Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor Jan. 28

Jan 29, 2021

In response to the County Republicans story

The front page headline of the Jan. 21 issue shocked me: "Knox County Republicans' (Facebook) page pushes unsupported election fraud narrative." I didn't expect this kind of falsehood-pedaling from my neighbors in Rockland.

The article interviews the Chair of the Knox County Republican Committee, Victoria Bucklin, as the person responsible for the Facebook page that displayed this lie. Included is a graphic of an upside-down American Flag, defiled with "election fraud" imbedded in its stripes.

It confirmed my suspicion that this was a sad remnant of the personality cult Mr. Trump has cultivated among the morally bankrupt sector of the Republican Party. This was printed the day after the legitimate inauguration of President Joe Biden.

I urge the Gazette to follow up on this by interviewing Sen. Susan Collins on what she will do about this, for it is her party, State and responsibility to protect the people of this State and country from people who would work to destroy the institutions of Democracy. She is powerful, highly respected and proven to be important to her party and Maine. She has a duty to step up and put down any further support from Maine insurgents that are aiming to destroy our democratic system.

Please bring her into this conversation, let her voice be heard by those who have consistently supported her, and ask her how she is going to stop these lies from dividing her constituents.

Nancy Galland

Rockland

Harbor Corridor views restored

The City of Rockland, Yachting Solutions and Safe Harbors are coordinating efforts to restore the harbor corridor views along Ocean Street. The community is receiving their wish to have harbor views restored.

The harbor view corridor creates a new level of beauty and safety on the Boardwalk and throughout the neighborhood. Responding to Rockland’s Charter, directing the City to protect our harbor view corridors, the City of Rockland, Yachting Solutions and Safe Harbors have responded. They are committed to renewing the Boardwalk upkeep and appropriate landscaping. This has been years in the making.

This was a negotiation between Bill Morong of Yachting Solutions and the City. A few years back the Harbor Management Commission made the simple request to return the harbor view corridors on Ocean. Neighbors are paying the taxes for a harbor view. They may as well get what they pay for. We have all watched the arborvitae creep up. One man said as his 7-year-old grew so did the arborvitae.

When the sale of the property occurred, I sent a simple note to Bill Morong reminding him of his promise. Shortly after, I received an email that we had the go ahead to restore the harbor views. He said to me, “I gave you my word. I keep my word.”

Public Service Director Kathy Bourque Parker and City Manager Tom Lutrell responded in swift fashion. The Public Service were on board and the work has begun. This morning we shared coffee, treats and conversation. One of the neighbors, an 84-year-old woman, who has been working to help make this happen, spent the day walking around crying and thanking the crew, as she never thought this would come to fruition in her lifetime. Thank you to all involved in making this happen. A big shout-out to our hard-working Public Service crew and Bill Morong.

This is a new year. Let us continue to move Rockland forward with civility and happiness.

Louise d. MacLellan-Ruf

Rockland City Council

Frustration, boredom and mischief

Years ago, when I taught in Waldoboro and Union, I soon recognized how quickly youthful energy could rise into frustration or drop into boredom and sometimes mischief.

Today, in this pandemic, I can easily imagine how remote learning can turn frustration and boredom into problems that students, virtual teachers, and distracted and unprepared parents cannot be expected to fix.

The multiple millions of dollars in state and federal covid support for our local schools can help solve some acute problems distance learning has created. As students, parents, neighbors and citizens, we can help our school boards, administrators, students and ourselves to get past our current crisis to build a better future. Many of us have ideas. We can pass our opinions and needs on to the members of our school boards if we want to help solve problems and create opportunities.

Here is how.

If you have ideas how RSU 13 covid funding ought to be spent you can contact your school board on their website rsu13.org. Click on the menu “board” and scroll below the calendar to see school board members’ emails. Or click on “contact” to send a message to the Superintendent.

Budget season is coming up soon to discuss and set priorities. Considering what is needed might take a different slant if we get involved to support the education of our youth during this pandemic.

Connie Hayes

Rockland

About the Owls Head Post Office service

I was happy to see the letter from Ms. Allison in your letters to the editor section. She is right on. Mail delivery in Owls Head has been totally deplorable. Others I have talked to have had similar experiences with the delivery of mail.

I have never received several magazines since November. I called the magazines and yes they were sent as usual on the day they usually were and all the info was correct. They would send another copy asap. These too have never arrived. Several bills didn’t arrive until the day of payment due. Luckily they were in town and I could run up to pay them.

Up to this change, the delivery had been fine.

I also do not understand David Grima’s snide comment about this letter. Ms. Allison never mentioned the newspaper should fire anyone. I have reread her letter several times looking for what Mr. Grima responded to and cannot find any comments of that sort.

Since her letter, there has been some minor improvement in the mail delivery. I guess you get what you pay for.

Patricia Stephen

Owls Head

Nobody wants this tower, continued

I have been trying to make sense out of the Bay Communications lawsuit against the Rockland Planning Board. Like everybody else, I read the local “papers,” print and electronic, to see what is really going on, and if Rockland is really obliged to permit the tower to be built and if it really owes any money to Bay Communications.

This situation has deteriorated to the point that only an experienced lawyer, paid for by us and representing the interests of the City of Rockland, can determine.

The best coverage of this situation is an article by Stephen Betts that appeared in the Jan. 14 edition of the Courier-Gazette. In his article, he points out that Bay Communications argues that "national policy" is to "make available, so far as possible, to all people of the United States, without discrimination... a rapid, efficient, nationwide and worldwide wire and radio communications service with adequate facilities charges, for the purpose of national defense [and} for the purpose of promoting safety of life and property through the use of wire and radio communications."

This is a policy, in regular federal B.S. language, but only a nice policy statement. There is no law or even an FCC regulation, that requires that a cell tower must be located at 182 Camden St., Rockland ME 04841, USA built by Bay Communications that violates Rockland’s zoning ordinances.

It is just an expression of a wish that somehow the dead spot on RT1 near Home Depot didn't exist.

We could even offer alternative sites for an antenna that would solve the dead spot problem without violating our zoning ordinances. One might be to build a small tower on top of the Home Depot building, with an antenna similar to the one on top of the Fire House on Park Street. Or even one over the water tank on Old Country Road right near the Rockport town line.

Both locations are on top of the bluff that causes the dead spot on Camden Street. The City probably owns the water tank property already. No reason why the City shouldn't get into the cell phone tower business and make a little money: maybe it already is.

The Planning Board did the right thing in rejecting Bay Communications’ unsolicited proposal. Bay Communications, not Rockland, should be sued for filing a baseless suit and all the costs of defense thereof.

Howard Robbins

Rockland

From here on forward

President Joseph R. Biden’s inaugural speech sent Americans a powerful message about what this country stands for — “from many, one” — and a plea to come together. I am reminded of an old television game show, "Truth or Consequences." Today, we need truth and consequences.

First, truth. We cannot heal or build unity without truth. Millions of Americans believe, falsely, the 2020 election was rigged and stolen from Trump. They believe that and other dangerous untruths because Trump and propaganda outlets repeated them constantly. People are allowed to have different opinions, but everyone should agree on the facts.

We have the facts. Ballot counting and recounting and verification and court rulings. Trump lost. Biden won, fair and square.

Thousands believed Trump ordered them to stop certifying the vote, so they stormed the Capitol, and five people died. We must deal with those misguided beliefs. One way should be in sworn testimony in Trump’s impeachment trial. Trump exhorted the rally Jan. 6 to go to the Capitol and “fight” and “stop the steal.”

What can be more treasonous than an American president sending armed followers to take over the nation’s capitol?

Second, consequences. Like actions have consequences, so do words. To let Trump off is to say none of that has meaning. He should also be blocked from running for office again. But he should not be alone in facing consequences. Public officials who supported his lies of a stolen election and refused to accept the Electoral College votes should face censure or removal from office.

As President Biden said, “This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge.”

Susan Vaughan

St. George

Thank you to One Less Worry for the donations

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 over $1,000 to our agency, money that will be well spent on needed items for those who choose to flee dangerous circumstances.

One Less Worry (onelessworry.me) provides grooming products to 23 Knox County non-profits. Items they reliably distribute include pads, tampons, bladder pads, toilet paper, toothpaste and soap. For the last six years, OLW has donated totes filled with grooming products to New Hope for Women, in addition to providing grooming products 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 empowering clients to determine what will work best. 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 594-2128 or at P.O. Box A, Rockland ME 04841. Our 24/7 helpline is available at 1-800-522-3304.

Joan R. LeMole, New Hope for Women

Rockland

Statement from Maine’s Fishing Community on offshore wind development

Maine fishermen are deeply committed to clean energy and protecting the environment. We draw our livelihoods from the ocean and recognize the fragility of our shared marine environment. Maine fishermen understand and support the need to develop clean renewable energy sources, but do not share the Governor’s vision to achieve this through rushed offshore wind development in the Gulf of Maine.

While the Gulf appears vast and without borders, it is, in reality, an area well‐managed by generations of fishermen who feed our nation with healthy, sustainably harvested seafood.

“The Gulf of Maine is a rich and nourishing workplace and Maine’s fishermen have long been stewards of its tremendous resources. We advocate that Maine continue our industry’s long tradition of protecting, rather than industrializing, our precious ocean resources,” said Executive Director Ben Martens of the Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association.

Maine’s fishing community is deeply concerned that wind development will end our fishing heritage, which has sustained coastal communities for centuries and is integral part of Maine’s identity. Without dedicated research proving otherwise, we are skeptical that offshore wind can deliver on its promise of affordable clean energy as promised by global energy companies.

Nineteen‐year old fisherman Josh Todd of Chebeague Island said, “I'm an 11th generation fisherman, and I am very proud of my family's legacy. I don’t want to be the last generation in my family to fish because we are replaced with another industry.”

As professionals with a deep understanding of our ocean environment, Maine fishermen have specialized knowledge, experience and perspective that should be fully understood before planning any offshore wind project. Undue haste in a time of a deadly pandemic will not foster this collaboration with fishermen, and ultimately, will result in an unreliable and untrustworthy basis for future planning efforts.

President Rock Alley of the Maine Lobstering Union notes, “The fishing community has taken care of the sea for generations yet our knowledge is continually disregarded or minimized. We need time to do this project the right way or not at all.”

Maine’s fishing community does not support offshore wind implemented through careless timelines and uncertain technology, and feels there are better ways to achieve Maine’s clean energy future. We will continue to engage in conversations and demand accountability through the use of sound science, adequate planning timelines and thorough economic, environmental and cost benefit analyses of proposed projects.

“The state of Maine should be wary of trading its fishing heritage by entering a race to fulfill empty promises from international energy companies,” warned Executive Director Patrice McCarron of the Maine Lobstermen’s Association.

Patrice McCarron of Maine Lobstermen’s Association

Ben Martens of Maine Coast Fishermen’s Association

Annie Tselikis of Maine Lobster Dealers Association

Rocky Alley of Maine Lobstering Union

Paul Anderson of Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries

Sheila Dassatt of Downeast Lobstermen’s Association

If you appreciated reading this news story and want to support local journalism, consider subscribing today.
Call (207) 594-4401 or join online at knox.villagesoup.com/join.
Donate directly to keeping quality journalism alive at knox.villagesoup.com/donate.
Comments (3)
Posted by: Karen A Grove | Feb 01, 2021 18:55

And one more time, in supportive response to the letter from the Lobstermen's Associates, have you all checked out tidal power.  Sometimes it is best to say NO with an alternative suggestion then just to say NO. Lets look into this please. We could start with the data from the University of Maine's cooperative work with the company in Portland who set up the system.



Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Feb 01, 2021 12:19

The sad part to me is that all the junk mail, which is the bread and butter of the USPS, is always on time. When  the post office wouldn't deliver mail addressed to South Main Street, because it only exists in the minds of those of us that grew up here, the junk mail came and still does addressed to South Main St. My bills and anything important had a reminder to change the address if it was to be delivered. So much for the name plate my grandparents had on the door with S Main on it.



Posted by: George Stephen Pass | Feb 01, 2021 07:54

Re mail: to be fair to Owls Head PO, delays and mail loss are occurring in many other parts of the country as the PO tries to deal with Covid among its employees. There are some days when  no mail is delivered to our community. Furthermore, loss of any magazines or mail doesn’t mean they were lost at the final post office. We are in the middle of a pandemic, over 450,000 fathers, mothers, sons and daughters, friends and neighbors have been killed, people haven’t seen family in months, jobs lost, so if that’s the worse inconvenience in your life right now, I don’t have much empathy.



If you wish to comment, please login.
Note: If you signed up using our new subscriber portal, your username is the email address you registered with and your password is in all caps