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Op-Ed: Merger presents opportunity for a clear vision for L-A

By Clif Greim

Auburn

On November 7, an important decision is being asked of our citizens regarding the One LA merger. The question boils down to the following: what we can do as one city that we can’t do as two?

The answer to this question is the reason I will be voting in favor of One LA, and I urge voters in Auburn and Lewiston to do the same. It is a golden opportunity to move L/A forward in this region.

Having worked in the private sector for 37 years, along with my work on several regional and state boards, including the local and state chambers of commerce, I have spent time thinking about public and private sector solutions to some of the problems that our communities currently face. I have found that the most important pieces of the prosperity equation are straightforward: we need to create a suitable environment that attracts business and people to operate and live here.

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Letter to the Editor: Merger could delay new ELHS project

To the Editor:

During a recent television interview, Auburn Mayor Jonathan P. LaBonte discussed the numerous reasons why he is opposed to the merger of Auburn with Lewiston. Of particular note, Mayor LaBonte stated: “If the merger passes, I fully expect the E.L. project to be delayed.”

All Auburn residents should be alarmed about the fate of a new Edward Little High School in the event of a merger. Merging Auburn’s excellent neighborhood school system with Lewiston’s struggling big box school program should send chills down the spines of every parent living in Auburn.

Auburn residents should protect the future of the city’s new Edward Little High School and its excellent neighborhood schools by going to the polls on November 7 and voting “no” against merger; “no” against consolidation; and “no” against new city charter.

Leroy G. Walker, Sr.

Auburn City Councilor

Ward 5

Governor’s Address: Question 1 is about a Third Casino, Not Education or Jobs

Once again, special interest groups are not being honest and upfront about a ballot initiative.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

Question 1 on the ballot this November is not a referendum on funding our schools. It is not about creating new jobs or lowering taxes. Make no mistake: it is about putting a third Maine casino in York County. It’s about gambling, plain and simple.

Gambling and casinos are controversial, so ad campaigns focus on other things, like jobs or funding for schools. But voters need to know what they are really voting on.

Question 1 doesn’t even mention jobs, education or taxes, so voters could be easily confused by the ads they are seeing. Question 1 asks:

“Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?”

The question on the ballot says nothing about taxes, schools or jobs.

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Enough is Enough: Local officials have ignored the problem with generational welfare

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Let’s bury our heads in the sand like an ostrich. When we finally pull them out and return to reality, it is with the hope that the crisis we have attempted to avoid has either gone away or been solved.

Does this remind you of anyone, perhaps Lewiston-Auburn elected officials?

In a recent article in the Sun Journal, it stated, “Jim Howaniec, chairman of the Coalition Opposed to Lewiston Auburn Consolidation, said the discussion over welfare in the two cities is an example of the negativity that has been caused by the merger initiative.”

No, Jim! The 3,000-ton welfare elephant has been in the room for a long time. It was there long before your election as Lewiston’s mayor. Early on, the problem could have been righted. But it was ignored by elected officials as a low-impact item. That changed with the Somali diaspora.

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Auburn honors Civil War hero with new gravestone

On the 154th anniversary of his heroic actions on the battlefield, the city dedicated a new memorial stone to Moses C. Hanscom that correctly spells his last name.

The City of Auburn honored a local son and Civil War hero recently by correcting a longstanding mistake. When Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Moses C. Hanscom of Danville was buried in Auburn’s Oak Hill Cemetery in 1873, the name on his memorial stone was incorrectly spelled as “Hansom.”

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New plaque at Morse Library

Pictured here (l. to r.) are Bob Allison, Susan Allison, Marnie Gardner, and Paul Gardner. Absent from the photo is Patricia Rose.

Julia Adams Morse Memorial Library in Greene recently installed a new plaque in recognition of five town residents for their efforts on behalf of the library. The plaque lists former Trustees Susan Allison and Marnie Gardner, Building Committee members Bob Allison and Paul Gardner, and former Librarian and Trustee Patricia Rose. The five were honored for their longstanding contributions to the library’s governance and/or maintenance and for their leadership during its building expansion project in 2006.

Safe Voices honors five with Community Partner Awards

Safe Voices’ recognized five community leaders for their work raising awareness of and combatting domestic violence at its recent Fall Mixer & Community Partner Awards, part of the agency’s 40th anniversary celebration. Pictured here (l. to r.) are Ginger Keiffer of Senator Susan Collins’ office; Elise Johansen, Safe Voices executive director; awardee Cynthia Patterson of Safe Voices; Marty McIntyre, executive director of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Services, accepting on behalf of SAPARS; awardee Lt. David St. Laurent of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office; awardee Peter Lasagna of the Bates College Athletic Department; awardee Nicole Bissonnette of Pine Tree Legal Assistance; and Tim Gallant of Congressman Bruce Poliquin’s office.

City of Auburn seeks “perfect” holiday tree

Last year’s tree is installed at Festival Plaza.

Picture this: your tree, glowing and decorated in gorgeous holiday lights, surrounded by hundreds of people who have gathered to see it light up downtown Auburn.

The City of Auburn is seeking a beautiful, local tree to display ar Festival Plaza this holiday season. The ideal specimen will be a spruce or fir tree, at least 25 feet tall, located in Auburn, and relatively “accessible” (i.e., not close to power lines or other obstructions).

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Governor’s Address: Taxpayers should not pay to give “free” healthcare for able-bodied adults

Special-interest groups are using the ballot box to push initiatives that are bad for Maine.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

For seven years, I have been leading the charge to change the status quo in Augusta. But the Legislature won’t make the tough decisions that are needed to move Maine from poverty to prosperity.

This opens the door for socialists to push their agenda through the ballot box. These citizen referendums punish success, encourage professionals to leave Maine and burden our taxpayers with runaway costs.

In the last round of referendums, the socialists at the Maine People’s Alliance tried to tax successful people and hurt small family businesses. They also tried to take away tips from servers in restaurants.

Now they want Maine taxpayers to give free healthcare to able-bodied people who should be working and contributing to the cost of their own healthcare. In Question 2, these socialists are trying to expand Medicaid again.

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Enough is Enough: During a tragedy, police do what they are trained to do: protect and serve

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Half a league, half a league, half a league onward, all in the Valley of Death rolled the six hundred. “Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!”

Thus begins Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” recounting the heroic, some say foolish/suicidal charge on October 25, 1854 of the Russian artillery on Belacava Heights in the Crimea.

The charge made by these brave men was celebrated throughout the British Empire.

Unfortunately, heroic actions performed daily by our police officers in blue and brown is far too often looked at with a jaundiced eye by a large number of the general public.

Unlike the Light Brigade, who charged the guns with the purpose of winning a battle, today’s police officers run to the sound of the guns to save lives; contrary to a theme that repeatedly resonates in media coverage, no litmus test is ever used by responding officers. The only thing that is going through their minds is the motto on many of their patrol vehicles: Protect and Serve.

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