It is dismaying to see the degree to which our national and local political scene can become polluted by partisanship and forces dedicated to disruption. The vast majority of us want to see civil discourse, rational deliberation, and solutions derived through consensus. Despite those that would attempt to paint a picture of Falmouth (and America) as debilitated and on the verge of collapse, nothing could be further from the truth.

Maine has a proud tradition of bipartisan leadership, fiscal restraint, and civic responsibility. Falmouth too is well known for sound leadership in its civic institutions and is admired across the state for its AA1 credit rating, budget surplus, ranking as the best town to “live and learn” in America, low tax rate, and excellent quality of life. The good news is that there is still room to improve on these outstanding attributes and we are a community dedicated to that pursuit. Ignore attempts to paint a gloom-and-doom picture of Falmouth; our community remains strong and we can all feel good about a very bright future.

Town Councilor Chris Orestis