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Thursday, March 23, 2017
  • The following was read to the Rockland City Council on March 13, 2017: My name is Connie Hayes. Though, as you know, I am a member of the City Manager Search Committee, I speak to you here as a citizen. I am not representing . . .
  • “I would like to speak briefly and simply about a serious national condition. It is a national feeling of fear and frustration that could result in national suicide and the end of everything that we Americans hold dear. It is a condition . . .
  • Quarry Hill Bids Farewell to Chef Roy —
    Quarry Hill residents, employees and other well-wishers crowded a standing-room-only farewell reception at the end of February for the older-adult community’s Chef John Roy. Roy, shown here, was the first person hired . . .
  • I hope you will join me in asking Susan Collins to demand an independent counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s and the Trump administration’s connection to Russia as well as the Trump’s financial ties to that country. . . .
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, “You are entitled to your opinion. But you are not entitled to your own facts.” These days, the president of the United States and his supporting minions all frequently traffic in their own . . .
  • You are on the board of a national corporation. What would you do if you had a CEO, Mr. AB, who appeared to have the genetic condition of Marfan syndrome, with very long limbs and high risk of fatal aortic aneurism, and . . .
  • The Woodstove Alliance’s name has come up in recent news about the proposed Rockland Resolution for Diversity. As a result, there have been questions raised about what the Woodstove Alliance is and what its role is in . . .
  • I am speaking out in support for the resolution to commit to promote an open, respectful, healthy community. Why do we need this declaration? A year ago I would have said — it is common sense and we don’t need to write . . .
  • Maine Equal Justice Partners, a civil legal aid organization that represents low-income Maine people in matters of economic security, including access to health care, released the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget . . .
  • Today’s Congressional Budget Office score confirms the very real and dangerous implications of Speaker Ryan’s plan — it will create chaos in the system and leave people worse off than before. This plan will do everything that . . .
  • Many experts have pointed out how devastating the Republican Health Care bill will be for Maine’s working people. But few have noticed that another major victim of Trump Care will be our state’s rural hospitals. . . .
  • Representative Paul Ryan’s healthcare plan is the real total disaster, not Obamacare. Here we sit in our eighties, in the oldest county in the oldest state and see medical costs and insurance premiums go up and up forcing many . . .
  • Repeal Obamacare and replace it with a hastily drafted supposedly better and cheaper Trumpcare type plan without knowing if it’s actually better and cheaper? That’s apparently what we are being asked to accept — that’s like . . .
  • In response to “Resolution affirming diversity and inclusiveness,” I’d like to make the following comments. This “symbolic” expression of solidarity with the principles laid out in the resolution is all well and good, but falls short . . .
  • This is not just a challenged President. This is nothing short of a corporate/military coup that appears more fascist every day. This is a tsunami! It also did not just pop up overnight. It is the result of decades of deliberate organizing by . . .
  • March 11 is the sixth anniversary of your earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accidents, that created a terrible, deep unrelenting crisis. You beg for our attention; we humans who so loved you and saw to your creation. We pretend . . .
  • My thanks and praise to the Rockland City Council, especially to Mayor Will Clayton, for the open and efficient meeting I attended Monday, March 6. Important and sensitive issues were discussed and all points of view were . . .
  • I’m not much one to write a letter to the editor, but I had an interesting experience February 28, 2017, at my first community meeting since transplanting to midcoast Maine from elsewhere in the nation. The midcoast school districts’ . . .
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