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Tuesday, May 28, 2013: Collins, LePage and abortion

Collins: Support immigration

Our immigration system is broken, and that’s bad for our country and our economy. As the Senate debates the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform recently introduced, I hope that Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will support this important legislation.

When we bring undocumented workers out of the shadows and allow them to join the legal, regulated workforce, employers who would otherwise game the system can no longer cheat workers on wages or working conditions. When everyone has a fair shot and plays by the same rules, all workers can expect their wages to rise.

This will mean more dollars in the economy and more jobs. Maine Fair Share stands in support of comprehensive immigration reform, and we hope Collins will join us.

Craig Auster, deputy political director, Maine Fair Share



The taxpayer’s television

I would like to know how the governor paid for the 46-inch television in question. Taxpayer dollars at work? If the laborers depicted in the mural bought this television, I am more than upset.

Karen Burke



On the move

Gov. Paul LePage’s recent action in regards to placing his television from his office out into the Hall of Flags, which is against the rules, is truly astounding. When we think we’ve seen it all from this man, he finds another childish stunt to get attention.

He now says he is going to move out of the State House. I would like to know who is going to be paying for his new quarters.

He claims it is a violation of his First Amendment rights not to be able to place his television wherever he chooses. Funny, because in April 2011, LePage ordered the removal of a mural at the Department of Labor, he did not consider that a violation of freedom of speech.

If only stupidity and ignorance were grounds for impeaching a governor, then I think LePage could easily be impeached.

Carol Gorecki



Innocent lives

The BDN’s defense of abortion in “ Maine protects a woman’s right to choose,” is so cynical, one must conclude there is something singularly sacred in some twisted way in the taking of the most innocent of lives. It says: “(No) polls, laws passed in other states, or stories of other individuals’ experiences, no matter how compelling” should enter into these decisions. Here, at the epicenter of runaway feminism is a place where the revered technique of relativism may not be applied. It’s as though all truth itself begins and ends with the woman’s “right” to destroy defenseless life. Apparently, no laws should be made to further protect the unborn child, or, at least, give women some pause to reflect more fully on other life-giving choices.

Don Mendell


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