Letters, Sept. 5
Participate in the budget process
The school budget meeting at Troy Howard Middle School at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10, concerns me that many may not attend. The board by their votes and comments are grasping over whether we should raise the budget or lower the budget. After the defeat of the first budget employees were added because the board concluded voters thought more school employees were needed. Now after the second rejection of the budget we spent weeks and decided to add the School Resource Officer at Belfast High and another art teacher. The SRO was added because the board took a survey and from 347 comments 13 did not support the elimination of the SRO and five people in the survey said the budget should be raised. It is confusing to me to hear the budget should have positions added on this criteria, but this is what I heard in comments.
Now on Sept. 10, the voters get together and either raise the budget, keep it the same, or lower the budget. I have voted twice to accept the budget, but the majority rejected the two previous budgets and now what we need is for as many voters as possible to come to the meeting and compromise and tell the board what you desire us to expend on our education system. I always believe listening to all positions and doing what the majority decides so please mark your calendar for next Tuesday for two hours and listen to each other and vote. Thank you.
Don't go to war with Syria
United States Corporation Chief Executive Officer, Commander Obama has decided to attack Syria, a sovereign nation, because, he says, of suspected "chemical weapons" being used in a civil war by somebody. He thinks that launching million dollar missiles, from U.S. Navy ships sitting in the Mediterranean Sea is the best "course of action," business wise of course. "Damn the torpedoes full speed ahead!" or "Year end clearance sale!" "Make way for the new models."
Where have I heard this "weapons of mass destruction" speech, it sounds familiar, like a set up, a sting, bait and trap — like bear hunting season in Maine.
It shakes out to be a disaster, no doubt about it. This is a confrontation with the United Nations, the Russians, Chinese, and other countries. How can this be good? I mean without "made in China," Americans wouldn't have anything to consume. They couldn't "shop 'til they drop." The big box store would be empty. It would be so inconvenient. Where is my "immediate gratification?"
This military action is a serious mistake. This is an engagement with the Russians, a formidable contender, a true heavyweight.
The war in Syria is complicated. It is many factions at war. If this aggressive action is taken by the U.S., it could lead to war with Russia. It could lead to a war between Iran and Israel. It could explode the entire region into nuclear war, it could come to Maine. Is this what we want? Is this in the best interest of my babies, my grandchildren? No! Not even close.
Washington, D.C. is a small country of 10 square miles yet it is the greatest "purveyor of violence" in the world. It is a military state like Belarus, a business, they deal in weapons, and sales need a boost. Marketing at it's best, these people are professional and get results.
My country is peaceful, the United of States of America, U.S.A., and I want nothing to do with this D.C. violence. It is not in the best interest of my family.
Maine is free and independent, so it is written into law, and a foreign sovereign from every other State in the Union. Declare it "from your lips to God's ear," and may peace be with us.
I don't want Maine attacked because of the aggressive actions of Washington D.C. This war action needs to be denounced by everyone. This is paramount. War is not the answer, it is the problem. Don't be duped. Peace be with you.