Editorial, June 20, 2019

Jun 20, 2019

Where's Waldo (representation)?

June elections are in the books but one question remains: Who will represent the interests of Waldo on the Regional School Unit 3 Board of Directors?

No candidates returned papers for the at-large seat being vacated by Waldo resident Matthew Littlefield, and as a result, there were numerous write-in candidate names submitted. Election night, we tried to track those write-ins to no avail.

We reached out to the RSU 3 Superintendent’s Office, which referred us to the town of Waldo. At press time, we still do not know how the town will proceed with choosing a Board of Directors representative. Two write-in candidates – Robert Cartier and Charles Penney – received a total of four votes each. At least 20 other names were noted by clerks in the 11 towns that make up RSU 3.

It is not clear if the town will appoint someone to the board or if the election results including write-in candidates mean anything at all.

Why is this on our minds, you wonder?

Take a look through the pages of the Journal this week. You’ll see a number of stories about our local schools, students, teachers and administrators. And part of what makes Waldo County schools outstanding is the support and voices of the boards of directors.

We hope Waldo’s voice won’t remain silent for long.

Take it slow

Summertime brings more traffic, both vehicular and foot. And recent changes in downtown Belfast could be confusing for some. We urge all drivers to take things a little slower in the coming months.

With the Journal office windows facing High Street, we often see people whizzing by toward the intersection — despite double-parked delivery trucks, vehicles backing out of parking spaces into the travel lane and pedestrians being a common sight.

As well, city councilors recently adopted several street changes — including making some streets near the library one-way. There's a new crisscross crosswalk in downtown and councilors are looking at additional parking restrictions near the new courthouse.

Summertime brings out different types of vehicles, too, like bicycles, motorcycles and tiny convertibles that are more difficult to spot from taller SUVs and pickup trucks. There are many year-round bicyclists in the city, but summer brings higher numbers to city streets alongside more pedestrians.

More vehicles also mean less parking near downtown destinations — we also urge use of the public parking lots, which gets people out of cars and onto sidewalks. (Take it easy walking up the Main Street sidewalk from Washington Street, though; it can be a challenge.)

The only way to stay on top of all of the changes and the additional traffic is to slow down. Belfast is a beautiful city and tourists should not be the only ones taking it in and enjoying it.

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