Hard worker, loyal friend, he'd give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. Rest in Peace buddy, we'll all miss you. See you in heaven buddy, no helping the Yanks and Canadians. =)
Condolences to his mother, daughter, and the rest of his family and friends.
Tobey C. Johnson
Ernest, I 100% agree. I said the same thing last week when this story was printed about the meeting. I had a few disagree with me but truly this is a preview of what is to come.
well, this in particular may have nothing to do with Obamacare, yes, I will agree, but this is going to be what ObamaCare will be like....just a big mess on where and when you can go see a doctor and instead of seeing the one you've had for 10-20 years, you'll have to go see someone else and develop a whole new relationship with that one. If its not broke, don't fix it....Health Care was not completely broken, it needs tweaking, not an overhaul like they are doing.
I hope Gov. LePage does the right thing here for everyone, this will hurt CMMC more than help anyone. They have a lot of offices and patients that count on their treatment and to have an insurance company do this, is wrong. Not just wrong but damn near criminal in my opinion. Greed is a dangerous and powerful feeling, makes one loose their mind and soul.
Well, for those who wanted to know what Obama-Care will be like, here ya go. This is going to be a mess.
As a human, I am not perfect and I tend to speak before thinking and reacting before thinking as well. I would like to retract my comments made towards Ms. Siegel. I have been in contact with her, and her comments were clarified to me about her quote. Hearing her side of the story has changed my feelings that I stated at the beginning of my post and would like to publicly apologize for taking to a public forum instead of asking her myself if this comment is correctly being presented.
As I do know better, the media does have its ways of telling the story from the perspective that they want the readers to see, not the whole story. I would suggest that The Sun Journal should let at themselves when writing these stories and to the editor's before publishing, to make sure all quotes and opinions are correctly being presented.
It is very easy for anyone to look at comments and think they mean one thing while the person who is being quoted may mean an entirely different thing, and this is a case of that I am afraid. So again, my apologies for making a public forum statement that didn't need to be taken on this one small issue of this much larger issue of the RSU 4's budget.
I have to add to this; this isn't a comment by me but from someone who doesn't have an account and asked me to post this. I read it, I agreed with every single word of it so I'm more than fine with posting it.
By making this comment to the Sun Journal, Ms. Siegel did not conduct herself in a way that is appropriate to her position as the Office Manager of the Town of Wales. Maine has very clear voter rights and by calling out an absentee voter who visited the polls she in essence created a harassing atmosphere concerning this person's RIGHT TO VOTE. Did Ms. Siegel mention that there were not absentee ballots available for her to use? No, she did not. Did she also mention that a voter has every right to vote by absentee ballot and doesn't need to even provide a reason for doing so? No, she did not.
Ms. Siegel completely contradicts herself in her comment "I can tell you why it didn't pass: because nobody came out and voted." Yet she calls out the lengths to which voters went just to have their voice heard, their vote count. The very ideal written into the Constitution of the United States which gives everyone the right to vote is discounted by Ms. Siegel because they didn't vote in the way she deems appropriate. There are not age restrictions, Ms. Siegel. There is no restriction on absentee vs. walking into the polls, Ms. Siegel. EVERY VOTE COUNTS! Even if you have to be "dragged in".
It is obvious that you are an injustice to your position. What a shameful representation by a town employee. What a mockery of the voting system. What a sad, sad, sad commentary on your ability to recognize that what the people wanted DID happen - BECAUSE people came to vote.
Perhaps you should reacquaint yourself with Maine's Right to Vote before the next election so you do not subject other voters to your ignorance. Or a better idea, maybe you could polish up your resume and give the Office Manager position to someone who could do it justice. That's something I'd vote for!
As a resident of Wales, I for one am disappointed in the comments that were made in this article as I feel it sheds a poor light on the fine people of our small town. The comment of, " I did, however, see someone drag their 90-year-old mother to the polls who could barely walk and a lady who I haven't seen come to the polls for years, who usually votes absentee.", I will take personally. While it will, I'm sure, be denied, and maybe rightfully so, it hits close to home for me. My mother is one who has not been physically able to go to the town office to vote and requires an absentee ballot, but with those not available (I did contact the town office to ask and was replied with a no) she felt the need as a resident and a tax payer to be able to exercise her vote. It will be noted that she always votes via absentee ballot. She does not pick and choose when she will vote, she always votes when capable. Now after reading this, I will say my mother feels singled out and has said to me today that the next vote, she will not go to because she is not going to make her efforts to go out and vote only to be put down by town officials. So if that was what you were striving to do, congratulations you succeeded, you'll have 1 less vote and one less person and tax payer, being able to exercise their right to vote. Did you maybe think that the reason this individual who "dragged" their 90 year old mother was because she herself wanted to vote and felt that she needed to vote because they cannot afford to pay for a higher tax? Or maybe that they do not feel they should have to pay more of their money for higher taxes? To assume this person was "dragged" in is a very poor taste of words and while may be your opinion, should have been kept to yourself as a town official being paid by the tax payers. This comment I feel boarders on the line of voter intimidation and harassment. Now, I know this post I'm making is going to be very unpopular, and I do expect backlash for it, but if our town officials will not have a filter on their comments, neither will I. Just so its also known, most people, this including myself, do not want the kids of this RSU to be without certain privileges and activities. We were very disappointed in losing our school and seeing the children of this town being forced to go to another town and not being able to have the experience that most of us in this town had, which was a sense of pride for our small town and the value of going to school in your home town.
I for one am calling Mr. Hodgkin's bluff about cutting sports. This threat is the constant when budget cuts are made and when the school board doesn't get their way and basically handed a blank check by the town's tax payers. Cutting sports, band, drama, or other after school programs are valuable to the growth, confidence, and character building of these students. Not only do they keep kids out of trouble, they teach respect, teamwork, friendship, communication and commitment. All important skills each person needs. This is the first threat always, and the reason for it is it is known that a lot of parents and students will be outraged by this and show up in droves to vote and make sure the budget that was originally presented will pass without much trouble but lets be honest, do you really think they are going to cut sports?
I have a solution to the problem but this will require the state to get more involved into this issue and lets all be honest, this isn't just the only RSU that is having this issue, many towns are feeling the pinch of the budget to their tax dollars and we cannot afford it. First, the superintendent can resign; if he truly cares about the kids of this RSU and wants what is best for them, he can resign. This RSU can join with other smaller towns such as Monmouth, Greene, Leeds, just to name a few, and have 1 shared superintendent. The size of these schools truly do not require a lone full time superintendent. Secondly, the school board needs to stop negotiating annual pay raises into the teacher union's contracts. Most businesses are not giving out bonuses or pay raises. A lot are having to cut salaries and benefits in order just to keep their employee's employed. Those businesses who are fortunate enough to allow for annual raises, those raises are usually performance based. How can a school that is continually in the decline justified in giving annual raises to those who are responsible for those failing scores? When the contracts are up, and its time to negotiate, get tough, buckle down and stand your ground. Put your offer on the table, no negotiating, if the teacher's do not want your terms, there are plenty of very qualified and talented people out there who will be more than willing to take your offer. Many college graduates who seek a career of teaching can and will make excellent replacements and will have the urge to want to prove themselves and go that extra mile that someone who has been there 15 years may not anymore.
I am not in favor of cutting down to the bone and having these kids suffer but I also see a lot of people, not just in this town, but other towns, struggling to make it by. If you continue to add to the budgets and increase taxpayers taxes, you will have more and more delinquent taxpayers and liens placed on lands. We all care about the kids and their education but enough is enough.
I also feel that its time for Governor LePage to take a hard look at this issue of having RSU's. It hasn't worked, especially for the smaller communities. This was a major mistake made by the previous administration and it needs to be fixed.
You could start and cut the superintendent and his near $100K salary. Why does an RSU as small as 4 is needs a full time superintendent? Out this way, Wales, Sabattus, Litchfield, Greene, Leeds, Monmouth could all benefit from sharing one. What you'll find that will probably happen, Sabattus will be fed up, want to join up with Lisbon, Litchfield will find someone to run with and Monmouth should just consume Wales as its own.
Funny thing about this story, (not funny as ha ha ha) Litchfield and Sabattus really didn't care about Wales, when it was time to cut one of the school buildings, no hesitation in cutting Wales, now tiny little Wales has a little control and could be the tie breaker in Litchfield vs Sabattus.
Another thing, ipads for free? First laptops now ipads......for free.....and we wonder why budgets are so hard to approve and why people are complaining. If I needed something for school, my parents had to buy it. Pencils, paper, pens, folders, locks, sneakers, whatever, it was expected that the parents were responsible for these items; I know not everyone can afford lap tops or ipads, hell, I don't have an ipad for myself, but why should I have to buy an ipad for someone else's kid to mistreat and use. Offer a deal, a group discount, a voucher, I'm sure some business could do this as a tax break (and some good press) and everyone would be happy. I'd hate to see sports, drama, and any of the other programs cut for the kids because of this need for added technology luxuries.
There isn't a separation in church and state. Only when it is convenient to government. I could continue on and explain myself further but it seem's to be pointless at this point. I'm getting yelled at every which way for 1 comment, 1. Never mind reading any of my other post, just focus on the one....cause its convenient.