Courier-Gazette Letters to the editor Dec. 5

Dec 07, 2019

A response to Brower's 'civility' to Collins

I’ve been trying to figure out why I am so upset about Reade Brower’s letter to the editor calling for ‘civility’ towards Susan Collins and telling us she’s a ‘nice’ person. When we finally get rid of Trump, whether by impeachment, loss in an election or just dying of old age, I can just picture all the super wealthy people--Democrats, Republicans, Independents--patting the currently sitting Republicans and members of the Trump administration, on the back, saying, “It’s not your fault; you did the best you could.”

It’s kind of like when Obama was seated as president. He bailed out the banks instead of bailing out the homeowners who were the victims of predatory lending practices and the housing bubble created by Wall Street. Why weren’t banks ordered to refinance homes at their current value and forgive late loans? Maybe we would have a lot less homeless people now if he had. What is happening now is much, much worse.

Asylum seekers and immigrants have been demonized. They are now treated worse than criminals locked in actual cages, children are separated from their parents, they are denied world wide agreed upon basic human rights. Eye witnesses testify that the stay in Mexican camps have worse conditions than many war zones. People are literally dying because of current Republican policies. Trump lies every single day. He disparages our own intelligence agencies and civil servants. Every foreign policy decision he makes benefits Russia-they are now supplying the grain US farmers are not to China, Russia occupies the former US military base in Northern Iraq, he keeps promoting a false narrative about the Ukraine that benefits Russia. Trump and Republicans have turned back the clock on environmental regulations, LGBTQ, minority and Women’s Rights. Trump’s main advisor in the White House is an undeniable White Supremacist. Most appointed positions and judgeships are seated with unqualified individuals. Every single judicial decision against the Trump administration is appealed until it gets to the Supreme Court. New policies promote pollution at a time when scientists world-wide are warning of a climate emergency.

Despite all this, Reade Brower--considered ‘left’ by most--thinks telling people who are calling out Susan Collins for her votes, asking her to explain her votes and just plain trying to get her to listen to their opinions, need a lecture about civility. Reade Brower, a millionaire newspaper owner, admits Collins sought a meeting with him to get him to get his newspapers to be less critical of her. He claims he said no but now he breaks his vow not to influence his newspapers by writing an op ed that makes Collins look like a victim. Despite his assurances in the letter that he isn’t promoting Collins’ or Trumps’ agendas, he is helping to promote the lie that the so-called left is uncivil and thereby extreme and violent. I am not denying that Collins has been personally attacked but it is a tiny percentage of criticism against her. What I am most offended by is that that tiny percentage is the one thing Brower thinks is important enough to come out against publicly while Republican policies are destroying our Democracy.

Cynthia McGuirl


Congrats to Conservation winners and attendees

Congratulations to conservation award winners and thank you to sponsors and attendees.

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District would like to congratulate all individuals who were honored Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Knox-Lincoln SWCD 72nd Annual Awards Banquet at Camp Wavus in Jefferson. District friends, partners and the public were invited to celebrate the conservation contributions of Knox and Lincoln county residents and learn about district activities throughout the year.

This year we recognized the following conservationists for their contributions:

Conservation Farm of 2019 — Tony & Marianne Marple of High Meadow Farm, Whitefield

Distinguished Professional Service Award — David Rocque, State soil scientist

Excellence in Forestry Practices Award — CTL Land Management Services, Inc, Whitefield, Gavin Mclain and Kyle Overlook

Volunteer of the Year — Kristi Niedermann, Cushing

This year several local businesses sponsored our Annual Banquet, which allowed us to keep this event affordable for our participants. We are grateful for the following sponsors: The First National Bank; Viking Inc.; ReVision Energy; Sasanoa Brewing; N.C. Hunt Lumber; Camden National Bank; Damariscotta Bank & Trust; Brooks Trap Mill and Mid-Maine Forestry.

Knox-Lincoln SWCD offers educational programming for students and adults; technical services; a spring plant and conservation supply sale and retains historic aerial photos of our region. Along with congratulating our conservation award winners, the evening included a raffle as one of our yearly fundraisers. We appreciate the following individuals and local businesses, who generously donated prizes: Ames True Value Hardware Supply; Hildy Ellis; Fireside Pottery; Fresh Off the Farm; Midcoast Conservancy; Mystic Woodworks; Plants Unlimited; Savage Oakes Vineyard & Winery, and Warren True Value.

Thank you to all who attended our awards banquet and contributed to conservation efforts over the year.

Julie Sells

Knox-Lincoln Soil & Water Conservation District

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Comments (3)
Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Dec 11, 2019 08:35

As I watch & listen to all the impeachment hoopla it becomes apparent the Democratic strategy is nothing more than their intense hatred for Donal Trump.  Here's just not nice.  He says and tweets mean things. He's not a kind & gentle person like Barach Obama who started seven more wars and gave all your money to the Banks & insurance companies.  To the Democratic party it's all about "Civility".  It doesn't matter how many you starve or murder as long as you are nice to each other.  That's what this is all about.

Posted by: Jeff Sukeforth | Dec 09, 2019 09:05

Cynthia, just one question what Republican policies are destroying our democracy?


Posted by: Anita L Knowlton | Dec 09, 2019 08:32

Well said Cynthia . I was so mad after reading the Opinion about Susan Collins,a woman that I have voted for but now feel betrayed by , that I knew it was not a good time for me to answer the many mistakes made in said OpEd ( one usually does not look good when speaking in anger ) . Cynthia your have answered it for all of use thoughtfully and well . Thank you!


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