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I would like to comment about a serious statewide condition, a feeling of fear and frustration that has grown out of a lack of effective leadership. Much harm already has been done with irresponsible words of bitterness and selfish political opportunism from both sides of the aisle.
We all know our business climate is so poor that it weighs down all Maine residents; the low cannot rise and the high are too weak to help the low. Clearly, continuing the course we have sailed will not save us.
However, standing at the gunnels of our imperiled vessel and shouting, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” will not steer us from the ledges either. What we need is a return to statesmanship. Eliot Cutler is the one candidate for governor with the vision, skill and experience to lead Maine, and we need him.
In the coming days, it is our obligation as residents to listen carefully to candidates’ messages, rise above the rhetoric and make a sound choice. Some have expressed fear that a vote for Eliot may not count.
Nonsense! Our country was not founded on the principles of fear and helplessness. No poll or detractor should dissuade us from our conviction.
I speak as a Democrat, and I am joined below by my husband, a Republican. This is our Declaration of Conscience. Please vote thoughtfully for the best candidate and not against the worst one (with thanks to Sen. Margaret Chase Smith for borrowed words 60 years later).
and Glen Porter
Wright is right choice
As a Marine Corps veteran, proud father of a Marine and small-business owner, I’m tired of big businesses buying influence over our government. I want to see a return to government by and for the people. That is why I am endorsing Shelby Wright for District 39 representative.
Shelby is committed to the people of our community. She has worked tirelessly to knock on more than 2,000 doors and talk to folks at home — at their kitchen tables or in their dooryards. She believes that to represent them truly she needs to know who they are and what is important to them.
She understands the struggles of everyday life. She weathered the financial crisis with us. Her husband was laid off more than a year ago and she worked two jobs to get her house out of foreclosure.
Shelby has done all of this while raising a young daughter and volunteering in the community. She is forward-thinking and believes that we can talk about the future without the finger-pointing of the past.
Let’s move forward with a representative in Augusta who truly understands where we have been and where we are and has the leadership and the experience to carry us forward.
I have worked closely with Shelby on the Sustainable Homes Hampden Committee and I rarely have met anyone else with her zeal and commitment. Please join me on Nov. 2 and vote for Shelby Wright.
LaMarche wrong on 1
While I often agree with Pat LaMarche, she was way off base in her Oct. 12 column. LaMarche says that one reason she supports Question 1 is “jobs, jobs, jobs.” But gambling doesn’t create anything of value. The money that people lose in casinos won’t be spent elsewhere on goods and services.
Casinos simply shift money, destroying jobs in other sectors of the economy.
She says that reason two is education. We were promised that the state lottery would fund education, yet the state still underfunds education. If some of the casino profit is earmarked for education, what is to stop the state from shifting more “education” money into the general fund?
She says reason three is fairness. Voters have turned down casinos that would have been run by Maine’s Native American nations and for their benefit. It would be completely unfair now to allow others to take the lion’s share of the money lost on gambling in Maine. The Passamaquoddy Tribe at Indian Township is part of a group opposing the Oxford casino. All the more reason to vote no on Question 1.
Mainers have said no to casinos, but the proponents keep coming back, because there’s lots of money to be made on gambling losses. Once a casino gets in, there will be no turning back. Gambling is a tax on people who can’t do math. Although gambling addicts are among the biggest losers in casinos, all Mainers will lose unless we vote no on 1.
Rev. Mark Worth
Piotti for Senate
I am writing to reaffirm my unwavering support for Rep. John Piotti, who is now running for the Senate for Waldo County.
Many people have been surprised that I — a Republican — have supported John, a Democrat. But John has shown the people of my area that he deserves wide support.
As a former legislator who keeps in touch with happenings at the State House, I know that John is highly respected by both Democrats and Republicans. He is known as someone who is easy to work with and as someone who gets things done.
John took the lead on a series of difficult bills that protected the dairy industry. He brokered the bipartisan compromise that protected Katahdin Lake. He even took on a herculean effort to reform our outdated tax code.
John impressively pulled together a broad coalition around a bipartisan tax reform plan; but that plan then was weakened and modified and ultimately rejected by the voters. Still, I applaud John for having worked so hard on so difficult a problem.
Amazingly, I hear some people criticize John for these efforts. To my mind, any criticism should be levied not at John, but at the many legislators (of both parties) who would rather sit back and take pot shots than work to solve tough problems.
John Piotti has done exactly what we should expect from everyone we send to Augusta —he has committed himself to working his hardest to try to make a difference.