Thursday, May 22, 2014: LePage vetoes, school grading uproar, Dwayne Littlefield

Posted May 21, 2014, at 9:33 a.m.

Respect the work

After reading the May 2 BDN article, “In last minute twist, lawmakers vote to kill late bills by LePage,” I became, once again, frustrated with our governor. Since the beginning of his term, I have been disappointed with LePage. My opinion is the governor is downright disingenuous, so it’s no surprise that this legislative session ends with last-minute bills proposed by LePage. One bill aimed to improve health care in Maine nursing homes. His tardiness with this bill showed a lack of concern for the health care of at-risk Mainers. Furthermore, his veto of the health care expansion bill demonstrated a lack of concern for the 70,000 Mainers that would have been provided health insurance.

Complaints came from Republicans and Democrats that there was no time to find a compromise. I find it rather optimistic of the legislature to think that compromise might have saved these bills. LePage has proven his willingness to jeopardize the legislative process through vetoes, and he has even joked that his veto pens are “running low on ink.” I don’t find these remarks amusing. I look forward to voting in November for a governor who will respect the work of the legislature and the concerns of his constituents.

Ashley Eaton

Bangor

School grades

The uproar over the grading of Maine schools seems extreme to me. Now the teachers and administrators know how it feels to get a generic score for their work. The students are told to work harder if they get a poor grade. Now the schools need to do the same. Stop whining and bring Maine schools up to standard.The old system has resulted in a number of students going to college needing remedial courses. Shape up, schools.

Alan Campbell

Newport

Vote Littlefield

While driving recently through Palmyra, I noticed many “Elect Dwayne Littlefield” signs and felt compelled to write this letter in support of Littlefield, a Republican from Hartland. I have known Littlefield and his family for many years and am excited for the residents of House District 105, as they have an opportunity to elect a gentleman of integrity — a businessman who puts his constituents’ interests and needs above his.

He understands the challenge in rural Maine: the struggles faced by small businesses and schools. In good times and bad, he has worked tirelessly to retain his employees, even when it meant his family had to make sacrifices. He served many years on the MSAD 48 board and fought for a proper balance between supporting education and supporting the local taxpayer, and he and his family have been generous in their support of local nonprofits and youth organizations.

Littlefield is a down-to-earth individual who is approachable, listens to his constituents and works hard to make the right decision. He offers a no-nonsense, common-sense approach. I believe the people are ready for a leader of this ilk and that there are also others, such as Republicans Norm Higgins of Dover-Foxcroft and Paul Stearns of Guilford, ready to legislate with the best interests of their constituents in mind.

I hope the voters of District 105 take advantage of the opportunity to elect Littlefield.

Arnold Shorey

Dover Foxcroft

 

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