Government’s job

Linda Buckmaster of Belfast went on a rant last week (May 24 edition) about the Supplemental Budget to plug the state’s $80 million budget gap. She seems to be mistaken in her belief of what the purpose of welfare is. A security net is to assist the poorest among us and to give a temporary helping hand to those in need. It is not to provide a lifestyle that exceeds that of the working classes who pay for it. After decades of feel-good liberal programs, too many Mainers now expect everything in life to be free — food, housing, transportation, education, health care, even cell phones and birth control.

Those who have worked hard and are successful are demonized and expected to pay for all these amenities. Her class warfare rhetoric can be translated into mandating that the top 10 percent of every Maine high school graduating class pay the tab for their lazy and unmotivated classmates for the rest of their lives. Where is the incentive for working hard and becoming successful in the classroom or the workplace if their reward is confiscated in the name of “fairness?”

The government’s job is to increase opportunities in areas of reducing taxation and regulation, assisting communities in transportation and education, and enforcing laws to assure justice and safety of citizens, not to redistribute wealth or create dependency. The Maine legislature has undertaken a huge overdue restructuring that is necessary to ensure economic stability in the years to come. This will mean cuts to some programs, but a balanced budget will benefit all Mainers.

Katherine Collins

Winterport

 

Heartfelt Thanks

Medomak Valley High School’s 11th Annual “Cruisin’ to Graduation” Car Show was held Sunday, May 6, with over 500 exceptional show cars, trucks, motorcycles, street rods and private collections on site. It is with their support that makes our car show successful. A special thank you to all of the students, their families, parents, staff, community members, our team of car show experts, sponsors, businesses and show exhibitors who volunteered, supported and participated at this year’s event. There were crafters, vendors, children’s activities, special displays, attractions, special drawings, loud pipe contest, plant sale, giveaways, special DJ Oldies, MMS steel drum band and lots of delicious food. The weather was beautiful for those unique antique autos to be driven to the show. We had vehicles from all over the state and the longest distance driven show vehicle came from N.H. Trophy winners and photos will be posted soon on our website: cruisintograduation.wordpress.com. Please check out our sponsors, supporters and businesses listed online.

Thanks to everybody who volunteered their time to plan the event and to those who volunteered their time on the day of the show to help make the event a huge success. Our heartfelt thanks to all of you for supporting this Car Show which supports Project Graduation for all MVHS classes and an annual car show scholarship for a graduating senior. Mark your calendar for next year’s “Cruisin’ to Graduation” Car Show on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

MVHS Car Show Committee

Waldoboro

 

Important Questions

As a life-long Maine resident and a native of more generations than I can count, I am concerned that local supporters of the DCP tank proposal seem to have ignored some important questions. One subject which demands discussion is the effect a large energy corporation would have on the local economy. How would this change the quality of life for us all?

We certainly need more jobs. Still our current economy offers some special resources that we should not take for granted. Many of the employers in the area, both large and small, are family-owned businesses, with their headquarters here, or at least in the state. They generally hire locally, and they have been outstandingly faithful and generous in supporting organizations such as the YMCA, school athletics, the Penobscot Marine Museum to name a few. This is more than just good public relations; it comes from being part of the community and calling it home. Like the rest of us, they have a stake in what goes on, and in the air we all breathe, the traffic on the roads. They have added much to the quality of life here because it is their life too.

Perhaps this positive relationship has encouraged supporters of DCP to view the proposed Liquefied Petroleum Gas terminal as simply a way enhance the existing economy; there will be more jobs and everything else will stay the same. We all need to remember that corporations by accepted definition owe their primary loyalty to their shareholders’ profits, and their headquarters can be thousands of miles away. We are simply a place to do business. What effect would such concentrated economic power, especially in a critical area such as energy, have on the nature of our local economy? Could local businesses still afford to focus on community concerns, or would they have to give in to the demands of a big business in our backyard? Promises made by DCP now might be poor compensation for what we have lost.

Many Maine people proudly assert that they would “defend their property with their life.” So what about our way of life? Isn’t that worth defending as well? Before we hand it over with open arms, shouldn’t we at least think at about what we are giving up? Once committed to DCP, there will be no going back to the way things were.

Joanne Boynton

Belfast