Loss of a longtime friend

Larry Carney, longtime Alexia’s Pizza employee, unexpectedly passed away on the morning of Aug. 17.

Larry meant an incredible amount to everyone in the Alexia’s family and has deeply affected all of us. Chances are, if you have eaten here even just once in the past 10 years, Larry has affected you, too.

We feel that it’s only right that we make sure that Larry and his family are able to receive proper care during this somber period. We highly encourage you to please make a donation towards ensuring that this is possible, no matter how small a donation it is, though if this is not possible we truly understand.

At the very least, please take a moment out of your life to pay Larry and his family the proper respect that they deserve. Thank you for your support during this difficult time.

Ted Rakis, owner,

and the rest of the

Alexia’s Pizza family

Belfast

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Quick fixes vs. taxes

An article in the Journal of Aug. 18 advises us of the quick fixes that are being done by the Maine Department of Transportation on many of our local Waldo County roads. Here in Belmont, the state-owned portion of Lincolnville Road, Howard Road and Route 131 (Searsmont Road) are getting a skim coat and nothing more, which in the long run is putting the state of Maine deeper in debt with its resultant higher taxes.

Maine DOT tells us that complete reconstruction is cost-prohibitive. Total reconstruction might never be necessary if they would shim the sunken right side of most travel lanes before applying the final coat. The shim keeps the final coat from settling right back into the old surface contour within a couple of years and which will be put off until the road is once again a mass of cracks and patches. Maine’s highway infrastructure will never be in total repair with this method.

While I appreciate having a smoother ride around town, I am so used to the rough ride that a few more months here and there would be worth the effort to see it done right; a job that would last a while. It would be better to slow the pace of the repaving to get it right!

Richard Lenfest

Belmont

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Democrats vs. Democracy

The Democrats are dying. Long live Democracy.

The Democratic Party is dying because they have rejected the principles of democracy, the first of which is to represent the will of the people. Nothing could be more obvious than that the Democrats forced a health-care plan on a nation that didn’t want it and will now work to defeat it.

How estranged from the will of the people could a president get than one who supports a Muslim mosque at Ground Zero, where Muslim extremists attacked and murdered almost 3,000 of our citizens?

How deaf to public opinion could a party be than one that ignores the nation’s outcry… “Do your job, Mr. President, build a fence” to stop illegals and drugs from entering our country?

How inept could a party be than one that promised “A change for the better,” but delivered high unemployment and a bleak economic future with stimulus plans that succeeded only in increasing our nation’s debt?

All that is left to us now is to replace the Democrats with democracy, honor our Constitution by enforcing our laws, reduce taxes and fire up the economic engine that built our nation’s prosperity and pray that once again, God will bless America.

David Huck
Swanville

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Speaking of socialism

If you were watching the news recently you might have seen a little boy who needed some medical care that cost $16,000. Would you be surprised to hear that his health insurance didn’t cover that $16,000? I wasn’t paying close attention to the details, so you can help me with this, but I suppose the community plans to put on a fundraising show or supper to raise money so the little boy won’t die.

A good old friend from away, who has been known to talk in tongues, stopped by yesterday and said that God is good and that Socialism is bad. He mentioned Socialism because the first thing his cousin told him when he got here was that his buddy Skoglund was about the most wicked Socialist to ever walk the coast of Maine.

My friend — yes, I’m also a fourth cousin to his grandmother — would vote against any political candidate who believes that this wealthy country should come up with a system that would care for that sick little boy. There are probably more Americans alive today who can quote scripture than who have lived in a country where people do not lose their homes or lives when they get sick, and had I asked my friend to define Socialism he would have probably referred me to Acts 2.

The week before, while sitting here at my breakfast table, a woman told me that many years ago a young girl came to this country from Sweden, hoping to find a better life. As her lot improved in the 1950s and 1960s, she was able to send a small amount of money to her sister in the old country. You know, to help the folks stuck back there in Sweden buy seed potatoes and patches for their clothing. As the years passed she sent whatever she could, even though after 2001 it quickly became less and less. And it came to pass that this poor old woman decided to celebrate her 85th birthday with her sister and see the old country one last time.

Please listen closely to what that woman told me.

When she touched down at the international airport at Landvetter, her sister drove her up to their summer cottage in a new Volvo. You see, when one doesn’t learn about the social systems in other countries by spending some time there, one is likely to harbor many misconceptions: The sister in Sweden thought that all Americans were rich and could easily afford to send any amount of money, so she never said a word. And the sister in America who hadn’t been home for years thought that Swedes, who are supporting Spain with their tourist dollars, were still living in the days of the Depression.

Had my friend who dislikes Socialism been here to hear the Swedish woman’s tale of woe, he would probably still dislike Socialism — but he’d be talking in tongues when he told you why.

Robert Skoglund,

aka, “The Humble Farmer”

St. George

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Let’s take a Journey to Health

Last spring, a number of area businesses and their employees participated in Waldo County General Hospital’s first Journey to Health. At the start of that eight-week program, we provided participants with information about realistic goal-setting, food/exercise logs and Staying Healthy T-shirts. Then each week, we e-mailed weekly tips with ways to eat better, exercise consistently and reduce stress.

The evaluations showed most participants found the program worthwhile but they also wanted opportunities to attend group exercise classes, walking groups and even some cooking classes. So, in our second Journey to Health, which will be a 12-week program beginning Sept. 13, we will continue with the goal-setting information, food/exercise logs, weekly e-mail tips and will again provide free Staying Healthy T-shirts. But we will also be setting up opportunities for participants to gather for a few walking groups, group exercise programs and cooking classes.

If you are interested in finding out more or want to register, call Andrea Walker at 930-6745; e-mail her at awalker@wcgh.org; or go on line to wcgh.org and click the Our Newsletter button to register or to check out previous Journey to Health e-newsletters.

Together we can take a Journey to Health that will make our community a healthier place to live.

Andrea Walker
Community Services Manager
Waldo County Healthcare, Inc.