Oct. 11 Letters to the Editor

Posted Oct. 10, 2010, at 8:26 p.m.

LePage’s experience

It’s time to have a businessman operate the state like a business. What has Libby Mitchell done since she’s been in the Maine Legislature? Nothing.

She’s a lifetime politician. The Democratic Legislature also has done nothing except put Maine deeper in debt.

The Maine Democrats are too far to the left. The newly formed tea party is too far to the right. I vote for the person, not the party. Paul LePage will receive my vote, because he’s a businessman, and he tells it like it is even to the press!

Sessa Menendez

Pittsfield

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A risky business

One doesn’t have to think very much about the tea party platform he’s running on or even the scary statements he’s made, for example, about environmental protection or the support of public education, or even how it’s possible for a supposedly civic-minded person running for governor to make such an incredible mistake as claiming “homesteads” in states at the northern and southern ends of the Eastern Seaboard.

(If he can’t tell his right hand from his left in his own family affairs, what does that portend for his performance in the governor’s chair?)

Most important, though, whatever excuses he may use to justify his behavior, Paul LePage doesn’t have the temperate posture Mainers deserve in their governor.

If the stress of campaigning explains his demeanor, language and expression, what’s going to happen when the stresses of governing land on his shoulders? A governor who can’t govern his own behavior? I don’t think so.

As the Bangor Daily News reported Sept. 30, the contest has become a two-person horse race. Those now supporting Moody or Cutler need to sit down and ask themselves whether their present inclination is worth the risk of, by doing so, sending LePage to Blaine House.

Hendrik Gideonse

Brooklin

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Temperament matters

In recent years, the perceived increasing lack of civility and respect in our nation, especially involving politicians, has been widely observed and denounced. Calls for more civil discourse, more compassion and increased tolerance and respect for others’ beliefs have been consistently voiced.

I suggest that in Maine’s coming gubernatorial election, these factors must play a pivotal role in determining which candidate is best prepared to promote civility, respect and tolerance among Maine residents.

While Libby Mitchell has been denounced by opponents for some of her actions as a political leader and legislator, few have been able to criticize her for her integrity, strong work ethic, character, temperament and compassion. Libby has been very consistent in supporting policies and programs that benefit Maine children and their families — especially those who are most in need because of their economic level, health issues or sexual orientation. And, she has done this with civility, an even temperament and integrity.

On the other hand, Libby Mitchell’s major opponent, Paul LePage, has done little in his past or in his current performance as a gubernatorial candidate to suggest that he possesses the necessary temperament, integrity or tolerance of other viewpoints to become a respected and effective governor. If you value more civility, com-passion, even temperament and tolerance as essential qualities for our next governor, then the choice is extremely clear on Nov. 2.

Vote for Libby Mitchell.

Bill Davis

Brewer

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Bullies not leaders

Bullies are not leaders. If we elect a bully, we will end up with people in leadership positions who apparently believe orders, threats and arrogance are the best ways to inspire progress.

Lately, across the country and in Maine, we have witnessed countless media reports of bullying behavior among political candidates. Why on Earth might we want to reward this behavior when we know bullying leads to submission and despair, not the courageous creativity we need for future security and prosperity?

Judy Hanscom

Holden

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Libby ‘ought not’

Maine people have the right to know how their legislators voted.

Sen. Libby Mitchell states that she has worked to avoid raising taxes and that state government needs to create a much friendlier business atmosphere. Libby’s votes prove just the opposite.

Mitchell co-sponsored and voted for LD 1264, a new law that creates a tax on health care premiums on surgery and births. With LD 1495, Libby voted to tax more than 100 new items and eliminate health care and mortgage deductions.

Libby voted for LD 1626 further burdening Maine’s unemployment insurance trust fund which already has raised taxes on Maine businesses by $54 million so far this year according to the Maine Economic Research Institute.

Libby voted for the budget that reduced the homestead exemption for homeowners from $13,000 to $10,000, which ultimately raised property taxes. She also voted to reduce municipal revenue sharing, which prevented much-needed money going back to the towns.

As a teacher, she even voted against the 55 percent state funding of K-12 education, again raising property taxes.

With LD 590, an act to establish a business wellness tax credit she voted “ought not to pass.” With LD 1148, an act to designate sales tax holiday weekends, she voted “ought not to pass.” With LD 347, an act to reduce regulatory costs for Maine businesses she voted “ought not to pass.”

Clearly, Libby Mitchell ought not to be governor.

Mary Ellen Fletcher

Winslow

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Bearce has skills

I long have believed that Charles “Nick” Bearce would be a valuable addition to the Bangor City Council.

Nick’s educational preparation — which includes becoming a C.P.A. and earning an M.B.A. from Northeastern University — along with his professional experience in education and accounting, civic contributions, sound ideas, and ability to relate easily and well with diverse publics, indicate clearly that he has the background and skills needed to move Bangor in a positive direction.

If you are looking for someone with relevant experience, creative thinking, and demonstrated leadership ability, elect Nick Bearce to the Bangor City Council on Nov. 2.

Dr. Josephine A. Bright

Bangor

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LePage supporter

When I support Paul LePage for governor, my main concern is for a candidate who regards liberty as an overarching principle in the manner in which he or she governs. I feel as if Paul LePage has a strong, principled philosophy in which liberty is esteemed.

After all, LePage was the only candidate that I recall explicitly stating that it was not the governor’s responsibility to create jobs or manage the economy, but it was maximizing the freedom of a people and society that produced prosperity and unforeseeable benefits.

With all the talk of unpolished statements coming from LePage, he has been deemed by many as unfit to fill the role as a leader. Common sense, however, invites me to delve deeper into his philosophy.

Underneath all his comments about President Obama, I sense a candidate who will fight against federal policy tightening its grip on Augusta, where power is closer to the people. In his comments on Sen. Libby Mitchell, I sense a candidate who wants a change from the decades-old policy that has resulted in our economic position as compared to other states. In his comments on the press, I sense a candidate who is finding comic relief from a press set on bringing down his candidacy.

Fellow Maine residents, I feel that we have waited too long to allow the destruction of a candidate whose principles and philosophy are true. It is his cause of liberty that makes Paul LePage a true leader.

Matthew McCarthy

Columbia Falls

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Libby a true leader

There is only one serious contender in the gubernatorial race, and that is Libby Mitchell. Libby has worked tirelessly for the people of Maine and she has a firm grasp of the issues and what it takes to get things done. She has served as both speaker of the House and Senate president, and she knows how to lead, how to work both sides of the aisle, and how to produce results.

Libby is someone we know we can count on to do what is best for Maine. She has great plans for the state, and her visions include developing renewable energy technology here in Maine, which would produce jobs and cleaner, cheaper power, expanding the Seed Capital Investment Tax Credit to encourage small business growth, and increasing educational and economic opportunities by putting the Jobs for Maine’s Graduates Program in every high school.

In these uncertain economic times we are fortunate to have someone with Libby’s experience and abilities ready to lead Maine forward. Her common-sense approach, sound judgement, in-depth knowledge of people and issues and her steady hand are exactly what we need in our next governor.

For more information about Libby and her aspirations for Maine, visit her website, libbymitchellforgovenor.com

Cindy Todd

Etna

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The right to heal

U.S. military suicides have claimed more lives than combat-related deaths in Afghanistan. This week marks the start of our 10th year there.

It’s time to ask: Why are we sending troubled soldiers back into combat?

The American Journal of Public Health this year published a study estimating that 20 percent to 50 percent of those who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. With our military over-stretched, many of those same troops are being sent back to war.

Defense Secretary Gates said recently that soldier suicides — not Afghanistan military strategy — is his top priority right now. That is a clear indication that there is something terribly wrong with how the military is supporting (or not supporting) the mental health of our troops.

In response, Iraq and Afghanistan veterans are coming together this week to announce Operation Recovery, a campaign to stop the deployment of traumatized troops.

They are calling on the military and our government to stop re-deploying troops who already suffer from PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and military sexual trauma (from rape by other military members).

They are asking members of the public to defend their right to heal from war.

I, for one, will be standing with them.

Tom Aversa

Unity

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