Oct. 18 Letters to the Editor

Posted Oct. 17, 2010, at 6:56 p.m.

Rubber meets the road

The residents of Great Cranberry Island are proving what could be a win-win for other towns across Maine. They replaced the asphalt on three town roads with crushed slate. There are three key advantages for Maine taxpayers:

First, town residents would save thousands of dollars each year in repairs to asphalt roads. The town of Great Cranberry Island estimates its annual savings at $50,000. Obviously, larger towns would save even more. Second, using crushed slate takes advantage of an abundant Maine natural resource. And third, expanding use of our own natural resource may lead to new jobs in areas hard-hit by loss of traditional industries.

Whether other towns will take advantage of this win-win opportunity is up to the boards of selectmen across Maine. What say you?

Michael Drake

Monson

LePage’s claim

The most important claim that LePage makes in his campaign for governor is that, as mayor of Waterville, he cut taxes every year without cutting services. If that claim fails, his claim on the governorship also fails.

I recently heard a Waterville teacher talk about conditions in her school. The ceiling tiles in one of the school corridors are black with mold, and in the bathrooms, the toilets keep backing up. So the corridor also stinks. The school board wants to issue a $600,000 bond to renovate that part of the school, but LePage won’t approve any bond. Also, the budget for supplies and textbooks has been cut again and again.

LePage has cut services, severely. Maine’s future depends on education.

Libby Mitchell has the experience and maturity to figure out where to cut and where to invest.

Rufus Wanning

Orland

LePage vs. Obama

Concerning Paul LePage’s recent harsh words for the president and MPBN reporter A.J. Higgins, a BDN editorial (Oct. 2-3) accuses LePage of impropriety, pointing out the inherent problem with biting the federal hand that feeds Maine’s spending addiction.

Two BDN readers also accuse LePage of outrageous disrespect, criminal behavior and violation of the Constitution, to boot. Does anybody else think this consternation, hand-wringing and hyperbole is disingenuous?

In 2008, President Barack Obama told his supporters, “I want you to argue with them and get in their faces” (National Review). Before that, Obama said, “If they bring a knife, we bring a gun. Folks in Philly like a good brawl.” (Wall Street Journal)

Furthermore, the president has shown nothing but contempt for the clearly demonstrated will of the electorate regarding his health care plan — which was not revealed in detail pre-election — as if a 53 percent-46 percent popular vote margin, after a well-timed October bank meltdown, was a clear mandate in the 2008 presidential election.

It wasn’t.

The president’s stimulus plan also passed over the stated objections of a vast majority of Americans, and it has failed spectacularly and catastrophically. What is worse, LePage’s campaign statements or what the president is saying (and doing) in office to vilify and bully American industry and to deconstruct our nation?

Those extrapolating that Paul LePage would somehow treat folks badly as governor ignore his extraordinary record as a Republican mayor in the largely Democratic city of Waterville.

David D. Wilson

Levant

Piotti responds

In a recent letter, Waldo County treasurer David Parkman complained that I never called him in response to a letter he copied to me, sarcastically concluding that I must be “too busy to waste time with a county officer.”

I wonder why Parkman didn’t simply call me if he wanted to talk, rather than putting the time into writing a sarcastic letter to the editor? Perhaps the reason is that Parkman’s clear purpose here was political: He simply wanted an excuse to discredit me and urge people to vote for my opponent.

I can’t see how Parkman can possibly say I have not been responsive to the needs of Waldo County government. I’ve been helpful in many ways. Just last spring, for instance, in response to a request by Parkman, I personally intervened with the state to help settle a problem with a building lease.

I know that this problem was a big deal to treasurer Parkman. Yet I certainly didn’t hold it against him that he didn’t call me afterward to thank me for helping. Nor did I write a letter to the editor complaining that he hadn’t called. I never would have imagined doing so. How petty that would have been!

Rep. John Piotti

Unity

Back Mackey Andrews

It’s a good idea to really get to know who you we are going to elect in November. All the candidates tell us that they support growth in jobs, want to strengthen small business and reduce both the government bureaucracy and taxes. That’s what we want to hear. However, once elected few offer a sustainable plan for any of the things we truly need, jobs, health care and quality of life.

It’s a complex world in which we live today, and we need representatives with skills and experience who first are able to understand the issues, problems and challenges, and then possess the ability to craft solutions that work.

I am writing to offer my support for Sue Mackey Andrews, the Democratic candidate for Maine Senate District 27. I have known and watched Sue over the years as she has worked tirelessly for the betterment of our community. Sue is a national expert in public policy, finance and professional development. As a successful small-business owner, she understands the challenges of running a business in rural Maine.

Sue holds strong family values and a view of topics that mirrors the majority of the constituents in District 27: Piscataquis, Somerset and northern Penobscot counties.

As a state senator, she will represent the people of our district honorably and ensure that our voice is heard in Augusta. Sue has the common-sense approach to leadership and the drive needed to make a difference in the future of our region.

Jayson Allain

Dover-Foxcroft

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