A narrow escape for Searsport

As the town of Searsport begins to make plans for its 175th anniversary in February of 2020, I have found an astounding piece of information concerning the town's history that I really want to share.

"Province House in Boston burned to the ground in the great fire of 1747. The question arose as to a change of location of the seat of government of Massachusetts.

"Samuel Waldo (1695-1759), Boston merchant, politician and chief proprietor of the Waldo Patent, realizing that he might advance the outcome of this decision to a great extent in a very short time, fought loudly and vigorously to move the capital to a coastal piece of his land that would one day be known as "Searsport." When put to a vote, this location only narrowly escaped being named the capital of Massachusetts by the time the controversy came to a halt."

Mrs. Arlene Blake, the source of this information, was a citizen of Searsport and very active in the town historical society in the 1950s .

Charlene Knox Farris

Searsport Town Historian

Learn more about American socialists

I write to express my gratitude to Republican-Journal columnist Tom Seymour for drawing the attention of your readers to the Democratic Socialists of America, which, along with the Socialist Party, USA, is the voice of democratic socialism in the United States today.

Far from being cults, both organizations descend from the Socialist Party of the United States, established in 1901. Over the years, the Socialist Party sent two members to the Congress and many members were elected, nationwide, to lower offices. Prominent members included Eugene V. Debs, Norman Thomas and Michael Harrington, among many others.

Those who wish to learn more about the vision, policies and proposals of American socialists may go to the DSA website, dsausa.org or to the Socialist Party website, socialistpartyusa.org.

Tom attempts to denigrate socialist congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez by referring to her as an "in your face left wing activist." What, precisely, Tom means is not clear to me but readers are directed to the current issue of the New Yorker magazine, for a more nuanced profile of Ms. Ocasio-Cortez.

Bob Meggison

Belfast

Ryan's Ride thanks

I want to send out a big heartfelt thank you to James Malone from Texas Roadhouse, and Brandywine Graphics, which went above and beyond to make sure we had all of our T-shirts, with all my last-minute phone calls. Thank you to Zane Cole, who did a spectacular job.

The ride would not be successful without the help of all the volunteers. My two sisters, Rhonda Maddocks and Regina Larabee and her husband Dennis, and my other half, Luther Perry, worked very hard the last two or three days to bring us all together while I was at work. It takes a group effort to bring us all together, but it's such a great feeling when all those bikes come rolling in.

We sold out of T-shirts quite quickly, even had a special request for a T-shirt for one of our little four-legged friends. Brandywine Graphics is working on a Ryan's Ride T-shirt for a Pomeranian that was in the ride.

Riders came from far and wide. Cleon Buzzell (co-founder) and his wife Chantel came up from Florida. We had riders from Pennsylvania and New York. Thank you to "Just Barb's" Restaurant! Thank you, Fran Gonzalez, for covering this story.

And I also hope that I will see you all again next year at Ryan's Ride. Don't be surprised to see Ryan's bike leading the parade next year. Mark your calendars for July 20.

Raye Rolston

Ryan's Ride Organizer

Stockton Springs