Thanks for helping Habitat

Thanks to everyone who made the Habitat Lobster Gala on Aug. 21 such a successful event. It was a beautiful day in Belfast with a breathtaking view from Steamboat Landing, complete with a gentle breeze off the ocean. Not only was it a fun community event, but we raised more than $2,000 toward the construction of a second home in Waldo County, which will be located in Searsport.

Whether you volunteered to cook, serve, bake a dessert, set up tables or chairs, or clean up, Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County thanks you. We also thank those who supported the organization by attending.

Of course, this event could not have happened without the many local businesses who went above and beyond in their support: Young’s Lobster Pound, Swan Lake Grocery, Peter Curra, and Traci’s Diner. Many, many thanks.

The day was made even more special music provided by The Juke Rockets and we thank them for that. It is hard to imagine a more beautiful setting in which to enjoy the music that many of us grew up with.

We also thank the Belfast Rotary and Lions Club who provided many helping hands. It is nice to live in a community where service and nonprofit organizations are willing to help each other.

We plan to make this an annual event so mark your calendars for Aug. 19, 2012 and plan to join us again. We hope to be raising funds for our third Waldo County home by then.

Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County

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‘No’ vs. ‘Not’

Perhaps contributor Gordon Weil could give us a lesson in the new English where the word “not” means almost the opposite of “no,” rather than the same.

In his explanation of Standard and Poor’s downgrade of U.S. rating, Weil notes that S&P is not taking a position on the mix of spending cuts and tax increases needed to put U.S. finances on sustainable footing. Then he says that there is little (close to no?) doubt that S&P believes that tax increases would be necessary.

From what I have heard, the only ones saying “mix” are the Democrats and their cheerleaders at MSNBC. The GOP has not offered a “mix.” So S&P has said they have no position on the Democratic solution (mix), but Weil interprets that as taking a favorable position on the Democratic solution.

That is either new English or Weil is trying to advance the Democratic position in the guise of a report. In new English I guess that is called reporting. In old English it was called yellow journalism.

Roy S. Salisbury Jr.

Rochester, Michigan

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What Tea Party means to me

After listening to erroneous and uninformed commentary from many sources about the Tea Party I feel that it is incumbent upon myself to be a source of education concerning what the Tea Party really is. I can only speak for our group here in Knox/Lincoln County as this is the only Tea Party experience that I am closely involved with.

My impressions may or may not reflect the ideals and substance of other Tea Party or Tea Party-like organizations here in the state of Maine or nationally.

First, let me tell you what the Tea Party is not; it is not radical. The people who attend our meetings are farmers, teachers, realtors, salespeople, small business owners, legislators, healthcare providers, bookkeepers, office managers, local town officials, school board members, retirees and so on.

We are normal (as much as anyone is normal) local people who you interact with on a daily basis. We are people who are liked and respected (obviously in varying degrees) in our communities. We are people who have come together because we are concerned about the direction in which our country is headed.

Our concerns are real and deep and go beyond angry rhetoric and negative whining. We have moved past complaining. We want to make a difference! We believe that if we, and other like minded citizens, don’t stand up and make a difference at this time, we may never get another chance.

We believe strongly in fiscal responsibility. It is unconscionable to continue to increase our debt load at any level. We believe, that as a people, nationally, state-wide and at the municipal level, we need to learn to live within our means.

Grants, bonds, state aid or any other streams of supposedly free money, ultimately come from us. Raising taxes on anyone is not an answer because, in the final analysis, we pay for that also through higher consumer costs and fewer job opportunities. The only realistic answer to our current debt and deficit problem is to stop spending more than we have.

We also believe strongly that government over-regulation at all levels has had a negative effect on our economic growth and our personal freedom. We do not believe in anarchy and readily accept that the government and its regulations are necessary for us, as a people, to enjoy life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

However, we also realize, as did the founders of our country, that too much government intervention and intrusion will hinder, and eventually kill the very things it was intended to protect. We believe that our Founding Fathers, and America as we have always known it, would never endorse the administrative state that is unelected and unanswerable to the people, and yet controls our lives more and more.

Finally, we believe that the Constitution is a sacred document that has stood the test of time. It is not an instrument of political expediency that changes with every whim of whomever is in power at any given moment. It can only be changed or corrected through amendments and it is clearly defined as to how these amendments are to be created and incorporated.

Activist judges, from any political persuasion (right, left or center) do not have the power to change or alter our Constitution. This is basic Americanism and is not negotiable.

At our meetings, we generally have one, or sometimes two, guest speakers. They are people that have relevance to the ongoing political discussion. Our guest speakers have included Mary Adams, political activist extraodinare, the Governor, the Attorney General, the State Treasurer, the Secretary of State, numerous state legislators, the director of American’s For Prosperity, legal counsel to The Maine Heritage Policy Center and other people from diverse backgrounds.

If you find yourself concerned about where our Country is headed and would like to rub shoulders with other like-minded people, please come and join us sometime. It is possible that you will find that we are quite different from what you have been led to believe.

Gordon Colby

Waldoboro