June 3 Letters to the Editor

Posted June 02, 2010, at 6:56 p.m.

LePage ‘the one’

As someone concerned for Maine’s future, I’ve been following this year’s slate of candidates for governor with interest, and I’m pleased with what I see.

The Republican candidates offer the people of Maine an exceptional range of talents. I’ve met them all so I could better understand their talents and their benefit to the future of Maine.

It would be insincere to say there is only one choice. I would feel comfortable with a few of the candidates representing the GOP on November’s ballot for governor. But I only get one vote.

And I will be using it to support the man who has gained my respect as both a candidate and a human being like no other.

Fans of the “The West Wing” may recall a scene early in the series where Josh calls Sam from a phone booth and says, “You said that if I ever found the ‘one’ to give you a call. I’ve found him. Come be a part of it.”

My “West Wing” moment came last October, and the more I’ve come to learn, the more I know my instinct is real. My vote is going to the one I feel has best demonstrated vision, discipline and accountability in life, business and politics. These skills are essential experience to get Maine’s economy growing and move government out of the way.

I’ve done my homework, gathered the facts and on June 8, I’ll be voting for Paul LePage to be our Republican candidate for governor.

Cary Weston

Bangor

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Re-elect Rosen

Voters in Bucksport will be best served if we re-elect Kim Rosen to the Maine House. Rep. Rosen is a hard worker in Augusta who always has her constituents’ best interest at heart.

As a number of the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, Kim is a good listener who understands the importance of investing in our infrastructure. She is also keenly aware of the need to create more jobs in Maine and in her district. She understands the challenges and opportunities in rural Maine, and her experience makes her the most qualified person for the job.

Please vote for Kimberley Rosen as our state representative.

John W. Wardwell

Bucksport

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Check sales tax side

According to the Bangor Daily News May 21 article, “Chamber backs no vote on Question 1,” it sounds as if the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce looked only at the income tax side of the law.

Very little was mentioned about the sales tax side. I wonder if the Chamber gave any information to its business members to inform them that if you vote no on Question 1 businesses providing entertainment such as bands, orchestras, disc jockeys, comedians, clowns, jugglers, etc. would have to obtain a sales tax number from Maine Revenue Services and start collecting sales tax on their services.

Businesses providing car washes and interior and exterior car detailing would have to obtain a sales tax number and start collecting sales tax. So would businesses offering self-storage units for rent. Those putting on exhibitions such as auto, boat, camping, home and garden shows will have to obtain a sale tax number and collect sales tax on the admission fees.

If the Chamber didn’t give members any information such as this, then I invite all businesses and consumers to read it for themselves. Go to: maine.gov/revenue/salesuse/taxreformsalestax.htm to read the full list of businesses.

Also, very little is being said on the estimated $600,000 it will cost the state to implement this new law. Reduce government spending, vote yes on Question 1.

Ron Borja

Alton

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Veteran for Rowe

I am a Vietnam veteran and retired businessman who supports Steve Rowe for governor.

I will be voting for a West Point graduate and a proven leader who will stand up for our veterans and active duty personnel. Steve Rowe will be a strong advocate in more than words alone. He, too, is a proud veteran.

I will be voting for a former business executive with nearly two decades of corporate experience. Steve Rowe will be a governor respected by corporate leaders, and he understands what it will take to attract businesses and jobs to Maine.

I will be voting for a former legislative leader. Steve Rowe served eight years in the Maine House of Representatives, leading committees on economic development, research and development and natural resources. He was elected by his peers to be Speaker of the House. He has broad support within the Legislature.

I will be voting for a former attorney general who understands that to reverse the escalating costs of the juvenile justice system, the education and development of our youngest children must be a priority and to reduce the cost to our communities of remedial education, children must be ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.

I will be voting for Steve Rowe for his integrity, his tested leadership abilities and his accomplishments in both the private and public sectors. Steve Rowe is uniquely qualified to be our next governor.

Gil Tenney

Castine

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Roar for LePage

There’s an underground rumble of support for Republican gubernatorial candidate Paul LePage, and it’s turning into a roar as we approach the primaries on June 8. His candidacy is like an earthquake, but one that promises a positive shakeup that will bring fiscal sanity to Maine, and an energized, ethical man to Augusta.

For those who don’t yet know why he’s the strongest candidate available, here are a few basic facts: mayor of Waterville, the only Maine city to have its taxes reduced without loss of services. He is general manager of Marden’s and has earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Husson College and an MBA from the University of Maine. His honors include being an inductee to Husson’s “Business Hall of Fame” and he was named 2006 Businessman of the Year by the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce.

Experience, education, honors. But they don’t tell the whole story. He’s also an American success story — a boy who at 11 years old left a dysfunctional family in Lewiston and lived on the streets until given help and guidance by others who recognized his talent and drive.

He’s the American dream, and those who have met him feel the energy, the passion and strength of this remarkable man.

I urge readers to look at his website, LePage2010.com. You’ll be glad you voted for Paul LePage.

Barbara Sosman

Bangor

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Election notice

The Bangor Daily News is no longer accepting letters and columns related to the June 8 election. We will stop printing such commentary with the June 5-6 edition. Not all submissions can be published.

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