I congratulate our congressional delegation for working together to save civilian jobs at Cutler. Many of us on the Schoodic Peninsula hope they now will focus their efforts on finding a new federal employer for the superb facilities the Navy will will leave behind in Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro. Even though the more than 100 civilian employees are not union represented, they are every bit as dedicated and conscientious and worthy of meaningful employment as their Cutler counterparts. Plus, the Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro facilities are in much better physical condition with state of the art technology.
With union jobs on the line, it is understandable that our congressional delegation concentrated on Cutler. Now, civilian employees and their families, as well as the many Maine small businesses that provide materials and services to the Navy in Winter Harbor, are waiting their turn — they have no alternative.
If Maine taxpayers can help Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott build a $350 million carrier (a ship, by the way, the Navy didn’t request, can’t man, and doesn’t want), in his home state of Mississippi, our two Republican senators should be able to obtain his help in finding a federal agency to come to Down East Maine. Robert Winship Johnston Gouldsboro Point