Keep Collins in the Senate

No matter who sits in the White House, we still need to keep Susan Collins in the Senate. Let's not send an inexperienced, not totally honest person to represent us at this critical time that screams loudly for bipartisan leadership. Collins has proven herself as she has risen to several committee seats that are so critical to Maine people and the economy. Voters should prove once again that Maine is not for sale to out-of-state money.

Faith L. Garrold


RCV 'fairest way' to vote

I have worked tirelessly, over the course of several years to get and keep our system of ranked choice voting. It is just simply the fairest way for the voters to express our wishes, and not lose out because there were more than two candidates in any race.

This is a major reason we need to reelect Janice Dodge to the Maine House as representative for District 97. First-term lawmakers face a steep learning curve and need to establish themselves as serious spokespersons for their voters. Dodge has done that with confidence and distinction.

I note that Jan has a 100% voting record with both the League of Women Voters and with Democracy Maine (a project of Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and LWV), both determined supporters of RCV.

It is now time to return Dodge to Augusta Nov. 3, to protect and enhance the election reforms that have made Maine a leader in the nation.

Karen Gleeson


Deep knowledge of Waldo County

We are voting for Glenn “Chip” Curry in the November election. Chip is a longtime resident of Waldo County, who is well-versed in the issues facing the people of our county. One of his greatest attributes is that he is a great listener, who is careful to make decisions after much thought and research. Thoroughly educated and well-read, the greatest research Chip has done for this job is his 25 years of living and working in Waldo County.

His deep involvement in the community gives him knowledge of the talents that exist here as well as understanding of what inhibits and can enhance our social and economic well-being. Chip is a devoted husband, father and son-in-law, but always makes time for friends and a stop at Rollie's. Chip’s daily life and work experience as a higher education adviser for adult students gives him incredible perspective and insight to the realities and needs of Waldo County residents.

As educators and long-term residents of Waldo County, we have seen the unique struggles that our community faces, but also the amazing talent that exists here in Waldo County. We have known Chip since he moved to Maine 25 years ago and could not imagine a better person to represent what our community needs. Chip approaches all elements of his life with passion and dedication and we have no doubt he would bring this same energy to the Maine Senate.

Mike and Mary Vasiliauskas


Willing to listen

I am writing this letter to endorse Chip Curry for Waldo County in the upcoming November election. I have known Chip and his family for 15 years. He is very involved with his family, participating in various theater productions around Waldo County.  He spends time curling at the local curling club and even finds time to mix work and family time by attending a Red Sox game at Fenway for UMA students, which his wife attended. Chip also enjoys attending UMO football games and hockey games to cheer on the Black Bears.

Somehow, he also spends a lot of time helping the citizens of Waldo County. I have seen him at various fundraisers throughout the years, and he is always willing to help out in any way he can, either by time or donation.

Chip Curry is a great candidate to represent Waldo County in the Maine Senate.  I know that he is willing to listen to everyone’s ideas and concerns, such as affordable health care, broadband for all, job opportunities for everyone, along with the housing shortage in the Belfast area, property tax relief for residents — just to list a few of his concerns. Chip is dedicated to the residents of Waldo County!

Susan Boynton


Enough already

Do all you non-colored sign holders out there really believe that black lives matter, or are you suffering from non-colored guilt?

Who is the audience for all the BLM signs that you non-colored folks are trying to educate?

Most of the people that drive by the groups of non-colored sign holders are not racist.

I, for one, take issue with the sign holders, as I am not racist. Are they trying to tell me that I should feel guilty because my parents were non-colored?

It is obvious that the non-colored sign holders are not racist.

Those people, non-colored or otherwise, who harbor racist views are not going to change their views.

So, other than making yourself feel as if you really care, why the heck are you cluttering up our street corners with your misplaced guilt signs? ALM.

Leo H. Mazerall Jr.

Stockton Springs

Evolution of the GOP

I think the time has come to decide whether we want to continue as a democratic republic or to fall into history's wastebasket of failed democracies. Trump is the antithesis of everything that nine and 10 generations of my Yankee WASP ancestors sweated to build and bled to defend. He must be removed from the White House, and along with the crime syndicate passing as his cabinet, be tried for treason, found guilty, and put behind bars for the rest of their hitherto parasitic lives.

My ancestors joined the Republican Party shortly after the Ripon Convention, and those of age to fight, fought for Lincoln and the Union. In those days, the Republican Party comprised the far left of our political system — it was anti-slavery, anti-racism, and pro-education. When my great-great-grandfather returned from the Civil War as a captain in the 9th Vermont, he founded Castleton State College, and promoted affordable higher education. That Republican embrace of equality and education prevailed into my parents' generation. Sadly, today's Republican party has degenerated into an auction block of political slaves owned by ALEC and the Club for Growth.

Let's rid this country of the Trump wing of the Republican Party, and do it in a manner that is a teachable lesson.

William Burgess Leavenworth


Eat local

Two items about food are noteworthy. First, have lunch at Belfast City Park through Belfast Provisions and Shaved Ice. I had a superb cheeseburger deluxe and many times had shaved ice, a refreshing drink of natural flavors over a fine ice that is both dessert and drink.

Second, I thank Hidden Valley Camp in Montville, which has its own pizza oven. They are closed for this season, because of coronavirus, and thus no income, but provide us free, delicious pizza to support their community.

Other groups are pitching in to address various needs and keep us all strong. We can use money saved on gas and other things we've given up to treat ourselves or support our local businesses.

Leslie Woods


Experience and ability

I have known and worked with Chip Curry in a variety of different capacities for more than 10 years. The one thing that has impressed me the most about Chip, and what makes me believe he is the person that we need in Augusta, is that no matter how crazy his life has been, no matter how busy he is, he has always stopped and actively listened and offered to help when possible.

Chip is one of those rare people who puts everyone before himself. He is tireless and I am confident he will relentlessly work for everyone in Waldo County. When it comes to the issues that impact our county the most — a sustainable economy, affordable health care, the natural environment and accessible education for all ages — I am confident that Chip has the experience and ability to bring the many voices of our county to Augusta and to find the right solutions that are best-suited for all of us.

Stephen Brimley


Lucky to have her as our rep!

I want to say how lucky we are — yes, “lucky” — that we have Jan Dodge willing to run for, hold down, and excel in the job of representing Belfast, Waldo and Northport in the state Legislature. Not every community has a dedicated, knowledgeable leader like Dodge willing to serve.

I first came to know of Jan through her work as a board member of Waldo County TRIAD, a volunteer-run organization that looks out for the safety of our seniors, and safety in all its many ways, working with social service agencies and law enforcement. Our TRIAD is a hidden gem — other Maine counties are envious. From there I also learned of her work over the decades of teaching in Maine schools, and again her leadership in the Maine Education Association.

As a former educator myself, I was impressed by Dodge’s activism on behalf of an unknown “dirty secret” of many universities, private and public. Despite the high cost of tuition (and resulting student debt), much of the actual day-to-day teaching is done, not by “academic stars,” people who you may see or hear being interviewed, but by well-qualified, and woefully underpaid “adjunct” faculty.

They will also often have earned doctorates in their field, but seldom have any job security. They are hired or not, at the last minute, and if one includes all the hours of preparation, advising and office hours with students, the rate of pay barely reaches above minimum wage! These are truly people who teach for the love of it, but still cannot meet their bills.

The state Legislature still has much work to do in this area, but Jan Dodge leads the way with LD 1878. We need to help her continue her work, by voting for Jan Dodge on Nov. 3.

Paul Sheridan


After the COVID-19

Perhaps my own experience with COVID-19 will encourage others to be more careful than I was in April about physical distancing, washing hands, and wearing masks, at least around strangers. One of my ER nurses had COVID-19 go right through her family, and it basically knocked each one out for a long week, much like a really bad flu. My own experience is summarized below.

After the COVID-19

the 105 temperatures for three days,

the night sweats and soaked sheets,

the panicky short breath, the left elephant leg,

I finally went to the hospital

because I couldn't walk, my

left elephant leg one big cramp.


Friends took care of my dog

for the eight days in hospital.


The May hospital tests showed DVT

for the elephant leg, pulmonary embolism,

atrial fibribrillation, damaged valve,

35 percent heart function,

congestive heart failure, hypoxia.

most of the enchilada.


(I think a March Lyme flare softened me up

for the COVID-19, knocked out enough of my

immune system that I wan't producing antibodies,

so I tested negative for COVID-19,

so this poem is off record.)


After the May blood thinners worked,

eight days it took,

I could walk again

and drove home, my

elephant leg a souvenir,

the strange new pitter patters

of my heart a reminder,

as I walk the dog, on shorter walks.


(After Waldo General Hospital,

I got my new PCP to

order a Lyme test, got

the positive and 30 days

of doxycycline. I should have

done that last year, or the year before.

My bad.)


Now that's over, some energy is coming back.

Medicare covers most of the 35,000 dollars

in medical bills, because I'm 72.

Now, let's make this rhyme.

One more data point

for you.


Alexander Emerson