Comments for: Lewiston felon says he wants to work, but record prevents him from getting jobs

Posted Nov. 24, 2012, at 8:02 a.m.

LEWISTON | Angela Whitely, owner of Lisbon Street’s Ink Junkies tattoo parlor, did what she could to comfort Aaron Aldrich after the city council tabled his licensing appeal. “They’re not seeing you, Aaron,” she said Tuesday night. “They’re seeing the paper. They’re looking at your record, not at who …

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  • acadiashores

    I hope you get your license and are able to get a fresh start on life. We all make mistakes. Life isn’t about the mistakes we make, it is what we learn from them. I hope the people holding this man’s future in their hands can think back to a time when they just needed a chance and somebody gave it to them.

    • Anonymous

      According to Obozo, America is no longer a Christian nation. That means that America never forgets and America NEVER forgives……

      • Anonymous

        Sorry to disagree but, I believe a large portion of Felons go into the ministry. I don’t know why, but i guess Jesus is a way back.

        • Guest

          guess it”s better than going no where at all!

        • weezy

          When life is going well you feel invincible. When you have hit bottom, there is no where else to go but up….and that is when you become teachable, and learn to listen to God’s directions for your future.

          • or they have done so many drugs that reality is beyond their grasp.

      • pbmann

        And Christians are known for their forgiving and forgetting

      • Anonymous

        What a stupid stupid stupid thing to say.

      • Anonymous

        When did President Obama say that?

        • This is what President Obama said: “One of the great strengths of the United States is … we have a very large Christian population — we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation. We consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values.”

          But regardless of that many presidents prior to Obama have stated America is not a Christian nation but don’t try telling that to a conservative.

      • Never was a “christian” nation….Read a book..Founding fathers were all Deists/Unitarians…

        • They will just find a way to say it is not true or the writer got it wrong. I’ve given up on providing them with facts because they just ignore them.

          • Anonymous

            If the statement is factual fine…but in this case the post is not accurate. The Founding Fathers were not “all Deists/Unitarians”.

        • Anonymous

          “Founding fathers were all Deists/Unitarians…” No they weren’t. Some were, most weren’t. Might I suggest taking your own advice and “read a book.”

          • Anonymous

            Yes the founders were deists except John Jay who wanted to outlaw Catholicism. There has been a movement to rewrite history on these matters and sadly neighbor, you have fallen prey to it.

          • Anonymous

            Sadly Rex some of the Founding Fathers were deists and they included Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. John Adams (and later in life a Unitarian), Sam Adams, John Hancock were all Congregationalist.

            54% Episcopalian/Anglican
            18% Presbyterian
            16%Congregationalist

            The rest included Quaker, Dutch Reformed/German Reformed, Lutheran, Catholic, Huguenot, Unitarian, Methodist & Calvinist.

          • Anonymous

            OK, lets all go back to bashing Christians…again!!!

      • Lucy

        If America is a “Christian nation,” why is its main export death and destruction in unnecessary wars? If it’s a “Christian nation,” why are greed and violence revered? If it’s a “Christian nation,” why are so many of its citizens poor, hungry, and forgotten? If it’s a “Christian nation,” why are nonwhite people treated differently?

      • Anonymous

        No, George WASHINGTON, said that the United States isn’t a Christian nation. Further, you’re still relying on name-calling to make your case, how pathetic.

    • Anonymous

      3 mistakes is ok with you? 3 big ones!

      • acadiashores

        It is never too late to change your life around. People are not static, we are dynamic. Everybody is capable of change, if they really want it.

        • Anonymous

          That’s not the point. If we did this for everyone this country would collapse in a heartbeat!

          • acadiashores

            Wrong. If we did this for everybody then the world would be a much better place. Love always wins.

          • Anonymous

            HAHAHAHA!!! Holy crap you people are blind as hell! Tell that to all of the families that have been victims of needless BS in this country and tell me love wins!

          • acadiashores

            Laugh if you want. I believe in redemption, change, forgiveness and showing others grace. At the end my life, I hope I touched at least one life every single day.

  • Rocky4

    Should have thought about it after the first, or second or third felony.

    • Anonymous

      Rocky, maybe you should think about the fact people change.

    • Anonymous

      Rocky he served his time. He admits his mistakes. What more do you want? A pound of flesh? Maybe cutting off his hand? He is trying to provide for a family with a skill he has or maybe you would prefer that he and his family live off the state for the rest of his life.

      • Anonymous

        Hi, Jd, been a long time since i see you in the comments. Just ignore Rocky please i have seen several negative comments in the paper recently from him, one is about a family that lost there mom in accident, pretty rude comment he said, Another day in commenting world. Enjoy your day

      • Anonymous

        you beat me to it. I only commented on here a little bit ago. I guess that these people want him to live off of the state completely. that way they will have even more to complain about. I think that if the business owner is ok with having him on their payroll then that should be good enough.

    • Anonymous

      That is easy to say for someone who has never had or known someone going through drug addiction. Yes I agree people are responsible for their choices but when they are into drugs nothing stops them which is sad and hard to understand but true.

    • jerrymyx

      How long is your Rap Sheet huh?

      • Rocky4

        Don’t have one thank you. Got a traffic ticket once
        in 1963.

        • jerrymyx

          I just knew that you were an old duffer…lol god bless ya!!! perfect man!!!

  • Anonymous

    This is a prime example of someone that has beat their demons and now the system will not let their past be just that, their past. I always advocate for personal responsibility and paying for one’s bad deeds. This man has done so and what does he get for it, nothing. I hope that the Lewiston City Counsel sees the big picture and gives this guy the second chance that he has earned. Good luck to you Mr. Aldrich. Regardless of the outcome, stay on the straight and narrow and good things will come your way.

    • sassyfrazz

      I agree. He’s been clean for years now. At some point in time people need a chance to prove that they’ve changed. He can’t even get a lousy job at a Target store now. Personally, I think that success should be rewarded not punished further. If he falls off the wagon for some reason? Pull his license.

      If we want people to get off the system, we need to give them a chance once they’ve proven that they can stay sober and out of trouble. Otherwise, we’re just aiding and abetting social service abuse IMO.

    • Debbie

      So well said semloh, so well said.

    • Anonymous

      Why should they? 3 felonies and they’re just supposed to roll over and forget that?

      • Anonymous

        Please refer to ‘acadiashores’ comment below, I could’t express his/her point any better.

        • Anonymous

          Ok and then when he breaks the law again or worse if he maybe hurts or kills someone, then who is responsible? Do you want that on your shoulders? I am sick and tired of people feeling sorry for everyone in this country. Grow up people. You mess up you pay the price. This liberal society has ruined this country and things like this make me sick. If he messed up once, OK I can see helping the guy, but 3 felonies. Give me a break!

          • Anonymous

            First off, I am probably the most conservative individual that you will find. How in the heck will allowing this person the ability to have gainfull employment increase the chance that he “breaks the law again or worse if he maybe hurts or kills someone” ? To deny him the ability to support himself and his family is what may increase that unlikely event. I do not feel sorry for those that don’t live up to the things that they have done wrong, this man is not one of those. He did mess up and he did pay the price !! He now wants to join the ranks of those that work, support themselves and contribute versus being just another drain on the system. So think about the true implications of denying him the ability to support himself and think for one minute if everyone that previously committed crimes, abused drugs and alcohol would develop this man’s mentality, how much better off the rest of us would be. While you are thinking about this, reflect a little bit on your own life and some of the things you yourself have done that you wish you would not have and if someone ever forgave you for your less than smart decisions. Unless you are perfect I am sure you can think of something that you are not very proud of.

          • Anonymous

            Never said I was perfect but guess what he broke the law not once not twice but 3 times. Give me a break will you. This is a joke. So when money comes up missing from this company, who do you think will be the first person that gets looked at? If he does get hired then that company is now looked at differently than before. Should we allow all criminals to do this, because by your logic we should. Maybe you should think about that. By the way has he re-paid everything that he stole? How about that. what do you think the people that he hurt say about this. Oh wait, you don’t think about that. And you are very liberal if you are thinking this way so don’t preach to me that you’re conservative!

          • Anonymous

            You, sir or madam are completely unhinged and have no room in your small narrow mind for even the remote chance for a logical and educated discussion. I can’t even begin to figure how you come to your conclusions and how easily your own argument contradicts itself. How could he pay back his previous victims if he can’t get a job? The fact of his employment is between the person who hires him and himself. I am sure his victims may very well be impressed that he gave up his previous ways and has turned his life around. Crawl back under your rock and leave conversations like this to the adults.

          • Anonymous

            No I can I am just sick and tired of people like you who think everyone needs a 4th chance. He had his chance to turn himself around and blew it. I don’t feel bad for him and shame on the BDN for trying to make people feel sorry for him by putting a picture of him with his wife and kids. He has hurt them the most. You have no idea about reality. For your information help people on a daily basis so for you to try to judge me is comical at best. I think you should crawl back under your rock or continue to post from your parents basement. Good day and if you don’t like what I have to say then don’t read and don’t respond!

          • Anonymous

            You initially responded to my comment there genius. Your username is so far from accurate that it is unbelievable, you lack any commonsense on this subject. I am not what you think I am, all you would have to do is read any of my posts in any other threads or articles to know that I am certainly not the “living in your parents basement” type. You are not even seeing a little bit of the picture, let alone the big picture. You are the type of commenter that make liberals call conservatives crazy and extremists.

          • Anonymous

            I’ll put it to you like this, if I had done what this fool had done in my line of work, I would not get hired anywhere in the country again and rightfully so. Why don’t you get it? Why are you willing to give this guy another chance, a 4th chance? This shouldn’t even be up for discussion! And ok you get 3 speeding tickets I’m willing to work with that, but 3 felonies with robbery, burglary and drugs…Come on use your head here.

          • Anonymous

            Blow off, you have no ability to reason or come to a logical conclusion based on the facts. He is attempting to become a tattoo artist not a bank president or run a daycare for children.

          • Anonymous

            You really want to go there? You are a pathetic joke of a human being and you should be ashamed of yourself!

          • Anonymous

            I noticed that you changed your comment to remove what very easily could be considered a threat….Do YOU really want to go there considering you have no idea who I am.

          • Anonymous

            First off it wasn’t a threat and second I wouldn’t waste my time on a piece of crap such as yourself! And no I’m not scared to respond to you. Nor will I ever. It’s people like you that give this country a bad rep and will continue to do so!

          • Anonymous

            “You really want to go there? You are a pathetic joke of a human being and should not be allowed to even breathe!”

            Sure sounds like it could be taken that way.

          • Anonymous

            Did I say I wanted to harm or kill you? No I did not and I would never say that. Get over yourself and go away!

          • Anonymous

            Good thing. You may want to think hard on how you word yourself in the future.

          • Anonymous

            Is that a threat? I will post how I fell when and where I want. You are liberal! Trying to stop me from speaking my mind? Go AWAY!

          • Anonymous

            Take a time out. Getting abusive and name calling. I hope the BDN deletes this post. There is something more going on than this article, and this issue. It;s not worth this discussion which is out of control.

          • Anonymous

            Not so quick to respond now, are you?

          • Anonymous

            So…what do you suggest that he does, “commons.” ?????

          • Anonymous

            Don’t know don’t care, but he shouldn’t complain when someone won’t hire him because of his past criminal history. Sick of a welfare society and the fact that people want everything for nothing.

          • Anonymous

            He’s not complaining or asking anyone for a job, just for the right to accept a job that’s already been offered to him. I can’t imagine what the city or anyone else thinks they have to gain by preventing him from becoming gainfully employed so he can stay busy earning the money to pay his own bills and stay off welfare. I wish all ex felons were as willing to learn a skill and accept financial responsibility for themselves as this guy seems to be. Approve his license!

          • Anonymous

            Apparently he could not even muster the ambition to read the article and know the context of it before giving his argument for something that he did not even understand. So much for ‘commonsense’

          • Anonymous

            Please do yourself a favor and actually read the article before you go on a rant. He is asking that the City of Lewiston give him the city license to go along with his state license (he already has) so he can accept employment at a tattoo parlor who has offered him a job. The one he worked at last summer in Old Orchard Beach is a seasonal business and he wants to work year round so HE can support his family, so taxpayers don’t have to through welfare benefits.

  • Anonymous

    Lets not forget job applicants with no criminal background but tattoos. They are a big NEGATIVE when your sitting down in front of a job interview.

    • HowdyNeighbor

      I agree with you. Tattoos and multiple piercings scream “poor self image!” to employers. Mature adults prefer to hire individuals with a clean, healthy appearance.

  • Beth Cox

    I hope that the City Gives you a chance reach your goal of gainful employment.

  • Rob Grant

    Another whiner who did the crimes and now doesn’t want to do the time… These were not misdemeanors… He committed FELONIES!!! Shove off …

    • Guest

      So what. He paid his so called dues and he deserves a break. Or would you prefer to support him for the rest of his life?

    • Anonymous

      Yes, sentence him and his family to go hungry and die. Look, I am the first to say that our judicial system is soft on crime. They give long sentences and then reduce them or they don’t give a long sentence in the first place when it is warranted. Regardless….. once you’ve done your time you should be able to function in the free world again. If the man is still considered a criminal then he was let out of jail too soon. If he isn’t still considered a criminal then let the guy work for a living and get along like everyone else.

    • Anonymous

      Atta boy Rob. Be the first one to cast a stone.

    • Anonymous

      Rob the man served time in prison. He is now on probation and trying to make a life for himself without drugs and alcohol. It seems the state has seen fit to give him a license to practice his art…now its time the city of Lewiston does the same thing.

      • Anonymous

        Exactly!

    • Anonymous

      He did the time , now he just wants to work and be a productive member of society.

    • pbmann

      So how do you suggest he support himself and his family?

      He could live off the State or commit more crimes, maybe?

      • Anonymous

        Pick up a shovel?

        • Guest

          You folks were screaming about getting a skill. He has one. Why should he pick up a shovel if he has a talent and wants to use it to make a living?

          • Anonymous

            It is the consequences of the decisions HE made. If you do not like it, go before the city council to change the city law. “You folks”

          • Guest

            He already paid for what he did. His past is his past and shouldn’t interfere with his future.
            You must also believe in taxation without representation also. Get over it he paid for his mistakes.
            On the other hand he can be kept down like this and get welfare and you can support him for the rest of his life and his children also.

        • Anonymous

          He’s already doing that….he is working “odd” jobs providing for his family while waiting for Lewiston to issue or deny him a license.

          He could be living off the state but he is trying to provide for his family. Isn’t that what we want him to do as a society?

          • Anonymous

            what he needs to do it to forget how to speak english. then the town would give him all sorts of breaks.

    • Preston Nethercutt

      Well Rob, your picture confirms most of the stereotype of an AOWM. Your comment confirms the rest. If you had given the article even the most cursory reading, you would know that he has, indeed, “done the time”. No need, also, for capitalizing “FELONIES” and using exclamations points. Those of us who actually read the piece are well aware of the fact that he committed felonious crimes. Please, take your own advice and “shove off”. Way off.

    • Anonymous

      Yeah Rob, let’s poke his eyes out.

    • Anonymous

      Still resentful because you got a lump of coal in your stocking. Go play in traffic.

    • Guest

      geesh, It’s not like he murdered or molested or raped someone; give the guy a break!! he paid his dues…

  • Anonymous

    At some point, people should be able to live down their criminal past. We want convicted individuals to show they are rehabilitated by working, paying taxes, etc. then they find that it is hard to get any kind of work but “under the table” jobs. Everyone has made stupid mistakes at some point in their life. It should not follow a person for the rest of their life.

  • Anonymous

    If Ms. Whitely wants to hire Mr. Aldrich, and customers choose to go there for tattoos, that should be the end of the story. Government and licensing should not be involved. It’s time to kick these bureaucrats to the curb, let them get real jobs so we can stop paying their salaries and they can stop interfering in people’s lives.

    • Anonymous

      Ayn Rand horse hockey.

      Yeah – no regulations about equipment sterilization or licenses for artists.

      Ever heard of Hepatitis C or AIDS?

      Or septicemia?

      Maybe the government should let just anyone be a physician too.

      Yessah

      • Anonymous

        More diseases are spread by intercourse than any tattoo parlor. Since you’re so concerned about disease and people’s inability to avoid disease without bureaucratic hand-holding, I suppose you think the government should license and regulate that, too?

        If you had actually read the article, you’d see that this situation has nothing to do with health and safety and everything to do with bureaucratic nonsense.

        • Anonymous

          That’s because of government regulation of tattoo parlors.

          You know the ones where they have to sterilize their stuff between customers.

          And wear gloves and all that.

          Ayn Rand lunacy.

          Try again

          Yessah

          • Anonymous

            Nanny state nonsense.

          • Anonymous

            Come see me when you need your teeth pulled. I’d be happy to take your teeth out at a very low price.

          • Anonymous

            Funny you mention that. Should I ever need major dental work, I’ll go to Panama where you can get world-class dental care at 1/3 the cost thanks in part to lack of government overregulation. But, hey, if it makes you feel better to know that some bureaucrat collected their license fee and gave their rubber stamp, go for it. Just don’t try to force it on me.

          • Anonymous

            Are you walking there?

          • Anonymous

            The man has his State certification. It is not like he woke up yesterday and decided “I guess I want to be a tatoo artist” He has the skills, the State license and a place that wants to hire him. Because he is a felon does not take away from the fact, in all other regards he is able to perform the job. This all hinges on an ordinance from the city that says he can’t because he is a felon, plain stupid.

          • Anonymous

            I think he deserves a chance. There is a reason for the ordinance and I don’t think this guy fits the reason.

          • Anonymous

            what is this corny yessah at the end of your statements

    • Anonymous

      I agree. Get rid of driver’s licenses, food service inspection, and hell, what do we need with cleanliness certifications for hospitals.

      • Guest

        yeah and how is that working for ya… clean hospitals? might as well get rid of the certs….

  • Anonymous

    Good luck Aaron on your struggle. We all make mistakes and it seems like you have learned from yours, I wish you well. Congrats on getting sober and turning your life around.

    • Anonymous

      burglary is not a mistake. how bout I steal all your stuff and then just say whoops it was a mistake.

      • Guest

        I despise thieves but I am willing to give ppl a second chance and this man deserves a second chance.

        • Anonymous

          um I think this would be a 4th chance. You people are unreal!

          • Anonymous

            ummmm, again…what do you suggest, “common sence”???

      • Anonymous

        Seems to me he spent time in prison and took advantage of the educational opportunities while in prison.

        Would you prefer that he support himself and his family himself or that he rely on us, the taxpayer to support him for life?

      • Narsbars

        You mean like, GE, 15% Capital gains, Romney?

  • Anonymous

    I wonder why this article does not have any interviews, or quotes from his victims. They are the ones whose opinions matter the most, not a convicted felon x 3. You reap what you sow. Keep working hard, there are other ways to make a living.

    • Anonymous

      That’s right, he could revert to his old ways to support his family. The man served his time and now wants to be a productive person. If it was any other type of employment would you have a problem with it? What would you say if he wanted to be a welder or carpenter as he has training in those fields as well? Give the guy a break, if he was still depending on criminal activity to get by, you probably would be screaming for him to straighten up and get a job. that is what he is trying to do.

      • Anonymous

        Obviously you have never been a victim of a felony.

        • Anonymous

          You are not getting the point. If he can’t get a job, as he wants to, how else will he support himself ?, more crime, live off the state? I am sure his victims may very well be impressed that he has admitted his errors, faced his demons of addiction and is now trying to fly the right way. If I had been the victim of a felony, I would be thankful that he was making an attempt to set himself straight.

          • Anonymous

            I wanted to be an astronaut, but I can’t. I don’t whine and complain that no space exploration group will not higher me. I chose a different career, and played by the rules of society. What next, returning his right to voting? Probably with the mentality that is running the Country, and soon State.

          • Anonymous

            He has lost his right to vote and own a gun. He should not lose his right to support his family. I am as conservative as anyone and have as harsh an outlook on criminal activity and punishment as most anyone, but the guy is trying to turn his life around and do things the right way. You probably can’t be an astronaut because you are not qualified, he is qualified to perform the profession he wants. He now wants to play by the rules and support himself and family. That’s ok we won’t mind one more family on welfare. Your outlook is what is wrong with trying to get people who in the past have gone down the wrong road and now would like to change their life and be productive members of society, you won’t give them that opportunity.

          • Guest

            You’ve missed the point. This man has a very marketable skill and should not be denied his chance to work at what he does.
            This man did his time and paid his debt. He shouldn’t be punished for the rest of his life. It’s so easy for so many to say he should obtain another skill…………….
            How perfect are you?

          • Anonymous

            I dont believe he’s lost his right to vote….in the state of Maine,
            the right to vote is never taken away from individuals convicted of felony, even while incarcerated, a felon may vote by absentee ballot.

          • Anonymous

            Not this guys fault your not smart enough to be an astronaut. Had you applied yourself and gotten the proper training maybe you could have. It has nothing to do with the “rules of society” and all to do with the fact that YOU did not work hard enough.

        • Anonymous

          Would you prefer that you and I support him and his family for life?

        • Guest

          geesh, ya think he had sex or something vile under the oval office desk… keep it real K

          • Anonymous

            Or ordered a break-in at the Watergate.

      • Anonymous

        What do his victims have to say?

  • Anonymous

    He should ask LePage to give him a pardon.

    They both come from the same Streets of Lewiston – right?

    • Anonymous

      Good idea.

  • Anonymous

    How many US senators and congressmen are convicted felons

    wiki.answers.com › … › US Congress › US Senators and Representatives

    • Anonymous

      whoa there buddy. You might open up a big ‘ol can of worms. I wonder how many just have not been caught.

      • Anonymous

        My guess would be in the triple digits.

  • Anonymous

    I could perhaps understand if he wanted to be a pharmacy Tech and his charges were trafficking or if he wanted to work at a bank. He is a tattoo artist and I really don’t see the harm. His charges are theft and burglary. It’s to my understanding he is the business owner.( Is he going to steal from himself?) There are bonding programs available to felons. He wants to work ….let him work and pay back into the system. It appears he is redeeming himself and wants to be a productive citizen. As far as Lewiston is concerned sounds like to me your being deliberately indifferent to ones situation and are leaning towards discrimination.

    • Anonymous

      Discrimination because he is a convicted felon? Why don’t you get the ACLU involved? What kink of logic is this? Why don’t we hear what his victims have to say?

      • Anonymous

        Yes schooner it is logic and borders on discrimination. He is doingh his time and has done his time. Hopefully, he apologized to the victims. Now he his paying his fines, supervision fees etc…. and hopefully paying the victim compensation fund. I do not approve of what he has done. Perhaps you enjoy your tax dollars to warehouse him but I prefer to have my tax dollars go elsewhere.

      • Anonymous

        Yes a convicted felon who has completed his prison sentence, is now on probation, holds a state license and wants to provide for himself and his family.

        Or maybe you would prefer a convicted felon who has served his prison sentence, is still on probation and you and I support him for the rest of his life?

  • dee

    if one has a felony conviction on record and people should think twice the consequence of what that choice might be robbery drugs bad checks. that will follow you especially when future employers landlords banks to background checks chances are the answer will be a big NO even a simple job a McDonalds it is hard for a felon to get a job

  • Anonymous

    More Red tape, typical Govt…..And you wonder why nothing ever gets done efficiently.

  • Anonymous

    I can imagine the trouble he is going through…a simple misdemeanor has haunted me, all over a silly mistake

  • Anonymous

    He blames his problems on drugs. If he had been smart and stayed away from drugs in the first place he may not be in this situation. I hope his wife is able to work because no one will hire him anytime soon.

    • Anonymous

      That would be to say that none of us have made mistakes. Maybe they could monitor him. If we all could take back our mistakes. Yes I know these are serious ones. He is willing to try.

    • jerrymyx

      H e was not smart back in the day; however he educated himself into reality, and now deserves a second chance to prove it!

      • Anonymous

        I agree, but unfortunately the system is not that forgiving. And, there are many felons that were given second chances and went back to their old tricks.

    • Anonymous

      Great, maybe he can just go on welfare and we will all support him. For God’s sake the man is trying to do the right thing. Give him a break. He is not just blaming his problems on drugs, he is admitting that he previously chose the wrong path and he wants to do what is right, support himself and his family performing an honest job.

      • Anonymous

        I think it depends on the State, but I believe convicted felons can not get Gov’t assistance such as welfare. He’s lucky he has a wife that can support him. If he were single and could not get a job because of his prior convictions, he would have no choice but to go back to stealing. Unfortunately that is the way the system works…against you!

  • Anonymous

    I can see both sides but this is a country that is messed up. He made his mistakes and did his time, this would be a business that he would be running and if he is willing to work then why not let him have a job to support his family? Shouldn’t we be encouraging people to work that want to work?? This state is messed up.

  • Dont worry about it…obama will take care of you!

    • Anonymous

      Aw, still sour from the election results?

      • No, just chuckling at the thought of your new tax bill, along with that of everyone who voted for the Fiscal Cliff. Enjoy!

        • Anonymous

          Yawn.

  • Nicolle Cote Bell

    this is sad but a hundred percent true. everybody has a past… and when i say everybody i mean everybody. my partner and i have made mistakes and it lead to us becoming a felon and serving time in prison. we as well did many things in there, we took a building futures class and earned a osha 10 certificate and a nccer certifacate. we have been to so many job interview but every where requires a back ground check and guess what, we dont pass because of out past. i think they need to do something about this. people deserve second chances and cant because of theses background checks. i believe the only people thats should be able to look at peoples criminal history is the law, court rooms,dhhs, and some odds and ends but not a job. what can we do about this? good luck to this family and hopes you get your license and be able to do what your heart desires.

    • HowdyNeighbor

      “everybody has a past… and when i say everybody i mean everybody”

      Incorrect. Most people do not commit crimes. It’s common for criminals to believe that, though. You should have thought about your future before you committed your crimes. You should also go back to school and learn proper punctuation, as well as how to spell. If you fill out job applications with the kinds of errors you typed above, that would definitely disqualify you from many jobs.

      • Guest

        You should stop being so self righteous.. because you aren’t.
        Did you just get your jollies by saying that to that person.

      • jerrymyx

        You should also go back
        You should have…… and on and on…Have much problem with CONTROL?

      • Anonymous

        I have not commited crimes, so I agree that not everyone commits them. But that does not make me better than other people, just better off. If people thought of the long term consequences of their actions, then maybe they would make different choices. But no one can change their past, only move forward. I wish this man well, and I wish the same for anyone trying to turn their life around.

    • Anonymous

      If I owned a business. I am responsible for everything and everyone within the walls of that business. what a persons heart desires doesn’t matter to me. Now this is America, the land of second chances, but ultimately it is the employers responsibility to do what they think best for their company.

      • Anonymous

        and the employer in this case wants to give this guy a chance – so what is your point?

  • Anonymous

    Tough to get a job for everyone. Been looking two years, and not a better job than the entry-level one I now have is in sight. and I have no criminal record.

    Must be doubly harder for you. Good luck.

    • Guest

      saw a notice at Dunkin Donuts in Hampden, looking for a late night person!

      • Anonymous

        That would be 112 miles one way. while I don’t mind minimum wage the work must at least pay for the gas. but thanks for thinking about me.

  • Anonymous

    This article makes him sound like a victim. Why don’t we hear from his victims?

    • Guest

      What is your problem? This man is attempting to better his life for all the right reasons.
      He is a victim of sorts here, he’s being punished for something he’s already paid for.

  • Isaac

    The man already did his time for the crimes he committed now he should be allowed to work. Moreover why is the city even involved in this case? If he wants to work and someone wants to hire him the government doesn’t have any right to intrude into that. Licensing should be privatized as in its current state it is just another mechanism for the government to exert control over its citizens.

  • HowdyNeighbor

    I’d say this guy has made more than a “few” mistakes. Maybe he is responsible now but part of the punishment for being a felon is the resulting social problems after they have left a trail of victims in their wake. Boo hoo. Quit complaining and accept that fact that you screwed up and that you screwed others in the process.

  • Anonymous

    This guy has been in no new trouble in over ten years. Clearly he has grown up. We use the justice system to teach lessons, not take lives away right? Prior mistakes, and ways of life, should not prevent a willing man from providing for his family, or doing what he loves. Of all places Lewiston could certainly use the PR, on felons becoming productive members of society.

    • Anonymous

      You are a joke. how can you say after 10 years and 3 felonies he has become a better person? Even if he has, so what he has 3 felonies! What the hell is wrong with you people!!!!!

      • Guest

        What is wrong with you? People are capable of change. You have such a negative view here. Obviously you aren’t willing to give people a chance. Not all felonies are violent in nature.

        • Anonymous

          Ok, if I did what he did once not 3 times but just once, I would never get hired in my field again, anywhere in the country. So why the hell should he get a 4th chance? You are a joke if you think he deserves it! By the way what is wrong with you?

          • Anonymous

            I pity anyone close to you that should happen to make any mistakes.

          • Anonymous

            And i pity you who would give that piece of junk another chance so he can screw up again!

          • Anonymous

            He’s not asking for a handout or welfare or anything that’s going to cost you or I anything. Isn’t it better for his hands to not be idle and for him to be busy at work to earn money to support his family, rather than hanging around with other criminals who are frustrated because they also can’t find work? Lots of criminals end up hanging out with the same ne’er do wells they got into trouble with and get into trouble again and again, costing us all a lot of money and trouble. I find it refreshing that this guy wants to break that cycle and actually WORK for a living rather than sponging off the rest of us for the rest of his life.

      • Anonymous

        I’ve had enough of your comments and I am done reading. It’s almost like somebody is putting in these comments (yours) to keep the discussion going.

  • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    This guy is a thief. If you do give him a chance, I would suggest you keep an eye on your cash and other valuables.

  • Anonymous

    News Flash: Felonies are serious offenses.
    Very serious.
    Repeated felony offenses are even worse.
    Hard time for hard crime.
    In my business I dont have time for it.
    Neither do my clients.

    I do wish the reformed offender best wishes with the appeals process.
    Glad he has had a chance to smarten up.

    • Anonymous

      I detect a bag of wind.

  • Debbie

    I say give Aaron a chance. It sounds to me that he is working at changing. Guaranteed he headed out in the wrong path. I don’t understand the denial of a license to become a tatoo artist because of being a convicted felon. Give him a chance to prove himself. He is sober and clean, that is a great beginning. He just needs that chance to prove himself. Aaron, if this dosen’t work out, if you continue to stay clean and sober, something else will come along. My husband has been sober for 30 years, he dose go to AA, but he said that he has never had so much since getting sober. Don’t give up.

  • While I’m not a fan of felons, one would think that allowing him to do honest work would go a long way in keeping him from falling back into previous patterns? He has served his time and appears to be in compliance with all other rules/laws, I’m not sure there’s any legitimate basis to deny his business a chance?

  • Should everyone have a chance to be a productive member of society as a tattoo artist?

    The humble Farmer

    • Anonymous

      Well not if you draw like I do but if you have the talent and you have passed the state requirements .. umm yes

    • No, Robert — they should be disgruntled ex-radio personnel.

  • I’m not going to say everyone makes the same mistakes, because it’s just not accurate, but damn, this guy sounds like he has it together today. It’s not like he’s applying to run a preschool. Let it ride Lewiston.

  • Justin Haggerty

    Fact of the matter is: until people who are qualified and have a clean record all have a job, the people who have a criminal past will have to wait in line.

  • Anonymous

    Jesus..so heres a guy looking to try to stay straight, make a living, and he’s denied…yeah thats a good reward for rehabbing yourself.

  • Anonymous

    Well I am sure he was told BEFORE his first crime that doing so woudl effect his whole life. He disregarded it committed and now is mad about it. To bad. If you can nto do the time do not do the CRIME…

  • What the hell can being a felon have to do with getting this license? This is ridiculous, let the guy work. Lewiston is whacked out, it must be the air from being too close to Augusta. Next up, a story of a Lewiston man losing his kids as a police officer saw him pick his nose in his car,

  • Anonymous

    i know exactly how you feel, i was in the medical field for years. I am 43 years old, and did recreational drinking and drugging since a very young age, but at 30 years old i treid opiates and forget it i was hooked, and would do anything to get my fix, now ive lost my career and i am a felon, for stealing a piecve of prescription paper from the office i worked for and wrote it out, and they slap me with about 4 felonies ! never had trouble with the law b4 in my life!!! some people tell me about a pardon i can get so that i can atleast go bak into the medical field!

  • Anonymous

    I thought he was looking for work??

  • jedclampet

    Might as well as go back to the old scarlet letter days. wear a big S for sex offenders, M for murder, t for thief, ect… what happened to time served move on.

  • Kevin Grant

    All the comments in support of Mr Aldrich being able to move on are all well and good but I bet most of them would panic if this story was about him wanting to be able to purchase firearms. Felony convictions mean this person wasn’t a productive member of society. It may very well be that he has come to the conclusion that what he did then was what ruined his life and he isn’t going to continue that behavior. He has his work cut out for him for a reason, he is a convicted felon. He has to prove that he won’t regress and slip back into that life. I certainly applaud his effort and hope he continues to fight the battle to win what he needs but I also hope that he will actively try to persuade younger people to avoid the choices he made that put him where he is today.

    • Anonymous

      If the felony charge was a violent act then they shouldn’t be able to buy firearms but not all felonies are violent.

  • Anonymous

    My heart goes out to this man and many others who for one reason or another are felons and can’t get a job after changing their lives. I know of two young people in their twenties who got mixed up in the drug scene and were convicted felons for selling the drugs to feed their habit. 4 years later both are clean and sober but when they answer that one question on a job application that they are felons they never get called back. It seems far to many felonies for non violent crimes are given. It would be much better to make them pay the price, including jail time and give them a darn chance! If they screw up again that’s one thing but after so long of being clean they should be able to work anywhere and in any job they choose.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry but 3 strikes and you’re out!

  • Give the guy his city license, already. His crimes involved money, not violence. He’s paid his debt to society. Let him make a living, and become a productive citizen.

  • Anonymous

    For those that feel Aaron deserves his second chance, contact the Lewiston City Council through the cities web page. It surely can’t hurt. Consider this your holiday good deed.

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