FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

Preventing Derailment: Conquering Rancor by Building Unity

It has become apparent that there are a lot of hurt feelings and rancor being disseminated on social media in Calais in regard to the current administration of Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  This must stop.  

The food pantry is a community institution and a charity, and contrary to what some may believe, it is not passed on to surviving family members, like any business or any other personal asset that is bequeathed.  This controversy being spread against the current members of the board only hurts the food pantry and by extension, people in need of food.

As the editor and publisher of this newspaper, I can not remain silent when vulnerable people may be hurt by misunderstandings and the personal conflicts of others. 

Rev. David Sivret was a true model of the Christian virtue of self-sacrifice and love of neighbor for all of us.  He walked the walk.  He was instrumental in the well-stocked, responsibly run, charitable entity that is Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  As a community, we are lucky to have it, and it points to the love we have for our residents that the food pantry is always being well supported by donations of money and food.  

The current president of the board of directors, Steve Farrar, I have known to be one of the most self-giving and supportive weekly volunteers at the food bank for many, many years and worked closely with others, including our most revered late President Rev. David Sivret, may he rest in peace.  Steve Farrar has been a loyal newsstand delivery driver for the newspaper, and I have found him to be extremely conscientious, honest, and of the highest integrity.  The Calais Advertiser will have no problem supporting the current board and will continue to donate, and I encourage all community members and businesses in the community to continue to do the same.

It is important to acknowledge the crucial role played by the food pantry in aiding the residents of Washington County, particularly during the most trying times of the pandemic. Despite the current challenging economic conditions characterized by high inflation and gas prices, the food pantry remains committed to supporting those in need, who often struggle to make ends meet and face the difficult choice between heat or food during our cold Maine winters.

We must come together in support of the food pantry, setting aside any personal grievances or hurt feelings. Let us prioritize forgiveness and unity as we work towards a common goal of helping those in need.  It is possible with humility embraced by all.

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