Letters, Nov. 1

Nov 01, 2012

Mary Mortier for Ward One

I have loved serving Belfast as the city councilor from Ward One. My decision to not run for re-election was made much easier when I was contacted by Mary Mortier, who expressed interest in running if I decided not to run again.

I strongly endorse Mary. Her long and faithful stewardship of “New Years By the Bay” has proven that she is a champion for Belfast, one who works well with others, is creative with her ideas, and who knows how to wring a lot of value from each and every dollar. And, as a realtor, she is keenly aware of the importance of trying to keep property taxes under control.

I could not be happier that such a fine choice for representative of Ward One will be on the ballot. I hope Belfast voters will join me in voting for Mary Mortier.

Marina Delune

Belfast

Longley recaps her record

I write this campaign closing letter mostly to express my deep gratitude to the voters of Waldo County for your welcoming reception at your town meetings, at your town gatherings and at your doors this past winter, spring, summer and fall. You fill my heart with reason to continue along the often hilly campaign trails that hopefully lead to my re-election as your Waldo County judge of probate. Thank you.

I also write to explain how I have chosen to run this campaign: In a word, I have run a “positive-only” campaign. On purpose, I have led a positive-only campaign because I have heard this is what you wanted and because I have positive accomplishments from my years serving as your judge that I am happy and proud to share with you, accomplishments that I truly believe have helped me provide a fair, frugal and effective probate court.

As examples, on purpose, I have started a mediation program and offer it to families as a first and often final step in contested proceedings because I know getting a family that is fighting to learn to talk and resolve saves not only the family, but the families and the taxpayers lots of time and money. On purpose, I made Waldo County Probate Court a pilot site for a senior care program designed to maximize the independence of those for whom protective proceedings are filed. On purpose, I have brought the appointments budget under control while also giving families a way to be proud to pay their own way by starting a monthly payment program for them and have kept the total fees much lower by enforcing a maximum fee policy for court appointees. On purpose, I have also gotten the number of ex parte communications under control, thereby insuring many more families that no one side of the family easily can have time talking to the judge about the other side without the other side also receiving notice and being able to be present. Finally, on purpose, I have made this job my one and only job and therefore my one and only professional priority.

Finally, on purpose, if honored with your vote this Election Day, I will continue to serve you as your Waldo County judge of probate in a positive manner and with my ongoing very best efforts.

Susan W. Longley

Liberty

Mailloux asks for votes

I would appreciate your vote for Waldo County judge of probate. With all the other important races on the ballot, voting for the judge of probate may not seem to mean that much. But it does. Your family is more likely to be directly affected by the judge of probate than any of the other positions on the ballot. No president can terminate your parental rights. No senator can add or take away a member of your family or tell you what you can or can’t do with your finances. It is important that we have only a properly qualified person in this position.

I have practiced law locally for 34 years and served as the judge of probate from 1997 through 2004. I am not an experienced politician, however. I’ve never been a senator. I have never run for Congress. My parents were just teachers here in Waldo County. I don’t have any politicians in my family tree. I don’t think those things matter when it comes to being a good judge. I’ve simply devoted my life to the law, especially probate and family law. I was honored to be have been appointed by Gov. King and then elected as your judge of probate. I was proud to give back to Waldo County after it has given me so much. I am the most qualified person to continue to do it and I need your help if we are to fix the problems in the Probate Court.

I believe it is important to have a judge of probate who knows the probate code, is experienced in trial work, and is not afraid to make the difficult decisions that often need to be made in Probate Court.

This can’t be about parties, political loyalties or anything else other than who is qualified. Before you vote, please consider if you want an experienced lawyer or an experienced politician making the difficult decisions for your family.

Randolph Mailloux

Belfast

Cardinale rebuttal

First, I believe people have a right to voice their opinions. Joseph Smith, Martin Vogel and Barry McCormick voiced their opinions in last week's letters, I must voice mine today.

Atwork Personnel started in 1994. Four people invested $1,500 each in a free franchise opportunity. I quit my accounting business and committed myself to a start-up business that had no sales, no customers and no history here in Maine.

I worked hard and received input from the three partners above, who had other incomes that they could rely on to pay their bills. During the first years my pay was minimal, but the business continued to grow. At the end of the first year of the business, Mr. McCormick decided he was too invested in his own business endeavors and expressed that he wanted a buyout. He was given his $1,500 back and the business was then owned by three.

By 1999, the business had grown to $8 million in sales and we were the largest franchise in the Atwork program.

In 1998 Mr. Smith and Mr. Vogel accepted a buyout proposal from me. This was my error in management. I wanted to take care of my “friends” and partners. My management of Atwork Personnel had exceeded expectations and success and they deserved what I optimistically thought was a fair price. I offered them $1,000,000 each, to be paid over 12 years.

Business and friends do not mix! The insurance industry changed in 2001 after the 9/11 tragedies. My largest obligation every year was my worker's compensation insurance policy. Insurance cost was increasing yearly, while sales decreased with the business climate. It came to a crisis in 2003, when I asked for and was given a verbal agreement with my “friends” to forego their payments for a couple of months for me to be able to fund a self-insurance program. By the end of the first month I found out that my “friends” had hired a lawyer and were suing me to take my business. It was not the money they wanted that hurt me, it was their actions. I borrowed the money against my house to catch them up on their payments and stop any takeover. I then realized that this obligation to my “friends” was an obligation that I had to pay or lose what I had built.

From 1999 to 2005, Mr. Smith and Mr. Vogel received over $450,000 each as a result of their original $1,500 investments in me. In April 2005, MEMIC proposed a worker's compensation insurance premium that they knew and readily admitted would make me non-competitive in my industry. I attempted to fight it with the insurance commission, but to no avail, and ended my fight by losing my business, my house and my livelihood; and yes, using the bankruptcy laws to be able to protect myself from past “friends” who did not want their “golden goose” to end.

Andrew Cardinale

Swanville

Religious views shouldn't trump civil rights

Since 2006 in Maine there has been a pressing issue on marriage equality. Should gay and lesbian couples be allowed to marry? My answer is yes, why not? For those of you who say no, what is your reason? I read a comment the other day saying that gay and lesbian couples were trying to feel normal, and we can’t let that happen. They are trying to be normal. They should feel normal; they’re human!

Some people say that you should vote no simply because it’s what God wanted. In other words, thousands of people are denying gay and lesbian couples equal marriage rights just because of their religious views. Because of their views they are taking away people’s chances to marry. That doesn’t seem fair.

In the 1950s people all over the country fought for equal rights for African-Americans, and 70 years later everyone (or almost everyone) agrees that African-Americans should have the same rights, yet we are still fighting about marriage equality. Only five states and Washington, D.C., allow all couples to be married: Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont,and New Hampshire. All six of these places have had same-sex marriage passed through the legislature, not through a general election. There have been 30 election referendums over marriage equality; none have passed. This year there are four elections on marriage equality around the country, including Maine.

We gave women the right to vote 100 years ago; we gave African-Americans equal rights 60 years ago, and yet we still cannot give everyone the right to an equal marriage. There is no reason to vote no that I see. It’s been long enough; marriage equality needs to pass.

Emmett Shell, age 13

Montville

Keep the standard

Standards are necessary for order and the well-being of all citizens.

In the arena of sports, rules and standards apply, having been developed by a higher authority. The individual player does not make the standards and/or rules of the game. The doper can't expect to win, because he does not play by the long-established authority. He or she can lose their playing status and even be stripped of past honors of their accomplishments. That is so sad ... if only they had played by the set standards.

On our highways, there are standards for our safety and well-being. For our own protection, these standards are set by a higher authority. Speed limits, stop signs, weight limitations, height restrictions and the list could go on. It is for our safety.

When we want to build a building in the municipality in which we reside, there are certain standards or codes to build by to ensure safety and well-being for all. The planning boards, the code enforcement officers, the inspectors all work together by the code book, which is set by a higher authority than the individual.

In the realm of spiritual life and faith, which touches every part of our lives, ther is the highest authority which gives us standards to live and to order our lives by. God is the ultimate authority and he has granted all authority to his son, the Lord Jesus Christ, who stated in Matthew 28:18, "All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth." In terms of marriage, Jesus affirmed the Old Testament scriptures when he said in Mathew 19:4-5, "Have you not read, that he who created them from the beginning made the male and female and said for this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh?"

Yes, the highest authority is Jesus Christ, and he endorsed one man and one woman for marriage. They become one. Let's not go against the standard set for our happiness and well-being. These wonderful standards have served Maine well for a very long time. What other arrangement can produce children to carry on life? There is no other.

Keep the standard! It has been given!

Dave Pouchot

Lincolnville

Vote no on 1

To whom it may concern, which is everyone. God loves all people, even people of the same sex that want to get married. i read an article in one of the papers about some one of these people thinking they were an abomination to the Lord.

No! This is not how it goes. God loves these people. However, he does not love the sin of these or any other people. He hates the sin, but not the sinner. And this is sin. But God is still in the forgiving business (2 Peter 3:9). Not willing that any should perish (be separated from him if you have not accepted him as your savior), but that all should come to repentance (Romans 3:23). For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. Read verses 24-26, if you wish.

Come to Jesus and repent, that your sins be forgiven. God bless America and turn us from our sinful ways.

Because He and I care.

Gloria Corey

Belfast

Gay couples a blessing

Having just returned from a week’s retreat in western Maine, we write with hopeful hearts. In the mountain quiet, it is easy to remember that the spirit of God lives within and among us and thus we are called to welcome every being on this earth with joy. When Jesus called his first disciples and initiated them into this gracious way of being in the world, there was a lot of “unlearning” to do, such as who did and didn’t count in the human community and the strict limits we put on our love.

“The Way,” as it was called before Christianity was called "Christianity," was a breathtaking movement of Spirit in which individuals separated by class, race and ethnicity, by gender and economic status, by ancient customs and hatreds, came together within the Beloved Community, caring for one another, sharing all things in common, and living the reign of God in the present.

As we remind our congregation, when the early church adopted the word ekklesia, translated as “church,” for their gatherings, they were doing something remarkable. They took the word used for the gathering of all free male citizens of the Greek city-state and broke it apart – making their very gathering in which all were welcome an act of social justice. Therefore, when we gather as ekklesia, as church, we are coming together as the Beloved Community, in which no one is excluded or made to feel less than whole and welcome.

The Spirit continues to move in and among us. We know this particularly by the pain we feel when some experience exclusion in our midst. Solidarity with those who suffer is a central practice of those who follow the ancient Way. So today we write in solidarity with our lesbian sisters and gay brothers who know not only exclusion but belittlement within the very church communities they love. They are excluded as marriage, a central practice that the church holds out as a “school of love,” is denied them. They are belittled as their love is not deemed as whole and generative as that of their straight brothers and sisters who have marriage available to them. Full inclusion would mean that we recognize that their commitment to one another is a true and fruitful expression of the infinite love of God.

Our church has been blessed over and over again by the same-sex couples among us. It is with gratitude for them and hope for the future of the ekklesia that we ask the Spirit to once again make itself known, teaching us to unlearn the limits of our love, and moving us to welcome all without reservation into the Beloved Community. As an expression of our faith in the ancient Way of Christ, we will vote “yes” on Question One.

Rev. Kate Winters, Ph.D.

Rev. Joel Krueger

The First Church in Belfast

United Church of Christ

Belfast

If you need a job done right, should you ask a busy man?

When James Gillway first announced his candidacy for state representative in the last election, an ardent Searsport Republican commented to me that s/he could not vote for Mr. Gilway, since he was involved as our Boy Scout leader, town manager, and it seemed impossible that he would be able to take on yet another responsibility and do all of these jobs well.

Now I am hearing from many people that they tried to contact Mr. Gilway as their representative to express their views on upcoming votes and/or issues and were never even given the courtesy of a reply saying that he received the message -- much less ever got back to them. This, together with Mr. Gillway’s record of voting in favor of issues that our governor proposes, oftentimes to the detriment of working families or those in need of assistance, makes me think that indeed he is too busy to handle all his responsibilities and still be a viable representative for his constituents. I have not been happy with his voting record, but this goes beyond that, it is just an evaluation of his manner of communicating with his constituents, for he should know how people feel, even if he disagrees with their views.

Meredith Ares, on the other hand, and I realize that she is an unknown quantity at this time, has gone door-to-door speaking with the people whom she might represent to hear how they feel and in so doing, has also let them know how she would vote so that they are not voting blind. I think this is honorable and forthright of her. Meredith has a business background and is retired and is looking to represent voters as her only responsibility outside of her family.

It just seems to me to be common sense to vote for someone who isn’t too busy to listen to what those who have elected them think and to either support their views or else explain to them why, as their representative, s/he would vote differently. I certainly have gotten such responses from Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. One has to ask why James Gillway is unable to communicate effectively and seems to rubber stamp the governor’s ideas. Is he just too busy and overextended?

I have no answers to the questions I have posed, but I do think it is time for a new breath of air and active representation in Augusta.

David Berg

Searsport

Mailloux is best qualified to be probate judge

I am pleased to have this opportunity to write in support of the candidacy of Randy Mailloux for the probate court judge position in Waldo County. I have known Randy for nearly all of the 23 years I have practiced law in Maine. We have worked on many cases together, most often with Randy representing a parent, while I have functioned as the child advocate. I have always been impressed with Randy’s ability to represent his client zealously while always keeping in mind the best interest standard for the children involved in the case -- a quality that will serve him well as probate court judge, as many of the cases will involve children.

Probate Court is, first and foremost, a court of law. It is critically important that any probate judge be familiar with the rules of evidence and civil procedure and, generally, how courts are supposed to operate. A court proceeding is not simply an opportunity for people to gather informally and mediate their differences -- courts function according to specific rules and sometimes hearings are necessary. The process is often adversarial and the judge must be in a position to rule on objections and manage the courtroom. The current judge is, unfortunately, ill-suited for this task.

Attorney Mailloux, on the other hand, has spent his entire career in courtrooms -- he knows the rules of evidence and the rules of civil procedure and he certainly knows how to manage and control a courtroom. He is well respected by his colleagues. His wealth of experience, together with his compassionate and well-reasoned approach to the practice of law make him the best choice to serve Waldo County as its probate court judge.

Wayne Doane, Esq.

Exeter

Mailloux will make the best judge

My name is Connie Reynolds and I live in Burnham. I first met Randy Mailloux when John Ford was running for the State Senate and I took note then that Randy was clearly an experienced and knowledgeable attorney when it came to probate, family law and estate planning.

I’ve gotten to know him over the years and saw him serve us well as our judge of probate. Then when the Judge of Probate race began to become such a major issue in Waldo County, I wondered why and what the issues were. After I looked into it myself, it became clear who the most qualified and better candidate is. What else matters?

Randy has almost five times as much legal experience in our courtrooms and probate law as does his opponent and the same amount of time as our judge. Longley stopped practicing law around 20 years ago and only was involved in three probate cases back then! She is very experienced as a state senator and political candidate, but things haven’t gone well during her years on the bench because of her lack of qualifications for this very technical job.

The choice seems very clear this year. What could be more important than who is more qualified?!

Connie Reynolds

Burnham

Backs Hopkins

I've seen Donna Hopkins attend countless school board meetings and spoken with heon many education issues. She understands the challenges school systems, school administrators, school boards, educators, students and their families face each day, especially in these economic times, and will be an effective voice for them in Augusta.

She's been married to the same man for 43 years, raised a family, worked a job which she was eventually lad off from because the business moved out of state (giving her a front-row seat and understanding of what changes need to be made to make Maine a more business-friendly state). She has lived in Waldo County all her life. She has an acute understanding of the challenges working-class families and small businesses deal with regularly. Hopkins has a clear vision of what kind of changes need to be made in Augusta to encourage small businesses to create jobs.

Hopkins has demonstrated she has the moral character, sound judgment, courage and ability to represent us with a clear, knowledgeable voice in the Maine House of Representatives.

Please join me in sending a clear message to Augusta that more positive changes are vital to Maine's economic recovery by voting for Donna Hopkins.

Debora Riley

Northport

Re-elect Herbig

Our State House District 43 is fortunate to have a representative as responsible and responsive as Erin Herbig.

Erin has experience as a representative -- she has worked hard in a very difficult legislative climate. She is very knowledgeable on the issues, and is a strong advocate for fairness. She supports economic development that is wise and does not compromise the beauty of our state. She realizes the importance of preserving Maine agriculture and agricultural lands and how this helps to create jobs by expanding a traditional industry.

Any time we have had an issue wiht particular legislation, Erin has always been available. her newsletter keeps us up to date on what is happening during the legislative session. We have been gratified by her swift response to our concerns.

Erin is energetic, has lifelong ties to our community and works with the school athletic program, providing a great service to our students.

We all need Erin Herbig to continue as our representative.

Phyllis and Larry Litchfield

Belfast

Longley weighs each case carefully

Judge Susan Longley is our neighbor. As she walks her dog by our house, we see how hard she thinks these family cases through and through. When she has a hard case, she walks and looks like she is carrying the family's heart in her hands.

We see how her opponent is on the attack. We write to say that we see a good person trying to see each family's situation from all sides and come up with the fairest, wisest decision. We love what we see in our neighbor, Judge Susan Longley, and will appreciate your doing the same.

Dale and Brenda Hannan

Liberty

'Devoted to doing what's right'

As a neighbor and casual observer of Judge Longley, I have decided there is no one more suitable for the job of probate judge for Waldo County. Judge Longley's approach to daily life demonstrates qualities that i hope Waldo County appreciates, and will continue to benefit from in the coming years.

Without speaking a word, I can see that Judge Longley is devoted to doing what's right for the families she helps. I see her walk by with her faithful companion, Gracie the black Labrador retriever mix. "I am working on a two-dog, round-the-lake-twice case," she'll say. And I know she needs to borrow my grateful pet to help her walk and think things through.

I am certain she is the only person who would take the responsibility for the future of these families to heart. She's not simply closing out estates; she's making decisions regarding the lives of children and their caregivers. And she's giving each family the attention it deserves.

The truly impressive aspect is that serving as the probate judge is her full-time focus. She is literally public servant who is compensated with what most folks make in a part-time job. Her dedication to all of us comes honestly. She was raised by a family who valued the "greater good" above all.

She has my vote, and my thanks!

Dana Vaileau

Liberty

Longley has improved the court system

As one now retired from Maine's court system, I write as one with years of court experience and one who wishes to applaud Judge Susan Longley's improvements to the Waldo County Probate Court system.

I especially appreciate her smart, cost-saving mediation program so that families can have the more affordable chance to resolve differences in mediation before exacerbating their differences and adding to their costs with litigation. As one now in my 70s, I also value knowing that we have a judge who goes the extra mile to learn the specific needs and values of adults in need of special protections.

As during her years as our state senator, as our judge, judge Longley is a completely dedicated, skilled and caring public servant. I've seen a lot of courts and judges, and I see Judge Longley as a keeper. I ask your vote to keep Judge Longley working for our families.

Dona Bourassa

Palermo

Supports dad for Probate

I am writing this letter in support of my dad, Randy Mailloux for judge of probate. Folks can imagine that I woud be supportive but I think it is important for people to hear from candidate’s families, especially when it relates to a job that deals with families.

Dad is an honorable, compassionate, hardworking man. He is the most qualified and most capable of making the hard decisions that a judge needs to do. Randy has close ties to the probate court both professionally and personally. He served as probate judge in Waldo county for seven and a half years. He is a practicing lawyer here in Belfast with an office in Unity and has been specializing in this area of law for 34 years. Dad has experiences in probate personally as my mother, Toni Mailloux and him adopted me as a very young child.

I, like many of you, have heard the stories coming out of the probate court and we need to do something about it.

Please be sure to vote based on qualifications and not on all of the political stuff that comes along with this race like name recognition, political party or (my favorite) who is “nice.” How “nice” someone is has NOTHING to do with whether they’re qualified to be a judge. I urge everyone to set politics, emotions and political loyalties aside and really look at the facts. Educate yourselves. There was a debate. Find it online (Youtube) and see for yourself that the person best for the job of Judge of Probate in Waldo County is my father, Randolph Mailloux.

Traci Mailloux Kirkpatrick

Belfast

Thinks Longley is heavenly

My mother always told me that there were angels on earth, but she never told me that one would be a judge! I am telling all my friends to vote for Susan Longley.

Lorelei Erskine

Liberty

Longley is dedicated

Many of my friends and I support the re-election of the Hon. Susan W. longley, judge of probate for Waldo County. She is well qualified for this position as an experienced attorney, educator and former Maine state senator.

Our reasons for seeking her re-election are not based out of political party loyalty. We are supporting her for a number of reasons. She has conducted an honorable, truthful, well-mannered and courteous campaign. No "mud-slinging," as the saying goes. Also, many of us attended one of her many probate basics seminars. We heard and witnessed her dedication and responsibilities of the position of judge of probate.

Judge Longley has often stated that she is a public servant with the emphasis on "servant." We conclude that Judge Longley has a compassionate "servant's heart." We also know that she seeks divine guidance for legal decisions; the spirit of the law is her first priority, as well as the well-being of the children and families of those who appear before the Probate Court.

We commend Judge Susan W. Longley for her past and future responsible services to the citizens of Waldo County

Carmine A. Pecorelli

Belmont

A man of integrity

I urge those of you who are voting for Waldo County Commissioner in District 2, covering the towns of Frankfort, Jackson, Monroe, Prospect, Searsport, Swanville, Stockton Springs and Winterport, to recognize a man who unselfishly devoted much of his time, energy and dedication to better serve the people. That person is Waldo County commissioner William Shorey.

Bill instituted a program of overseeing a county-owned garden int eh town of Swanville. With the help of hard-working residents from the Waldo County re-entry program, they've distributed tons of food to food pantries throughout our county. This project was Bill's brainchild. He never sought personal credit or recognition for his efforts. Bill and those residents helping him have developed a deep bond between them. One that hopefully will be of benefit to them as they eventually go their separate ways.

It is clear that Bill Shorey is a man of integrity doing a job he truly loves, serving the citizens of Waldo County.

Many of you know my political beliefs are often set in stone, and, admittedly, at times a bit partisan. But in reality, I always look for the overall honesty, integrity and ethics of a candidate. I judge whether that person is working to the best of his/her abilities for the people -- and I cast my vote accordingly.

Bill Shorey may be on the opposite side of my partisan views, but I'm proud to say, I have no reservations whatsoever about throwing my total support behind a man who i think is doing an outstanding job for all the citizens of our county.

Commissioners Bill Shorey and Amy Fowler have brought a tremendous amount of respect to our county. They've done so statewide by serving on a host of various committees and testifying on our behalf in Augusta. As such, they've been recognized by their peers as true leaders. Serving together as a team, they've never shirked their responsibilities, nor have they ever hesitated to tackle the tough issues facing local government on a daily basis today. We now have a new sheriff's office, thanks to those efforts.

County government as a whole is far better off today, thanks to that continuing teamwork. Just like those commissioners serving before them, John Hyk, Jethro Pease, Dick McLaughlin, to mention a few, they kept the county's best interests at heart.

Bill Shorey enjoys serving the people around him. I understand he has an opponent running against him. An opponent who, too, is a good friend of mine and of the same party affiliation. I simply ask that you examine closely the records and the past history of both of these men and then cast your vote accordingly.

My gut feeling says "If it ain't broken, don't try to fix it!" And looking at the accomplishments from Commissioner Shorey, I have to say, "It ain't broken!" Far from it!

I urge you to cast your ballot for Bill Shorey. Rest assured, it's not a wasted vote.

John Ford Sr.

Former sheriff

Former chief deputy

Former game warden

Brooks

Pease has what it takes

As the current chief of the Morrill Fire Department, I understand what it takes to maintain a volunteer organization to meet the demands of today's standards. With ongoing training, recruiting, maintaining equipment, developing goals, fundraising and, most importantly, responding to the numerous emergency incidents each year, along with area mutual aid towns, the commitment of time can be endless.

Jethro Pease understood and met those challenges when he served as the previous fire chief in Morrill. While maintaining his successful business career, he dedicated 30 years of volunteer service, which was characterized by his strong reputation for excellence without our fire department, as well as surrounding towns. His direction and vision brought many advancements and upgrades that greatly enhanced our small, community department. Raising the level of awareness of the residents of Morrill as to the importance of having a well trained department, he laid the foundation to build a stronger, better-prepared team of firefighters. His leadership brought newer equipment to Waldo County that allowed better response time and safety to each department that used his resources. Jethro was always proactive with Safety Works, the acting state agency for regulatory standards, inviting their accountability in monitoring our department's paperwork. Each time it was reviewed, everything was found to be in order.

When Jethro retired, his goal was to train the next chief and team of officers to be stronger and better-prepared to meet the challenges of the future. He always encouraged me to ask for help if I had questions, and I soon found that his shoes were very difficult to fill.

As a resident of Morrill for 30-plus years, I now would like to join with other fire department members in endorsing Jethro's campaign and expressing our support for his candidacy for state representative. his passion for excellence, his successful business career, his family values and his leadership experience are all qualities that we look forward to his demonstrating as a future leader in Augusta, if elected. He will be a strong voice on behalf of our community, and will accomplish much with his goals and dedication to service. He has already proven here in Morrill that he is the person to get the job done!

Petrick Scribner

Fire Chief

Morrill Fire Department

Asst. Chief David Wright

Lieut. Dean Rowlands

Lieut. Brian Simmons

Firefighter Todd Greeley

Pease puts serving citizens first

While serving as sheriff here in Waldo County, I have had the opportunity to work with a number of individuals in a number of different capacities. One such person i had the privilege of working with was Jethro Pease. Jethro served as a county commissioner here in Waldo for several years, and helped to move the county ahead exponentially. During his tenure as county commissioner, projects around technology improvements, health insurance savings and infrastructure improvements were all priorities that moved the county in a positive direction. Commissioner Pease was fiscally conservative, however, he recognized the need to move the county forward and worked with the other commissioners to do this in the most fiscally prudent way possible.

When he was a commissioner, Jethro and I locked horns a couple of times over a few issues; however I must say that he always worked with me to find compromise with the ultimate goal of serving the citizens, which was his priority at all times. Jethro took the extra time to bring everyone together so that the best possible result would prevail for those we served. This is exactly what is needed in Augusta, and I believe Jethro Pease will have the ability to do this. I have watched many people in Augusta make decisions based on deals and following party lines blindly. I believe Jethro will make decisions that represent the desire of his constituents.

Finally, I consider Jethro Pease a friend and know him to be a dedicated family man with integrity and work ethic. The citizens of his district will be served well with him as their state representative. Please support Jethro Pease for state representative.

Scott Story

Waldo County Sheriff

Monroe

Favors Curry

State Senate District 23 needs a senator who has the knowledge and vision to help us navigate the current economic slump, as well as the storms that lie ahead. Chip Curry is such a candidate, especially compared to the incumbent, Sen. Thibodeau.

Curry understands that in order to battle recession, it is necessary to invest in programs that will benefit children, families and those in need. Head Start, public education and Medicaid are just several programs that are valuable and need to be maintained -- not cut. We need to support all practical energy options, such as Efficiency Maine. Curry also indicates a healthy suspicion on the temptation to privatize. Privatization generally serves the economies of banks and other wealthy corporations and does not provide services that benefit those individuals they have agreed to serve.

In general, his candidacy is a refreshing rebuke to the brain-dead Tea Party mythology that constitutes the greatest threat to the health, economy and future hopes of our state.

Larry and Phyllis Litchfield

Belfast

Mortier for Belfast City Council

Why I am supporting Mary Mortier for the Belfast City Council. I have known Mary for many years. She first came to my attention when her house burned down. The big classic shingled apartment building, which did not look like one, was torched by an arsonist. Her husband and she could have rebuilt a building for less work and money but its iconic visibility on Northport Avenue called them to restore it to the previous appearance. And all of Belfast who loves a gracious street should be thankful. A few years later she emerged to take on a great event that had risen and then gone leaderless. New Years by the Bay. However many years it’s been, 14 or so, Mary has been the hard-working chair, toiling year-round, to corral music, dance, venues, bonfires, drum and rabblers, food and much more into a splendid way to usher in the new year. Affordably. She has done it so well and so quietly that most people do not know that Mary is the leader who makes it happen year after year. On top of that, she has been active with Rotary and the Garden Club while she makes a living working as a realtor. Mary has a grounded understanding of all of Belfast that will serve us well as a city councilor. We are lucky she is willing to serve Belfast, and I ask you to join me in supporting her for Belfast City Council.

Mike Hurley

Belfast

Committed to justice

Susan Longley will receive my vote for probate judge. As the past community action director for Waldo County for over 20 years, I have had a great deal of experience in working with families that Susan has clearly been committed to throughout her years of service, both in the Legislature and the courts. Susan is committed to the court process and procedures actually accomplishing the purpose of justice. She has worked tirelessly to assure that mediation services are offered in order to assure that families can overcome barriers. Often these barriers are financial, and Susan has successfully set up a program of payments to pay for lawyers, guardians and court costs that allows the system to work. It is noteworthy that in some cases amounts as low as $100 can be the difference between success and failure. Her careful listening and commitment to families has been successful in educating families that justice is available in the court system. The key is to ask for what is needed. Susan listens. She has transformed a system of multiple forms, previously considered daunting and fearsome, into one in which there is assistance and caring to get through the process. More families stay together and learn how to deal with the financial barriers so that everyone wins. Families learn valuable skills that can be utilized in all areas of life and discover that the justice system actually serves them. Successful guardianships, adoption procedures and family law resolutions create healthy communities and lower future court costs for people who are unable to find a healthy way to participate in life.

Joyce C. Scott

Morrill

Vote ALEC out

Waldo County voters you have an opportunity to vote ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) out by voting for Chip Curry for State Senate. His opponent, Mike Thibodeau, is listed as a member of LEC, and as serving on one of their task forces (www.alecexposed.org). His responsibility as an ALEC member is to introduce legislation that will further the interests of big corporations. Forty-one companies have withdrawn from ALEC recently, leaving the more radical and dangerous companies to design legislation. None of which will benefit Maine citizens. I urge you to vote ALEC out by voting Chip Curry in. Only voters can protect our democracy and restore local control.

Mary Anne Royal

Winterport

Longley has integrity

A political mailing that I received last Saturday asked what sort of judge I'd want if I needed to go to court for my family.

I would want a probate judge who is a hard-working public servant, legally and ethically meticulous, and genuinely caring about the individuals and families who journey through the Probate Court. Susan Longley is all of this and more.

Judge Longley clearly has committed herself to running a clean and positive campaign. I will honor that by expressing only astonishment at her opponent's creativity in casting aspersions upon a roundly good person of solid substance. Rather than increase my trust in Mr. Mailloux, his campaign has diminished it.

On Nov. 6, I will vote for a judge whose integrity and intelligence are thoroughly demonstrated: Susan Longley.

Lane Fisher

Belfast

Longley gets it right

Susan Longley has my vote for Waldo County probate judge. Support for mediated resolution of family disputes is a hallmark of Judge Longley's eight years of service on the Probate Court bench, and is the defining difference between Judge Longley and her opponent. Families, and especially children, benefit when lines of communication between hurt, angry, estranged family members are reopened so that damaged relationships can begin to heal. Mediation can provide a safe, structured environment within which emotions can be aired and issues can be openly and productively dealt with. Family members that succeed in resolving a dispute through mediated agreements often gain insights and learn communication techniques that help them handle other problems, too. And they save on costly lawyers fees, which put additional strains on already struggling families.

Judicial dispositions have their place when alternative dispute resolution efforts fail. Both candidates for probate judge have the credentials and experience to render sound decisions when that outcome is needed. But I want families in Waldo County to get encouragement and skillful support to resolve their own disagreements when that is feasible. Susan Longley has demonstrated her commitment to providing court-supported mediation services, and in doing so has earned my respect and my vote for reelection.

Juliane Dow

Belfast

Longley best qualified to be probate judge

Susan Longley is running for re-election and I will be voting for her.

She is highly qualified for the position she has held for the last eight years.

What does a judge of probate do? Her work is not limited to handling estates.

Judge Longley works on cases in the Family Law Court located in Belfast.

She handles cases ranging from guardianships and conservatorships for children and vulnerable adults to adoptions, name changes and administration of decedents’ estates.

Susan Longley has worked to create and establish fair and innovative policies and practices that better serve the families appearing before her in this court.

She helps families come to agreement through mediation, often avoiding litigation, thus saving everyone money.

As a judge and lawyer with lengthy experience also as Waldo County state senator and a high school teacher and college professor, Longley brings her unique skills and experiences to her work. As senator, Longley chaired both the important Judiciary Committee and the Health and Human Services Committee. She also was known as a champion of such family issues as health care, childcare, and family-friendly business practices. Some examples of Susan Longley’s successful work on family issues include: naming and helping craft policy and help Maine families with “Cub Care” (now “Maine Care”), the state’s health care program for children and working parents – a health care plan that remains a national model; establishing a nationally-acclaimed incentive program for employers who help employees with their families’ health insurance needs; establishing Maine’s first-ever Family Court Division (in Maine’s District Courts), expanding Maine’s drug courts, both for juveniles and adults, and crafting and organizing Maine’s successful, national-model child care initiatives.

I know that Susan Longley will continue to put the families of Maine and Waldo County first. She knows how to help families. She should be re-elected our Waldo County judge of probate.

Norma Rossel

Troy

Harmon helped pass tax cut for Maine

I am a friend and supporter of Rep. Ryan Harmon, who is running for re-election in House District 45. During the 125th Legislature, many positive changes were implemented that put us on a path to move Maine forward. Rep. Harmon, as a member of the Taxation Committee, was instrumental in the passage of the Tax Relief Package included in the Biennial Budget. This tax reform reduced the top tax rate from 8.5 percent to 7.95 percent and eliminated the 2 percent tax rate on Mainers with the lowest incomes, removing the income tax burden from 70,000 Maine families. In addition, the top income tax bracket previously started at $19,000 and will now start at $34,000. This is the largest tax cut in Maine history.

Rep. Harmon, during his term in office, has put in the forefront promoting policies that improve Maine’s business climate. L.D. 1, “The Regulatory and Fairness Act,” focused on improving the business climate in the state by encouraging job creation and expanding opportunities for Maine people. One of the changes included in this law allows Maine’s small businesses to accelerate depreciation on investments in new and used equipment within a certain value.

Another key issue for this legislative term was reforming our out-of-date health insurance regulations, which have resulted in some of the highest insurance rates in the country. Rep. Harmon voted to reform health insurance, which will allow Mainers to buy insurance across state lines. Regulation changes like this lead us to a market-based system with choice and competition, instead of a government-run system that controls our choices.

It is important to keep Maine moving in the right direction. Please vote for Rep. Ryan Harmon; the right choice on Nov. 6.

Cheryl L. Parkman

Palermo

Curry will represent local interests

Waldo County voters have a choice: do we want our state legislators to represent us or the interests of big corporations through legislation written by the American Legislative Exchange Council, (ALEC)?

I started teaching 50 years ago. At that time, I earned $3,600; I had no health insurance, no retirement plan, and no employee rights. Half my monthly check went to pay my rent for a very small apartment over a garage. I have seen the plight of our children’s teachers improve dramatically over the years as unions fought to correct this situation that drove our best and brightest out of teaching.

Therefore, I am concerned when I see a governor and Legislature bent on wiping out the gains that our education professionals and the schools in which they teach have fought hard to realize: attempts to direct tax dollars to private and for-profit charter schools, including technology companies which see schools as a huge cash opportunity; attempts to limit the ability of teachers to participate in unions; legislation to break up the nonprofit MEA Benefits Trust, which, because of its large pool, has amazing bargaining power to keep insurance increases for school districts to a minimum; and legislation to reduce retirement benefits.

These are all “reforms” pushed by ALEC, a large corporation-sponsored national organization whose legislative proposals have shown up in our Legislature many times over the past session, often sponsored or supported by our current senator from Winterport, who campaigns that he represents small businesses — those same small businesses that are currently seeing huge increases in their insurance rates, thanks to ALEC legislation, written by the insurance companies, and passed by our Legislature.

Waldo County voters have a choice. I strongly urge you to vote for Chip Curry for senator and Erin Herbig or Lloyd Chase for representatives as candidates who will vote not for the interests of large out-of-state corporations, but for the people of their districts, including their teachers and children.

Marty Weaver

Belfast

Longley helps families

I have followed with interest the letters regarding the position of judge of probate. Probate court is about families, not lawyers. It is about problems within families that threaten to tear a family apart. Lawyers who practice in courtrooms are, by the nature of their work, confronters. They attack; they win, the other side loses. Probate Court, at its best, can turn a family crisis into an opportunity and need not be only about trials that reinforce anger and antagonism.

Judge Susan Longley, by creating a system that encourages mediation as an option, has created in Waldo County a court that helps family members find mutually acceptable solutions. It helps them listen to each other rather than confront each other. At the same time, Judge Longley understands that mediation is not always wanted or appropriate or the complete answer. Unless lawyers or parties have not provided due notice to others on time or are otherwise not ready for trial, she holds hearings within the first few weeks. When lawyers or parties drag their feet, she also holds monthly status conferences to have lawyers and parties focus on deadlines and action. Judge Longley’s efforts on behalf of the people who come before her provides Waldo County with a Probate Court at its best.

It is no small matter that mediation is less costly than a trial for even those who can afford a lawyer, or that at the end of the day mediation is less costly to the citizens of the county than is a trial. But the most important outcome of mediation is that people learn to hear each other, a skill that serves them for a lifetime. Mediation will not work in every situation, but the judge who understands that her role is to help the family not to merely declare a winner improves life for all of us.

Judge Longley has served Waldo County well in many respects, but her compassion, her understanding and her capacity to bring out the best in a system are enough to make her worthy of being returned as judge of probate. I encourage you to join me in voting for Susan Longley.

Judy Stein

Belfast

Has children's interests at heart

I am a retired educator, I spent 37 years in the public schools and Head Start program of Waldo County. Over those years I have had many occasions to work with parents and grandparents who were involved with our Probate Court system. Judges understand and apply the law. Good judges also understand and care about the people they serve. Excellent judges know what it takes to enable the Probate Court system to help successfully raise a child. Of the current candidates, Susan Longley fits this category best.

While applying the letter of the law and watching the budget provided by the taxpayers, her overarching goal has always been to reach an end result that best serves the child or children. I have personally witnessed the results of the mediation efforts she has put in place. These succeed in maintaining the fabric of the family unit, which can then act in the child’s best interest. With everyone’s role clearly defined, troubled families can move forward from a position of new strength.

Susan also helps these families maintain their dignity by working out financial arrangements to help meet court costs, which have been kept minimal. As taxpayers my husband and I appreciate Susan’s fiscal responsibility. As parents and grandparents we applaud her ability to work to preserve every family unit possible. On Nov. 6 our ballots will go toward keeping the best probate judge we have had for many years serving the people of Waldo County. Please join us.

Faith and Don Garrold

Searsport

Longley deserves re-election

Susan Longley was a leader in establishing "Cub Care," providing health insurance for children of low-income families. Susan has been an effective, sensitive and compassionate judge in the Probate Court. She has updated processes by creating software to ease recordkeeping. Susan has been voted president of the Maine Probate Judge Assembly as a reward for her excellence, and has also been awarded "Champion of Children" by the Maine Federation of Parents. Susan Longley should be re-elected as Waldo County Probate Court Judge.

Joel Karp

Northport

Return Mailloux to Probate Court

I am an attorney who does not live in Waldo County, but has practiced in Waldo County’s Probate Court during the terms of both Judge S. Longley and Attorney Randy Mailloux. I believe that it is essential that one’s political party play a role in neither how the law is administered nor by whom it is administered. It is unfortunate to have elected probate judges in Maine, and this letter is not coming from a political point of view, but rather from practical experience.

I found Randy Mailloux as judge of probate to be a knowledgeable, fair-minded and even-keeled judge. I appreciated that I felt confident in his ability to make firm and clear decisions based on the relevant law. I observed his manner in the courtroom to be respectful of all litigants and their attorneys, and he had excellent knowledge of the law at hand. He was prompt in making decisions, both with his final written decisions and in his objection and motion decisions during hearings. He has the ability to give each case proper time and consideration while being straightforward and to the point. This enables him to make good use of the court’s time and therefore Waldo County taxpayers’ money.

Because of his experience with the law, his impeccably professional courtroom demeanor, respect for all people engaged in his courtroom, and his ability to instill confidence in the Probate Court system, I endorse Randy Mailloux as Waldo County’s judge of probate.

Meegan J Burbank, Esq.

Jefferson

Enthusiastic for Longley

I enthusiastically support the re-election of Susan Longley as Judge of Probate for Waldo County. I have had the privilege of practicing law in Belfast for more than 20 years and I am most impressed by the compassionate and competent service of Judge Longley.

Judge Longley is to be commended for encouraging the use of alternate dispute resolution in the Probate Court. The other candidate for probate judge has argued that Judge Longley is somehow breaking the law when she allows the use of mediation in the Probate Court. Nothing could be further from the truth. Family law practitioners and Maine courts years ago acknowledged the value of having adults mediate their differences concerning child custody. Indeed, mediation is court ordered in family law cases in Maine’s District Courts. Not surprisingly, mediation is becoming increasingly common in Probate Courts throughout the State of Maine. Susan Longley therefore deserves praise for allowing litigants in the Probate Court to use mediation to settle their difficult family differences.

If mediation fails, the case must of course proceed to a trial before the Probate Judge. I have represented many clients in Judge Longley’s courtroom during the last eight years. She has brought down to earth civility to the Probate Court coupled with solid judicial competence, and I look forward to her continued service to the citizens of Waldo County. Please join me in supporting Susan Longley’s re-election as Probate Judge for Waldo County.

William L. Dawson, Jr.

Belfast

I'm voting for the candidate I trust

In the 2012 state and national elections on Nov. 6, I'm voting for the candidate who I trust. In the local elections in Waldo County’s Belfast, I'm voting for incumbent Judge of Probate Susan Longley trusting her record of fairness, court organization and user-friendly innovation.

In state elections, I'll vote for house and senate candidates who can be trusted to stand up to Maine's historically worst Governor in and his ideological control of the majority party. House District 43 incumbent Rep. Erin Herbig has a proven record of conscientious voting on important environmental, social, economic and fiscal issues, resisting majority pressures to conform to inflated claims of 'high taxes and business busting regulation'. Erin’s stood up to the Governor's extreme policies against Maine's environment, educational progress, affordable health care and fairer taxes. Rep. Herbig has earned our trust.

Senate District 23 candidate Chip Curry challenges an extreme incumbent who doesn't answer hard questions and always votes for the Governor, as a card carrying member of ALEC. Chip is a local teacher who's promised to answer all questions, will work hard to listen to both sides and isn't afraid of working out agreements if the greater good is being met. I trust Chip to restore reasonable balance to Maine's Senate.

In the U.S. Second District House race, Congressman Mike Michaud’s loyalty to Maine's working people and veterans is legendary. His opponent is not a moderate as evidenced in his extreme debate views on women, civil rights and tax cuts for the rich. I trust Mike’s moderation.

In the U.S. Senate race, in spite of political pressure to avoid splitting my vote again, I'm voting for Senator Cynthia Dill. Although the pain of seeing a three-way gubernatorial race in 2010 elect the least qualified candidate with only 39 percent of the vote, I can't vote for another tired millionaire who won't identify with party caucus or policies, and avoids his own often conservative record supporting Bush tax cuts, tar sands pipelines and who hasn't done much for Maine since he left office 10 years ago. The majority party candidate is a hopeless, mindless ideologue. Senator Dill is crystal clear in standing for all, including women, education, civil rights, environment, health care and a strong economy. Her election will keep the Senate balanced and closer to overriding gridlock and ideological filibuster. I trust Sen. Dill.

Finally, in the Presidential race, there is no question I trust Obama to end the war, better health care, reduce deficit and debt, advocate equitable tax policy, provide civil rights and elevate U.S. foreign policy around the world. President Obama is worthy of trust. I'm not a minority member, but can't imagine any woman, Latino or African-American voting for another untrustworthy, elitist millionaire who will condescend, marginalize and denigrate with impunity. As the economy continues to improve, Pres. Obama is poised to lead us into better, safer, and fairer times for all the 99-percent who keep this country working. The 1-percent will just have to learn to trust us.

Jeff Smith

Belfast

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