Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor Nov. 12

Nov 13, 2020

Full confidence in RSU 40 administration

At their Nov. 5 meeting, the RSU #40 School Board gave a nearly unanimous vote of confidence to the district’s Superintendent Steve Nolan, and his management of the interim education plan.

One board member abstained from voting, but all others voted in favor. The RSU #40 School Board has complete confidence in the leadership of the Superintendent and his staff and their handling of the recent COVID-19 outbreak in the district.

That said, the headline of the Village Soup’s Nov. 6 story on this meeting was highly misleading and completely misrepresented the actual discussion of the RSU #40 School Board. At no point was Superintendent Nolan’s leadership ever questioned, nor the leadership of the district’s administrative staff.

In fact, the intent of the discussion was to ensure the community understood just how supportive the School Board is of the administration’s leadership through these challenging times.

One of the most important contributors to a successful school district is the community’s faith in its leaders. It was irresponsible of the VillageSoup to run such a misleading headline, particularly during a time when we need the entire community working together to ensure the safety of our students and our staff.

RSU 40 School Board

Danny Jackson

Morgan Hynd

Erik Amundsen

Sara Andrews

Guy Bourrie

Melissa Ehle

Randy Kassa

Karen Kunesh

Lynda Lettney

Sandra O'Farrell

Brooke Simmons

Matthew Speno

Julie Swindler

Emily Trask-Eaton

Melvin Williams

Robert Williams

Congratulations to Miramant

I write this letter to congratulate Sen. David Miramant on his reelection Tuesday.

It has been my sincere honor to run for the office of Maine State Senate District 12. The support I received from voters throughout Knox County is humbling, and I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to have learned so much about our wonderful Midcoast communities in Knox County.

I want to thank my wife Janet, my children and my grandson Luke for their patience and love. I also want to thank my treasurer Dennis Norton and deputy treasurer Linda Post, and everyone who stepped forward to offer their expertise and experience.

As we move forward from this point in time, please join me in wishing Sen. Miramant nothing but success in his service to the residents and taxpayers of Senate District 12.

Revive Civility!

Gordon Page

Thanks from Valli

To the Community of Rockland and Owls Head:

How do I ever thank a community for placing their trust in me? For all the people who voted for me, I thank you. For all the people that vouched for me, told their neighbors and friends about me, I thank you. For all those who publicly amplified my message, my stances and contrasted them with my opponent, I thank you. I have long loved this community and have felt blessed by it since the day, in 1994, that Greg, Dash and I moved here.

For all those that did not vote for me, know that I will represent you as well, to the best of my ability. Thank you all for being part of warp and weave of this beautiful tapestry called Rockland and Owls Head. I will work hard to help our community rise again, after the devastation that Covid is unleashing, rise again stronger, better, more sustainably and more equitably.

It has been an honor to serve the community of Rockland as a City councilor for the last 6 years and It will be an honor to serve you all in the legislature.

Sincerely,

Valli Geiger

A message from the president of Finding Our Voices

In a divisive and scary time, Midcoast Maine came together in a beautiful way to break the silence of domestic abuse in October with a survivor/solidarity Window Art Exhibit and online silent auction.

A huge thank you to everyone who stepped up to make this a truly blockbuster event and helped to mitigate the spike in domestic abuse during the pandemic that will only get worse with the coming winter, including 50 Maine-based, nationally and internationally renowned artists for creating/donating paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, calligraphed poetry, paper collages to open everyone's eyes, minds and hearts to the domestic abuse all around us.

Also included are the big-hearted businesses that sponsored this event: Reny’s, Pen-Bay Glass, Rockport Automotive, Camden Real Estate Company, Camden Hospital for Animals and McLean Hospital; 50 businesses on and surrounding Rockland's Main Street for displaying for at least a month the art work, and/or one and sometimes two four by two Let’s Talk About It banners in their window.

Coming on board this social-justice Art Walk were not only the wonderful traditional art-exhibit spaces of the Caldbeck Gallery, CMCA, Dowling Walsh and the Farnsworth (giving over windows for the first time in their history to outside art) but such non-traditional art-exhibit venues as Doug’s Barber Shop, Black Parrot and Camden National Bank.

Thank you also to the silent bidders who, in the online art auction that was the main fundraiser of the year for our fledgling non-profit organization, brought $16,000 to help Finding Our Voices continue to boldly and creatively break the silence of domestic abuse all over Maine.

Thanks to Valli Geiger for presenting a request to the Rockland Select Board to set up tables on Winter Street for a "Let's Talk About It " day, to the select board for unanimously granting this approval, and to New Hope for Women for joining us at this outdoor event.

Gratitude also to Christine Buckley of Christine's Framing Gallery in Camden for coming up with the idea of putting all of the art on a stiff black mat-board for uniformity and drama, and hanging it from suction cups to protect it from the windows, and for doing all of this as a donation to Finding Our Voices, and also for keeping track of all of the artwork, and giving winning bidders a discount on the framing of the pieces.

Finally, to The Finding Our Voices Sisterhood of Survivors, now 50-strong, showing our faces and speaking our truth on "Let's Talk About It" banners, bookmarks and a WERU radio show, shaking off misplaced shame to help others recognize, avoid, safely leave and heal from dangerous relationships.

That is a lot of noise from a lot of Voices, and a massive show of solidarity to everyone who was or still is trapped with angry and controlling family members.

Together, louder. Together, stronger. Together, we can do this.

Finding Our Voices Founder/President Patrisha McLean

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