Camden Herald Letters to the Editor Feb. 13

Feb 13, 2020

Municipal Caucuses

Many Democrats may wonder why the Maine Democratic Party is holding municipal caucuses on Sunday, March 8, when we will have already voted for our presidential preference in the Tuesday March 3, primary election. The reason is that, in 2019, the Maine legislature decided to change Maine to a primary state. The Democratic caucuses, organized by the MDP in partnership with local committees, will be an opportunity for us to elect our local party leaders and, based on our presidential preferences, delegates to the state convention. This means that, while the presidential primary will determine how Maine Democrats will distribute their national delegates, the municipal caucuses on March 8 and the state party convention from May 29 to 31 will determine who, among our friends and neighbors, will be delegates attending the Democratic National Convention from July 13 to 16 in Milwaukee.

This year will be one of the most consequential elections in our lifetime. By attending the March 8 Democratic municipal caucus, Democrats will build a grassroots coalition to win in November; generate momentum to turn out every voter; elect our delegates to the state convention and municipal committees; shape and help determine direction in 2020 and show Maine what a blue wave looks like. All registered Democrats can participate in the municipal caucuses, including 17-year-olds who will be 18 by Nov. 3, and who register to vote and enroll as a Democrat. Individuals who are unaffiliated or unenrolled can register as Democrats up to caucus day, including at the caucus.

Detailed information on the presidential primary and the municipal caucuses, including recommended advance caucus check-in, is available on the MDP website at While voting in the presidential primary is a critical factor in shaping the future of Maine and the nation, we urge Democrats to carry those values forward by participating in their municipal caucuses as well.

Bill Kelly

Knox County Democratic Committee


Trump’s so-called Peace Plan

I have labored under Quaker auspices for five decades and journeyed to the Middle East eight times to work for a just settlement of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Over time I have been dismayed by the relentless dispossession of Palestinian land, rights, and prospects for a secure future.

President Trump’s recently announced “deal of the century” is no peace plan. Rather than an accord negotiated in good faith with Palestinian participation it is the Administration’s final step in imposing the Israeli wish-list on long-occupied Palestinians against their will. The Palestinians have been mere bystanders in this brutal exercise. The deal violates international law and decades of U.S. foreign policy. The proposed plan brazenly adopts the policies of the extreme right wing in Israel to promote the re-election of now-indicted Prime Minister Netanyahu (and now-impeached Trump).

The Trump Administration had already shredded any pretense of honest U.S. support for a negotiated outcome. It pre-empted crucial issues that should be resolved bi-laterally such as annexation of the Golan Heights, cutting off funds for Palestinian refugees (an international obligation), and moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem in defiance of law and our allies.

Now Trump grants previously unimaginable approval for direct Israeli annexation of the Jordan Valley and the illegal settlements in the West Bank. Palestinians will be left in separated fragments of the West Bank and still be under total Israeli control.

Trump’s phony “peace plan” violates law, morality, and the best traditions of U.S. foreign policy. He will perpetrate a further historical and humanitarian calamity. Once again his conduct brings to mind a Roman leader’s comment on the destruction of Carthage: “They have made a desert and called it peace.”

James Matlack



Remembering Lowell Jones

I hope that I am worthy of informing everyone in the Camden-Rockport community of how sad the customers are of the passing of Lowell Jones.

The Jones Brothers ran a business that was an absolutely iconic iteration of the classic American men’s’ neighborhood barbershop. Good conversation about the weather, politics and local news, punctuated with rollicking laughter, filled the room – led by Lowell and Roger, with customers in the barber chairs and waiting area chiming in. The slick grooming salons of today can never match the old-timey ambience of the men’s barber-pole workshop.

When I first came to the Midcoast a decade ago, I was referred to the Jones Brothers Barbershop. I was told that I would not only get a great haircut, but that I would also enjoy the brothers’ political repartee. To say that Lowell and Roger were conservative, was like saying there is ugly on moose. Yes, Republicanism filled the air, but it was always filtered through the brothers’ sense of decency and politeness. Refreshing!

In terms of how New Englanders track time, I am just a newcomer. However, in terms of how I feel about the Jones Brothers Barbershop, I am a lifer. Like your other customers, I love you, Lowell. Rest in peace in the loving arms of our Father.

Doc  Wallace



Thank you for supporting Winterfest

Camden enjoyed another successful outdoor festival this weekend at the Winterfest celebration in Harbor Park and the Amphitheatre. The Camden Public Library is pleased to be able to host the annual festival, thanks to the financial support of the First National Bank.

There were many moving parts to the celebration and the Winterfest Committee would like to thank all the many volunteers and participants. The hot food, which is a key ingredient to a winter festival, was provided by Camden businesses Marriners Restaurant, the Waterfront Restaurant, French & Brawn and Boynton-McKay; the team of volunteers serving the food with such warmth and good cheer was from The First National Bank, led by Angie Parent and Nichole Quinn.

Other stalwart volunteers included Ken Gardiner as MC, who kicked off the day with his unmatchable audience-participation Hokey Pokey and the volunteer ice carving team that was led, as always, by master carver Tim Pierce of the Samoset, assisted by Hector Pietra-Santa and volunteer extraordinaire Matt Brown.

The newest feature of Winterfest was the inspired Doggie Winter Fashion Show which brought out dozens of dogs with their owners. Look for the Fashion Show again next year! Support for the show came from Loyal Biscuit Company, Fromm Family Foods, The Maine Dog, Castine & Compagnie, Paw Print Pet Lodge at Stillwater Farm, P.A.W.S Animal Adoption Center and Equinox Guiding Service.

In addition to the ice carving, outdoor music and winter fashion show, SunDog Outdoor Expeditions organized the exciting Polar Plunge; All That Jazz provided live music indoors during the ongoing kids crafts, hosted by children's librarian Amy Hand, and DJ Terry Frank provided music outdoors.

Thanks to all the carving teams as well for their contribution to a bracing celebration of winter! It takes a lot of support from the community to put together such a celebration. Camden’s Winter Celebration continues with a concert at the Opera House, featuring Rustic Overtones, on Thursday evening, the Snowplow Parade Friday evening and the Toboggan Nationals all weekend.


Julia Pierce & Ken Gross for the

Winterfest Committee of the Camden Public Library


Thank you for supporting Souper Supper and Cake Auction

The Appleton Library Board of Trustees would like to thank our generous community for making our annual Souper Supper and Cake Auction, held on Jan. 25, such a success.

Our wonderful crew of volunteers and community members provided an amazing array of soups and cakes.Thank you to The Market Basket and Borealis Breads for donating the delicious bread. We also received beautiful cake and cupcake donations from the Megunticook Market, The Atlantic Baking Company, and Laugh Loud Smile Big. Thank you to Rosey Gerry for holding an entertaining cake auction, which raised $2,000 towards our annual budget. We were also entertained by fiddler Raelin Callahan and guitarist Kevin Callahan of Callahan Bridge, a father/daughter duo playing Irish, Scottish, Quebecois, and American Old Time tunes. Thank you also to the Appleton Village School for the venue.

It was a wonderful opportunity to connect with neighbors and friends, as well as support the Appleton Library.

Margaret Wilson

Chair, Board of Trustees

Appleton Library



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Comments (2)
Posted by: Mary A McKeever | Feb 16, 2020 13:27

With the loss of Jones barbershop's First class "Barber"....Kudos!  My hope is to keep Camden small and keep Camden friendly as at Jones Barber Shop!

Posted by: JUNE DOLCATER | Feb 14, 2020 17:32


Your description of the Jones Brothers Barber Shop was right on point. Lowell was a first class individual in all respects and will be sorely missed by all. Rest In peace and rise in glory old friend.

Jan Dolcater Rockland

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