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Letters to the Editor for April 6, 2011

GOP public discord a concern

I am disappointed in the state GOP senators who decided to publicly criticize Gov. LePage in Monday’s OpEd piece. While I respect their message, there is no merit in their method.

I come from a family of nine. Growing up in a large family was fun/frustrating, exciting/boring and delightful/annoying. In short, it was full of life, with all its ups and downs. But the one thing we had, no matter the circumstance or issue, was each other. And the one thing we did not do was talk about the family at the local diner. In private we could talk and argue at length, sometimes loud and long, to solve problems or concerns. But externally we displayed a united front.

There is strength, acceptance and accountability in unity. These are foundation pieces on which to resolve differences and grow as a group and as individuals.

The opposite of unity is division. Is that what our GOP leaders are seeking? They really don’t have to lift a finger to do that. The Democrats are actively working to capitalize on any rift and bring division on their behalf.

I say wake up, GOP. Stop the disagreement and public display of discord. The people of Maine want lower taxes, smaller government and more autonomy over our own lives. That’s why we elected you.

Someone said, “Success is not random, it has to be deliberately planned.” The Democrats are planning for 2012. What are you planning for?

Katrin Teel


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Give Cindy another shot

I agree with Nat Crowley Sr. (Letters, BDN, April 2-3) about Cindy Blodgett being fired from her position as head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team.

I never dreamed our flagship public university could or would do something so lacking in class and respect for all Cindy has done for UMaine. She filled those seats as an athlete, did well as a student athlete, and brought hope to a failing program she once energized as a player. It was likely to be back to its winning ways in the next year. To cut her short was wrong, in my opinion.

I would like to see UMaine give Cindy her job back to see if another year would improve the team’s performance. To do less is disappointing.

Debora Riley


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Cost of mural

Regarding the concerns about the removal of the mural from the Department of Labor building in Augusta: Why are we not more concerned as to who authorized the spending of $60,000 of hard-earned taxpayer money for this as opposed to where it is now reposing?

Fred Carey

St. George

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Focus on real reform

The Republicans’ interest in election reform brings to mind several instances that could use a little of their misguided attention.  Instead of focusing on ways to keep residents from voting, our legislators would do better to clean up the process.

The current governor of our state was elected by 38.26 percent of the vote, which actually represents less than 22 percent of all registered voters. It’s time to get serious about instant runoff elections, where it would take a minimum of 50 percent for anyone to get the governor’s seat. It’s a new age, the technology is there.

In the town of Perry, we had to request a revision (Title 21A) to the definition of “immediate family” to get our town clerk to eliminate using the sister (half)-in-law of Sen. Kevin Raye as a ballot clerk. She was handling ballots in elections where the senator was on the ballot.

Then look at the $25,000 that Republican state leadership was fined for apparently intentionally filing late in the closing days of the 2010 election on more than $400,000 in expenditures on state senate races. That fine was a cheap price to pay for the Senate seats gained using unscrupulous ethics practices and hardly a deterrent to doing it again.

Let’s stop throwing up roadblocks for people who want to vote and worry more about really clean elections.

Jeanne Guisinger


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Bangor’s best days

I am writing to urge my fellow residents to vote yes on Wednesday, May 4, to allow the construction of a new arena at Bass Park.

Replacement of the present complex is long overdue, interest rates and construction costs are lower than they are likely to be for many years and we have a stream of revenue to pay for the project, without residential tax increases. The Bangor City Council has studied the issue for years — recently with the help of a citizen committee — and voted 9-0 to proceed.

No construction project of anything like the arena’s size is on the horizon for this part of the state: nothing else promises to add 400 permanent jobs.

The choice is really between the concern that our best days are behind us and we should shy away from any risk, however remote, of overextending ourselves, and the conviction that an up-to-date facility for culture, conventions, artists and athletes should be part of Bangor’s future.

We hear constantly about the huge government debt we are leaving to our grandchildren. On May 4 the people of Bangor have the chance to leave their generation a remarkable asset without a corresponding deficit-funded liability. Let’s show our faith in our future. Vote yes for the arena.

Bill Sullivan


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The governor’s new clothes

Gov. LePage’s remarks and actions remind me of “The Emperor’s New Clothes,”  the classic fairy tale meant to teach a lesson about honesty. The emperor wants to believe he is smarter and better than all of us, that we will be too intimidated to admit that we don’t see what is right. Even his closest allies are afraid to be honest with him. In the end it is a child who proclaims the emperor has no clothes, to the great relief of all, especially the emperor’s allies.

I don’t hold out hope for Mr. LePage’s inner circle to be the ones to let the emperor know he has no clothes. I count on our lawmakers to realize the urgency of this situation.

The verbal rants, intimidating remarks and actions, the bullying behaviors of this governor are steadily tearing away at the very foundations of our great state. Removal of historical documentation such as the labor panels and names of those who helped make business and industry better for employer and employee is, I fear, only the tip of the damage iceberg this governor will continue to inflict. I doubt these actions will encourage the level of integrity of business we strive to attract; rather, it may deter those very businesses from coming  while sending established businesses packing.

What will be next on the emperor’s list of dislikes? How will it impact you? We were never told who, or how many found the labor panels offensive and I have to wonder: Was it just the emperor?

Kathy Brown

Mount Vernon

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