Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor Oct. 24

Oct 24, 2019

Gratitude for the guests at the Fall Festival

The Knox Museum wants to thank all of the wonderful sponsors, the dozens of volunteers and families who braved the cold, wet morning Oct. 12, to attend the Museum’s first Fall Harvest Festival! Despite the weather, the activities were in full swing from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. throughout the first floor of the museum. Over 80 children, with their parents and grandparents, played pumpkin ring toss and held apple races, painted pumpkins, decorated cookies, and made colonial hats complete with wig curls. Face painting and dress-up photo ops with Henry were most popular. Guests enjoyed bags of fresh-popped popcorn, apple cider and pumpkin doughnut holes. Docent-led tours of Montpelier were held throughout the event and many of the 175 attendees (all local families) toured the house for the first time. There were a lot of happy, happy faces! However, we could not have held this free event without the generous support of Camden National Bank, Thomaston Grocery, First National Bank Wealth Management, Brooks Trap Mill, Headacre Farm, Walmart, Fresh off the Farm, Plants Unlimited, Spears Farm, Ed and Sally Williamson, and Susan and Gordon Fay. Thank you for making our first Harvest Festival such a success! Additional free-will donations went towards funding the Museum’s sought-after Knox Boxes, distributed to local elementary schools. The boxes, filled with books about General Knox and the American Revolution encourage hands-on learning and exploration with replicas of colonial artifacts and memorabilia. Even before the festival ended, guests and volunteers were already talking about what they will look forward to for next year’s festival. Next October, mark your 2020 calendars!

The General Henry Knox Museum

Thomaston

Re-elect Ed Glaser for city council

Three years ago, when I endorsed Ed Glaser’s initial candidacy for city council, it was based on the expectation that he would restore good order to the function of city government, something that was sorely lacking at the time. I also believed that Ed was the best candidate to advocate for reasonable and sustainable growth in our city through thoughtful planning and policy making. Today, it's clear that Ed Glaser has exceeded these expectations and is deserving of a vote for re-election.

In his three years on the council, Ed Glaser has worked tirelessly to establish sound and coherent policy in the myriad issues that face the city, such as energy conservation, waste disposal, affordable housing, improved infrastructure, harbor management, etc. Ed sponsored various progressive measures: the diversity resolution, the single use plastic bag ban, and the climate action plan. At the same time, Ed is a strong supporter of local business, and is working to establish Rockland as an attractive community for new businesses to develop and prosper. Also, Ed Glaser has been a strong advocate for responsible growth which will increase the cities tax base, knowing that it offers real property tax relief, and not at the expense of essential and desirable services.

I have known Ed Glaser for more than fifteen years, and have always been impressed with his willingness to help others, his intelligence, clear thinking, and his deep concern for what is best for Rockland. Ed offers an old fashion approach to politics: respecting the opinion of others, always maintaining an openness and civility, and a selfless approach to decision making. In doing his job as a city councilor, Ed understands the importance of working cooperatively with other members of the council, and to compromise when necessary to advance the best interests of the city. I have observed Ed working more than full time on city matters, researching the issues, and reaching out to the community to understand the concerns of others, all to better inform his decision making. Ed Glaser is truly a representative of all the citizens of Rockland.

Ed possesses a clear understanding of the issues that presently face the city; and if re-elected, will continue to offer positive solutions to resolve these issues. A vote for Ed Glaser is a vote for a better Rockland!

Christos Calivas

Rockland

Educational agreement

I’m delighted to write a letter in response to the excellent contribution from last week's "concerned citizen” as published in Another View. This is unprecedented, but I agree wholeheartedly with Jan Docater’s sentiments regarding our educational priorities.

We must reevaluate the pressure we impose upon students to attend college regardless of their individual interests or preference. Technical education is increasingly important, as most trades are desperate to find and hire qualified workers. The costs of a college education are out of reach for most students and the benefits of such an education are debatable when compared with the real value instilled through technical education. As a life-long automobile mechanic myself, I can attest to the satisfaction of blue-collar work, well done, as the result of one’s own skill, experience and knowledge. We must validate this option and encourage more secondary students to consider working with their hands, heads and hearts, rather than “working for the man” in some forsaken office cubicle. Having also served on the board of directors at MCST, I can verify the education offered therein is outstanding and well worth considering as an affordable option to four years of college.

Thank you, Jan Dolcater, for offering us a well-reasoned perspective on this issue. It’s most refreshing to move beyond the polemic, partisan, political bickering for once and explore an important idea we can all support.

John Shepard

Union

Support for Don Robishaw Jr.

Rockland residents will have a reason to go to the polls Nov. 5 and vote. In the past, candidates seeking a seat on the city council echoed the same tired issues that few voters would object to. This time the states are higher. There is a movement among some council members to change Rockland's neighborhoods by re-writing the zoning ordnance that would reduce house lot sizes and permit the construction of small house on these lots.

If resident sentiment is any indication, the people of Rockland overwhelming rejects radical changes to our zoning ordinance. By a margin of 10 to 1, speakers at the several public meetings spoke against it. Last winter a few Rockland citizens braved the cold days to gather the necessary signatures to bring it to a referendum. Had the citizens been given the opportunity to vote on the issue it would have laid the issue to rest for at least five years. However, in a clever parliamentary maneuver, the council rescinded their proposal and by doing so, nullifying the petition drive and allowing the issue to remain active. To make matters worse, the need for smaller house lots is based on a false narrative; that there is a housing shortage in Rockland. Not so, check the real estate ads.

As a former state representative, school board chair, as well as serving on several city committees I can say with some confident that I know what it takes to be of service to your constituents and that is why I'm voting for Donald Robishaw, Jr. Don is a friend and a neighbor, but more importantly, he's a long time resident. He has a strong record of serving the city, including the school board. In fact, he grew up in Rockland and like many of us who grew up here we have watched the city go through many phases. He knows the city's history and the people. There is a clear choice between the candidates this time. I hope you'll join me and support Don Robishaw, Jr. for the city council.

Wayne C. Gray

Rockland

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