Letters, Oct. 25

Oct 25, 2012

 

Herbig proud of bipartisan work

In the past two years as a State Representative, I have learned that there are those in Augusta who want to get things done, and others who are willing to hold back progress in order to serve a political party. In fighting to remain true to what I believe is right, I have taken my share of bumps and bruises, and have had to make tough compromises.

The work I am most proud of since 2010 has always been bipartisan. It is the most important work we do. Great ideas come from many places. By listening to one another and compromising, we will find the best solutions for the challenges we face, and we will guide public policy to benefit all communities across Maine.

I understand that people are concerned about the future of Maine and our country, and rightfully so. With all of the misleading information we see during campaigns, it is sometimes hard to know which candidate is going to best serve our needs in Augusta. I know the struggles many Maine families are facing with rising fuel costs, health care costs, and job loss because my family has experienced these same challenges. I am committed to getting Maine’s economy back on track, creating good paying jobs, and making our community a place where we all have the opportunity to work hard and provide for our families.

As the granddaughter of a Belfast poultry farmer, I have seen first hand the dramatic ways our district has changed over the past several decades. Valuing our heritage industries, such as farming, food production and boat building, is an essential aspect of our economic growth. Enhancing opportunities for all Mainers through good education and training specific to these industries needs to be a top priority.

I am now more confident than ever that we can improve the problems facing our state if we do not let politics get in the way. I first ran for public office because I realized if I wasn’t willing to step up and be true to the things I believe in, the system wouldn’t change. Two years later, I remain committed to this goal. Going door to door and talking with many of you only strengthens my resolve to continue seeking solutions rather than engaging in destructive power struggles.

There is no better place to live, work and raise a family than Maine. As your State Representative, I will continue to work everyday to promote sustainable economic development, create jobs to keep our young people here, and enhance the quality of life that all Mainers deserve. I respectfully ask for your vote on November 6th.

Rep. Erin Herbig

Belfast

Hamilton thanks the voters

As Election Day approaches, I would like to take the opportunity to thank the citizens of Belfast for electing me to the City Council two years ago. It has been a challenging, but rewarding experience. I am fortunate enough to be running unopposed this year, so I do not necessarily need to ask that you vote for me. However, I do ask that you vote!

If you have watched Council meetings, I have repeatedly asked (particularly at budget time) that people keep informed about what their city government is doing, and to contact their elected officials and City staff when they have an issue they feel strongly about. Many people have told me that they do not want to come to Council meetings to speak, and as a formerly shy person, I certainly understand that! However, on Nov. 6, everyone has a chance to speak by voting. Please make your voice heard by becoming informed on the issues and learning about the candidates — national, state, and local — then heading to the Boathouse, City Hall, or the Belfast United Methodist church to cast your ballots.

Nancy Hamilton

Belfast

Praises columnists

With all of the political madness invading our senses and our concerns about issues like the proposed LPG tank commanding attention, I would like to simply say that I do so appreciate the wonderfully calming and inspiring columns written by Marion Tucker-Honeycutt who always speaks to my heart. I am also so interested and charmed by the columns Jeff Davis contributes. I live in Stockton and so much enjoy his obvious pleasure in speaking about the events, the history and conveying to the community at large how lovely it is to be part of this small, but vibrant town.

Peri Tobin

Stockton Springs

Likes the cartoons

Congratulations on your new cartoons. You know talent when you see it. I am looking foward to seeing more of them.

Harlan McLaughlin

Searsport

Against Cardinale

As this election grows ever closer, a candidate for County Commissioner in Waldo County stands out as perhaps the least qualified to hold this office. This candidate is Andrew Cardinale. He at the present time is an employee of Waldo County, and as such should he win he must resign from his county job, or be in conflict of interest. Further for many years Mr. Cardinale ran a business here, in fact going way back he actually had two, at different times. Normally this would be an asset to a candidate but in Mr. Cardinale's case it is the opposite.

The last business he ran was a large temporary staffing agency. In the end he ran that business into bankruptcy, and at the time he blamed everyone and everything else for his failure. As many of you know a business going bankrupt can and often times hurts many other businesses, and individuals, and this case was no different. The failure was in, our opinion, his inability to manage funds. To hear him tell why the business failed he stated to several people that the required workers compensation bill was too high, and people he borrowed money from were of all things demanding payment.

The position of county commissioner has many duties. The three commissioners are responsible for raising all the funds to operate the county through property taxes, and the responsibility for managing that money. In our opinion Mr. Cardinale does not possess that skill set. We urge the voters to vote for Mr. Cardinale’s opponent who is the incumbent and has done a great job.

Joseph Smith

Former Chairman of Waldo County Commissioners

Jackson

Martin Vogel

Jackson

Barry McCormick

Unity

Counts Pease a friend

I hope you will all join me in voting for Jethro Pease on Nov. 6 in the race for our local state legislator.

I have known Jethro for many years. Our sons were in the Boy Scouts together, and we had many good times camping and canoeing and doing other outdoor activities. I know that Jethro is a good, honest person who is passionate about what he does. He served as fire chief for many years for the town of Morrill, and in that capacity helped us out many times with fire protection at Robbins Lumber.

Jethro is a very hard-working person who has lived his whole life here in Maine and understands Maine people and Maine issues. if you give Jethro a job to do, he does it with enthusiasm and does it well. I have no reason to believe that he would do any differently as our local representative to Augusta.

Please join me in electing a person who is honest, hard-working and whom we will be proud to have representing us.

James L. Robbins

President

Robbins Lumber

Searsmont

Another Pease supporter

As the former sheriff of Waldo County and a retired game warden, for the past 40-plus years I've had the pleasure to live with and to serve the folks in my area to the best of my ability.

Along the way, I met many other folks who also were serving their communities in a commendable way, to say the least.

One of them, Jethro Pease of Morrill, is currently running the the state House of Representatives position, hoping to represent the folks in his district.

I've known Jethro personally for many years. he was a sharp businessman working in Belfast and Bucksport as the owner of McDonald's franchises. he is a good friend of mine and a dedicated fire fighter in Morrill. He was a dedicated Waldo County commissioner and as a citizen, Jethro often could be found volunteering to work on many causes geared to aid and assist those in need who were living within his area.

Jethro never sought out recognition for his efforts, nor did he ever decline to aid a person in need if he heard about their struggles. As such, Jethro has gained a high amount of respect within our communities.

Jethro has raised a great family. Both of his sons currently are conducting their own respectable careers, providing a valuable service to the state of Maine and its citizenry.

It is my privilege, as Jethro now looks to advance his own career to serve the people of Maine, to offer my full support for his efforts. I know he'll give the citizens his all and he'll do so always with their best interest at heart.

I urge you to join me in supporting a man wiht integrity, honesty and a sense of community dedication. I assure you, you'll not regret the choice.

John Ford Sr.

Retired Waldo County sheriff

Retired Maine game warden

Brooks

For Longley

I write in honor of my mother and father, Hester and Jack Graf, to sing the praises for them of their friend and neighbor, Judge Susan W. Longley. My parents thought the world of Susan. In addition to their all being friends and neighbors, my parents also saw Susan as another helpful "daughter" figure in their neighborhood as they aged. Obviously, my parents now have both passed away.

For them, and, as they would say, "for heaven's sake," vote for our caring and thoughtful friend and neighbor, Judge Susan Longley.

Steven Graf

Spruce Head

Longley deserves re-election

Susan Longley has done a fine job as probate judge for the past eight years. She is a just and caring person who brings well-tempered experience to the position.

We are all very fortunate in having Susan's wise counsel serving us. A vote to put her right back in office is the smart thing to do.

Monroe B. hall

Belfast

Voting for Mortier

I will be voting for Mary Mortier on Nov. 6 for Belfast City Council and I encourage you to as well.

My endorsement and respect for Mary is based on 15 years of working with her as a colleague and as a friendly competitor in the local real estate market. Working on the opposite side of a transaction with Mary is always a pleasure. No guessing, no shenanigans, just doing the right thing to get the job done accurately and efficiently. Her thoughtful decisions and actions are based on thorough research, listening to the concerns of others and then applying good judgment.

Mary’s skills and talents are also woven into the fabric of Belfast’s cultural and business communities. Two organizations that benefit tremendously from her involvement (her huge investment of time and talent) are New Year’s by the Bay and Belfast Rotary. She applies the same work ethic to these groups as she does in her professional career and our community will be richer because of Mary.

As a city councilor she will hit the ground running. I know that she is knowledgeable about the activities of city government, and she will be an effective councilor from the very first day. She already sits on city committees, she attends meetings, she researches, she asks questions, she listens and she makes intelligent decisions. I want Mary to represent me while she helps guide and shape Belfast’s future.

Please vote for Mary Mortier on Nov. 6 for Belfast City Council.

Sam Mitchell

Belfast

Voting against ALEC

On Nov. 6, I am voting against ALEC. The American Legislative Exchange Council wages war against our democracy. Funded by huge corporations, such as Exxon, Monsanto, oil baron Koch brothers and big tobacco, this secretive, powerful group writes model legislation to benefit their own bottom line. And state legislators are wined, dined and brainwashed into sponsoring these bills.

Just a few of their policies, out of over 800 model bills, would begin the gradual process of privatizing Social Security, Medicare and public schools. When you hear the word “voucher,” that is the beginning of the end for these historically successful programs.

ALEC promotes inequality for minorities, opposes women’s rights and bargaining rights for workers, and offers “stand your ground” bills like Florida’s. But perhaps the worst threat to our democracy is voter suppression, aimed at making it difficult or impossible for hundreds of thousands of Americans to vote. In Maine, Charlie Summers brought us voter suppression; our people’s veto threw it out.

The following state legislators are, or were, tied to ALEC as of Oct. 12, as listed online by www.Sourcewatch.org:

1. Sen. Richard Rosen (R-Dist. 31, Hancock)

2. Sen. Debra Plowman (R-33, Penobscot)

3. Sen. Brian Langley (R-28, Hancock)

4. Sen. Christopher Rector (R-22, Knox)

5. Sen. Mike Thibodeau (R-23, Waldo)

6. Former Sen. Carol Weston

7. Rep. Ryan Harmon (R-45, Palermo)

8. Rep. James Hamper (R-100, Oxford)

9. Sec. of State, Charlie Summers, candidate for Snowe’s Senate seat

When ALEC was exposed last summer by the mainstream press and Bill Moyers (see his documentary, The United States of ALEC, on www.Democracynow.org) more than 50 corporations and 70 legislators resigned ALEC, denouncing it as un-American. Not one Maine legislator quit.

Time to throw these babies out with the ALEC bathwater.

Glen Bridges

Freedom

Who do you represent?

The voters of Waldo County should be aware of the possible allegiance of two of their legislators, who are up for re-election. As an independent voter in Waldo County, I recently discovered that Mike Thibodeau and Ryan Harmon are members of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). ALEC is an organization that brings state and federal legislators, and even their families from around the country, all expenses paid, to four star hotels and resorts for conferences and workshops. ALEC is funded by many corporations and billionaires such as the Koch brothers. Their conferences and workshops consist of educating the legislators regarding ALEC’s political agenda. ALEC provides the legislative members with templates (“cookie cutter bills”) of legislation to be used to create bills to introduce in their respective state legislatures. In general some of the legislative areas being focused on are:

1. Privatization of schools — creation of for profit schools to displace public schools. This benefits corporations such as K12 (NY Stock Exchange: LRN) and Connections Education LLC owned by Apollo Management (NADAQ: AINV). Privatized schools would take taxpayer funds to run these schools with 25- to 30-percent going to the corporation’s profits. The strategy to justify creating these schools is already in motion. The consistent cutbacks in school funding are affecting students’ performances. This in turn is used to justify displacing public schools with private or charter schools.

2. Creating legislation to privatize government functions such as child welfare programs, prisons, water and waste treatment, all at a profit.

3. Legislation to reduce corporate liability for unsafe and environmentally hazardous products and processes.

4. Divorce restrictions and elimination of “no-fault” divorce which create more profits for legal firms.

5. Opposition to minimum wage and removal of employee collective bargaining rights.

6. Further deregulation of the banking, health, pharmaceutical and insurance industries.

7. Further deregulation of industries overseen by the FDA, EPA, etc.

8. Elimination and restriction of women’s reproductive rights such as access to contraception. The results of this effort has generated legislation is states such as Virginia.

9. Disenfranchisement of voters through voter id laws which make it more difficult for the poor, elderly and people in rural areas to vote. Interestingly, voter fraud is virtually non-existent.

10. More tax breaks for the wealthy and corporations.

Due to recent rising interest in ALEC, consumer pressure has caused 44 corporations to leave ALEC, such as McDonald’s, Coca Cola, GM, GE, etc. Efforts are also under way to remove the tax exempt status of ALEC and classify it as a political lobby. For more information google ALEC.

When two of Waldo County legislators are members of ALEC, I have to ask, ”who do you actually represent,” the citizens of Waldo County or the corporate/billionaire funders of ALEC?

Rich Roughgarden

Palermo

Tired of negative mailers

The facts matter in spoken and written words at all levels of government. I am really getting tired of receiving negative mailers attacking candidates. It seems like I get several of them every day. Do people really change their opinions based upon these things? I can’t believe anyone would trust anything said in them.

They are mean-spirited, misleading and sometimes outright not true. For example, I received a mailer against Erin Herbig attacking her voting record on some issues. I did some fact-checking of what it said. Although I always expect a little stretching of the truth, this mailer truly surprised me with how misleading it was. It said she voted for LD 1066, legislation that created a new tax on home heating oil. In fact, Herbig voted against this legislation.

Herbig (a Democrat) voted with the Republicans on that bill. It said Herbig supported the “baby tax;” however, she had not even been elected to office when the “baby tax” was voted on. It said she voted against welfare reform when she opposed LD 1746, but LD 1746 was a budget vote, not welfare reform. It wasn’t as if just one of the statements was wrong; they all were untrue. From now on, when I get one of these mailers, the first thing I am going to do is call the organization that put it out and tell them I don’t appreciate being mislead. I hope if more people do this the parties will get the message that this is not the way we do things in Waldo County. Lies and distortions undermine trust and destroy our democracy.

Karen Emery-Estey

Belfast

Mailloux for Mailloux

I want the people of Waldo County to know that my husband, longtime Belfast attorney Randy Mailloux, is hardworking, thoughtful and did an excellent job as Judge of Probate from 1997 to 2004. I figured that wouldn’t mean much coming from his wife, but I think it’s important to know some facts about this race that most people don’t know but it’s important for the truth to be told:

1. One of the decisions Randy wrote when he was Judge of Probate is still cited by the Maine Supreme Court in its opinions, because it was well reasoned and based on law. None of his decisions were reversed by the state supreme court. Judge Longley had a decision of hers overturned (only after a father unjustly lost rights to his child for over a year), because it was made in blatant violation of probate law and procedure (see http://caselaw.findlaw.com/me-supreme-judicial-court/1536141.html) and, in another, she extensively quoted from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to describe her “decision-making process.”

2. Randy has conducted mock trials with students for years with never any fanfare. When he asked the county commissioners this spring to use the probate courtroom for a trial with Boy Scouts to help them earn a badge, Judge Longley objected and accused the County Clerk of advocating for Randy’s election and asked the commissioners to ban any kind of political activity by a county employee (of which she technically is one). The mock trial went on in another courtroom without any publicity about the event. Far different than when Judge Longley held a mock trial in that very same courtroom just a few weeks before and then posted stories about the event in several media outlets. She claimed that hers was just an “educational” event and Randy’s was somehow political. She then billed the county to have a mediator present… for a mock trial. She did end up paying that after the county objected.

3. Former longtime Register of Probate Joanne Crowley, an active Democrat, recently wrote a letter endorsing Randy for election. She worked for both Randy and Judge Longley and with the previous judge. She has many words of praise for Randy. There is one point that Crowley made that should ring in everyone’s ears as they go to the polls to vote: "Politics have no place in my decision... I will vote based on his qualifications, ability and judicial experience. He can be counted on to do an outstanding job."

Politics are new to Randy while his opponent has a wealth of political experience. The bottom line is: Do you want an experienced politician hearing your case in probate court or an experienced attorney who knows and understands probate law? Please give it some thought.

Toni Mailloux

Belfast

 

I, like many local lawyers so far, am endorsing Randy Mailloux for Judge of Probate. There’s a reason that the vast majority (maybe close to 80-percent or more) of the local lawyers are supporting Randy. Ask them and they will tell you about their experiences and then you can make a decision.

I will tell you one of mine. It is all a matter of public record and you can read it for yourself at http://caselaw.findlaw.com/me-supreme-judicial-court/1536141.html. I represented a father who was fighting to keep custody of his child. Judge Longley announced at the beginning of the case what law she would be deciding the case on. After the case was concluded, it was very clear that my client had won and should have been reunited with his child based on the law that the case would be decided upon. There was no evidence that he could not safely take care of his child and the only real issue was that the child might have to transfer from one elementary school to another one down the street. That was certainly not enough of a reason to separate a child from a parent. Judge Longley said that she needed some time to think about it and that she would let us know her decision soon.

A short time later, I received the decision and was shocked when it decided against my client, but then absolutely blown away when the Judge decided the case based on an entirely different (and incorrect) law that was promised to us in court! I had never seen anything like that before and my client had lost his child unjustly. So we appealed the case to the Maine Supreme Court.

The Maine Supreme Court agreed with us that Judge Longley had violated the law and immediately vacated the guardianship in our favor. They did it unanimously and without the need for oral argument. This court rarely flips family law decisions like this unless the error was so blatant and clear that it has no choice. That was the case here. The sad fact was that a father lost his child for over a year because of this case and that kind of damage can never be undone. This should have never had happened with such a simple case.

This decision is just one example of why we need to return an experienced and qualified judge to the bench. It is major reason why I support and have been working so hard for Randy Mailloux. This never did and never will happen with him on the bench and we need to put aside the politics (name recognition, how nice someone seems to be, political party etc.) and vote for the most qualified person. With over 34 years in our courts (compared with several years around 20 years ago) that person is overwhelming Randolph Mailloux. He’s not a politician but he’s a great judge. Please consider voting for him on November 6th.

Aaron Fethke, Esq.

Searsport

Supports Mailloux

I am writing in support of Randy Mailloux for Judge of Probate. Randy has 34 years of experience as a lawyer and is dedicated, hard-working and honest.

Randy will get the job done in the proper manner for the citizens of Waldo County.

Experience does matter and it is evident when you learn about the dedication that this man has for the job of Judge of Probate that he is the only person that is qualified for the position.

I recently found out that Randy put his own time and money into creating the office for the Judge of Probate. He built the furniture and designed the room so that it would not only be more comfortable for the people coming in and wanting privacy, but for a feeling of decency. He will work hard as your Probate Judge — please vote for Randy Mailloux for the Judge of Probate on Nov. 6.

Susan Russell

Burnham

Defending Mailloux campaign

I’ve been reading the letters over the past few weeks in support of both candidates for judge of probate and feel the need to respond. Most of the comments in support of Susan Longley refer to her success as a politician and how friendly and trustworthy she is. Some make reference to the so-called “negative” campaign that Randy Mailloux is conducting. I don’t see it as negative at all.

How is Randy to voice what is wrong with the current judge and system without being labeled as negative? Unfortunately for the current judge, it is not flattering to have these issues made public. I, for one, want to know what the problems are and how he intends to do things differently. My vote will not be based on which political party I belong to, it will be based on who I feel is best qualified. Therefore, I will be voting to return Randy Mailloux to the Probate Court.

Pam Merry

Swanville

With Mailloux 100 percent

Being a judge of probate isn’t about power and control. It’s about integrity, compassion, fairness and being available when there is a need, not just during “business hours.” Randy Mailloux will bring that, again, to the bench. I support him 100 percent.

Dorothy Harrison

Liberty

Attorney for Mailloux

As a fellow attorney from Unity, I have worked with Randy Mailloux over the years. He is a conscientious attorney who is well versed in Probate laws and procedures. I believe that Waldo County would be well served with Randy as our Probate Judge.

Nathan Bell

Unity

Jones knows education

Let's look at the 125th Maine Legislature's record. In 2011, the legislative leaders promised to open Maine for business, create jobs, improve our educational system and increase opportunities for training and education after high school graduation. That did not happen. Currently Maine has an 87-percent average graduation rate from high school leaving 13-percent of our kids, our future, to face unemployment and poverty.

Representative Ryan Harmon of House District 45 (Burnham, Freedom, Knox, Montville, Palermo, Thorndike, Troy and Unity) voted against an act to promote school attendance that would use new methods to increase high school graduation rates and address policy issues from expulsions to truancy. The legislature also voted to reduce funding for different school districts — including a $465,000 cut to our school's budget. We'll pay for that loss through less-equitable, higher property taxes.

Brian Jones, who is running for the House in District 45 knows education, and will defend the needs of Maine's youth. He has been a RSU 3 school board member, a teacher at Mount View High School and at Unity College.

While visiting hundreds of people in our district, he has remained open to citizens' ideas. No party tool, Brian chooses to represent our entire community. Vote for Brian Jones and a dose of fresh ideas. Mainers want a better future.

Leslie Woods

Montville

Lawyer for Longley

I am a friend and supporter of Judge Susan Longley. I am also a retired local lawyer. I write to correct the record in her honor.

I have been a member of the Maine Bar for 25 years, and have participated in Maine courts regularly, especially regarding children and families.

Last week, one voter wrote to say that she was basing her vote for Judge of Probate Court on the assertion that even uncontested hearings need to be recorded. Allow me to say that most Maine probate courts do not record ANY hearings at all. When a probate judge saves her clerks (and us taxpayers) time and expense by taping only those disputed cases which would be subject to appeal, for which a taped record would be helpful, it strikes me as a wise and cost-effective administrative decision, for which I commend Judge Longley.

I have also heard that Judge Longley's opponent has decided and announced that certain printed forms now being used are illegal. Fortunately, we live in a country where we have a justice system that determines what is legal and what is not. Judge Longley has worked tirelessly with the court system to make needed updates to forms. She has also added helpful guidance for those who have to fill out those court forms. This guidance, in part, references new laws and new Maine Law Court case-law that applies, which is helpful to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.

Finally, I would like to applaud Judge Longley for having added an over-due mediation program to our county's probate court. Contrary to allegations, all courts have both the authority and the duty to explore the willingness of the parties to mediate. Because trials can be expensive and anxiety-provoking, I respect and support the efforts of Judge Longley as she encourages, not pressures, people to use mediation.

We have always been proud of the integrity of our Maine judiciary. Right now, in 2012, I think we should allow the fine and full-time work being done by Judge Longley to continue. It may be a part-time salary, but she pursues her duties with all her time and ability every day. I don't believe any person can do the same while also having other employment.

In an age of increasing needs and decreasing resources, Judge Susan Longley is doing a remarkable job.

Jean Anderson

Islesboro

Likes Longley

I'm writing this letter in support of re-electing Susan Longley as Judge of Probate for the County of Waldo. I had the privilege to work for the State of Maine DHHS/Office of Adults with Cognitive and Physical Disabilities from 2005 until 2010.

In my roles as Advocate and Case Manager I acted on behalf of the State of Maine as "Guardian Agent/Representative" for the clients on my caseload who were under Public Guardianship.

The most sacred part of that role was to help clients with various challenges and disabilities speak up for themselves.

One of the places this would occur was in Courtroom of the Honorable Susan Longley.

In the lives of these individuals those who were able to speak for themselves would either make assumptions because of a "client's" limitation or appearance. Those who didn't know the client would talk to the assumed Caregiver instead of the client. This is disrespectful.

When we'd walk into the courtroom of Susan Longley, the individual, the "client" was allowed to and encouraged to be a human being, a citizen with the right to be heard. The vulnerable are treated with respect and dignity.

Judge Longley would begin the proceedings by assuring that everyone in the courtroom knew what was going to happen which helped to take away the fear and intimidation which is experienced by anyone appearing before a person in authority.

Susan Longley carry's out her duties with ultimate respect and professionalism while assuring that those most vulnerable in our community are heard and protected.

I didn't always agree with the outcomes but I always knew that Judge Susan Longley was acting in the client's best interest, not the States or other's present in the courtroom.

It's my pleasure to support Susan Longley for re-election.

Carl Goodwin-Moore

Belfast

Supports Longley

In the run-up to the election we have seen a number of letters in support of Susan Longley for Judge of Probate of Waldo County from social workers, educators and family members who have recently taken part in probate proceedings. I think there is a simple explanation for their heart-felt endorsements. In her eight years as Judge of Probate Susan Longley has instituted a mediation procedure and other measures that help turn what could otherwise be a costly litigation nightmare into a helpful family opportunity. I am casting my vote for the person who has made this happen, Judge Susan W. Longley.

William Nelson

Belfast

Remembers Longley

Recently, while attending Community Weekend at Unity College, where our son is a freshman, I noticed a picture lawn sign of my law school friend, Judge Susan Longley. Once back home in Connecticut, I went on-line to try to reconnect with her. I e-mailed Judge Longley (I still think of her as Sue!), she responded and I know now to wait until after the election to catch up with her some more.

With the election just around the corner, I want to say that I think you have a great person serving as your judge. Her whole family is made up of great people. I know Sue happened to follow in her Dad’s footsteps as a public servant. Even way back in law school her feet were solidly planted on the ground, she was mindful of the needs and rights of all folks and very clear on what was simply right to do for others. Indeed, I recall a certain property law professor she was willing to challenge on the right thing to do for others. And he needed to be challenged! I encourage you to vote to keep Judge Susan Longley working for you. she will not fail you! Maine is lucky to have her.

Maura Walsh-O'Brien

West Hartford, Conn.

Also for Longley

From moving Probate Court into the 21st century with something as simple as computerized case management to her commitment to children, the elderly and families, Judge Susan W. Longley has worked hard to create a fair, frugal and effective probate court for Waldo County.

Judge Longley instituted the Waldo County Mediation Program, giving families in conflict a vehicle other than lawsuits to settle family differences. Mediation also helps families, as well as taxpayers, save money. She has seen to it that all family members have fair notice of all proceedings.

Judge Longley has reduced excessive fees by setting up a maximum fee system for appointments. For example, if a lawyer is appointed guardian ad litem, he or she can’t charge more than $500 without first filing a motion to exceed the fee. This gives the family and the court time to discuss the matter and determine if more hours and fees are really needed.

Given Judge Longley’s commitment to children, the elderly, and families in crisis, and given her ability to create a fair, frugal, and effective probate court, she deserves our continued support. I intend to vote for Susan Longley. After considering her abilities and accomplishment, I hope you will, too.

Kay Retzlaff

Winterport

Enthusiastic about Longley

As Maine and federal elections near, most of us simply want them to be, well, over. Even so, I enthusiastically look forward to casting my vote to help assure that Susan W. Longley remains our Waldo County Judge of Probate. I am a friend of Susan’s, as well as her professional colleague, and I feel strongly that she has earned my vote time and time again.

I have had the privilege of practicing law in Waldo and Knox Counties for nearly four decades, and have been honored to serve on the Board of Overseers of the Bar, the Maine Bar Foundation, and as Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project. My own law practice included extensive probate and trust work, bringing me into contact with Probate Court judges and their courts around the state. Thanks in large part to Susan and her capable staff, the Waldo County Probate Court merits much praise.

Lawyers, I believe, should ease and facilitate the daily affairs of Maine citizens, rather than obstructing or complicating their already challenging lives. The same goal should guide our judges and courts. During her eight-year tenure as Waldo County Probate Judge, Susan has, in my experience, both adopted and expanded on this principle, focusing on the people and families who appear before her, while still hewing to important legal procedures and precedents. Her sensitivity to real human problems, particularly those surrounding death of a family member and similar traumatic life episodes, adds an important dimension to what might otherwise be frightening, cold and expensive encounters with the judicial system.

We have a valuable, compassionate and skilled probate judge in Susan Longley. I hope others will join me in seeing that she continues serving in this very important post.

Richard A. McKittrick

Lincolnville

Voting Mailloux

Many petitions made in probate court result in life altering decisions and we need someone who will listen to all sides with an open mind and with respect for all concerned.

As Probate Judge Randy Mailloux will administer the probate laws, which he is knowledgeable about, with justice and great compassion. I urge you to vote for Randy for Probate Judge.

Rosie Boynton

Belfast

A vote for Longley

I am supporting Susan Longley for re-election to the position of Waldo County Judge of Probate.

Susan has helped many families with the difficult issues including those of guardianship, adoption, name changes and administration of decedents' estates in a very respectful and caring manner during her term as Judge.

Waldo County has many lower income families who are unable to afford high lawyer and legal fees for matters referred to Probate Court and her initiation of negotiation instead of a trail has saved numerous families. I have personally had a situation to appear in Judge Longley's court and felt the matter was dealt with in a fair and respectful way for all parties.

I urge you to vote in November and to re-elect Susan Longley as Waldo County Judge of Probate regardless of your political party affiliation.

James White

Burnham

Comments (1)
Posted by: Rose Cardinale | Oct 25, 2012 17:24

Cardinale Rebuttal

 

First, with humility, I tell all that I do not have a mean or vindictive bone in my body. I believe people have a right to voice their opinions. Joseph Smith, Martin Vogel and Barry McCormick voiced their opinion in this weeks letters, I must voice mine.

 

Atwork Personnel started in 1994. Four people invested $1,500.00 each in a free franchise opportunity. I quit my accounting business and committed myself to a startup 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 for the most part, had other incomes that they could rely on to survive and pay their bills. During the first years my pay was minimal, but the business continued to grow. During the first year of the business, Mr. McCormick decided he was to invested in his own business endeavors and expressed he wanted out. He was given his $1500.00 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 they deserved what I optimistically thought was a fair price. I offered them $1,000,000.00 each to be paid over 12 years.

 

Business and friends do not mix! Insurance 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, where I asked for and had a verbal agreement with my “friends” to fore go their payments for a couple of months for me to be able for me to fund an insurance program. By the end of the first month I found out that my “friends” had hired a lawyer and was 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 $450,000.00 each as a result of their original $1,500.00 investments in me. In April, 2005, MEMIC proposed a Worker's Compensation Insurance premium that they knew and readily admitted would make me noncompetitive 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.

 

People that know me understand that I would do anything for anyone, my history and my commitment to the community proves this. I will not let the people of Waldo County down if elected, and if I do not get elected, I will serve as a 911 dispatcher and EMT-Intermediate helping my neighbors as best I can.

Sincerely

Andrew Cardinale

Swanville



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