Jan. 20 Letters to the Editor

Posted Jan. 19, 2011, at 7:26 p.m.

Had it with PC

When the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to compose a Declaration of Independence which would be sent to King George, one member suggested that the language therein be milder, so as not to offend King George. Fiery, tactless John Adams leaped to his feet shouting, “We’re planning a revolution; we’re going to offend somebody!” or words to that effect.

Recently, I received an e-mail informing me that some people were hoping to ban the salute to our flag in schools lest our Mexican population be offended. I can imagine that our forefathers are spinning in their graves.

First, it was abolishing our motto “In God We Trust,” then it was prayer in school and now it’s the salute to our country’s flag. Have we become such a nation of wimps that we no longer are willing to stand for the principles on which our country was established and for which our forefathers fought and died?

Some foreigners are here legally, and many others slipped in the back door.

The latter supersede legal citizens in school, in the emergency room and anywhere else they can receive for free those things that legal residents labor for and pay taxes for. This offends me and many other residents.

Along with many others, I am weary of political correctness. Let’s get back to our basic values and stand firmly on them. And, if anyone objects, hand them a ticket on the next bus, boat, train or plane so they can get back to whence they came. The trip should be free; in the long run it would be less expensive.

Rita M. Souther

Camden

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No grasp of English

I am outraged at our governor’s display of ignorance and bigotry. I would expect the person elected to the post of governor at least would have a grasp of the English language to come up with something more intelligent to say than “kiss my butt.”

I think this state made a grievous error in allowing him to represent us, and we should call for a recall vote immediately.

Dale Richardson

Old Town

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Clean it up, governor

I ran a simple Google search today using three words: “Paul LePage NAACP.” As we might expect, news outlets everywhere are carrying word far and wide of our governor’s instantly infamous quip to a news reporter’s question about not attending an NAACP breakfast on Martin Luther King Day.

The New York Times. Washington Post. MSNBC. Fox News. New York Daily News. Numerous political blog sites, both left- and right-leaning, and NAACP.com. It’s on Facebook. You can replay the video.

I don’t like having a governor who talks like a thug. I hope I don’t have a governor who thinks like one.

Dismissing the NAACP as a special interest group is also interesting in the context of our governor’s avid desire to spend quality time with other “groups” in the state. No matter the importance of a healthy business climate, is that constituency not a special interest?

Clean it up, governor. Govern all of us.

Craig Kesselheim

Southwest Harbor

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Ignorant of fair, equal

Claims that Gov. Paul LePage’s repetitive abusive, crude language is merely him “speaking his mind” cannot be excused as a kind of folksy, gritty humor. It is obviously the language of a mind limited in respect for and knowledge of civilized behavior.

Telling members of the NAACP to kiss his butt and calling them a special interest group disqualifies him as a person to be taken seriously in a leadership role. If the NAACP’s interests are special, they are the special and specific interests of every Maine resident: fair and equal treatment. Whatever your skin color (and that includes his black son), can you have any confidence that LePage understands what fair and equal treatment is?

Compounding the governor’s shameless comments are the shadowy manipulations of his actions by his handlers from the Maine Heritage Policy Center, who publicly shy away from LePage’s lack of civility while grasping for control of the Maine Republican Party in its crusade to deregulate and privatize everything for the enrichment of America’s richest 1 percent.

Paul Newlin

Deer Isle

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LePage’s bully pulpit

I couldn’t agree more with the Bangor Daily News Jan. 15-16 editorial regarding Paul LePage’s lack of tact, and the newspaper’s desire to see it change.

However, the best predictor of future behavior is past behavior, so I’m not holding my breath.

Our governor seems quite proud of his “speak my mind” approach. Since when are speaking one’s mind and respect, courtesy, tact and compassion mutually exclusive?

There is a Japanese phrase, “kuchi bushi,” that translates as “mouth warrior,” as in someone who talks tough to overcompensate for lack of talent and inner strength. One definition of bully is a “blustering, browbeating person.” It appears both terms apply here.

Tough on the outside, weak on the inside, this type of person has a need to control other people that is inversely proportional to their own self-control. Such a person respects only those who agree with, and do not criticize, him or her.

As a lifelong resident of Maine, I take offense at being represented by someone who displays so openly these undesirable characteristics.

As I conclude writing this letter, a news item on TV is showing Mr. LePage rationalizing his NAACP “kiss my butt” comment. He states that on that morning he read an article in the newspaper. “It was not a pleasant article.” Apparently, in his mind, this justified his classless comment.

Dirigo, Maine’s motto, “I Lead,” implies more than just knowing how to run a business. Much more.

Bruce Barker

Dixmont

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Needless insult

A long line of Republicans has served Maine with decency and distinction. These include Margaret Chase Smith, John Reed, Bill Cohen, Olympia Snowe, John McKernan and Susan Collins. This tradition is now mocked by the buffoonery of one whose divisive remarks are the verbal equivalent of mooning.

Gov. Paul LePage’s needless insult to a great organization and record of thoughtless trash talk are an embarrassment to our state.

Bruce Graham

Bangor

Comment refreshing

The NAACP has caused more racial and political unrest than any other organization in the United States. I say the United States because the NAACP does not voice its opinion in most other countries around the world as it does in this country. I wonder why?

Gov. Paul LePage said it just right. It’s refreshing to have someone in political office that who more concerned about what is right for the people and not what is politically correct.

Stu Kallgren

West Enfield

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