Courier-Gazette Letters to the Editor

Jul 16, 2020

This is all fore the best – we’ll see you next year!

On behalf of all of us at the Rockland Women’s Golf Association, we hope everyone is staying healthy and safe as we move into the summer months.

For nine years, the Rockland Women’s Golf Association has been honored to organize and host the Midcoast Cancer Classic in support of patient assistance funds at Pen Bay Medical Center. Thanks to your incredible compassion and generosity, we have raised over $150,000 since 2011.

Out of an abundance of caution for the safety and well-being of our community and per the orders of the Office of the Governor, we have had to cancel the event for this year. We are deeply grateful to you for your generous support of this event and we are very disappointed that we will not be able to present this important and well-loved tradition this year.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Rockland Golf Club in August 2021 when we will take to the course for another fun-filled and important tournament that will benefit those in Knox County suffering from cancer. Until then, we wish you well and thank you for your ongoing support.

Warmest regards,

Kathy Sprowl on behalf of the Midcoast Cancer Classic Golf Committee and Rockland Women’s Golf Association

Good Samaritans by the Brewery

On Sunday afternoon my mother, who uses a wheelchair, and I took a drive down to Tenants Harbor to enjoy the sunshine and to give my mother the sensation of freedom. On the way back, we decided to go to Waterman's Beach Brewery for a cool beer by the ocean. I had not brought my mother's wheelchair in the trunk; at the brewery she would not be able to get out of the car.

Heath Curtis and his crew could not have been kinder. While remaining true to the rules that govern the serving of beer, they made it possible for the two of us to enjoy our brews and the view in the car with no stigma and only the friendliest of faces taking care of us.

Thank you very much.

Melissa Waterman

Rockland

Teen Challenge challenges drug addiction

Drug addiction is a huge problem in our area, with many people dying from overdoses, and much of the crime in this area related to drug addiction, and efforts to get more money to supply the nasty habit.

Families everywhere are affected by an addict of one sort or another, with many of them being torn apart. Regular 30 day detox programs do not work. Addicts go back again and again; families are willing to refinance their homes, do whatever it takes to try and get help.

These past few days, I have seen young men at the intersection of Route 1 and Route 90, trying to collect funds for Teen Challenge. Teen Challenge is a bible-based program for addicts of all sorts, which uses the truths in the bible to teach others how to deal with their emotions in a positive way, without using; it teaches better ways of communication, being responsible for your family and new ways to work out the issues that kept people using for so long.

It is not a 30-day program, but 18 months of commitment. They have an 80% success rate. They do not receive funding from the government or state, yet rely on private donations. Before you just drive away in such a hurry, please consider the cause and give. If everyone passing that way gave just one dollar, that could help many people. You can't do much with a dollar these days; but collectively, they can make a big change in the life of another. Although it is called Teen Challenge, the program is for anyone who needs it.

Having witnessed the outcome, I am a supporter.

Alicia Hallowell

Warren

Why I support Chip Curry

As the District 93 Representative for the Maine House, I know what it takes to be effective in Augusta. We need people like Chip who listen, who can find common ground with others and who can solve problems for the people of Maine.

I’ve seen Chip Curry open doors, give support and guide people to achieving their career goals. Through my work with Penquis and the Knox County Homeless Coalition, I regularly connected with people who were in difficult life situations and had not even considered any advanced education or additional training. I saw them gain confidence and be successful through Chip’s mentorship and encouragement. As the advisor at the UMA Rockland Center (UROCK) he was a tremendous support to those who chose to pursue college and prepare for good paying jobs.

I trust Chip because he cares about all people in our community. He follows through on his promises, and works hard to help others follow through on their hopes, as well as their needs. I believe he will be a great Senator!

Rep. Pinny Beebe-Center

House District 93, Rockland and Owls Head

Susan's campaign attacks are a cause of concern

When Sara Gideon was Speaker of the House, a fellow legislator was accused of sexual misbehavior. That was two years ago. No charges have ever been filed.

In America, an absence of guilt is the same as an assumption of innocence, until it can be proven otherwise. And yet, the best Susan Collins can come up with in mustering a campaign ad against her opponent is to allege that Speaker Gideon is somehow complicit in that two year old allegation of even though, in all that time and in spite of a thorough investigation, no charges have been filed.

I’d like to make up my mind about which of these two is the better candidate based on their positions on the issues. Sara Gideon is laying out the particulars of their political and policy differences. Why can’t we hear something of consequence from Senator Collins or the National Republican Senatorial Committee? Something that will help us make an informed decision, instead of them mindlessly repeating two year old and unproven allegations.

Phil Crossman

Vinalhaven

Statement of Board of Directors of New Hope for Women

The Board of New Hope for Women joins many individuals and organizations in mourning the recent death of George Floyd and other African Americans because of systemic racism and inequity in our society. We recognize that it is our duty to speak out against all forms of injustice and draw connections between interlinked forms of oppression and violence as part of our mission to promote the health and safety of individuals, families, and communities in Sagadahoc, Lincoln, Knox and Waldo counties . While we do not have all of the answers, we re-commit ourselves to the following principles:

We value diversity in our communities, and commit to seeking out diversity in our board and in the organization’s staff

We commit to ending oppression in all forms

We are committed to ongoing review of our policies and procedures to ensure that principles of equity and diversity are upheld on our board and in or organization

We commit ourselves to having difficult conversations about racism, white privilege, and our role in all of these areas while we also strive to form a more just society

We commit ourselves to support our staff as they confront these issues in their work.

New Hope For Women

Rockland

Feeling disenfranchised by Rep. Pingree

Does Democrat Representative Chellie Pingree take me for granted as a registered Republican?  Theoretically, she represents me too, but I've never heard from her - no explanatory messages, no constituent surveys, not even a financial solicitation.  Does she assume that having a "D" after her name is sufficient for re-election — that I could have nothing worthwhile to say, and that any registered party member is incapable of independent thinking? I'd say she is an example of the hostile polarization that inhibits Congress from collaborative Constitutional governance.

After 10 years of feeling disenfranchised, I understand that Dr. Jay Allen brings a fresh, more centrist outlook to the responsibility of representing people rather than party in Maine District 1.  Independents and Democrats should learn more about him as well.

Thank you,

Betty Lou Armstrong

Friendship

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Comments (1)
Posted by: Katherine Holland | Jul 18, 2020 06:38

Dear Ms. Armstrong: you can subscribe to Ms. Pingree's regular newsletter, request a meeting with her, invite her to an event, ask for her help if you are having trouble with a federal agency, email her, and get help from her office if you want to visit Congress - all from this location on this website: https://pingree.house.gov/contact/. That is how I subscribed to her email updates. The newsletter will inform you of how hard she works hard for her constituents.



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