Letters, July 17

Jul 17, 2014

Why I will vote for Jonathan Fulford

I attend a lot of community meetings — meetings about RSU 20, the closing of Stockton Harbor to lobstering, the proposed Searsport dredging project and community concerns of all kinds. For months now I have been seeing Jonathan Fulford almost everywhere I go. At first I didn’t know who he was. He doesn’t act like a politician. He doesn’t look for opportunities to speak or call attention to himself. He just sits quietly and he listens.

Once I got to know him, he explained that he tries to attend important meetings in all the towns of Waldo County because, although he has lived and worked in Waldo County since he was a young man, he feels there is still a lot about the County that he needs to learn. And I learned why he doesn’t act like a politician. He isn’t one. This is the first time he has run for office.

I have never seen Mike Thibodeau at any community meetings. Maybe he attends some, if the subjects are important to him, but I’ve never seen him. What I like about Jonathan is that he comes to community gatherings to learn about the things that are important to us — the people of Waldo County. He is working to understand the real issues and concerns of all the people of Waldo County so he can represent our interests in the State Senate.

If you would like to understand how this makes Jonathan Fulford different from the incumbent, google “Michael Thibodeau and ALEC.” This search will bring up several articles that show very clearly whose interests Mr. Thibodeau represents.

I’m voting for Jonathan Fulford.

Meredith Ares

Searsport

Support Fulford for the environment

As a long time science teacher, Registered Maine Guide, and as a parent, I am extremely concerned about the effect that global climate change is having on the world in general, and on Maine, in particular. Not only do I see species ranges changing, plants blooming much earlier, invasive species intruding, but I also see worldwide damage resulting from the rising intensity of storms, floods, droughts and fires. However, future effects if we do nothing will be much, much greater.

In addition to effects on nature, I read that climate change is also going to have a huge economic effect. A group of business people, including the former Secretary of the Treasury under George W. Bush, has done a business-based risk analysis of the economic effects if we do nothing different. The results terrify me. Looking at annual costs from storm damage alone over a 20 year period, Maine losses are “most likely” around a quarter of a billion dollars! And that doesn’t even consider costs of changes in labor productivity or the other factors the risk assessment studied. The report is at riskybusiness.org.

So what is state government doing? “Head in the sand,” to be polite, but it’s much worse than that. The current administration, supported in the Legislature by Republican leaders like Mike Thibodeau, is doing everything it can to stand in the way of alternative energy development, for example, preferring instead to support a multibillion dollar fossil fuel pipeline that Maine taxpayers will have to help pay for.

I’m glad that Jonathan Fulford supports the development of alternative energy in Maine, and other steps to reduce the impact of global climate crisis for our children and our natural world, and I’ll be voting for him for State Senate for Waldo County in November.

Cloe Chunn

Waldo

WCGH launching electronic health record system

Over the past nine months, employees of Waldo County General Hospital, in collaboration with our partners at MaineHealth, have been working hard to prepare for the launch of our new electronic health record system called SeHR — the Shared Electronic Health Record (pronounced share). In early August, we will take part in the largest healthcare IT project that has taken place in our state by launching SeHR at all our sites (Waldo County General Hospital, practices, and clinics).

At Waldo County General Hospital, we believe that SeHR will dramatically improve patient care and the health of the communities we serve, and the benefits to our patients will be significant.

  • “One Patient, One record,” will become a reality when SeHR is launched. Whether you receive care at Waldo County General Hospital or another MaineHealth facility, your healthcare providers will have the most up-to-date information.
  • Healthcare providers in different locations will have a better opportunity to work together to create a cohesive care plan for your healthcare since they can quickly share important patient information.
  • There will be fewer forms for patients to fill out as updated information appears in their electronic record instantly. When seeing a provider at Waldo County General Hospital or within the MaineHealth network, there will be no need to give a copy of your healthcare record to each provider you see.
  • Patients will have quick and easy access to their health information using MyChart, a secure online portal that allows you to take a more active role in your healthcare. Using MyChart, patients can message their providers, view upcoming appointments, request prescription renewals, and access their health information.
  • Patients will have fewer duplicate tests done as results from previous tests and lab work will be in your electronic record. This will save you time, money, and worry.

Many may think that an electronic health record means your information is out there on the web for all to see. With SeHR, that couldn’t be further from the truth. The privacy and security of our patients is very important to us and we have taken every precaution to ensure that only those providing you care can see your personal health information.

While employees at Waldo County General Hospital have undergone significant training on this new system, we do anticipate that our patients may encounter some delays as we go live. We appreciate your patience and understanding during the month of August.

In conjunction with our talented medical staff and dedicated employees, SeHR will allow us to continue to provide safe, high quality care for our patients. We look forward to meeting all of your future healthcare needs and can’t wait to “SeHR” our new system with you.

For more information, please contact Toni Mailloux, Community Relations Coordinator, at (207) 930-6763 or tmailloux@wcgh.org.

Mark Biscone

Executive Director of Waldo County General Hospital

Lee Woodward Jr.

Chairman of the Board of Directors of Waldo County General Hospital

Grove Cemetery theft

On Thursday, July 10, I drove my 94-year-old recently widowed mother to Grove Cemetery in Belfast to water a lovely planter we'd placed at the family plot Memorial Day weekend.

Arriving at the plot, I realized the planter was gone. My mother and I were very distressed. Just a month ago my father died and this is his family's plot. It was especially upsetting to my mother.

The planter was taken sometime within the last week. I have contacted Steve Boguen at the cemetery and the Belfast Police Department.

The person who took it probably won't see this letter, but if you do, please return the planter to its rightful place and regain some respect.

MaryBeth Davis Pride

Rockland

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