Here’s our Letter to the Editor about an old couple evicted from their rural Maine home in winter for failure to pay property taxes.
Our letter gives few details about the situation in which the woman was removed in her hospital bed from the living room during the sudden eviction two days before the end of December in 2016. Accounts tell of an offer by a friend to pay nearly all back taxes, but officials declined the offering in order to give the property to the highest bidder — for a figure approximately 10% of its value.
The word in our letter above is “unfair.” That’s a euphemism chosen to soften the charge in hopes of gaining cooperation from legislators, some of whom have busied the legislation with verbiage intending to frustrate full accountability. The word in the letter might be unjust instead. What is happening here is injustice.
We’re surprised and thankful that governor LePage was outraged and brought it to statewide attention. It is only now to be voted on, but the legislature is having trouble. “I’m livid about it and I think we have to have laws to protect our most vulnerable.” He was quoted online at Central Maine not long after it happened. Many intriguing details fill this story, as shown in her article posted by Amy Calder, staffwriter at CentralMaine.com. You can read to judge for yourself. Justice? Injustice?
“If they were not out of the house by midnight,” they were told on December 29, “the doors would be locked and a deputy sheriff called.”
Details raise the stakes on the scales of justice. Read the article to judge for yourselves. The images alone are worth the click and quick scan.