The following is general background information regarding the school district reorganization, as well as some frequently asked questions.
I would like to take this opportunity to extend my appreciation to the Rotary and Lions clubs for their recent recognition of my volunteer work. While I accept this recognition with gratitude, I also would like to accept it on behalf of those hundreds of volunteers who work tirelessly in anonymity to serve Lincoln County residents.
To the Editor:
This is a letter about print journalism. Editor Olin’s recent editorial about the direction and survival of this medium is properly of great concern. In a time when the free press is being gobbled up by corporate entities only to have its freedom destroyed, its integrity enslaved to the corporate interests and ultimately rot out of existence in lieu of more favored information bearers like the internet and company-controlled television, a newspaper like The Lincoln County News becomes so much more valuable to people’s daily life.
A little perspective on your banner quote of Ken Olsen, “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”
There is an old saying that goes something like, “As Maine goes, so goes the nation.” In truth, the old saying is probably something more like, “As (proudly insert home state here) goes, so goes the nation,” but we here in Maine can rightly feel that ours is a unique window on national leadership.
I hope that the State Legislature will do the right thing again and vote in opposition to the adoption of a saltwater fishing license. As a life long resident of the State of Maine I have enjoyed the liberty of being able to salt water fish free of charge. This is one of the last recreational activities we can enjoy at no cost and I view it as being a benefit of living in this great State.
Tuesday, Jan. 27 is a crucial day for the future of our local schools. On that day, the 11 towns in the proposed Central Lincoln County School System (CLCSS) will open the polls for the state-mandated vote on consolidation.
It was nice to see the Maine Principals Association come to its senses this week and reject a series of recommendations that would have dramatically impacted high school sports programs.
While we always applaud proposals to save money, there is something to be said for saving money wisely. In this case, it was obvious from the outset that the proposed changes would have proved problematic.
To the Editor:
You couldn’t have found a more diverse group anywhere in Lincoln County on New Year’s Eve than at Lincoln Theater. From young to older, experienced dancer to just watcher, everyone had a wonderful time. The music was varied, the lighting beautiful and fun was the rule of the night.
Those of use who have been around the block a few times can remember an almost extinct dinosaur called “customer service”. A decades-old company (Sears) built their reputation and therefore, their business on this same work ethic.
The fire chief’s horse/truck collision in nearby Edgecomb, brought back a sad memory, with lessons I learned, and hope I can relay to as many drivers as possible.
On Tues., Jan. 6, the entire Bristol Fire Department was invited to dinner at the Samoset Restaurant. We would like to thank Erin Reeves and Chad McKernan for making such a wonderful gesture. We all had great meals and the service was excellent.
I enjoyed the nice photo of the Bohemian Waxwings in the Jan. 15 issue. I would like to amend the text, however. It’s true that their breeding range is more westerly, but they do come to Maine regularly, even if we don’t see them as often as chickadees.
As I write this update on Mon., Jan. 5, the work of the 124th Maine Legislature formally begins.
I am pleased to report that I have been named to the same two committees I served on in the last Legislature, namely Marine Resources, and Business Research and Economic Development committees. These are both great committees to be on from the perspective of the needs of our towns, as well as for the needs of the state as a whole.