When Gov. LePage spends a year living on MY yearly budget or that of any other Maine citizen that deals with low income/poverty, disability and the day to day stressors involved in making ends meet THEN he'd have not only a better idea of what it's like but also perhaps a bit more credibility as governor of our state!
Kudos to Rep. Rotundo and all others who are fighting against such drastic cuts and in doing so, taking a stand for those who are most vulnerable to such cuts!
Gov. Lepage, I do not own a car, I do not qualify for MaineCare, I am on disability and have begun my return to the workforce (where I was once productive and self suppporting for two decades) and now, as a result, I no longer qualify for my small food stamp allotment per month even though I am able to work only part time currently. I live in subsidized housing, I do not own a cell phone and I do not have cable. Could YOU live comfortably like that? Would YOU be able to with even MORE drastic cuts?
My mom is 71, she was diagnosed with cancer this year and had to have surgery to remove part of her lung. She is not in an optimal living situation and she struggles to make ends meet. I will survive either way because I am a survivor but how can anyone in good conscience advocate cutting essential services to folks who have worked and paid taxes all their lives and who now, NEED the help?
To consider the needs of the state "without emotion" is to do so without heart as well. In my humble opinion anyway!
Ted Ireland was a true gentleman and a WONDERFUL man,co-worker and friend! I am so saddened to read of his passing but I KNOW he is with the Lord now...
I never saw Ted without a smile. I worked with him at Bradlees. He worked security there and even when faced with a difficult situation, he had a heart for those that made bad choices and tried to steer them in the right direction.
I often saw Ted at CMMC greeting visitors and patients. He'd always be delighted to see you and he'd greet me with a friendly hug. The world truly has lost someone special with the passing of Ted Ireland! My deepest condolences to his family.
I just wanted to say that although I do not know this family, I am very grateful that these kids were in the right place at the right time because this woman that was beaten could very well have been critically injured or worse! That "person" who beat her does not deserve to call himself a man--he is a coward who very likely feels powerless and so he seeks to control others whom he perceives as weaker or more vulnerable than himself. (Women and children) Something tells me if there were a 200 lb, 6 foot tall man in the room, he'd have been mouthy perhaps but not dared to touch anyone for fear that he himself would be beaten. I do not advocate violence of any kind but I DO hope that justice is served in this case for this lady and for his other victims because you can be SURE there will be more if he isn't dealt with!
Last but not least I am sooo PROUD of the kids for standing up to what is right, and especially for that young man who said that "It is not ok to hit a woman!" His mom taught him right and should be very proud but I hope she will get some counseling so she can also understand that she does not deserve to be hit and that she needs to set the bar higher when it comes to men she dates and/or marries.
TY also to Sun Journal for reporting this story. Too often these things are kept quiet so kudos for outing the criminals and keeping the public aware of this issue.
You don't know me, and I don't even know if you will see these comments but I wanted to commend you and your husband for stepping up and stepping out to make a difference for these children. Like you, I believe all children are precious and many never get to develop their untapped potential due to early trauma or other circumstances. I'd love to be able to contact you to talk further about this as I have also given foster parenting/adoption some consideration.
Congrats on your work to become a teacher--I am sure you will succeed!
I have to wonder what purpose it serves to comment on the deceased victim's moral character when she is not here to defend herself and then to accuse the newspaper of "sugar-coating" the truth? And no, I did not know the victim.
It seems to me that the SJ was just reporting some factual information relayed to them by someone close to the victim. The facts are: she was murdered, she has children, she left behind a fiance, she loved animals and hoped to start a business working with animals someday and that she was, in the loved one's words, "a free spirit." So what purpose does it serve to make sure the public knows that she allegedly did drugs and hung with the wrong crowd? Does it somehow lift a person up to point out skeletons in someone else's closet? Even if that someone died a horrific death? And if one must present the WHOLE picture, why did the previous commenter not mention HOW she knew such a person or why she hung with those that knew her? My point is that was simply not necessary--none of it!
I think we need to remember that none of us are perfect and that the victims loved ones are in enough pain without some bystander adding to it!
I know there are some that will say "How could a mother and/or father do this? How could they give up their infant and walk away, not knowing where he will end up?" But I also recall reading MANY articles over the years about infants and children who were harmed or even killed by their parents and THEN the comments inevitably include "If only I had known, I'd have taken him or her and given the child a good home!"
That said, I do not know the birth mother's circumstances nor the birth father. What I DO know from this article is that rather than smother the baby, leave him in a dumpster somewhere, or otherwise harm him, this woman chose to act in what she felt were her child's best interests and I can only commend her for that!! She acted WITHIN THE LAW to protect someone that cannot protect or speak for himself and whether or not this precious little boy ever gets to know his birth mother personally, I hope when he's old enough he can know that she is one courageous lady and wanted only the best for him!
This is an outrage! As others pointed out, this child--NO child, should be allowed to be around someone who is intoxicated and has a dangerous weapon. This guy gives the word "uncle" a bad name! I have nieces and a nephew and I would put MYSELF in harm's way before I'd EVER do harm to a child! I pray this little boy makes a speedy recovery.
Peter, I wanted to say that I agree with you--what a wonderful thing these two practices did for our community and I sincerely hope others will follow their example! I currently have dental needs that I
am not fully able to meet and I KNOW others in this community appreciate the service as well. Kudos to these two practices and their staff. May you be richly blessed.
I wanted to extend my heartfelt GRATITUDE for those few offices that offered this program, Advanced Dentistry and Riverview Dental. The community does not forget something like this--I know that when I have the ability to pay for much needed dental work (I have a broken tooth in the front that is jagged, an impacted wisdom tooth causing pain and need substantial work done)these are the dental offices I will choose from--and the two in the area that I would not hesitate to recommend to others because of their generosity of spirit and putting people before profit. Granted, businesses exist for several reasons--among them to make money and I don't begrudge that but it just touches my heart and I am very grateful to see these two offices doing something like this and I sincerely hope more will follow their lead in the future! I sooo wanted to go but my mom needed my support and presence at a surgeon's office due to a recent cancer diagnosis and with no set appt. times, I could not risk missing being there for her. As it turns out, her appt was then postponed til Monday due to an emergency so we both missed out. Dental services for uninsured Maine residents--esp. adults without MaineCare (I do not qualify) are sorely (pardon the pun) needed! I am of limited income but when able, one of these two offices will be my first choice. I encourage others to do the same!
As I stated, "for the most part they provided acceptable to good service" and yes, I did use them almost daily for a while (as Carrie states) so I have had ample experience. Also I want to say that I DID indeed
express my concerns to the company and they apologized. I hold no grudges and will likely use them in the future if needed. However I have been in the customer service sector for years and was trained to provide good customer service regardless of my personal issues, the type of day I've had, mood, weather etc. It's just the right thing to do when one is working in the public eye! City Cab is now back on the road under new ownership with many of the same drivers if my understanding is correct. I wish them well!