A transparent election

Now that Maine’s first ranked-choice voting count in a general election has been completed, I want to congratulate the public servants in our secretary of state’s office and in our town offices for their performance, dedication and professionalism. Once ranked-choice voting was the law of the land, Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn, and all the town and city clerks across the state were resourceful and determined to honor their commitments.

In the run up to the election, Dunlap was tireless in promoting citizen education about ranked-choice voting. During the absentee voting period and on Election Day, our local election officials worked hard to make sure that everyone could cast their vote and make it count. In the days following the election, those same local officials made sure their returns were in order and delivered to the counting center on time. And over the five working days that it took to complete the ranked-choice count, the team from the state’s Elections Division had not one moment, not one gesture, not one word that was not recorded, examined and re-examined to find fault. Their entire team worked methodically, with discipline and poise, to make sure the count was transparent and accurate. And, in the best Maine tradition, there were even flashes of humor.

The whole thing was so Maine. These are our people, and they were great.

Ann Luther


Looking for Zach

No parents ever wants to get that call. We got it on a recent afternoon.

We said goodbye to our son, Sam, as he ended his weekend here in Biddeford and began his trip back to Eastern Maine Community College in Bangor. Later we got the phone call telling us that his car slid on the icy highway, rolled and landed in a ditch. It’s hard to put into words the emotions we went through. We were worried he was alone, scared and cold. He assured us he was fine; he had “people” with him.

A boy named Zach had rushed into the ditch to help Sam. The car was upside down, the roof was caved in and he was trapped in the car. Zach didn’t waste time and broke the driver’s window to get him out. He stayed there with our son the whole time. There was a woman who stayed with him too, who may have seen Sam go off the road.

We are so thankful to the both of these people, but we don’t know much about them. All we know is that Zach attends Husson University and the woman, who was in a separate car, goes to a college in Bangor, too.

Sam’s life was spared and he met two strangers who we would love to personally thank for their kindness, but we have to find you first.

Theresa and Scott Roy


Yes for public safety

I am a 10-year resident of Orrington. There is an urgent need for a new public safety building in our town. Orrington will hold a special vote at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 3, 2018, at the Center Drive School. A “yes” vote by enough Orrington residents in attendance will permit the town to spend up to $3.5 million on a new public safety building to house fire and police services.

A “yes” vote means this: Orrington will be able to replace outdated facilities that do not meet code requirements and represent significant safety hazards to our first responders. Orrington can better protect its citizens and respond to emergencies. Orrington will send a positive message to businesses evaluating our town as a site for economic development. Orrington will have the ability to house student firefighters which equals greater services with minimal costs. Orrington will have a modern facility that will be a significant factor in where many people choose to live.

The process to date has involved over five years of work by a public committee of town citizens and officials. The town will not have to borrow money for this project and the project will not have an impact on property taxes. Approval by the citizens of Orrington is needed to spend the money. Further detailed information may be found at https://orrington.govoffice.com.

A “yes” vote will make the difference. You must attend to vote.

Michelle Schleck