In support of Rockport Library project

By The Camden Herald Editorial Board | Oct 04, 2018

Residents of Rockport have an opportunity Nov. 6 to approve a bond referendum for a new, improved 7,000-square-foot library in the same site it has occupied for 70 years.

We urge townspeople to vote yes on questions 2 and 3 on the ballot to approve $1.5 million town share of this $3.5 million project. Leaders working on this project estimate it will cost the average taxpayer $40 per year based on a property valuation of $360,000.

Just this week, the Rockport Library Foundation announced that the capital campaign is halfway to its $2 million goal and community supporters unveiled a mural that depicts the new library.

Supporters of this project argue correctly that a public library is the heart of the town. Libraries in the 21st century do much more than lend books. They provide internet and computer access for people who do not have that at home. They provide space for children to learn, provide teens a safe place after school, and give adults in the community resources to write resumes, apply for jobs online and do genealogy research. They provide these services to the poor and wealthy alike, leveling the playing field.

As Bill Leone and Joan Welsh said in a recent letter to the editor: "Libraries are for everyone, the most democratic space a community can have." They argue that good libraries can attract people to the community.

The town has been talking about this project, researching, debating and working on it, for five years. That is long enough. Now it is time for us to get behind it and get it done.

For more information, visit RockportLibraryFoundation.org.

 

Meet the candidates

The race for House District 94 between incumbent Independent Owen Casas and Democrat Vicki Doudera is an interesting one.

There is no Republican in this race, and both of these candidates, who are running, are well known in the community.

We have set up a candidates' night that will take place Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Rockport Opera House.

Come out and ask the candidates yourself the questions that are on your mind in this election season. Let's find out how these two are different and where they agree and help residents in this district decide who they want to vote for.

The event will start at 6:30 p.m.

 

Voters' guide is coming in next week's paper

Be sure to pick up your copy of The Courier-Gazette or Camden Herald next week for our comprehensive election preview (The Republican Journal will also carry the Waldo County edition of this voters' guide).

This will contain articles and interviews from all the races this year, including the race for governor, local State House races, Maine Senate, U.S. Senate, Congress and items you will find only on your local town ballots.

The guide will be published Oct. 11 on newsstands and delivered to subscribers. Online at knox.villagesoup.com and waldo.villagesoup.com, check out the articles in our new election and politics sections, and watch video interviews with the candidates.

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