What Mid Coast fails to mention is that Parkview does NOT want to combine with Mid Coast but does want to combine forces with CMMC. Mid Coast's proposal is the equivalent of CMMC proposing (filing a CON) to "merge" with St. Mary's and shut it down, or vice versa. Or, what if Parkview proposed shutting down Mid Coast or Maine Health? It is just plain silly. That is an abuse of the Certificate of Need process. CMMC's proposal allows Parkview to continue operating whereas Mid Coast would shut it down and eliminate all of its local competition. Not healthy, not fair, and not the American way.
Collen Quint has worked harder for the Maine educational system than most in this state, except for our teachers and other educators themselves. She was executive director of the Mitchell Institute, whose mission is in fact furthering the educational goals of Mainers. She has not only had that focus but, in the process, has run that business, knows what it is like to be an employer and deal with jobs, and has conducted herself as George Mitchell himself did -- with diplomacy, professionalism, and dignity. I do not agree that others look down on Maine students and it is too bad that opinion exists out there. Time to take a more positive approach!
I think Ms. Kuenning raises some good questions because it does seem very hard to understand why a company would let go long time workers with good records. But the fact is that none of the four women, all well over 40, thought they were doing anything wrong. Why? Because there is no policy on discounts that discounts of a certain amount are off limits to employees. Emails and calls have been pouring in with one example after another of discounts as high and higher than the one these employees were looking at regarding this tote. A $50 skirt for $8.95, another bag for nearly $200 for $19.99, and more... All of those were apparetnly legitimate. The only rule that folks keep saying they were told -- and they are consistent on the exact wording -- is to "trust the system." That is what these ladies did and got fired.