I am a concerned citizen who cares about public safety. I live just north of Pine View Restaurant, one of the busiest intersections in our region. I sit at my window and watch the traffic coming north on Rt. 1 and on Main Street coming north out of town with no headlights on.
Bremen’s Town Meeting is March 28. I urge all residents to attend and to vote against articles 51 and 52. Both are from citizen petitions run amuck. These are personal amendments, especially 52, that will affect all of Bremen, our future and for many, our livelihoods.
In the last week or so I have come across a true life incident right here in Lincoln County that illustrates the absurdity of our current health insurance system.
The Newcastle Selectmen article in last week’s Lincoln County News had several inaccurate or misstatements that need to be addressed.
The position of Fire Chief is not a new position. The Newcastle Fire Company has elected and had a Fire Chief since its founding in March of 1876.
I agree with President Obama on the desperate need for education reform.
As a former anti-union teacher, I wish him luck in taking on the unions and the education industry. We need to somehow reward good teachers (definitely not through their student’s performance on standardized tests), end tenure and fire bad teachers. We need to repeal No Child Left Behind and encourage charter schools.
It is difficult to quote individuals accurately, and certainly it was more arduous than usual to quote any of the participants in the March 9 Newcastle Board of Selectmen’s meeting.
The Queen is gone; our Muriel, Queen of Jazz and the coffee shops, friend to all of us in the Kingdom. Though with a heavy heart, we want to shout, “Long Live the Queen!” from the rooftops, looking around we ask, “Who is there to replace her?” Indeed, it will take a big soul to fill those tiny slippers.
Not one of our representatives to the Congress read the alleged “stimulus” bill. Now we find out the AIG bonuses were included in it. The President said it was critical that it be passed immediately – or else. He is now “surprised” and “shocked” at the bonuses.
I endorse Casey Stevens of Newcastle for Selectman.
Casey firmly believes that taxpayer dollars must be spent wisely and our town government must be truly transparent. Casey believes that Newcastle residents deserve a monthly accountability of funds spent by posting what is spent each month on the town’s web site and available as a handout at the town office.
When you think about the history of the Jazz Idiom, few musicians have exemplified this way of expressing a quintessential “natural swing” the way that Muriel Havenstein did.
Sgt. Paul Baptist of Bristol is attached to the 439th Civil Engineering Squadron out of Chicopee, Mass. This Air Force unit has recently been deployed to Afghanistan for six months.
Being an independent voter I followed your campaign very closely and came to the conclusion that I would support you if you were running for President of my college fraternity. Your charm and charisma would certainly attract an ample supply of ladies to our parties and your glib oratory would keep us from harms-way with college officials when we drifted into Animal House activities.
Next week, famed mountaineer Ed Webster comes to Skidompha Library in Damariscotta for a talk and book signing. The amiable Webster will discuss his five years in Tibet and highlight his pioneering of a never-before-climbed route up Mt. Everest.
It’s hard to tell how fitting it is that we lose two local icons within days of each other this past week, but our losses are certainly in keeping with the tone of the current times.