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Enough is Enough: A love affair with technology has invaded our schools

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Every week several hours are put into writing this column. A lot of trees are sacrificed.  Money is freely spent at Staples buying packages of 8×11 yellow-lined legal pads. The ink from a multitude of pens, courtesy of a local bank, is used in order to produce this column.

Once written, it is dictated to my wife who types the long hand on the pages into a word processor.  It is then visually checked for grammar, punctuation and spelling. It is then reread several times over several hours, portions occasionally being changed or deleted until satisfaction with the final product is attained.  It is then sent to the editor of the TCT.

My wife and I, like many others in this community, would never submit or sign our names to a document full of spelling, punctuation and grammatical errors. In school it was drilled into us that your writing went a long way in defining who you were to the public.

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Enough is Enough: Step up and show L-A still has the best hockey fans

By Robert Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

When I moved to Lewiston in 1977, the city was on the decline as a mill town. Foot traffic on Lisbon Street had declined dramatically. Businesses were leaving for the malls, a place where there was no shortage of retail businesses or parking. The city was on life support.

But on Friday and Saturday nights back then, lower Lisbon Street came alive. Bars and social clubs were filled with workers, eager to unwind after a week of tedious labor. This led to many incidents involving them letting off steam, much of which required a police response.

This weekend interaction drew many who jockeyed for parking spaces, refreshments at the ready, to get the best possible view of the upcoming night’s action (fights).

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Lewiston/Auburn Mayors Re-Elected

Mayor Robert E. Macdonald defeated his opponent Laurent F. Gilbert in the race for mayor of Lewiston, Maine with 4123 votes to Gilbert's 2610 votes.

Mayor Robert E. Macdonald defeated Laurent F. Gilbert in the race for mayor of Lewiston with 4,123 votes to Gilbert’s 2,610 votes.

 

Mayor Jonathan P. Labonte was re-elected mayor of Auburn, Maine. Labonte ran unopposed.

Mayor Jonathan P. Labonte was re-elected mayor of Auburn. Labonte ran unopposed.

 

Collins meets with reps from Auburn Tambrands plant

 

Site Human Resources Manager Rick Malinowski and Plant Manager Felica Coney of the Auburn Tambrands plant meet with Sen. Susan Collins in her Washington, D.C. office.

Site Human Resources Manager Rick Malinowski and Plant Manager Felica Coney of the Auburn Tambrands plant meet with Sen. Susan Collins in her Washington, D.C. office.

U.S. Senator Susan Collins recently met with representatives of Procter & Gamble in her Washington, D.C. office to discuss various economic issues. The meeting included two representatives from Procter & Gamble’s Tambrands subsidiary in Auburn, Plant Manager Felicia Coney and Site Human Resources Manager Rick Malinowski.
Employing 450 people, the Auburn plant is the city’s second-largest employer and supplies feminine care products for the entire North American market. Parent company Procter & Gamble recently bestowed its best North American Plant Award to the facility in recognition of its outstanding safety record, successful quality audits, and sustained production levels.

Enough is Enough: This weekend, honor and thank veterans for their service

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

This weekend we will be asked to stop and reflect upon the sacrifices endured by those who donned our country’s uniform.

For many who never served, Veteran’s Day is a holiday. Many have the day off to catch up on work around the house, to relax or recreate. Others are compensated handsomely for being required to come to work.

Many area veterans’ posts throughout Lewiston-Auburn and the surrounding area will be providing breakfasts and lunches at their posts, which will be open to all veterans and their families. These are not held as a “Welcome home, thanks for your service.”

They are held to give veterans a chance to meet and mingle with other veterans. They can talk openly about their experiences with other veterans who have similar experiences—without judgment from the listener.

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Enough is Enough: How will the mayoral election affect you?

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
“Tip O’Neill said that all politics is local. I say all politics is personal. Voters want to know: how does this election affect me and my concerns?”
Thus spoke Ray Flynn, former Boston mayor and former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, to a group of Suffolk University students tracking the race for mayor in Boston.
I pose the same question to Lewiston voters: how is the upcoming mayor’s election going to impact you?
In the last seven years, the mayor’s position has gone from ribbon cutting, running a council meeting and occasionally breaking a tie vote to the person sitting in the corner basement office setting the direction in which the City of Lewiston will proceed. This power, not found in the City Charter, is the result of the Bully Pulpit.

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Enough is Enough: Attacking achievements in Downtown Lewiston; No Name Pond

By Robert Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

When one runs for public office there is an expectation that at times you will be the subject of scorn from the public and the media. In short: the faint of heart need not apply.
Two years ago I ran for and won the office of Mayor of Lewiston. I did not run to be loved by all of the people. I ran to address the problems brought on by political correctness, problems that have been keeping Lewiston from her potential. I ran to address problems shied away from by elected officials who feared retribution and backlash.
In adhering to the commitment I made to my supporters, I have been pilloried in the press. Governor Paul LePage once remarked, “You’re the only person I know that gets worse press than me.” This is to be expected in politics. You can turn up the heat, but I won’t be leaving the kitchen any time soon.

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Enough is Enough: True community leaders motivate followers with their vision

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
True leadership is a rare quality possessed by very few. There are successful business leaders who achieve fame and fortune through their hard-working staffs—staffs whose motivation comes from a handsome paycheck.
There are military leaders, whose absolute power over their troops is used to gain promotions and glory—this through the pain and dying of the troops under their command.
Then you have self-appointed community civic leaders—leaders who organize people from outside a neighborhood to come in to address problems in an unfamiliar neighborhood. They refer to this as help. I think it would be better defined as enabling.
True leaders do not rely on riches, power or celebrity status as a way to motivate people. True leaders have vision, a vision they are able to articulate in such a way that it motivates those hearing the message to realize the achievement of that vision is a reward in itself. Such a leader is the Rev. Doug Taylor, who along with his wife, Sonya, founded and run The Jesus Party on Bates Street in Lewiston.

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First Lady Ann LePage to Help Set World Record for Reading

First Lady Ann Lepage4
“Read for the Record” to raise national awareness about the importance of early education
First Lady Ann LePage participated in Jumpstart’s Read for the Record on Thursday, October 3. Together with Jumpstart and the Pearson Foundation, Mrs. LePage joined children and adults across the country to set a new world record for the largest shared reading experience.
The event was part of a nationwide early education awareness campaign that each fall focuses national attention on the importance of reading.

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Enough is Enough: It’s time to start investing in our local neighborhoods

By Robert E. Macdonald
Mayor of Lewiston
It’s time for Lewiston city government to take two steps back and call a time out. A time out to examine the whole city. An examination of our limited yearly resources to determine where we will get the best bang for our buck.
Where can we invest our money so that it will show a return?
Every day I speak to people from throughout Lewiston who relate to me problems in their neighborhoods they would like addressed. Many of these issues are quickly addressed by a simple phone call to one of the city’s departments.
Some can be rectified by a meeting between the taxpayer and city officials. Others, because of budget restraints, must wait their turn. This occasionally turns into a lengthy wait. All this while the city focuses on the downtown.

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