Friday, December 6, 2013
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Inmates at the Maine Correctional Center in Windham. A reader questions a proposal by the governor to replace most of the buildings that make up the MCC.
2008 File Photo/Jack Milton
City firefighters turn out in honor of late 'brother'
Webster's definition of the word "brotherhood": "The quality or state of being brothers or a brother."
I have learned the real meaning of brotherhood recently with the illness and finally the passing of my brother, retired Portland Fire Capt. Ken Thomes.
While he was ill, there were many visits from his retired firefighter brothers who had worked with him as well as being hunting, fishing or trapping buddies. Many stories were shared and tales told! This meant a lot to Ken as well as his family.
At his wake, Jan. 9, I believe I saw and met every Portland firefighter (man and woman) who is either currently serving or has retired from the department. There was a steady stream of fire personnel, some in their dress uniforms and some in their work uniforms, offering their sincere condolences to our family.
The "Brothers" even posted honor guards beside Ken's casket during the entire service. This was not only an honor to Ken, but also to his son, who followed in his father's footsteps and became a Portland firefighter, Deputy Chief Scott Thomes.
In closing, I would like to thank every firefighter for not only protecting those whom you serve, but also protecting and honoring those with whom you worked and their families. You have given the term "brotherhood" a whole new meaning.
Thank you all for being there for Ken's last bell!
To prepare for 2014 vote, evaluate LePage's record
The countdown to elections in 2014 has begun. Now is the time for all of us to seriously evaluate how our elected officials have done -- and determine what we really want to see in our next candidates.
We should start with Gov. Le- Page, as the highest elected official in Maine.
1. What has LePage done to improve education in Maine?
2. What has LePage done to improve the infrastructure; roads, bridges and the electrical grid?
3. What has LePage done to improve access to energy with lower costs to Mainers?
4. What has LePage done to further alternative energy?
5. What has LePage done to help small business?
6. What has LePage done to help the elderly, disabled or mentally impaired?
7. What has LePage done to encourage recent university graduates to remain in Maine?
8. What has LePage done to preserve our state's natural beauty, conserve our resources or promote tourism?
9. What has LePage done to inspire our young to consider public service?
10. What has LePage done to improve our tax base?