Letter to the editor: Ranked choice ignores will of 2nd District voters

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 19, 2018 - 10:33am

Southern Maine liberal arrogance continues by demanding we vote and vote again till we get it 'right.'

On Election Day, Bruce Poliquin won re-election to Congress to represent the 2nd Congressional District by about 2,000 votes. In the realms of sanity and fairness, that would be the headline, but forces from outside the 2nd District conspired to work against the wishes of the voters in this district. The cycle of southern Maine liberal arrogance continues.

Southern Maine liberals have been frustrated with the conservative vote in northern Maine. The voting bloc leans right, but in the minds of the political elites, rural Maine doesn’t vote the “right” way. How do they overcome the obvious intellectual deficits of northern Maine hicks, those lovable, quaint and postcard-worthy but not vote-worthy backwoods Mainers?

Convinced of their intellectual superiority, liberals simply awarded themselves extra votes. If the Democrats couldn’t win the first time, it just wasn’t fair, so they added in the votes of their stealth Democrat candidates: the independents. Extra, do-over and everybody-gets-a-win-as-long-as they’re-not-Republican votes.

Now Democrats can say that they have not only three outside campaign dollars to every one outside Republican dollar, but also three votes per Democrat voter to every one vote per Republican.

In 2016, the voters of the 2nd District voted against ranked-choice voting by 20,000 votes, but it narrowly passed because of its support in the 1st District. So which district supports ranked-choice voting? Certainly, not the 2nd District!

But ranked-choice voting – the majority will of the voters in the 1st Congressional District – has been used to circumvent the majority will of the voters of the 2nd Congressional District, who gave Bruce Poliquin the victory to represent them in Washington.

The voters in the 2nd District voted against do-overs, twosies and threesies votes, but the 1st District has overruled rural Maine and demanded we vote and vote again until we get it “right.” In other words, voting the southern Maine way is all we have left.

Andy and Sara Torbett

Snow Plowing in Milo Area

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 18, 2018 - 6:53pm

Lake View Plt. Office Closing- Thanksgiving

Submitted by Cheryl Gormley on November 15, 2018 - 6:12pm

Park Street church Christmas fair in Milo

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 15, 2018 - 9:12am

MILO — A Christmas fair will be held 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Park Street United Methodist Church, 15 Park St. A corn chowder luncheon will be offered 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  There will be homemade food, cookie walk, candy shoppe, crafts and gifts, nearly new Christmas items, RAVA utensils, surprise table, tree trims, decorated wreaths and holiday greenery arrangements.

Highlights of the B-BJ Historical Society autumn

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 15, 2018 - 9:10am

Susan Worcester, B-BJ Historical Society president • November 13, 2018

BROWNVILLE — The Brownville-Brownville Junction (B-BJ) Historical Society and Parish House Museum has had another good year!

We have a small number of volunteers who work diligently to keep things moving ahead. That includes keeping the museum open two days a week during the summer and early fall, keeping new acquisitions up to date in our record keeping, inputting information about current items and records in our PastPerfect program, answering inquiries from people who either come in to the museum or email us looking for specific information and organizing what we have to make more information and items accessible to visitors and easier for volunteers to locate. These are just a few of the tasks that we are working on and if you have a few hours to volunteer, your time would be much appreciated. Keep us in mind next summer!

We are continuing to market Ken Hatchette’s book and revised book about the Canadian Pacific Railroad in Brownville Junction. There are fewer than 10 copies of the original manuscript still available; this will not be reprinted. The books are currently available at Simple Sacks in Brownville, The Milo and Points North Visitors’ Center in Milo, and from Susan Worcester 965-8070). Ken will soon be working on new books that will be of interest of people in the area.

At the September society meeting it was decided to have our 2019 meetings in the evenings so that people who work will have the opportunity to attend. It would be our hope to be able to offer short programs in conjunction with each meeting.

If you are a member of the society and received our most recent newsletter you will have read about “Maine’s One-Man Railroad” right here in our area! Very interesting story about Bert Green. And you might have learned a few new facts in our Pop Quiz. Oh, and there is a recipe there for Welsh cookies.

There is also a photo there of the old B&A station in the Junction that most of the volunteers had never seen before and one last look at the old Green Bridge as the work on the new replacement bridge comes to an end.

Worcester will be getting back to interviewing people who live or have lived in town in order to record their stories for the museum files. If you’d be interested in talking, please call 965-8070 or email brownvillehistorical@trcmaine.org .

If you are not a member of the society and would like to be, send $5 annual dues to B-BJ Historical Society, PO Box 794, Brownville ME 04414 along with your name and mailing information and anything else you’d like us to know about you!’

There are a few volunteers who will be working on projects through the winter months and thinking about new projects (or projects not yet finished) for next summer. Among those, we hope, will be a renovation of our bathroom and access to our...

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Tom and Nancy Harrigan named this year’s Myrick Award recipients

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 13, 2018 - 10:50am

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • November 13, 2018

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Executive Committee of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC) has named Tom and Nancy Harrigan of Milo as the 16th recipients of the Warren “Pete” Myrick Award.

Both Tom and Nancy Harrigan exemplify the criteria set by Pete Myrick, a Guilford resident, who was a longtime educator and founder of PCEDC. Criteria includes overall impact of the candidate’s accomplishments, the duration of the candidate’s engagement in community service activities, and the breadth of community involvement.

The Executive Committee of the PCEEDC presents the Myrick Award each year to recognize a Piscataquis County citizen, business, or organization who exemplifies Myrick’s concern for and commitment to education, economic development, and/or civic leadership in the region. Myrick, who passed away in 2002, was a longtime education in Guilford and a founder of PCEDC, serving as the council’s president in 2001.

“Tom and Nancy Harrigan invest time, personal resources, and their passion both in Milo and throughout our region,” said PCEDC Executive Director Christopher Winstead. “The construction of the Three Rivers Kiwanis Building, the Harrigan Learning Center, and the Milo-Brownville & Points North Visitor enter, demonstrate their passion for seeing local communities prosper. Tom and Nancy exemplify the Myrick Award trifecta; a commitment to education, economic development, and civic leadership.”

Please join the PCEDC on Monday, Dec. 10 from 5-8 p.m. at The Commons for Central Hall for the annual meeting and award presentation. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Winstead at 564-3638 or Christopher.winstead@pcedc.org.