Letter to Editor: Personal tragedy

To the Editor:

I wrote and sent the following letter this week to Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Angus King and Rep. Jared Golden.

“A month has passed since the horrific shooting at Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California. Have you forgotten already? I hope not because my cousin Telemachus Orfanos died there. He is the young man you read about who survived the Las Vegas shooting only to be killed a few miles from home.

“I pray that you never lose a member of your own family to gun violence, but please try to imagine what it must feel like and then do something about it. As one who votes in every Maine election, I am counting on you to work toward changing our country’s gun culture and putting an end to this violence.

“Tel’s father Marc and I grew up together like brothers. My younger daughter Emma and Tel were the same age and had played together as children. When Emma texted me recently to say she was going to listen to live music at a dance hall where she now lives in Texas, I wanted to call her and urge her not to go, but I resisted. I don’t want my children living in a state of constant fear that they might be the next victim because our president and legislators put politics ahead of lives.

“Please take this letter to heart and make gun control a top priority.”

George Soules

Southwest Harbor

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