Sept. 17 Letters to the Editor

Posted Sept. 16, 2010, at 6:42 p.m.

Libby no friend of labor

I urge state employees to not support Libby Mitchell for governor.

During her term as Senate President she has done nothing to benefit the working people of state government. While in her leadership position, state employees have seen more shutdown days, no pay increases, longevity raises frozen and now they have to pay part of their health insurance premium.

Do you call this support of labor? She talks the talk but doesn’t walk the walk. She needs to be held accountable for her actions over the past few years. She has been endorsed by unions and that is a disgrace.

Unions need to start holding elected officials responsible for their actions. By not holding the elected officials responsible it will just be more of the same.

I am supporting Paul LePage for governor.

Dana Graham

past president

MSEA-SEIU Local 1989

Sidney

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Joined in progress

I’d like to publicly thank Jon Small for saying, at the end of the WABI-TV dinner newscast on Friday, “Thanks for waiting for us through tennis” But it only made me think of how angry I get, especially on weekends, when the local and national news are “pre-empted” for one dumb sporting event after another.

Saturday and Sunday are the most egregious — either news at 8 p.m. for some interminable golf game or 9 p.m. for some never-ending football game, or no news at all. Of course, Sunday Night Football comes on at 9 p.m. anyway, so no one can feel deprived.

For those who want to be informed, keep informed and feel as if they are “on top” of national and local events, not having the evening newscasts is a big disappointment. To add to that, every broadcast channel now adjusts the evening programming for the lateness of the sporting event. Now the program you like to watch at 9 p.m. is not going to start until 9:45 p.m. and it gets worse and worse every season.

Thanks, Jon, for the apology. I wish someone would have the good sense to just put the news back where it belongs and join the game “in progress.”

They never seem to end anyway. I don’t think I am the only person who feels this way.

Nonni Daly

Old Town

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A rare combination

Do you want to see Maine prosper again? I hope that, like me, you do. This will require a strong and competent governor who knows how to manage spending while investing in critical areas for Maine to create jobs and growth in these challenging economic times. Maine’s next governor must support private-sector innovation, growth and job creation, but also thoughtfully transition state spending to assure efficient delivery of service to those most in need.

Eliot Cutler is the leader that will bring a rare combination of experience, vision, passion and a balanced perspective to help Maine thrive once again. Eliot has executive experience in private and public sector offices. He crafted national environmental laws with Sen. Muskie. He made tough but fiscally responsible decisions as associate director at the Office of Management and Budget. After public service in Washington, he worked on regional and national development projects and built a respected environmental law practice; in so doing, he established approaches to prosperity while protecting the environment.

Maine is competing in a global economy and Eliot knows what it takes to compete in the world. Maine must continue to bring value to a state economy focused on its vital natural resources, including its environment and especially its people. Eliot uniquely understands and can advance these goals to bring sustainable growth to Maine. For specifics on Eliot’s plan visit www.Cutler2010.com.

If you want to see Maine prosper again, join me and vote for Eliot Cutler.

Andrew Hamilton

Bangor

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LePage is different

I grew up in the seat of corruption as a girl in New York state. My supervisor tried to get me as a new college graduate to vote for Jimmy Carter. The Carter administration told us that we needed to stop importing oil as we stood in lines at the gas stations. We had double-digit inflation and Iran held hostages. Oh, the good old days of the 1970s.

So do you think that we could have done better? The price of oil has skyrocketed and we don’t drill for it here anymore?

We are having lies published attacking Paul LePage that show flaming oil wells and the hated nuclear power plants. Paul’s wife Ann made a mistake of $220 in owed taxes while caring for their families. Can anyone be held to the perfect income tax records of people like Charlie Rangel, Tim Geithner or Tom Daschle?

It’s doubtful things would improve if we elected a former adviser to Carter, Eliot Cutler, nor will we see improvement in business with liberal Libby Mitchell. She has been in Augusta long enough to have made improvements.

The only person for governor who has accomplished anything in business is Mayor Paul LePage: a man with the integrity and a moral compass to lead us out of this quagmire. Maine people are smart enough to see the differences.

Beverly Cowan

Rockland

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Vote for Troy Haines

Maine voters will go to the polls soon and make decisions that will impact our state for years to come. Although the race for the Blaine House will rightly garner the most attention, there are other contests that deserve our close scrutiny. The quality of the people we send to the State House will ultimately determine the effectiveness of the next governor.

Voters in House District 7 have an opportunity to send to Augusta a strong, articulate advocate for Aroostook County. Troy Haines would be an asset in addressing the many problems we will face.

We are retired educators and beef producers who are keenly aware of the need for legislators who support diversified agriculture as an essential component of Aroostook County’s economic development. We have known Troy Haines for a number of years and have been impressed with his intelligence, work ethic, business acumen and understanding of the issues facing small farms.

At a time when many can barely envision anything north of Augusta, Troy Haines, a County native who has run a small agricultural business of his own, understands the issues facing the county.

The state faces daunting issues of taxes, energy, health care, education an aging population, and increasing levels of poverty. Troy Haines has worked in the trenches on a number of these issues. This experience affords him a realistic view of what we’re up against. This is why we need Troy as a representative. Please vote for Troy Haines on Nov. 2.

Stan and Gail Maynard

Woodland

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Little details, people

The campaign manager for Paul LePage assures voters that LePage’s tax problems result from “inadvertent error.” That’s plausible. People who scuttle back and forth between houses in Maine and houses in Florida can’t be expected to keep track of petty details such as which house is their primary residence.

And, as Leona Helmsley famously said, “Taxes are for the little people.”

Peg Cruikshank

Corea

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