Letters from the Times Record

3/12: Gordon Weil

3/12: Jim Knight, Lee Theberge
 

3/12: Gordon Weil

To the editor:

The Harpswell LNG vote has now been taken. The LNG matter is closed.

Harpswell people now expect that the town's sense of community should be restored, and they look to the selectmen to bring that about. Certainly, town government should treat all townspeople fairly and provide service to them without taking into account their positions or conduct in the LNG campaign. The processes of government must be open to all.

But the major responsibility falls to the people themselves. Each side showed a good deal of mistrust of the other, so community can only be restored if each of us begins to treat others with trust and respect. The time to begin is now.

The LNG issue revealed that Harpswell is a town in transition.

Proportionately, Harpswell is home to more people born outside of Maine than is the state as a whole. We have to respect the values and needs of those who may have a different background. Without recognizing the changes taking place in town, there can be little hope of maintaining a sense of community.

Harpswell is worth the effort. In many respects, we are a fortunate town. We must join in recognizing our obligation to those who do not fully share in that good fortune and in understanding that the cost of serving the community will increase as we deal with the town's growing needs.

Gordon L. Weil,

Harpswell


3/12: Jim Knight, Lee Theberge

To the editor:

We have elected Gordon Weil as selectman twice before. Both times Harpswell was at odds with itself over contentious issues. Once over the "Taxpayer's Revolt," and then in June 2003 following the resignations of the town's former administrator and a selectman. Mr. Weil's presence is sure-footed. His leadership and work ethic combined with a vast depth of knowledge of our town's governmental workings are invaluable.

With those three now-famous capital letters in Harpswell's history books, we have turned our focus to the many challenges that running our town entails. For example, we are planning to begin a new revaluation (Article 47, Saturday's Annual Town Meeting Warrant). Mr. Weil has considerable experience in this area of municipal government, having taken assessing courses and holding office during the last revaluation in 1998. As a responsible overseer of public funds, he has never lost sight of the relationship between local spending and property taxes. With no immediate property tax relief promised from Augusta, continued local vigilance is imperative.

Like the cuts on our hands, all things heal, it just takes time. We urge you to join us in re-electing Gordon for a third time another time when Harpswell needs his expertise and involvement.

Jim Knight, Lee Theberge,

Harpswell