Oct. 15th Letters to the Editor

Posted Oct. 14, 2008, at 5:28 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2011, at 3:25 a.m.

‘No’ on Belfast recall

We do not support the effort to recall Jan Anderson on the basis of her voting record as a member of the Belfast City Council.

Recalling a member for not voting is a matter deserving of consideration for recall, in our opinion. We looked at the community involvement Jan has exhibited in the past as the basis for supporting her for a seat on the council. Jan represented Belfast on a team trained in problem solving skills by the U.S. Department of Education. The team’s task was to identify and develop programs to solve community and school problems. From this experience Jan learned that the effective resolution of communality issues is based on a thorough and representative expression of all points of view followed by a resolution that fits the problem as defined by the entire community.

More recently, Jan saw the need for reducing the use of illegal drugs by young people in our community. As head of the Belfast Areas Task Force on Substance Abuse, she devoted many months of her personal skills and energy to drawing together a truly representative group of citizens to significantly reduce that problem. In this process, Jan exhibited her ability to facilitate communication and problem solving by a representative group of citizens. These are skills that readied her to be an effective city councilor.

These are the two most important reasons we supported Jan Anderson for the council and, in the absence of any evidence to the contrary, we will vote “no” on the effort to recall her.

Jane and Bill Dopheide

Belfast

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Supports Pingree

In this scary time of economic insecurity, mind-boggling national debt, foreclosures, unemployment, unaffordable health care and ethical scandals, we need someone who will stand tall in Congress, stand up for her beliefs and the needs and concerns of her constituents. We can turn to Chellie Pingree with confidence and know she will help right the dismal state of our country.

She has a long and distinguished record as a businesswoman, state senator and Senate majority leader and as a leader who fought for affordable prescriptions. She was president and CEO of Common Cause, a citizens’ lobby organization, in Washington, D.C., for four years.

While there, she fought for ethics reforms in our government and exposed and opposed special interest groups. Chellie is in touch with the struggles of Mainers and will work hard to better our quality of life so that once again, we might reclaim the slogan “Maine, the way life should be.”

Diane H. Schetky

Rockport

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Cow appreciation

When Sarah Palin became governor of Alaska, she appointed her buddies to various state positions. She appointed a high school classmate of hers, a woman, to head up the department of agriculture.

When the woman was asked what qualified her to run that department, she replied that she liked cows. I like cows, too, but does that qualify me for anything?

Richard W. Sykes

Rockland

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Dunn for Martin

As the representative for House District 18 for the past four years, I have been honored to represent the residents of Bangor’s east side, Veazie and Orono in the Legislature. The job of a legislator in these uncertain times can certainly be a challenge, and we need a leader with a steady hand and demeanor as we strive to move our state forward. We are fortunate to have such a leader in Jim Martin whom I enthusiastically endorse as my successor.

Jim knows who he is and what he stands for. And he knows the challenges we will face. As one who has been a social worker and a small-business owner, Jim has a unique skill set that will serve us well. We need a representative who understands the struggles many people face yet has the business acumen to offer solutions that will work in our ever-changing economy. What we don’t need is grandstanding. Jim impresses me as a candidate who cares more about results than his own ego, and that is precisely the kind of person we need in Augusta.

Problems are not solved by playing the blame game. A willingness to roll up one’s sleeves and an ability to quietly work with individuals across the political spectrum is truly the best way forward. Please join me in supporting Jim Martin for representative.

Rep. Mike Dunn

Bangor

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Parliamentary system

Government should run like a well-oiled business instead of the fiasco we are witnessing lately. We seriously need to cut back to a parliamentary system here in Maine and in Washington.

Have one representative from each county in Maine and one senator from each state in Washington to cut back from the needless theatrics and ridiculous spending and coddling of the rich who control everything we do in daily life. This would stop the hiding behind one another and allow only the best and brightest to lead.

Harry Riley

Bangor

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