Democrat for Cutler
I returned home in 1964 from a tour of duty in the military and joined the Democratic Party at the tender age of 22. With the exception of a three- month flirtation with registration as an independent in 1974, I have been a Democrat for 46 years.
I cannot vote for Libby Mitchell for governor, for I have personally witnessed — and felt — her bullying and vindictive ways as a politician.
I cannot vote for Paul LePage for governor for, despite his admirable personal story of overcoming early hardships in life and making something of himself, I disagree with him in far too many policy areas.
I will be voting for Eliot Cutler for governor of Maine come November. I have followed his career over the years and have carefully listened and read about his reasonable approaches for dealing with Maine’s difficult fiscal problems and also because, to date, he has not engaged in any negative campaigning in the race for the Blaine House.
Vote to cut spending
The hazy, lazy days of autumn in Waldo County make us forget our troubles and tend to make us complacent. We must be diligent in watching the forces of spending in Augusta.
We must remember John Piotti, the House majority leader, and Taxation Committee who, not once but twice, tried to burden the Maine people with new taxes. Mr. Piotti said we didn’t understand the complexity of what was supposed to be good for us. We know — and that’s why we repealed his tax plan.
The majority of Maine people know the simple solution is not to leave the same people in power who vote to burden the taxpayers and hurt small businesses that create jobs.
Who asks, “What can one person do to make a difference?” Vote in November for the person who believes in cutting spending. Vote for the person who is looking at and working to remove the programs that are failing and keeping the state budget in line.
That person is Mike Thibodeau.
Levesque is the man
I am supporting Jason Levesque in November. Jason is a husband, father, veteran, small-business owner and honorable man.
He will work to get Obamacare repealed and make it easier for small businesses to be successful. Small businesses create jobs, not the government.
Mike Michaud bases his success on the amount of money he brings home to Maine. That money is our tax dollars that the government is taking from us and deciding where it should be redistributed. It is not right.
Michaud also supported health care reform when the majority of the people in his district did not want it. Our elected officials should be there to listen to us, the people of Maine, not Nancy Pelosi.
Jason Levesque will be that man.
Libby gets health care
The exhausting, often confusing, health care debate that ended last winter left many Mainers uncertain how the reforms would affect them. Only one candidate for governor, Libby Mitchell, has the experience and commitment to make sure the changes coming in health care benefit all Maine families.
Thanks to Libby’s leadership, Maine was already ahead of the rest of the country in making sure insurance companies had to cover people who were already sick and not drop existing policyholders once they became ill. Now, she wants to capitalize on the coming formation of health care exchanges to help families and small businesses work together to lower insurance rates and improve service. She’ll also reform the expanded MaineCare program to focus on prevention.
In fact, shifting the focus of health care from treating sickness to preserving health has always been a priority with Libby for both the physical and economic benefits it provides. Libby also has worked to increase educational and training opportunities in both clinical care and health care management.
Health care is just one area in which Libby has spent a professional lifetime trying to improve the lives of Maine people. It’s one more reason to elect Libby Mitchell governor.
Cutler shows leadership
Never in my memory has Maine been faced with a clearer choice for governor. For the one-third whose anger at government has become personal, Paul LePage is the candidate of choice. For the one-third that is satisfied with current leadership and seeks a seasoned leader who can step into the corner office and govern from Day One, Libby Mitchell is the obvious choice. For the remaining one-third that, like me, believes government has become buried under a mountain of conflicting policies and laws, Eliot Cutler is the best choice.
As a former legislator, I came to believe that there is little appetite in Augusta for restructuring state government to make it more responsive to the people. The right wants to slash costs, paralyze government and fill their own pockets. They call that freedom; some dare call it anarchy.
The left wants to spend all your money while promising the moon. They call that liberty; some dare call it socialism.
Eliot Cutler comes to us with deep Maine roots and a long history of government service while standing up to power brokers on both the right and the left. He has no political cronies lusting for power.
That makes him the most accessible political candidate of the major three running for governor. He listens; he doesn’t talk over anyone’s head; he believes in the ability of Maine people to climb out of this structural malaise into which we seem to have sunk.
Some dare call that leadership.
Rich and poor unequal
Never in my 53 years on this Earth have I experienced a time with more fervor for widening the gap between the rich and the poor while demonizing the poor. We have fits about food stamp clients buying cigarettes with bottle deposit money.
We conveniently overlook much more serious welfare abuse on the part of corporations. Remember bailing out companies “too big to fail” with taxpayer money only to have them give their CEOs bonuses?
We’re so worried about the deficit, we’re ready to cut or even scrap Social Security. But we’re willing to extend tax breaks to people earning more than $250,000 a year. Do we really believe the rich are going to jump-`start the economy? Didn’t we lose our trickle down delusions when Reagan was still in the White House?
Let’s look at the figures. The top 1 percent of Americans controls 40 percent of our country’s wealth. The top 20 percent controls 83 percent. The bottom 40 percent controls 0.3 percent.
The last time in our nation’s history we had this kind of inequality was right before the Great Depression. Do we really want to go there again?
Julia Emily Hathaway