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If past performances are a clue to what will happen, then people better check past performances of candidates. Libby Mitchell has boasted about being in Augusta for the past 30 years, and in those 30 years, she has held two of the most powerful offices there. In those 30-plus years, we have become one of the most heavily taxed states in the country. I wonder what will happen if she becomes governor?
Speak to the people of Waterville and see how Paul LePage has done what he says.
No thanks, Michaud
Thanks to Rep. Mike Michaud’s vote for Obamacare, which he didn’t read and the majority of Mainers didn’t want, my retirement medical premiums are going up, my benefits are going down and it may soon be canceled.
Thanks to his vote, my taxes are going up. Thanks to his vote, when I buy a medical device, the price is going up. Thanks to his vote, my prescription prices are going up. Thanks to his vote, banking fees and credit card rates are going up, costing consumers more money.
Thanks to his vote, the money we borrowed and spent on the stimulus did not reduce unemployment. Thanks to his vote on the bailout, the unemployment rate is 9.6 percent, way more than the 8 percent that was promised.
According to the Washington Post Votes Database, Michaud voted with Pelosi 95.3 percent of the time during the current Congress. That is not what the people of Maine wanted. I know I’m not voting for more of the same.
Land for Maine’s future
The Land for Maine’s Future Program has made important investments in the lands that support our economy — through forestry, farming, fishing and outdoor recreation. Grand Lake Stream is a great example of what LMF has done for Maine and of the importance of renewed funding.
LMF supported conservation and public access on the banks of Grand Lake Stream and, later, acquisition of the 33,700-acre Farm Cove Community Forest by the Downeast Lakes Land Trust. These investments guaranteed traditional outdoor recreation opportunities for Maine residents and supported the regional economy through the forest products industry and Grand Lake Stream’s lodges and guides.
More recently, the citizens of Grand Lake Stream voted unanimously at a town meeting to contribute $40,000 toward the West Grand Lake Community Forest, which would protect an additional 17 miles of lakeshore and 21,700 acres. This candidate for support from LMF is essential to the heritage of the community as a destination for outdoor recreation.
A yes vote on Question 3 will protect the places that make Maine great.
Vote for Maine’s future.
Downeast Lakes Land Trust
It has recently come to my attention through phone calls from friends and supporters that Equality Maine is phoning voters in State Senate District 28 (coastal Hancock County) asking for them to vote for Jim Schatz, whom Equality Maine has endorsed. I have no problem with that — they have endorsed Jim and should be campaigning for him.
However, the calls — which seem to be placed by out-of-towners — include a statement that there are only two candidates in the race, Jim Schatz and Brian Langley, which is simply untrue. When the voter notes that there are actually three candidates (the third being me, Lynne Williams, Green-Independent candidate), they are told that I am not a “real candidate.”
I find this extremely objectionable and insulting, particularly since I have supported Equality Maine for years and worked to defeat the repeal of marriage equality. I have been included in every debate and forum, have received every invitation that my opponents have received and was profiled by all of the newspapers just as they were. And ironically, Equality Maine endorsed me six years ago when I was a House candidate for the Rockland district.
When an organization turns on its friends, I think it is about time for a good soul-searching. What Equality Maine is doing is trying to marginalize me as a candidate, and if any community should understand marginalization, it is the GLBT community.
Langley for Senate
I am writing to show my support for Brian Langley for state Senate.
Last year, a few citizens who were concerned about what was happening to the clam industry in Hancock County got together to create the Greater Frenchmen’s Bay Regional Shellfish Management. Brian attended several of these meetings and offered his help in anything he could do. When we were to the point of getting a warden in place, Brian put on a clam supper at his restaurant with the proceeds going to help with the expenses.
Brian spent several years in the Ellsworth school system as a well-respected teacher.
To me, one of Brian’s strong points is that when you are talking to him, you can tell that he is really listening to you. I feel Brian will serve the people in this area very well.
James E. Norris
Isn’t Libby Mitchell the nicest person to run for public office so she can offer all us Maine taxpayers nice things? Let’s see, she voted to lower the Homestead Exemption from $13,000 to $10,000 — wasn’t that nice? Next, she voted to place a tax on more than 100 new items such as clowns. We all remember that one, but alas, poor Libby, it was canceled by the Maine taxpayers — that wasn’t very nice.
Then there’s that little problem of school funding. Somewhere in the dim, dark past, our state government promised to pay 55 percent of K-12 education, against which Ms. Mitchell rose from her decades-old seat in Augusta and cast a nay vote. How nice can it get?
I believe she would increase the sales tax if she moved into Baldacci’s big chair — wouldn’t that be nice?