Camden Herald letters to the editor Jan. 28

Jan 28, 2021

Dear Town Manager and Select Board,

My name is Jan Fish, I have lived in Rockport for 60+ years. Our small community has always had a warm, caring feeling, people caring about their neighbors and the local folks around  town.  The rich and the poor respecting each other’s space and still minding ones own  business.

When you start implementing rules and regulations in regards to what a person can do with  their own property, it changes the essence and flavor of our town. If a resident needs or just  wants to rent their property, that is their business. Perhaps it’s to keep up with the ever  increasing real estate tax obligation or perhaps it just provides fulfillment of purpose.

That  being said, it’s their privilege as a property owner in Rockport to do with their home whatever

they wish. When the town starts telling people what they can and cannot do with their home, it  is far beyond the scope of town government. Don’t make regulations for regulations sake.

STR for some makes the difference between keeping their home or being driven out. I passionately ask you to take a step back and leave things be. Focus on the needs of our  parks and roads, schools and open space. Let the less privileged enjoy their piece of this charming town. Listen to the people that have helped make this town what it is today.

We do not need STR to be regulated by the town. The town can focus on cutting costs of  operation,  wonderful bridge dinners, fireworks, parades and events of a small town that is  about all its citizens not just a few that want to control every situation.

Thoughtfully yours,

Jan L. Fish

Rockport

Open letter to Sen. Susan Collins

Dear Senator Collins,

You now face a decision with profound consequences— your  vote in the upcoming impeachment trial of ex-President Donald Trump.

In past years, I have appreciated many of the positions you have taken as a moderate voice in the Republican Senate caucus. I have also been dismayed by crucial votes in which you have joined with the caucus in deeply mistaken actions — e.g. the big tax cut bill and the nomination of now-Supreme

Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

The most disappointing of your votes was to acquit President Trump in the first impeachment trial.  That was a vote in defiance of clear evidence of the President's grave misconduct.  Your defense that Trump had "learned his lesson" from the trial and would act better in the future was delusional — as we now know to our collective regret.

Please do not repeat a "not guilty" vote that would tolerate the most grievous assault by any president on our democratic values and our Constitution.  The direct result of Trump's Big Lie that he won a "landslide victory" and that the election was "stolen" from him was an inflamed mob of supporters who invaded the Capital Building to prevent completion of the electoral vote count. Some were chanting "Hang Mike Pence."  The vice president barely escaped capture.  Amid widespread damage and injuries senators and members along with staff fled in fear of their lives.

Through several hours of violent riot in this shrine of our democracy President Trump was reported to have watched TV coverage with evident approval. It was the climax of his malignant narcissism as he apparently thought that the election of Joe Biden would actually be prevented so that he could remain in power.

As Representative Liz Cheney said: "there has never been a greater betrayal by a President of the United States of his office and of his oath to the Constitution."  On that basis I urge you to vote to convict Donald J. Trump in the second impeachment trial before the Senate.

James Matlack

Camden

New Hope for Women and One Less Worry work together

New Hope for Women recently worked with One Less Worry to provide totes filled with personal care items for victims of domestic violence. The Tote Project resulted in donations of over $1,000 to our agency, money that will be well spent on much-needed items for those who choose to flee dangerous circumstances.

One Less Worry (www.onelessworry.me) provides essential grooming products to 23 Knox County nonprofits. Items they reliably distribute include pads, tampons, bladder pads, toilet paper, toothpaste, and soap. For the last six Decembers, OLW has donated totes filled with grooming products to New Hope for Women in addition to providing grooming products to them monthly.

New Hope for Women recognizes that choosing to leave a situation of domestic violence is a painful process. Advocates work carefully with clients by providing resources, assisting victims in accessing personal supports and by empowering clients to determine what will work best for them. We invite anyone and everyone to contact our 24/7 helpline as needed. Services are free and confidential. An advocate is always available to speak to those in difficult circumstances and to assist concerned others. New Hope for Women offices can be reached at 59-2128 or at P.O. Box A, Rockland, Maine 04841. Our 24/7 helpline is available at 1-800-522.3304.

Rebekah Paredes

New Hope for Women Executive Director

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