Consider a contribution
There are many exciting developments taking place at Old Town High School. After all these years, a new all-weather track is being installed as part of a more comprehensive athletic complex renovation plan.
The track installation is part of a multiphase plan that has been developed through the Old Town Pride group and, more recently, by the newly created RSU 34 Foundation.
The project already has most of the necessary funds and is receiving wonderful in-kind support from companies such as Sargent Corp., but more capital is needed.
Readers can contribute by making a one-time donation in two ways. Simply make out a check to: RSU 34 Foundation, 203 Stillwater Ave., Old Town, Maine 04468, and write on the check, “OTHS Track Alumni Fund.” This will indicate that the funds are to be designated to the track portion of the project. Or go to: www.restoretheprideoldtown.com and make an online gift via PayPal.
To see the actual facility plan go to: www.rsu34.org, click on “Education Foundation” in the right-hand column under “General Information.” Then, under “Restore the PRIDE,” click on “Documents” and “OTHS Athletic Field Plan.”
To all of the graduates who participated in track, this is our chance to give back to a program that gave so much to us — the great memories, the championships and most of all the friendships.
We also encourage anyone who is supportive of athletics to consider donating.
This letter is in regards to the condition of the roads and bridges Mainers travel on every day.
Throughout the state, approximately one in three miles of major locally or state-maintained roads and highways have deficient pavements, providing motorists with a rough ride, according to an October 2012 report by TRIP. TRIP is a nonprofit organization that works to promote policies designed to improve traffic conditions.
The report also states that rough roads cost the average Bangor driver $375 annually and that in the Bangor urban area, 18 percent of major urban roads are rated in poor condition; 22 percent are rated in mediocre condition; 27 percent are rated in fair condition; and 33 percent are rated in good condition.
Nearly a third — 30 percent — of Maine’s bridges 20 feet or longer are currently rated as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. Fourteen percent of Maine’s bridges 20 feet or longer are rated as structurally deficient. Sixteen percent of Maine’s bridges are rated functionally obsolete, according to the organization.
Maine’s traffic fatality rate on rural, non-Interstate routes is approximately seven times higher than on all other roads and highways in the state. Ninety percent of all traffic fatalities in the state in 2010 occurred on rural, non-Interstate roads, TRIP reported.
According to the Maine Revenue Forecasting Committee, the Maine State Highway Fund has a $20.3 million dollar shortfall for the 2014-2015 biennium.
Our infrastructure is falling apart around us.
We should not be spending our limited state and federal tax dollars on the I-395/Route 9 connector project or any other new project, while we are forced to drive every day on deficient roads and bridges.
In this current fiscal environment, adding more miles to the state’s transportation system without adequately maintaining the existing infrastructure doesn’t make “cents.”
Take a stand
The 126th Maine Legislature is currently working on LD 527, “An Act To Protect Elders and Vulnerable Adults from Exploitation.”
As a master of social work student who is interested in the older adult population, I feel that LD 527 should pass. LD 527 would allow the phrase “dementia or other cognitive impairment” to be placed into the current law to protect those who cannot adequately give their consent.
This bill also includes the concept of “undue influence” which would protect those who are physically, emotionally, or mentally dependent and 60 years of age or older. The third and final addition increases the penalties for misusing property.
About 300,000 people in Maine are older than the age of 60, which makes Maine the oldest state in the nation by median age. It is currently estimated that 38,000 people in our state are affected by Alzheimer’s, and thousands more are affected by various forms of dementia.
According to a MetLife study in 2009, approximately 100,000 to 1 million older adults nationally, are affected each year by financial exploitation. In Maine, this represents about 33,000 older citizens. This abuse has been underreported on a national level as well as on a state level.
The passage of LD 527 will now allow law enforcement to better investigate and prosecute abusive financial relationships. It’s time to take a stand for our older and vulnerable adult citizens.
MSW Candidate 2013
UMaine-School of Social Work