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  • Anonymous

    This is simply the best yet – Angus King is a really wonderful person, I have admired him for years and hopefully if he gets elected to the Senate for Maine I KNOW he will do a good job. Look how he influenced your decision to run for School Board – this is how he is able to get things done!! Thank you again for another really good one and please give my regards to Mary, his wife, who will be a strong factor in his term!!!  

  • Anonymous

    I do hope that military veteran Charlie Summers gets to have dinner with the Smileys.  Angus King is no veteran, came from out of state, and left our  state with a billion dollar deficit when he left the governor’s position, including the ridiculous, taxpayer funded laptop computer scheme.

    Do hope veteran and District 15 candidate for the Maine House of Representatives, Major Sam Canders,  will also be invited.  He is a 747 pilot with 13 years of  service to our country and a member of the Air Guard.

    • Anonymous

      All this is about BS BS

  • Anonymous

    I’d love for this country, after 11 years of war, to move away from all of this military waste and concentrate on making things better at home.  Let’s drop our focus on the military for a few years. For all you folks who are going to respond to me with comments about fighting for freedom, etc. I would simply refer you to the pointless war that was Iraq.

    • Anonymous

      We don’t often agree, Bangorian, but on this I agree with you.  Not so much on the idea of eliminating military waste but rather on the idea that the mood in the US should not be as isolationist as it was just prior to Pearl Harbor but the idea that if we were more isolationist than we now are 9/11 might not have happened.  I think that the days of the US being a policeman to the world for the sole reason of ‘protecting our national interests’ should end.  Like Russia when the USSR broke up, we just can’t afford it anymore.

      • Anonymous

        We spend far less on the military than we do entitlement spending.  The military budget is being cut…entitlement spending keeps increasing.  

  • Patten_Pete

    *** How Angus King Ended Up In Maine ***

    How about how he doesn’t tell us his arrival in Maine allowed him to beat the draft?

    Both Angus King and Charlie Summers have stated they wish to get on the Armed Services Committee if elected.

    Summers served, King didn’t.

    Where is the part of King’s biography about how King took a legal aid job after law school in Virginia and with it got a near impossible occupational deferment so he wouldn’t be drafted like the less fortunate sons who were dying in Vietnam?

    Where does he discuss that the members of his family were Democrats in elected office in Alexandria, Va., a suburb of Washington,D.C.

    Where does he state that his uncle Jack (Jack Ticer) of Alexandria went to work at the Armed Service Committee during the Vietnam war? Where does he therefore tell us his connections may have pulled strings for him so he could avoid military service?

    This is very important as Mr. King wants to get on Armed Services, now that the coast is clear and he can go to war from his armchair.

    King was born March 31, 1944 and graduated from law school in Virginia in 1969. This was the middle of the Vietnam War and there was a selective service lottery. The lottery drawing held December 1, 1969,determined the order in which men, born from 1944 through 1950, were called to report for induction into the military. The highest lottery number called for this group was 195; all men assigned that lottery number or any lower number,and who were classified 1-A or 1-A-O (available for military service), were called to report for possible induction.

    Angus King’s birthday drew a low lottery number of 30.The lottery numbers pulled for each birthday on December 1,1969 can be seen by googling:

    RESULTS FROM LOTTERY DRAWING – Vietnam Era 1970

    Occupational deferments were NEXT TO IMPOSSIBLE TO GET. But voila, Angus King got one by taking a job at Pinetree Legal Assistance in Maine where he primarily worked on divorce cases. After his commitment there ran out,he was over 26 and no longer eligible for the draft. He also never did that kind of work again.

    FACT: That’s how he beat the draft and that’s how he ended up in Maine. With his uncle so close to the powers that be in Washington,D.C. and then his uncle working on the Armed Services Committee, it is basic common sense that this be pursued by the Maine media. How did Angus King get a next to impossible to get deferment from military service? 

    Again, he wants to play general from the safety of an armchair. So this is most relevant.

    • Anonymous

      We are going to have to start calling you Patten_Re_Pete.  
      Stop cutting and pasting the same comment ad nauseam.  
      It’s boring and tiring.

      • Anonymous

         Yep. There’s a lot of things King wish wouldn’t keep being repeated….like the true.

    • Anonymous

      Surprisingly similiar pattern to paul lepage, but paul went to Canada to escape the draft.

  • Anonymous

    VOTE SMILEY FOR BANGOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE——-VOTE KING FOR US SENATE——————–VOTE SMILEY FOR BANGOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE——————–VOTE KING FOR US  SENATE———————–VOTE SMILEY FOR BANGOR SCHOOL COMMITTEE————————–VOTE KING FOR US SENATE

  • Anonymous

    A vote for King does show ya can fool some of the people all the time. 

  • Anonymous

    King talking about military matters (he never served) is like the president’s supposed support of Israel. Lots of noise for political convenience, yet little substance or follow-through. Sarah should have dinner with candidates who are real veterans.

    • Anonymous

      Mitt Romney didn’t served either, but I guess it only matters, if they’re a Democrat.

      • Anonymous

        It’s nice to see that you admit King is a Democrat. Too bad he chose not to compete for the Democratic nomination against Dill.

        • Anonymous

           for the most part I don’t vote along party lines, so it wouldn’t matter me if he was running as a republican.  My point as you well know was the, it’s okay if I didn’t, but not okay if you didn’t.

  • Anonymous

    And do we think that the timing of Smileys’ 41st dinner guest just 4 weeks before the election was just coincidence?  I think not.

  • Admin Person

    Does anyone actually read her column. It’s always about her and her kids. I don’t care what your kids are doing. 

    • Anonymous

      Well then, don’t read her column.  I can’t imagine that anyone is forcing you to read it.  But from the rest of us, thank you for writing Sarah, we do enjoy reading about the family life.

      • Admin Person

         I have never read it. In fact I refuse to buy the paper on Mondays. 

  • Anonymous

    KING DOUBLED STATE SPENDING DURING HIS TENURE!

  • Anonymous

    My question would be will the BDN allow the other school board candidates equal time and space to outline their qualifications for office.  Otherwise this is a BDN paid advertisement for Ms Smiley’s candidacy for the school board.  And, so much for fair and equal treatment of candidates for office.   

  • What a sneaky underhanded way to get a free campaign  commercial. Is Sarah going to have Cynthia and Charlie over for dinner and do columns on them sometime before the election?

  • Anonymous

    Awkward!  The fact that you are running for a seat on the school committee should never have been included in your column.  Talk about campaigning!  The fact that you did, and failed at delivering a smooth message just leaves me thinking…..Awkward!

  • Anonymous

    I agree with 4lifeandfreedom! Good comment!

  • Anonymous

    Sarah, why do you seem to only invite people with prestige to your dinners? Why don’t you invite an inlisted military family for a change.  After all, aren’t you suppose to be representative of a military wife?

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