31 July 2005

Only in Maine...

There is a common saying around the Pine Tree State - "only in Maine..." Locals know what it means and visitors and tourists aren't long in being let in on the secret. There is no one thing to which this saying applies; it could be the fact that so many Mainers have above-ground pools, even though the summer season is quite short. It could be the fact that Mainers say certain things that only they understand: "ayah" "wicked" and "yep" to name a few. Perhaps the "only in Maine" saying comes from the fact that when Mainers accidentally hit a deer with their car, they take it home and eat it. It might even be the way they seem standoffish, yet they will give their neighbors (and tourists and strangers) the shirts off their backs to help someone in need.

Mainers are delightful people who love their fair state and though we mutter about the traffic during tourist season, we genuinely love our out-of-town guests. Recently a column by the Portland Press Herald's Bill Nemitz exemplified, in my mind, the phrase, "only in Maine." Not jsut because he happened to give that name to the column, but because the story he tells shows the true heart of the Maine people and the funny things that happen during tourist season. Here is Bill Nemitz' column for your enjoyment:

Even dead, this moose refuses to go quietly


Copyright © 2005 - Paulla Estes

1 comment:

Jan said...

Maine as most other states strip the income poor-about 80% of Mainers of its constitutonal Rights.
Our Homeless Crisis Hotline, deals with all people including women and families escaping their abusers, only to abused by governmental bad application of good General Assistance Laws. Women who in fact qualify for needed aid to elude their abuser, are Lied to by Trusted public officials.

We deal with callers who are the mentally ill, the disabled, or just the shy. To the Public Official they must appear ready to go away. So they also are decieved as to the actual laws. This makes America less fair, than bad application of laws in Iraq

Hospitality House Inc., aim to make General assistance or town welfare work as lawmakers intended. This will strenghten all families, not just the ones suffering abuse.

On May 1st-Law Day in MAINE, Hospitality House Inc. will host a get together "Asking for Fair Application of Laws". Our non-prrofit will begin with asking the General Assistance Laws be properly applied.

To illustrate the failure of law in rotten treatment, we will bring up a class of citizens who wish Fair and Equal Treatment under the law. The Poorest of the poor, are those who must set aside their dignity, and seek General Assistance, (GA) or town welfare-based upon income.

We are asking many organizations to help us. We have asked the Council of Churches if they will ask its church goer's, if any of them have been to GA in the past 5 years or so and treated badly, or feel their were UNFAIRLY denied assistance to write a letter.

We would love to have Family Crisis to have anyone denied GA to write us a letter telling us of their experience.

This letter should include the date, of the application; in what town the application happened; if the town or city even allowed an application be submitted. How many where effected by the denial. -The excuse the trusted official used for denial. And what reprecusations happened. As did they became homeless? Did one of their family member need to be hospitalized, due to circumstances resulting from the denial.

The person signing the letter can sign either their real name, or a name or something along the lines of Mainer who was denied. Abused by GA, or any amusing tag your clients can think of -as treated as S - - t, or anything else they can imagine. Please have contact information on the envelope, so Jan can get ahold of you.

These letters should be sent to Hospitality House Inc. by April 22, 2006 at PO Box 62 Hinkley ME. 04944

If there are any questions, call the Homeless Crisis Hotline at 1-800-438-3890.

Jan LightfoottLane

Help us have a good gathering by announcing this Sunday we need the People of Maine tell officials when the system fails to work. We will read the letters. Or our non-profit will love to have people who can gather at 11:00 May 1st at Bangor City Hall. They can tell their own account of their abuse by the trusted officials who they turned to for help. Help Maine became a leader in Restoring the constitutional right of the many.

Hospitality House Inc. PO Box 62 Hinckley ME. 04944