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August 30 Letters to the Editor

NYC view on mosque

Thank you for your editorial “Islam and Ground Zero” (Aug. 24). I have summered in Aroostook County for the past 26 years and have connections going back longer than that. My friends and neighbors here, knowing I live in New York City, have asked me what I thought of the controversy over the mosque which, as planned, is actually more a cultural center.

My wife and I could see the twin towers from our bedroom window. We had to shut the windows of our house for a week because of the smoke and odors. Forty pages of the rent rolls from Building 7 floated into our backyard (where we let them deteriorate in the weather). Air Force jets flew about 1,000 feet overhead regularly. Our neighborhood was in shock, as was the country, but remained generally calm, though a truck owned by a nearby store owned by a Muslim, a gentle man, was badly vandalized.

It was hatred and intolerance that incited those 19 men to aim and crash planes into instantly recognized national buildings. If the construction of the cultural center is prevented, I fear that intolerance and suspicion, if not hatred itself, once again will be evident near the site of the twin towers.

Frank Bolton



Libby leads

This week has shown the voters of Maine what real leadership looks like.

Candidate debates are an easy way to get free exposure. Every candidate wants to get on television without having to pay for an ad. Such free publicity can be tempting. It can cause people to compromise on important things, such as principles.

Libby Mitchell does well in debates. The free camera time offered by public debates with her opponents can only help her campaign and win more voters. But not at the expense of fairness and inclusion.

Candidates Eliot Cutler and Paul LePage seem happy enough to take the free exposure at the expense of their opponents and at the expense of fairness.

Include all the candidates, Libby Mitchell said, or don’t expect me to participate in something so exclusionary and unfair. And she’s standing her ground.

That’s leadership. It’s taking a stand, even putting one’s own interests at risk, to stand for a principle and advocate for people being treated unfairly.

Would we rather have that kind of leadership in the Blaine House or a guy who’s willing to marginalize others in order to get his mug on television for free?

Please join me in supporting Libby Mitchell for governor.

Dawn Fortune



Inappropriate branding

I commend the BDN for its Aug. 23 editorial, “Islam and Ground Zero.” It was beautifully written and could not have expressed the salient facts of this situation in New York better.

Who are we to brand all Muslims based on the actions of a small minority of crazed radicals?

Sandor P. Walker



Time for LePage

When one reviews governors who have served in the previous 30 years, it becomes apparent this job has not attracted the best and brightest. Rather, we have long-term party faithful with limited credentials vying for the job. The one exception was Angus King, and his legacy is primarily laptop computers for students and the catchy phrase: “Maine is on the Move.” The state needs more from its executive leader.

Paul LePage has a rare mixture of governmental and business experience. As mayor of Waterville he has worked with a Democratic majority to streamline government, improve the debt rating of the city and maintain the level of services. He is also involved in many nonprofit organizations helping to serve people in need. Finally, as general manager of Marden’s, he presides over one of Maine’s most successful businesses, leading the company as it creates jobs in a very difficult business environment. LePage has shown that he can work with people across the political spectrum to find solutions to challenging problems.

This is a critical time for Maine. The national and state economies have crumbled, and taxes at all levels are a burden many cannot afford. Maine has become an exporter of jobs and of young adults in recent decades. At this critical time Maine requires a leader who is more than a long-term member of the political hierarchy. Maine needs an innovative leader with a history of success like Paul LePage.

Alex Arau

West Rockport


Cutler has jobs plan

I am graduating from the University of Maine in December and would like to have job opportunities in Maine. But jobs have always been few and far between in our state as a result of poor planning and outdated policies. Eliot Cutler is the only candidate for governor who has a plan to revamp Maine, remove obsolete policies and clear the way for the future.

The need for economic growth is evident to every Mainer. Far too many of us have been looking for a decent job for far too long. When I read about Mr. Cutler’s proposed Office of Regulatory Review and Repeal in the Bangor Daily News, I knew he was serious about knocking down the barriers to business in our state. He continues to provide the only substantive platform that offers hope for employment in our state.

He also understands the need to educate our work force to help lure employers and provide Maine’s next generation with the opportunity to stay in our state.

Mr. Cutler’s plan is simple. Reduce the cost of working and living in Maine. Invest in educational opportunities from pre-K through postgrad. Eliminate waste and redundancy in government. And use our natural resources as a fulcrum to our future success across the entire state.

After a short visit to you will see that Eliot cares deeply for our state and has the platform and boldness to revitalize our government. Join me in voting for Eliot Cutler to bring jobs to Maine.

Jen Cohen

Old Town


Anger antidote

Thank you so much for the BDN’s Aug. 26 editorial, “What’s Behind the Anger.” If only all the world could read this and learn from this — now!

Thank you again for this editorial.

Christine R. Maxcy


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