Davis, Sally Fernald, Betty McFarland and the First Congregational Church of Camden, Hunter Grindle and Hybrid Fitness, Pen Bay Surgery and Wound, Chief Peasley and the Rockport Fire Department, Debbie Milliken and Saint Brendan the Navigator Parish, Sandy Ellsworth and ReMax Jaret and Cohn, Chief Farley, Clint Beveridge and the Camden Fire Department, Bruce Roberts Toy Fund, Lindsey Clement and the CHRHS Field Hockey team, Robin Spear and the Camden-Rockport School Alliance, Maureen and Bob Gordon, Gretchen Kuhn, John Morin and several staff from CRES.

For a few months this exceptional holiday team has been volunteering time preparing, connecting with the community, coordinating schedules, and collecting and delivering items. All of the work, commitment and desire to help is deeply appreciated. Thank you for helping to make this holiday a memorable and delightful time for the youngest members of our community!

Chris Walker Spencer, Principal

Meghan Fitzpatrick, Nurse

Kate Forand, Social Worker

Susan Conover, School Counselor


Thank You All

How do the Rockport Garden Club members say thank you to all of you in our community who have made the club’s 14th annual “Holly Berry Fair” such a success this year! Thank you to our new patrons and to the patrons that have supported our efforts each and every year. We also thank this newspaper for printing our news releases to help get the fairs information out to their readers.

This fundraiser - along with the club's June plant sale - allows us to pursue the club’s mission to keep Rockport beautiful in all seasons and for scholarships awards.  We invite the public to our educational and fun monthly meetings.  For more information about the Rockport Garden Club, call 596-5732 or 236-2202.

Martha Bouchard, Holly Berry Fair Chair

Rockport Garden Club

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Comments (1)
Posted by: RALPH WALLACE | Dec 12, 2019 09:05

Kristen - Thanks for a factual clarification on the smear against Justice Kavanaugh. A sad corollary of the "Me Too" movement is that a man need only be ACCUSED to be considered guilty in the court of public opinion. The present case of Alan Dershowitz is another example of this smear. I am glad to see that he is not going to accept this, and is fighting back with a brilliant counterattack that will make his evil accusers wish they had not started this nonsense. With respect to your specific point, a journalist (of any age) cannot be taken seriously if she accepts an accusation as fact. Well said.

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