May 25, 2018
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The New York Times editorializes against LePage’s mural removal order


The New York Times editorial board added its voice to the national criticism aimed at Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s order to remove a mural of the state’s labor history from the Maine Department of Labor.

In a Monday editorial titled, The Times said: “Gov. Paul LePage of Maine has stooped to behavior worthy of the pharaohs’ chiseling historic truth from Egyptian monuments.”

Titled “He Dreamed He Saw Jong-il,” a reference to the letter sent to LePage urging the removal that likened the mural to propaganda out of North Korea, the editorial also took a jab at the governor’s decision to hire his daughter to serve as assistant to the chief of staff.

“To be fair, Mr. LePage does retain a sense of workplace opportunity,” the editorial said. “After his election last November, he named Lauren, his 22-year-old, fresh-from-college daughter, to what was termed an entry-level job as assistant to the governor’s chief of staff.”

“At $41,000 a year, the post offers $10,000 more than the pay for workers who pass the teacher and police tests. That’s on top of Ms. LePage’s free room and board at the governor’s mansion.”

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