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August 9 Letters to the Editor

Cutler for governor

Judy Paradis wrote a column (BDN, Aug. 4) in support of Libby Mitchell, in which she never noted any of Mitchell’s “proven record” of bringing people together.

It would have been a more compelling argument had she done so. Rather, she crafted most of her words to describe candidate LePage’s lack of credentials and lack of concern about Mainers. Don’t you just love how Paradis’ political statements push both her and LePage toward the ends of the political spectrum?

The most interesting statement, however, is near the end of the article, where she cites that “Maine has a choice between … Mitchell … or LePage.” She omitted the balanced, independent, more rational and inclusive candidate, Eliot Cutler.

I would propose that the voters of Maine have a choice, but not the one proposed by Paradis. The choice is a continuation of dreadful and contentious political rhetoric and governance by the Democrats and Republicans, or candidate Cutler who actually will bring people together.

Mark Schwartz



Gutsy groundhogs

I had to chuckle at Dale J. Gordon’s letter regarding woodchucks and their tree climbing.

One morning over coffee, my husband and I noticed vigorous activity at the top of some alders near our pond. Sure enough it was a woodchuck.

We were amazed that it climbed trees. But they do climb. Maybe Aroostook County groundhogs aren’t as adventurous as Penobscot County ones.

Kate Tuck



Welfare for all

“It is common for those who have ‘pulled themselves up by their bootstraps” to express disdain for those who are not able to make it. Yet some people face greater challenges in life than we might be able to manage if we had them.

The irony is that Paul LePage is biting the hand that feeds him. Many Marden’s customers are trying to stretch their welfare or Social Security dollars, myself included. I am not sure I want him representing those of us he would send out to pasture. His draconian social agenda may look great on the fiscal books but church and private charities will have to house the homeless and feed the hungry.

Mr. LePage’s religious beliefs do not matter to most of us. He can take them from the pulpit to the pew and bring them home to his family and friends. But as governor he would need to govern for the welfare of all, not just his inner circle. God is present in both creationism and evolution but only one belongs in Science 101.

Mr. LePage thinks Ms. Mitchell, soon to be 70, is “too old” to be a governor. He forgets Maine has one of the highest percentages of seniors in the country. We who are on a fixed income or over 70 do not want a governor who plays us for dumb. We will be smart enough to vote him back to Marden’s. I don’t think Mainers want to be stuck with LePage as their governor.

Leonard Davis



Maine road ideas

Thursday’s editorial “Polish, then market” was spot on. As Maine’s traditional industries fade, the state must focus on its top industry of tourism. There certainly are a lot of great destinations but out-of-staters have to get there. That means roads good enough to drive their BMW’s on.

With limited resources, the state must focus on key arteries, such as Route 15 through Piscataquis County. And we must think outside the box.

For example, we are blessed with tons of slate. Why not use crushed slate for road beds or even use only crushed slate for side roads to ensure we can afford to pave our main arteries?

We must look to all resources, including volunteers. I am very proud of students I see cleaning and clearing walkways this summer. During the Great Depression, people out of work were paid to build roads, municipal buildings and other infrastructure. Technically it was welfare, but taxpayers received something in return, and the workers never lost their work ethic. Why can’t that concept work today?

Mainers are traditionally hardy and innovative enough to figure out how to do the job with limited resources. I’m confident we can use that spirit today to overcome our infrastructure issues for the benefit of our residents.

Michael Drake



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