Oct. 20 Letters to the Editor

Posted Oct. 19, 2010, at 7:10 p.m.

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Libby has right record

Libby Mitchell is the only candidate running for governor who has actually fought for the interests of working families, of teachers, police officers, firefighters to make sure their access to health insurance is protected in their retirement.

Libby Mitchell is the only candidate, despite the misinformation of the LePage campaign, who actually voted to cut your income taxes by 30 percent, an effort defeated at referendum by the reactionary rhetoric that has become synonymous with Libby’s opponent.

While Paul LePage has been refusing to answer questions from reporters except in writing, Libby Mitchell has been out there putting forward positive and concrete proposals to create jobs, to reduce the cost of doing business in Maine and to promote education for all ages and at all levels — which she recognizes is key to our future success as a state.

To my Democratic friends who may be considering Eliot Cutler, I would just say that we need to recognize the reality that this is a two-person contest and he is not one of the two people who have a chance at being elected governor.

Democrats who care about our state’s future should not throw their votes away – that will only help elect LePage. They need to help elect a governor who will offer positive leadership and help make Libby Mitchell our next governor.

Joe Baldacci

Bangor

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Thibodeau has my vote

In any election, it is important to pick the best person for the job.

Here in State Senate District 23, the choice could not be more crystal clear. Mike Thibodeau has my vote.

Mike is a small-business owner, a fiscal conservative and a devoted family man. Mike knows the struggles we all face during these uncertain economic times. He knows what it’s like to face a sea of state-mandated red tape. He knows that taxing and spending our way to prosperity is not the answer. We need Mike in Augusta to represent the frugal taxpayers of Waldo County.

Mike Thibodeau knows that the private sector and small businesses drive job creation and job growth, not state government. I’m convinced that a man with his business acumen and friendly demeanor will do an outstanding job as our new state senator, just as he has done as state representative.

I encourage all my friends and neighbors in District 23 to vote for Mike Thibodeau. We need a fiscal conservative to watch over our tax dollars in Augusta, not a “shift-and-shaft” tax-and-spender. Those who want to raise our taxes got a loud-and-clear message during the June referendum election; more than 60 percent of Mainers said no to more than 100 new taxes proposed.

Good folks of Waldo County, we need to send another loud-and-clear message to Augusta Nov. 2 — Sen. Mike Thibodeau.

Thomas Carter

Montville

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Supports Sara Stevens

I feel very fortunate to be represented in the Maine House of Representatives by Sara Stevens. I have known Sara for many years and have had several occasions to seek her assistance. She is never too busy, and I appreciate her responsiveness and eagerness to help.

As an attorney, I was impressed when Sara was appointed to the Judiciary Committee as a freshman legislator. She has fulfilled the duties of that position with the wisdom and judgment expected of a more senior member. She is highly regarded by her fellow legislators, regardless of political persuasion.

Sara’s concern for and desire to help fellow citizens was evident before she was elected to the House of Representatives. She served in Americorps and was a team leader in responding to national disasters in the south, coordinating food and shelter for victims of disasters. Her concern and desire to help her constituents is just as strong.

I strongly support the re-election of Sara Stevens, and I urge voters in District 17 to do the same.

Jane Skelton

Bangor

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Listen to silence

My husband and I were in Waterville a couple of days ago and we noticed very few political signs for Paul LePage and quite a lot for Eliot Cutler. Perhaps they know something we do not.

Perhaps we should listen.

Judy Richard

Camden

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For our daughters

I am supporting Libby Mitchell for many reasons, most of which already have been stated in previous letters. I respect and admire her for her many years of dedicated public service to Maine people, especially those who have been disenfranchised by our society’s overall lack of concern for, and understanding of, the struggles that they are experiencing.

However, the primary reason that I am support Libby Mitchell is one that hasn’t received a great deal of attention in the press. I view her election as a beacon of hope for thousands of girls and young women in Maine. We have never elected a female to hold the highest office in our state. To be sure, being a female, unto itself, should not constitute a valid reason for electing one to be governor. However, irrespective of her gender, Libby has clearly demonstrated that she is a strong leader and consensus builder and deserving of election.

So, I urge you to vote for Libby Mitchell. You’ll be voting not only for her but also for our daughters, granddaughters, and nieces who might aspire someday to become governor of Maine. When elected, never again will they need to be told that, “it’s great that you aspire to be governor, but, you know, Maine has never elected a female to this position.”

Please consider voting for Libby Mitchell on Nov. 2.

Ruth-Marie Spellman

Brewer

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History lesson

Unemployment was 24.9 percent and rising in 1933 until Democrats took the White House and both houses of Congress back that year. Ring a bell? Or do you think the corporations that thought of laying off workers until the economy improves are your new saviors?

Since President Barack Obama took office in January 2009, unemployment stopped rising from 4.9 percent in January 2008 to 10.2 percent in Oct. 2009, civilians killed by U.S.-coalition or Iraqi state forces decreased from 1,004 in 2008 to 151 in 2009, and in 2009 U.S. traffic deaths fell 8.9 percent, violent crime dropped 5.3 percent and property crime fell 4.6 percent.

“Don’t know what you got ‘till it’s gone,” said Cinderella.

Keith C. Taft

Van Buren

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