Letters, Aug. 1, 2019

Aug 01, 2019

Grateful for support

Recently, the Maine Superior Court ruled in favor of the City of Belfast in a suit brought by property abutters concerning perceived irregularities in the process of making changes to Belfast's Zoning and Comprehensive Plan. Concerns about the city’s actions brought about the formation of a nonprofit organization, Local Citizens for SMART Growth, which has been actively opposing Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed project since April 2018.

LCSG is grateful for all the support we’ve received during this uphill battle to protect our local waterways, the Little River forest, and local democratic processes. While the lawsuit may be over, we are proud that the efforts of Local Citizens for Smart Growth have slowed down a process that was moving much too fast. Our work has allowed more time for questioning the viability and soundness of building a huge extractive factory along the Little River and Penobscot Bay.

As a result, a healthier public dialogue has been able to take place and legitimate questions raised. We now find ourselves able to put more energy into our ongoing efforts to support and grow truly local food systems, help restore the Little River watershed through dam removal, and continue to heal and protect Penobscot Bay.

A commitment to local environmentally sustainable economic development, which includes a diversity of citizen's voices in all city governance and economic planning decisions, remains central to our mission. We look forward to working with supporters of these efforts as we strive to meet these goals.

To learn more, or get in touch, please visit our website at localcitizensforsmartgrowth.org.

Ellie Daniels

Local Citizens for SMART Growth

Belfast

It's your hard-earned money

Thorndike had a special town meeting Wednesday, July 24, to deal with issues that directly affect our taxes. The turnout was disappointing. The same people show up time and time again; interested in lining their pockets or the pockets of their friends with town money. Nothing new in Thorndike if you’ve followed the news.

The past administration knew that the state has been demanding the town get a new site to store salt and sand since the Bennett regime, seven years ago. They dragged their heels — missing out on a state cost-share program that would have saved thousands — until the state threatened to fine the town.

Larry Ward was voted out for many reasons; Bob Carter declined to run when Ward was voted out. Larry Hustus retired. There was little to no help with the transition for the new administration. At the special town meeting, many false statements were made by supporters of the "bad old days." Current conversations with the state, documentation of what didn’t happen before and what has happened since will prove the truth — nothing got done. Ultimately the salt and sand shed issue was tabled while the Board of Selectmen investigates its options — which may cost the town more money, as the state will fine the town if it doesn’t move forward. The next special town meeting to discuss this is expected to happen in August.

It’s difficult to practice fiscal responsibility when people look the other way as rules are violated. Citizens blame politicians for everything, but if you don’t show up, you’ve only yourself to blame. In the "old days," the past Board of Selectmen would have bypassed the processes, bought the land and started the building before telling citizens anything (the way Thorndike got a new town office that wasn’t voted on, and Thorndike taxpayers paid — no questions asked).

Our taxes will be increasing — now Thorndike will pay the most expensive snowplowing contract in Waldo County for a town our size, and we MUST deal with the state-mandated sand and salt shed. The new administration — Robert Nelson, Joshua Ard and Michael Mayer — want to be transparent and fiscally responsible, but get no support for it.

The next special town meeting is coming in August — watch the town sign for date and time. Regular Thorndike selectmen's meetings are the first and third Wednesdays of each month at 6:30 p.m. You can listen to rumors/lies or learn the truth for yourself. It’s your hard-earned money. If you want to throw it away — less power to you.

Patricia Pendergast

Thorndike

Thanks from Our Town Belfast

This year’s auction July 17 was the most successful to date. Nearly 150 guests generated over $15,000 for Our Town Belfast.

These funds raised will allow us to undertake new projects and better fulfill our mission of growing and sustaining historic downtown Belfast while celebrating our unique cultural heritage. Projects include promotional efforts, beautifying downtown, and bringing together community to make downtown Belfast a better place to live, work and play.

Special thanks go to Paul Naron and the staff at United Farmer’s Market for allowing Our Town Belfast to use the space at 7 Front St.; Pegi Miller, whose design skills transformed the space; Eric Sanders, our guest auctioneer; and Trillium Caterers for providing a wonderful menu of hors d’oeuvres for the auction.

Thank you to all of the donors who contributed experiences, art, gift cards, and more.

And thank you to our generous sponsors: KeyBank, Whitecap Builders, Allen Insurance and Financial, Trillium Caterers, Rollie’s Bar and Grill, and Eat More Cheese.

Zach Schmesser

Executive Director

Our Town Belfast

'Too big to fail' scam

Where are all the MAGA types and ICE as Penobscot Bay faces annihilation at the hands of foreign operatives? The rhetoric about foreigners coming to this country to take, take, take is hypocritical garbage when applied to the war-torn poor from South and Central America, but it's right-on regarding the small number of Norwegian corporate  elites attempting to get richer by turning Penobscot Bay into a giant, poorly draining septic system/sacrifice zone for industrial aquaculture schemes, as has been reported (using slightly different terminology) in local media.

Unlike the Spanish-speaking poor, these foreigners are not here to save their own lives; they are here to make lots of money by cutting lots of trees, paving lots of acres, taking lots of freshwater, and dumping 7,700,000 gallons of heated, polluted, brackish water into Penobscot Bay every day for the 30-40 years they claim their proposed controversial industrial aquaculture complex would be capable of making them money.

I wish all the NAFsters happy, peaceful lives, but also utter failure in anything they do involving intentional, methodical destruction of the planet, whether they do it for fun or for profit. I hope Nordic Aquafarms will offer generous severances to their American  employees, if/when this "too big to fail" scam finally goes belly-up.

Jason Rawn

Lincolnville

Thanks from Washington

The 2019 Washington Community Auction held July 27 was a tremendous success!  On behalf of all of the charitable organizations who benefited from the sale, we want to send a sincere thank you to all of the businesses, including some in Waldo County, whose generous donations provided us with a wide variety of great items.  Without your support, the auction would not have been possible.

Thank you also to all of you who attended and whose charitable bids made this truly a special event for everyone involved.  Thank you again!

Sandra Grinnell

Washington Historical Society

Comments (2)
Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 01, 2019 11:49

So Ellie Daniels, can you let the City Manager know where to send the invoice for reimbursement of legal services expended to defend your lawsuit, north of $ 70,000. I'm sure any left over balance from the GoFundMe account will come in handy to help some of our less fortunate citizens in their time of need. Maybe you can set up a contribution box downtown at your store to help collect money to offset the valuable resources expended. Well, you've succeeded in stringing out the process and to paraphrase "allow other groups time to get on board with the opposition" to Nordic's project. If the rumor is true that you'll be moving, please publish and let everyone know when the yard sale is scheduled.



Posted by: Eric Schrader | Aug 01, 2019 11:36

Hey Jason Rawn, who lives in Lincolnville, many miles away from Belfast, give it a rest already. MAGA, or Make America Great Again, also filters down to Make Belfast's Budget Needs Sustainable Again. Last time I checked, we do live in the Pine Tree State, so the selective cutting of trees will go to producing firewood for our fellow citizens in need this winter. The fresh water extracted, 100 million gallons per year maxing out at 260 million gallons per year is a far cry from the 600 million gallons required by the chicken and sardine processing plants of yesteryear. The discharge water will be highly treated through extensive filtration systems, so that argument is debunked. And believe it or not, we don't live in a "non-profit" society, where income distribution is the mantra of the progressive far left, as Obama infamously said to Joe the Plumber, spread the wealth. Nordic will have hundreds of millions of dollars at risk, a lot more than the average mortgagee, so there will be a reward, aka Profit, given the risk that is being undertaken.



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