Camden Herald Letters to the Editor June 20

Jun 20, 2019

Now is the Time

With nearly 25 seeking the Democratic nomination, and a likely five-way general election with the major party nominees, minor party nominees and an independent billionaire, we need Ranked Choice Voting in 2020 to eliminate vote-splitting and ensure that the next Leader of the Free World is supported, and not opposed, by a majority of voters.

Ranked Choice Voting is now used in every federal primary and general election in Maine except for the presidential election. There’s a simple fix: the Maine Legislature and governor need to pass simple legislation that would expand RCV in Maine for the presidential general election and for any new presidential primary that is created and funded by the state.

Twice in two years Maine voters have rejected the old pick-one, first-past-the-post voting system and replaced it with Ranked Choice Voting. In November 2016, Maine voters adopted Ranked Choice Voting by the second largest initiative vote of the people in Maine’s history. In June 2018, Maine voters protected Ranked Choice Voting by a widening eight-point margin.

Maine voters want Ranked Choice Voting and we desperately need it in the most consequential -- and most crowded -- presidential election in our lifetimes. I encourage our lawmakers from Knox County to vote in favor of legislation to enact Ranked Choice Voting for President.

Amy Fischer


Thank you from Adas Yoshuron Synagogue

As the coordinator for the annual Easter Day Dinner sponsored by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue and held at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Rockland, I’d like to thank the overwhelming generosity of area businesses for their donation of food, toys, greenery and cooking supplies.

In Belfast, thank you to Ducktrap River Fish Farm of Maine, Chase’s Daily, and Hannaford Supermarket. In Lincolnville, thank you to Dot’s and the Lincolnville General Store. Many thanks in Camden to Boynton McKay, Camden Deli, Uncle Willy’s Emporium, Planet Toys, Franny’s Bistro, and Rosalie Joy’s Bakery. Thanks go out in Rockport to 47 West, the Market Basket, Green Thumb, Nina June, Laugh Loud Smile Big, Maine Street Meats, Plants Unlimited, Seasons Downeast, State of Maine Cheese, Sweet Sensations, and Fresh Off the Farm. And in Rockland, thank you to the Offshore Restaurant, Archers on the Pier, The Good Tern Coop, Rustica, Waterworks, Wallace Tents, Shaw’s Supermarket, Main Street Markets, The Samoset Resort, Rock City Cafe, In Good Company, Home Kitchen, Fog Bar & Cafe, Hannaford Supermarket, and Atlantic Baking Company.

As you go about your shopping, please support these community-minded businesses.

Linda Garson Smith

Programming Coordinator, Adas Yoshuron Synagogue




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