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Governor, find a place for the mural

By Sun Journal

We supported Gov. Paul LePage when he opted to remove a mural that emphasized labor strife from the lobby of the Labor Department.

Better, we felt, would have been a more neutral mural celebrating how skilled labor and visionary leadership built this state’s industrial base together.

LePage had the mural secretly removed last year, resulting in a firestorm of criticism and negative media coverage.

Tuesday, after losing a second round in court, a lawyer seeking a court order that the mural be restored wanted to offer a bargain to the governor.

Jeff Young said Thursday that he would consider dropping further litigation if the state displays the mural at the Maine State Museum or other suitable location.

Adrienne Bennett, LePage’s spokesman, called Young’s comments “insulting.”

We agree.

Usually, striking out twice in court doesn’t leave the losing party in a very good bargaining position.

That said, Young obviously doesn’t know our governor, who is a stubborn man who would likely litigate forever than give in to such a threat.

That said, the LePage administration said in the beginning that the mural should be placed elsewhere. We said the same thing in an editorial.

For the sake of putting this issue, and the mystery of the mural’s location, behind him, the governor should get moving on finding that new home.

Sun Journal, Lewiston (Dec. 5)

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