Camden Herald letters to the editor Sept. 10

Sep 10, 2020

Go maskless, get a ticket?

[Ed. Note: the following letter to the editor is addressed to Camden Town Manager, Audra Caler.]

Dear Audra,

I have noticed that our numbers for COVID-19 have been going up.  As of today there are 33 cases in Knox county. Is it my imagination but have the numbers gone up since people from away have been visiting?  I was downtown early this morning walking my dog and I encountered a cluster of people walking in my direction not wearing masks.  It’s as though they’re flipping the people in Camden the bird.  Mask wearing should be enforced to protect us.  Maybe tickets should be given out to let them know we are serious about keeping safe.

Susan Kanellakis

Camden

My trust in Bill Pluecker

In his two years as State Representative for House District 95, Bill Pluecker has proven to be a thoughtful, well-informed leader who takes the time and makes the effort to listen to his constituents. As a member of the RSU #40 School Board, I have witnessed Bill take our concerns into consideration and make informed decisions based on what he learned from the School Board.

While I have not agreed with every vote Bill has made in the last two years, I do trust that he will always put the needs of his constituents first and will take every opportunity to connect with and listen to members of our community. As an Independent, Bill doesn’t have a party to answer to. Instead, he answers to his constituents, which is how it ought to be.

We are fortunate to have Bill Pluecker representing House District 95 in the Maine legislature. I heartily support his run for reelection Nov. 3 and I hope you will, too.

Morgan Hynd

Warren

More than two options for U.S. Senate

I believe that newspapers can do better than the narrow take on the U.S. Senate race in The Courier-Gazette’s “Nov. 3 ballot at a glance.” The framing of the independents in the Presidential and U.S. Senate race as non-challengers isn’t representative of how our democracy should function. Many of the founding fathers of this nation believed that a two-party system would be detrimental to the government they designed. After all, in what other realm of life are we expected to make a decision of such importance between only two options?

The problem is exacerbated by the context — the U.S. Senate race will surely be decided using ranked-choice voting, and Maine voters may use ranked-choice voting in the presidential race as well, pending court ruling.

Maine has a rich history of electing Independents to be our governor and even U.S. senator. It isn’t justifiable to present a four-way race as a race between two major-party candidates with Independents siphoning off their vote. The wonderful thing about ranked-choice voting is that voters can support Independents without fear of a spoiler effect. There are two of them on the ballot.

I encourage people to watch the Sept. 11 debate hosted by the Portland Press Herald, Bangor Daily News, and News Center Maine. In this debate, we’ll get to see all four candidates for U.S. Senate speak about the issues, including progressive Independent, Lisa Savage.

Emma Raven

North Yarmouth

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