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May 29-31 Letters to the Editor

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The Bangor Daily News will stop accepting letters and columns related to the June 8 election on Wednesday, June 2. We will stop printing such commentary with the June 5-6 edition. Not all submissions can be published.


Libby and Lucretia

Lucretia Mott was a Quaker, so rather than 10 paces behind, just look pretty, let the men do the talking, she was expected to speak up when she had something to say. In fact, Lucretia was a Quaker minister. She was a gifted speaker and a moving force against slavery.

So when in 1840 there was an international conference in London to end slavery, Lucretia and other women were sent as delegates. Many males at the conference wasted the first two days demanding the women delegates not be seated.

After risking their lives crossing the Atlantic in sailing ships, Lucretia and the other women were not allowed on the floor. They were allowed in the building, but only up on the balcony overlooking the proceedings. They were not permitted to speak at all.

The English weren’t used to treating women as equals. Their ignorance and prejudice prevented the contribution of one of history’s greatest reformers. Lucretia, Stanton and others vowed to take action regarding women’s rights, and so they did, in Seneca Falls, New York, July 19, 1848.

Now, women have property rights and voting rights. They are fire fighters, doctors and senators. With her decades of experience and service, with her well known ability to work across party lines, I can’t see any reason why Libby Mitchell shouldn’t be elected Maine’s first [woman] and possibly Maine’s greatest governor.

Let ability shine through.

Tom Bulger



McGowan’s can-do spirit

When my sons were struggling to grow a business in Colorado, I called Patrick McGowan for advice. Although he was the head of the Small Business Administration for New England, he went out of his way to find helpful contact information for us. That’s the kind of man he is.

Because I am seriously concerned about the environment, helping the most vulnerable among us and preserving what is good about our state, I’m giving my support to Patrick.

Maine businesses will also benefit from his leadership. Through the years, Patrick has owned or co-owned four small businesses, all of them successful, and his experience as SBA administrator will be invaluable to Maine.

I love that he was Commissioner of Conservation. During his tenure, more than a half-million acres were protected and Katahdin Lake was purchased for you and me. They’re not making any more land these days, and there are those who would gobble it up in the name of a buck, leaving Mainers on the outside looking in.

When the wrong party ran Washington, it ran our country into the ditch — jobs were lost, retirement savings were slashed, home values plummeted and ordinary folks without influence and money suffered. President Obama is working to right those wrongs, one by one.

Patrick has that same optimistic can-do spirit and concern for those who have been left behind. Please take the time to listen to the debates and panel discussions, visit and vote for all of us.

Terri Hibbard



Beardsley’s no tool

Although not being personally acquainted with any of our gubernatorial candidates, I have been diligently trying to do my homework regarding them. I find what Bill Beardsley accomplished with Husson College to be very commendable. Combine this with integrity and the fact that he is not a tool of either Augusta or Washington, D.C., and he ranks high in my book.

Joyce C. Moore



Maine’s Canada link

The numbers are in — more than 8 million United States jobs depend on trade with Canada, including 37,230 jobs in Maine alone. If the United States-Canada border was closed today, 8 million Americans’ jobs would be negatively impacted.

As Canada’s representative to the state of Maine, I recently shared the importance of the Canada-United States economic relationship with members of Congress in Washington. The message? When you vote, think North American competitiveness. Think high-paying jobs in Maine. And when voting on legislation, think open and competitive procurement markets to preserve jobs on both sides of the border.

The recession has hurt millions of people in both Canada and the United States. Our mutual prosperity is greatly enhanced by strengthening our integrated economies and ensuring that our shared border operates efficiently and safely. The United States and Canada have been, and will continue to be, each other’s best customer. Over $1 million worth of goods and services cross our border every minute.

Canada is the largest export market for 34 of the 50 states. We buy almost three times more from the United States than China does. The U.S. exports more to Canada than to China, Japan and the United Kingdom combined.

The nature of the economic relationship between our two countries is unique. Canadian and U.S. companies make things together through integrated supply chains. We depend on one another to compete globally. Canadians and Americans are in this together.

Neil Le Blanc

Canadian consul general to New England


Jacobson has right views

Recently, my son, who is in the Air Force, came home for a short leave. One of the things we do, he and I, is talk politics. I was very happy to see that, after he considered the candidates, he felt strongly about one: Matt Jacobson.

As a supporter of Jacobson, I too feel he is the right choice for Maine. His fiscal ideology is conservative. His idea of government is that smaller is better. And he signed the no-new-taxes pledge (and we wondered how many Democratic candidates signed a similar pledge).

As an ex-Air Force man, Jacobson understands the intricacies of serving in the military. He has experience running companies, both large and small, and his approach to job creation and job opportunities are on par with most Mainers.

There are excellent candidates for the Republican Party, but having considered each one, Matt Jacobson stands out.

I am fiscally conservative. I believe that government which governs least, governs best. I believe the only way to put Maine on the track towards economic recovery is to create a business-friendly state government. I want to see our next governor curb wasteful spending and offer incentives to keep our young people from leaving this great state.

Matt Jacobson agrees. In the conversations I have had with Matt, I am continually impressed with the quality of individual he is. We need a governor for all people of Maine, and I believe that governor should be Matt Jacobson.

Dr. W. Sumner Davis



Wrong candidate running

In his May 15 Bangor Daily News OpEd column, Republican congressional candidate Jason Levesque writes: “The stimulus bill [was supposed to] create jobs, yet unemployment still climbs. That’s not honest.” Several reports prove an increase in jobs as well as unemployment as more people attempt to re-enter the work force. So it can be both at the same time.

This is more opinions and more scare tactics — more politics as usual. There is nothing new or unusual about this candidate.

How refreshing it was to read Richard Kivel’s article in the same edition of the BDN (“Which candidate will address state pay, benefits?”). There were some real ideas and solutions given not just opinion.

These are the kinds of ideas that are needed — honest scrutiny, not partisan poison. Perhaps Mr. Kivel should consider running for political office. I like his ideas.

Tom LeVasseur


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