Letters, Oct. 11

Oct 11, 2012

Tank photo is misleading

The photo of the proposed big tank you printed in the 27 Sept. edition, page A3, was extremely misleading. I shouldn't really call it a photo because it is just DCP's hallucination of what the monster tank might look like. It has no basis in reality. For starters, does that tank look like it is 14 stories high? Not to me. All settled snugly in the forest, it seems like it will hardly show.

The reality is starkly different. First, the entire area will be clear-cut. The giant tank will sit approximately 120 yards from Route one, right behind Angler's Restaurant, and it will come with its own 75-foot-tall vent pipe that will belch nasty toxins and flames into our sky on a regular basis. Actually, Angler's will sit in the tank's shadow. Angler's owner says he probably will have to close down if it is built. Only DCP enthusiasts will be willing to eat their meals in that type of industrial environment ,and there aren't many DCP enthusiasts around. If you enjoy eating your supper with a killer view of industrial grandeur, there is always New Jersey, but people don't usually come to Maine with that in mind.

Remember, Angler's employs 50 or so locals and every year they provide the citizens of Searsport with chowder at our town meetings. They have always been good neighbors and responsible citizens. So now we tell them, thanks a lot, but we have a new girlfriend. Her name is DCP and is she hot. She promises to rock our world and provide jobs. Now there may be a few small problems, like noise pollution, light pollution, increased health and terrorism risks and more traffic congestion, but did we mention she might bring us as many as 12 new jobs? Sure, she will ruin our tourist industry, our views, our children's health and our town, but hey, 12 new jobs, come on! Sure, other businesses in town, like Bluejacket [which also employs about 50 locals], have said they, too, will have to lay off folks if our new girlfriend comes visiting, but how can we turn her down, she's so rich?

This is too good to pass up! Never mind that DCP has a history of ignoring environmental laws and prefers to just pay the fines. Never mind that they have been dishonest with us since they first got here from Denver. They promised us a scale model of the monster, but later said that was beyond their capabilities. If a scale model is beyond their capabilities, they are either incompetent or dishonest, or both. The picture you ran is just another example of their dishonesty. Makes me wonder if we want their 12 jobs.

They tell us they are a swell company and they are good neighbors and we will love them and they will love us. Now isn't that what is important? Who really cares about giant gas trucks rolling through our narrow little streets 24/7? We can wait an extra few minutes to get across main street if it means 12 new jobs. So what if our property values sink as low as DCP's corporate morals, we will have 12 new jobs. Why worry about our bay being clogged with tanker ships, along with their serious security zones? Who cares if we are saddled with higher taxes associated with unforeseen costs related to homeland security and fire and police protection, as long as we get those 12 new jobs?

Twelve new jobs? Is that the corporate discount price for a sleepy little Maine village these days? Is that all it takes to turn us into an industrial wasteland and forever alter our way of life? I guess so!

But did I mention the 12 new jobs?

Harlan McLaughlin

Searsport

Questions withdrawal plan

These opinions are completely my own and not representative of any other member of the School Board.

1. The withdrawal study figures must be non-biased. The Belfast Withdrawal Committee is drawing up a plan to sell withdrawal. As a board member, I need to protect both the taxpayers' and the students' education objectives. The per-child formula funding mechanism for the state has to be properly reported as well.

2. The Withdrawal Committee will soon have a plan, but the public will have until March to explore the findings before they vote.

3. The public needs to be aware that RSU #20 is making no movement for closing elementary schools. To the contrary, the Board is working very diligently to make each school more cost-effective by considering a 3-year-old program, expanding the pre-Kindergarden program and possible day care in schools which have fewer students, to maintain financial balance. We are looking into new alternative funding mechanisms to bring in new revenue.

4. The committee to dissolve the RSU is promising the opportunity to revamp the educational objectives. However the RSU presently has a nationally ranked greenhouse program, our middle school program has been awarded, we have a fantastic BCOPE and vocational school alternatives. We are going into standards-based education, which means students will be able to progress when they are ready and take a test to enter their next study. We are seeking to offer some college credits in our high schools. We are going forward with technology improvements, but this takes money and is not going to happen merely by dissolving our RSU. We need specifics and cost of education improvement before the vote and why the present RSU cannot achieve those objectives.

5. Basically, I desire honesty in our facts. A committee member stated it costs $5,000 more per student to educate a child in Searsport because of smaller schools. In a smaller school it may cost $1,500 more per child, but that figure also applies to the smaller schools on this side, like Nickerson School in Swanville and Drinkwater School in Northport.

6. Searsport, in my opinion, is also first-rate educationally. The test scores may be lower, but the reason is not inferior schools. Their high school has been standards-based for years and serving their towns well. We also have the very best elementary principals who have coordinated effectively their programs throughout the RSU.

7. When the financial figures are computed by this committee, I desire for the teachers, taxpayers, students and parents to give their input.

8. If Belfast as a town is to vote on dissolving the RSU, then Belfast needs to vote at the ballot box. The Belfast Committee is using scare tactics to control the vote of the smaller towns.

The last school budget was decided at Troy Howard School by less than 80 people for nine towns, with the School Board and teachers being the majority. This withdrawal vote will not be representative of the majority unless we get more people to vote. I have seen the RSU 20 Board come together this year and the members being very forthright and reaching out to the public. I commend the Belfast Withdrawal Committee for studying the facts and producing a proposal for dissolving the RSU. The towns have always needed to vote for an RSU or a withdrawal approach. We can bring our school district objectives together with this feedback and allow the public to know we are an open district with leadership on the School Board and today are working well together. The board is open to scrutinizing the present RSU and welcome the feedback. How else are we to improve? The vote in March is so important to the community and we must have objectivity and thoroughness in our discussions.

Alan Wood

Belfast

An act in resolving dissonance

On Sept. 19, I was fortunate to have attended the performance, Asphalt Orchestra, at the University of Maine’s Collins Center for the Arts. Asphalt Orchestra is a unique collective of musicians who integrate varied genres of music, from classical to rock, into an equally dynamic choreographed and interactive performance.

While I spent most of the performance enjoying the sound and visual display of the 12 talented musicians/performers, I also found myself reflecting on the concept of dissonance and its role in the performance. As a former musician, I have always interpreted dissonance in the musical sense. "Dissonance" in music refers to tones or notes which are not part of either a natural chord progression or the harmonized chord itself; however, dissonance is not a flaw, but an integral part of music.

Asphalt Orchestra demonstrated the integral role of dissonance in musical performance. Each song began with an individual musician in a solo performance, which did not necessarily blend with or sound pleasurable when combined with their fellow performers; however, as each song continued, the performers began to work together cohesively and the dissonance of the music faded and a harmonious sound emerged.

As a nursing student at the university, I couldn’t help but think about dissonance outside of a musical context and instead ruminated on the role it plays in everyday life, especially in communication. In nursing, communication is vital to mediating positive outcomes and is involved in literally every aspect of our practice.

Nurses must continually communicate with the patient, the patient’s support system, the doctor, the nutritionist, the pharmacist, the physical therapist and all those involved in the patient’s care. In my practice as a novice nurse, I have seen many instances of communication failures and have reflected that these failures could easily be attributed to a non-cohesive effort, or rather, a little too much dissonance. As medical professionals, I think that we frequently approach our practice as a soloist performance and forget about the importance of working together and communicating with each other. These soloist performances can result in ineffective, inefficient and non-therapeutic care for our patients, and this can have a lasting negative impact on their health.

As I finish my senior year at the university and enter into the workforce as a nurse, I will keep Asphalt Orchestra’s performance and my reflections on dissonance ever present in my practice. I will work to make a diligent effort to communicate with all those involved in my patient’s care and to work together with them, rather than attempting to do it all on my own. I think that in medicine, and in life, for that matter, that it is vital that we work to eliminate dissonance in communication and work cohesively with others to achieve a little more harmony.

Alicia M. Sousa

Brooks

Don't redefine marriage

Marriage is "the legal union of a man and a woman for life" (Webster, 1828). God instituted marriage to promote the well-being of men and women, to prevent promiscuous sexual activity, to bestow family happiness and to provide good rearing of children.

If civil law permits same-sex couples to "marry" and then adopt, children will suffer. Children are best nurtured by a a father and mother. they are abused when taught wrong views of sex and marriage. Jesus spoke against child abuse: "But whoso shall offend (cause to sin) one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea" (Matthew 18:6).

Taxpayers will lose monetarily. We will be forced to pay for increased health care costs for STDs, for partners' benefits, for law enforcement costs, etc.

If same-sex marriage is passed, parents will have even fewer freedoms. our children will, all the more, be taught immorality in public schools. Parents will be pressured to take their children out of these schools. They will end up having to pay for a bad education system (through property taxes), as well as for the private education of their own children.

If marriage is redefined, homosexuals will be hurt, because they will be fortified in their self-destructive lifestyle. Divine punishments will be more severe for the partakers an endorsers of this lewdness (Romans 2:5,6; 14:12; Rev. 21:8).

Like giving drugs to an addict and alcohol to a drunkard, we are only enabling these people by granting them the "right to marry."

The homosexual agenda is fueled by the same leftist schemers who control the major media and both parties. Leftists are trying to strip us of our unalienable rights by refusing to punish criminals, by taking health care decisions out of our own hands, by pushing women into men's roles, by sending our troops to police the world, by printing fiat money, by invasive security measures and by legitimizing sexual perversion.

The Marxist elites are exploiting the homophiles, even as they do the Muslims, in order to promote their agenda, which is to undermine the family, biblical Christianity, property rights and free nations. They want to weaken America in order to establish an anti-Christ New World Order.

But God and good people really care about the welfare of fornicators, adulterers and homosexuals. God loves them -- not by giving them special rights -- but by reproving them and and by urging them to repent and have a better life.

if marriage gets distorted, businessmen and landlords will be pressured to violate their consciences. They will be bullied, through fear of lawsuits, to do business with some they may prefer not to. The right to not do business will be encroached.

Everyone will have many rights invaded, especially freedom of speech and religion, as a result of this monstrous error of redefining marriage. When it becomes a 'crime" to speak the truth about morals and beliefs, society will become crime-infested, abandoned by God and ruled by dictators.

I prefer Americans to be under the rule of God and moral law (as it was greatly in the past), rather than be under the rule of Satan, evildoers and bad laws (as it is greatly today).

Please defend marriage and give children a better chance to ahve a mom and dad by voting no on 1.

Donald Violette

Brooks

Supports Mortier

I’m writing to express my support for Mary Mortier for City Council. Even though I reside in Searsport, I own property in Belfast and have a vested interest in the management of Belfast.

I have known Mary for 12 years in a variety of circumstances – I know her as a friend, as a realtor, as an employee and as a fellow director of nonprofit boards. I believe she will make an excellent councilperson because of her many attributes. She is very attentive to detail -- learns about issues before making decisions. Mary is very thorough –“does her homework.” She doesn’t stop at having good suggestions and ideas, she works to implement them. Mary is even-tempered, is a good listener and is willing to compromise. Mary is already very knowledgeable about issues in Belfast and will be able to make a significant contribution to the Council from the beginning of her term. For these reasons (and more), I encourage you to vote for Mary Mortier on Nov. 6 for City Council.

Joanne McNally

Searsport

To Pease supporters

I wish to thank you all for your help in this campaign. There is one important detail I wish to ask you to maintain.

It is my feeling, like many of the people I am meeting, that campaign season brings too much clutter to our roads. Signs are a necessary evil in promoting our names. That said, it is my request that all of my signs be placed on private property, namely our lawns. If you see one of my signs at intersections or randomly placed along a roadside, please call me and it will be moved.

It’s a small step, but a promise I made to a couple of people this week to do my part in minimizing the clutter.

Jethro Pease

Morrill

Supports Pease

I'm writing in support of Jethro Pease for the position of state representative in District 44.

Jethro has shown his qualifications for leadership in business in many ways. He has, in the past, co-owned two McDonalds restaurants with his wife. He has served as chairman of the Lincolnville Telephone Company, as well as past Waldo County Commissioner.

Jethro was also on the founding board of directors for the Bangor Ronald McDonald House from planning to several years after opening.

He has served as chairperson of the Morrill Board of Appeals for four years.

Jethro was also the first volunteer fire chief in Maine to be awarded the Maine Fire Chiefs Association Chief of the Year award. He was a volunteer firefighter for over 30 years.

He has served his town well and Waldo County also, as chairman of the Waldo County Commissioners for four years.

Shirley Smith

Liberty

Supports King for Senate

I am a yellow dog Democrat who almost never crosses the aisle. Except I did proudly vote for Republican Ralph Stephenson as county treasurer at least once. When I see a "D" on the ballot I’m pretty much good to go. I helped elect Gov. [Paul] LePage [by voting for the Democrat instead of a more viable independent candidate], and I am counting down the minutes of all four years and struggling every long day with the debacle my loyalty cost me and Maine.

This year I have a chance to do better and I will not make the same mistake again. It disappoints me deeply, but It doesn’t surprise me at all that the only way the poisoned national interests figure they can win Olympia Snow’s vacant senate seat is by running down, lying, exaggerating and belittling one of the great citizens of Maine in hopes that we’ll split our votes.

Angus King, independent, was a great governor and we are deeply lucky that he would consider serving Maine again. When he ran for governor, I voted for the other guy. But Angus King’s independent status, attitude and aptitude suited Maine perfectly. He is still remembered for his comfortable and welcoming ease with Maine people from all walks of life and the ability to bring different views together and get it done.

We need that spirit today in Maine and in Washington. We don’t need out-of-state money telling us lies. If it came down to a tie vote, I could not name one person that I would trust more in that situation other than Angus King. I am voting for Angus King because I trust him to represent the people of Maine fairly and help lead our country. I hope my fellow loyal Democrats and Republicans will join me and make the best independent choice for Maine and the United States and vote for Angus King.

Mike Hurley

Belfast

Independent Impressed by Longley

Last spring I attended Senior College at the Hutchinson Center, enrolled in a course called "Good Health 101." It turned out to be about a lot more than health; it was a helpful course for senior living. I give this preface so anyone reading this will understand my experience.

There were about 40 attendees; one woman in particular stood out to me. I had no idea who this person was until near the end when I discovered it was Probate Judge Susan Longley. She was an attendee, not a speaker, but I am sure we all learned from her. Probate Court is more than probating wills. It is about the living: those who need help with adoptions, conservatorships and guardianships, among other things. What impressed me was her genuine caring for the people she served. This was emphasized by her comments and questions, both wise and compassionate.

There is no question in my mind that Susan Longley should be re-elected and allowed to serve the community for another term.

Gail Brown

Thorndike

Former legislator supports Hopkins

I am writing to clarify that I am not running for re-election as state representative this year. Voters in Belfast, Belmont and Northport recently received a third-party mailer from Augusta comparing my past voting record to the current legislator, Erin Herbig. There is a difference. While I worked to stop 102 new taxes and to lower health insurance costs, Rep. Herbig supported new taxes on home heating oil and health insurance services (the “baby tax”). She also voted against a bill to balance Maine’s state budget in May 2012 (LD 1746) that received support from Republicans and moderate Democrats.

As a result, many residents have asked me “Are you running again?” While I truly appreciate the positive response, I am not running. Instead, there is a very qualified candidate, Donna Hopkins.

A Belfast native, Donna has been married for 43 years to Steve Hopkins, an RSU #20 School Board member. Donna raised her family in Belmont while working in customer service and sales at Moss and Penobscot Frozen Foods. Donna knows firsthand the challenges working families face and will be a strong advocate for us in Augusta. She entered the race with a goal to improve future opportunities in Maine for our children and grandchildren. You have an excellent choice with candidate Hopkins.

For me, representing House District 43 in Augusta was an honor and a privilege. I served my constituents with persistence, fairness and an open mind. Donna Hopkins shares these same values. When you see the name "Donna Hopkins" on the 2012 ballot, I encourage you to vote for her.

Jayne Crosby Giles

Belfast

Pease supporter

I am writing in support of Mr. Jethro Pease as representative for House District 44. I have worked closely with Jethro during his service as director and chairman of the board of Lincolnville Telephone Company and its affiliate companies. I have known him to be hard-working, creative, flexible and fair. I am sure that Jethro will handle all issues that come before him wih honesty, integrity and good sense.

Shirley Manning

President

Lincolnville Telephone Company

Let's go, Mailloux

For more than 20 years, I have had the privilege of practicing as a trial attorney in Waldo County. During that time, i have negotiated and tried many cases against Randy Mailloux, and I have tried cases with him as co-counsel. I have also tried cases in front of him in his role as judge of he Probate Court. I think it's fair to say I have seen all sides of Randy in his professional capacities. I fully support his election as probae judge.

If the voters are looking for a probate judge who is experienced, measured in his judgment, of the  highest integrity and a well-respected member of the Maine Bar Association, they should choose Randy.

William S. Kelly

Belfast

Jackson church says thank you

Members of the Jackson Congregational Church wish to thank all the 22 wonderful people who turned out on Saturday to celebrate the 200th anniversary of our beautiful church. It looked so great..

Pastor Dave and his wife, Linda Lord, the organist and special guests.Those donating food: Janice, Polly, Marlene, Mainly Apples and J.P. Wentworth's. All the flowers were donated and those who took them home will enjoy them for a long time.

Marlene also received a bouquet of flowers from Tonya for her birthday, Thanks for singing "Happy Birthday."

A display of the history of the church was placed on a large table for everyone to enjoy and see the photos by Marlene Thompson.

Linda Lord read the letter that was written by Ned Littlefield about the church bell, which was enjoyed by everyone.

The rope was donated by Cecil Thompson when it was installed, and the rope was replaced this year by Clifford Thompson.

History repeats itself.

Polly Dodge had tickets on the beautiful quilt made by Cheryl Moore.The quilt was won by Mike Switzer of Brooks.

Thanks for all the wedding pictures of people who were married in the Jackson Congregational Church, and also the pictures of the youth groups that put on the Christmas plays.

Thanks.

Marlene Thompson

Jackson

Curry for State Senate

I am voting for Chip Curry for state senator from Maine Senate District 23 -- Waldo County -- and here’s why you should, too.

Chip Curry believes in local control. He understands that Mainers are outspoken straight shooters who make their own way and don’t need cookie-cutter laws written by out-of-state interests. Unlike his opponent, he won’t turn his back on Maine people in favor of the out-of-state big money of ALEC.

Chip is strong on education. As a matter of fact, he’s devoted his life to it. He knows what’s right with our public schools, and what needs to be changed. He has watched the consolidation experiment fail locally and he understands that vouchers and virtual classrooms can never replace all that our children get from viable and vital community schools. He and his wife, Chris Goosman, have spent their lives investing in and inspiring local students and all of our kids are better off because of it.

Chip Curry understands that women are not second-class citizens. He wants his daughter to have the same chances as any other child. Chip believes in equal pay, equal opportunities and unlike his opponent, he supports a woman’s right to choose her own health care options.

We currently have a governor for whom 61 percent of Mainers did not vote. Unlike his opponent, Chip Curry will not be a rubber stamp of approval for the Le Page agenda. Chip believes that we agree on the vast majority of issues and those are the ones we need to focus on. Not wasting time and money on the few that we can’t come to agreement on. He believes in coalition-building and compromise. He believes in Maine.

If you believe that it’s time Maine politics got back to The Maine Way -- where we put the integrity and ingenuity of our people first, please join me in voting for Chip Curry for Maine State Senate.

Jeanne McIntyre

Waldo

Defending Longley

I have been greatly perplexed by the snide, mean-spirited, attacks on Judge Susan Longley that have recently appeared in The Republican Journal. The statements that have been made in no way reflect my experiences in the Waldo County Probate Court.

I have worked in Belfast as an attorney for more than a decade and have often appeared in the Waldo County Probate Court, either as an attorney or as a guardian ad litem.

Typically, the matters that were before the Court were guardianships or adoptions. Because of the nature of these proceedings, emotions were often inflamed and there was always the risk that relationships within families would be irreparably damaged.

It is in this context that Judge Longley has distinguished herself, for she has brought to these matters a palpable respect and concern for all of the participants. In a manner that is new, and disconcerting to some, she has sought to resolve the legal issues before the Court while at the same time making every effort to minimize the perpetuation of conflict and hatreds. The atmosphere in the courtroom has been new and different and healthier, for everyone involved, but, most particularly, for the children whose futures were in the balance.

Shabby, self-serving partisan attacks do not alter these facts, facts which argue most persuasively for the re-election of Judge Susan Longley.

Thank you very much.

Robert E. Meggison

Belfast

Longs for Longley

I want to encourage Waldo County residents to vote for the Hon. Susan Longley for probate judge for another term. She is very approachable in court and has a remarkable manner with families who are seeking guardianship or adoption of children. Her knowledge of family matters is sound and fair.

Please vote for Susan Longley and keep her as the probate judge for Waldo County.

Tracy Cooley

Winterport

Longley supporter

As a grandmother who has had experience in Susan Longley's courtroom, I would like to share my experience. First of all, the staff in her office explained to me that I could petition the court directly, without the cost of a lawyer. Imagine my surprise, there was a fee I didn't have to worry about. Susan has a wonderful, calming demeanor, making the court experience calm and peaceful and the transition from grandmother to guardian a lovely celebration.

Thank you, Susan.

Glenna Quigley

Frankfort

Backs Longley

I’ve known Susan Longley for over 25 years, and recommend her re-election as judge of probate for Waldo County without hesitation.

I first met Susan when I worked for Sen. George Mitchell and had the opportunity to work with Susan on issues of importance to several of her constituents. Susan quickly won my confidence, and my respect, as she diligently worked on behalf of the people of her district, always putting the people’s best interests first and foremost.

I’ve also personally observed her continuing focus on the best interests of individuals in probate court, and I am consistently impressed with her intimate knowledge of the specifics of each case, and her awareness of the unique personal circumstances involved. Her goal of resolving cases through mediation means that she believes that participating in solutions makes for a better chance for a successful resolution, and the record shows that is true.

There are other administrative successes Judge Longley can claim, but it is her focus on what is right and fair for each individual that I most admire her work, and the reason I will be voting for Judge Longley again this November.

Jeanne Hollingsworth

Lincolnville

Another voice for Longley

I am writing in support of Judge Susan Longley. Judge Longley has been, and still is, an exceptionally dedicated servant to the citizens of Waldo County, as a legislator, teacher, judge and friend. This is one instance where we must keep our best player "on the bench."

I am urging all the voters of Waldo County to support Susan in her [bid for] re-election as judge of probate, so that she can continue to serve with kindness, compassion and a true belief in helping all who come before her, all hallmarks of a dedicated public servant, a true professional and a wise jurist.

As a former selectman of the town of Searsport, i contacted Susan on many occasions with questions or problems. Her helpful response was always immediate. I recall one lady who was having problems with the state. i directed her to Susan. The lady called me later, expressing her surprise that someone at the state level listened to her and helped her.

As a professional, my wife has had numerous opportunities to work with Judge Longley. Handling each challenging, emotional case with thoughtfulness, thoroughness, wisdom and a sense of sincere caring for each family member has earned Judge Longley the utmost respect.

The are just a few of the many reasons we will be voting for Susan Longley in November.

Jack Merrithew

Dr. Rebekka Freeman-Merrithew

Searsport

Thinks Mailloux is the man

My name is Joanne Crowley. I worked for the Waldo County Probate Court for 37 years. I began my employment in 1971 as a clerk to the register of probate. In 1983, I was appointed register of probate. From 1986 until my retirement in June of 2008, I ran successful campaigns and was elected register of probate. I worked with a number of judges, including Randolph Mailloux and Susan Longley. After thoughtful consideration of this election year's candidates, I proudly endorse Randolph Mailloux for judge of jrobate.

When Randolph Mailloux came to the Probate Court in 1997 after his appointment by Gov. Angus King, he came with a successful practice and expertise in family law, probate law, and how court systems operate. He quickly demonstrated his understanding of probate law and rules of procedure. His ability to recall names, cases, laws, rules, procedures and details was impressive, which was evident in court hearings, enabling him to make decisions from the bench with little delay. He was even-tempered, informed, confident and an excellent listener.

Judge Mailloux was professional, efficient and ready to assist. His practices supported a functional and productive work environment. He was well prepared for scheduled court hearings and proceedings, and for emergencies any time of day, any day of the week, including holidays and weekends. He also made himself available to assist probate court proceedings in other counties when needed. He devoted time and energy working with the staff to serve the people in our community and beyond.

Judge Mailloux was a clear and effective communicator with the registry. He communicated with staff using various modes of communication, including telephone and electronic correspondence, but he valued communicating in person. He made himself available to carry out Probate Court business with the registry in person. The result of his personal involvement allowed staff to successfully carry out their responsibilities. An electronic communications system initiated by the current judge, Susan Longley, was inefficient. Personal contact rarely occurred, isolating the judge and the registry staff from one another. This isolation slowed court business and created an inefficient work environment.

Judge Mailloux was successful in many facets in his position as judge. He helped implement a computerized docket management system to be used by individual probate courts. He recognized the value in the continued practice of using official probate forms, thereby keeping the court uniform with the rest of the state. Although Judge Longley appears to take credit for establishing a restitution (payback) system, it was Judge Mailloux who developed and implemented a procedure for collecting restitution in 2001.

I am a Democrat. Politics have no place in my decision. Having worked alongside both candidates, I know Randolph Mailloux is the best candidate to serve the citizens of Waldo County as judge of probate. I will vote based on his qualifications, ability and judicial experience; he can be counted on to do an outstanding job. I will be voting to return Randolph Mailloux to Waldo County Probate Court.

Joanne M. Crowley

Stockton Springs

Voting for Longley

Well, it's that time of year, and elections are right around the corner. In this time of miscommunication and misdirection, a letter to the editor seems warranted. The position of judge of probate is up for renewal and Judge Susan Longley is running for re-election to the position.

Having followed Susan Longley through her many years of service to the state of Maine, I have found her to be conscientious, fair and a voice for everyone, regardless of their political affiliation, and overall a very caring person.

A small example was in 1998 during the Ice Storm, when Susan Longley was Waldo County's state senator. After being without power for two weeks, with no reasonable answers coming form Central Maine Power, I called and left a message on Sen. Longley's phone, not expecting a return call. Sen. Longley did return my call and answered my many questions, also giving me information should I need other avenues of help. Susan Longley did not know me or my political bent, and yet she responded to a citizen of the county [to whom she was] responsible.

Susan Longley is running for another term as judge of probate. Her integrity, sincerity and dedication make her a perfect person for this position. Judge Susan Longley has my vote.

Kate Webster

Belfast

Supports fiscal conservatives

Our country and our state are in trouble. At the federal level, we are racking up debt at the rate of one trillion dollars a year. In Maine, a third of the population is receiving welfare. Those of us who actually pay income taxes pay far more than we would if we lived in other states. Our only chance is to send people to Washington and Augusta that understand we are in deep do-do.

For some reason I cannot fathom, Maine will vote to re-elect Obama. I pray the other 49 states show better judgment. Mr. Obama is easily the worst president of my lifetime, worse than Jimmy Carter and worse than George W. Bush. While it would be nice to give everyone in the United States free health insurance, we simply cannot afford it. We are already $16 trillion in debt (that’s $16,000,000,000,000.)

Fortunately, Kevin Raye has a real shot at beating Mike Michaud. Kevin understands what it takes to run a successful business, meet a payroll and balance the books – skills that appear to be in very short supply in Washington. Unlike his opponent, Kevin will work to repeal Obamacare, and he will never ask the people of Maine to pay for his personal vehicle.

Locally, Mike Thibodeau and Leo LeChance are running for the Legislature. Sen. Thibodeau has done a good job in Augusta and will get my vote. I first met Leo LaChance when he was town manager in Winterport. In that job he proved he could balance a budget. I got to know Leo better this spring when I ran against him for the chance to represent House District 42. Leo has pledged not to raise taxes and supports the Second Amendment -- your right to keep and bear arms. If you live in Brooks, Jackson, Monroe, Swanville, Waldo or Winterport, I urge you to support Leo LaChance.

God bless America.

Randy Poulton

Winterport

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