November 22, 2017
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  • Anonymous

    Invocation or convocation?

  • PabMainer

    Wow….a little hesitant to open this article with the thought of the Gov dancing…..reminded of the movie “Hitch” when Will Smith said “life is not about the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breat away”…..and I was holding my breath the whole time after clicking the story…certainly Will’s song is appropriate….”If U Can’t Dance (Slide)”…..

  • ptkitty

    Contrary to the many published reports that the Gov. LePage  wouldn’t be commemorating MLK Day, the governor said he planned to attend and he did.  

    What more is Gov. LePage supposed to do?   Just because the NAACP thinks they own MLK and this holiday, doesn’t make it so.  

    “Action speaks louder than words but not nearly as often.”…Mark Twain

    • Anonymous

      Well said, my friend.

    • Carey Haskell

      Where were these “many published reports that the Gov. LePage  wouldn’t be commemorating MLK Day”?   The only references I saw to LePage and MLK this year(BDN & WABI) was that he would be attending the Waterville ceremony as he has done for the past several years.  Not saying your wrong, just would like to see the articles.

      • Anonymous

        Yeah I never heard that either, I think it was either speculation or the nutties in the blogosphere

    • Guest

      Sure–continue what you did as mayor. Real comfortable and no risk. Pretty easy.

      But when you make the leap from mayor to governor, well, you accept the repsonibilty that comes with that job. Like t or not he represents Maine. Not waterville. And, as any adult knows, you sometimes have to suck it up and do what you’d rather not do—like courting the the NACCP to try and save some face and, oh i don’t know, be politic for once.

      He’s hiding like a wimp. NO substance at all from this guy.

  • Guest

    He makes it an annual event and has since he was Mayor….

    • Guest

      Yup, and when you become governor you step up your game. 

  • StillRelaxin

    Let us hope Paul learned something more than dance steps and that no kissing was involved. Dancing could come in handy though. The next time he says something outrageous perhaps he can try dancing around it on his own with words or a two-step shuffle without having to have Mrs. Bennett step in to clarify what he “Really Meant” to say. Hope springs eternal!

    • Anonymous

      Maine Governor Paul Richard LePage spent Martin Luther King Jr. day dancing in Waterville. Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin spent the Holiday announcing that 
      Kestrel Aircraft Corp. and  600 jobs originally slated to come to Maine would be coming to Wisconsin. Nero fiddled while Rome burned. LePage dances while jobs go up up and away.

      • Anonymous

        Would you have condemned him had he missed the MLK event?

         Don’t you think the decision by Kestrel was made long since. Also would you have condemned him yet again had he found the $18 million in tax breaks Scott Walker found in Wisconsin?

        • Anonymous

          While I agree that 4mermainer’s comment is a bit over the top, I do find it interesting that the BDN chose to make this story their feature article while relegating the bigger Kestral story to their blog page where it will get few comments.

          • Anonymous

            Normal BDN

        • Anonymous

          The man campaigned on a JOBS, JOBS, JOBS platform. He promised the Citizens of Maine that he was the person who could get Mainers back to work. While he inherited, as do most politicians, problems from prior administrations he also inherited what was pretty much a done deal as far as Kestrel Aircraft was concerned as well. I praise the man when he does something good for Maine and her citizens (getting the Mill opened in East Millinocket, being critical of the way federal job training money was being spent and wanting to reform ethics in State Government) and I will be critical when he drops the ball like he did in this case. I would not have been critical had he found , as you say Walker did, $18 million in tax breaks that would have been, in my opinion, a smart thing to do. You didn’t hear me complaining when he called for the State to buy the Dolby Landfill to get the Mill back in operation and people in the Katahdin area back to work. We have a Department of Economic Development. Isn’t their job to get businesses to come to Maine? The Commissioner of that department is good at news releases and sound bites from what I have seen, but like the old commercial said “where’s the beef?”, maybe its time to start asking Mr. LePage and his Commissioner of Economic Development “where’s the jobs?” You and I both know from experience that putting up an “Open for Business” sign is a good start, but unless there is follow through by attracting business (customer) the sign by itself will not do much good. Perhaps had he spent a fraction of the time getting the Kestrel deal done that he spent in his war on Maine’s poor then he might have been dancing as the Governor of a State that had just won 600 jobs. 

          • Anonymous

            Ok, But had he taken the $18 million dollars from Maine revenue don’t you think that his critics would have said something like “He is taking the money from the poor and giving it to corporate interests!!”

            Which is what you accuse him of doing in your “war on the poor statement.”

          • Anonymous

            How about foregoing the $39 million for the slush or rainy day fund in this down economy? How about forgetting about, at least until other financial problems are solved, the almost $100 million in tax cuts for retirees (a group I am hoping to join really soon so it would impact me)? And instead of telling the world how lazy and unprepared for work Mainers are saying positive things about the State and her people. Maine people have long been known for a positive work ethic. I see it everyday in my company as I am sure you do as well. It is probably Maine’s best selling point but this administration hasn’t used it. As far as his war on poor is concerned I would be the last one to say that the system is perfect or even that it is working well, but LePage has been beating that drum almost since the day he took office. Instead of taking a meat ax to the system why not hire investigators and have them ferret out abuse in the system by vendors, providers and recipients. If there are lazy lay abouts or even worse cheats found dump them from the  system and in the case of fraud prosecute to the limits of the law. I am not an economist but I know one thing for sure, the best cure for poverty is a job. Think of what 600 jobs really means. It isn’t just the 600 jobs at Kestrel but would have also produced many many more jobs on an ancillary basis. Yes it might be a gamble investing in a start up operation like Kestrel, but it seems to me that the track record of Kestrel’s CEO and his standing in the aircraft industry would make it worth the $18 plus million investment. We invested what will probably be $46 million in the Dolby Landfill for less jobs and an industry who no one can call stable. 

          • Anonymous

            You got to know when to hold em, and know when to fold em….  Maine may have done well to let Kestrel walk.  First and foremost, the Kestrel aircraft has not yet completed the FAA certification process and until they do they can’t sell the aircraft.  Secondly, to my knowledge, they have not written orders for this aircraft.  Given all of the above Kestrel’s success is not foreordained – they could easilly fold before the 600 jobs materialize.   Maine will do better to focus on well-established business organizations with a history of success and stability.

          • Anonymous

            if he would have spent anywhere near what wisconsin spent on this deal, he would have been critized to know end for spending too much money. just like the jackson lab deal in connecticut. should he have spent what they did to get their jobs? how much is enough? damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t.

      • What more would you have had him do?  It sounds as though Wisconsin purchased those jobs and while that may be good, if Kestrel doesn’t thrive, the jobs and a bunch of Wisconsin tax dollars go down the drain.  I think that we need to roll out the red carpet for business but I have never been in favor of taking taxpayer dollars and purchasing those jobs.  Streamlining regulatory processes and making sure that we are fair and consistent is far more important than using taxpayer dollars to lure them in.  Just my opinion.

        • Anonymous

          Ok let’s assume that Wisconsin purchased as you say those jobs. What would you say Maine buying the Dolby landfill with a projected expense of $46 million was?

          • Anonymous

            projected by who?? that is like saying this medicine works according to lab testing.

      • Anonymous

        If he hadnt attended this event  he would of been labled a bigot….

        • Anonymous

          I fail to see how a man who had a black person who the Governor refers to as his son living with him could be called a bigot. 

          • Being a Bigot is not limited to an ethic group.

            His disdain for welfare recipiants qualifies as well.

      • Anonymous

        I don’t think the fiddle was invented yet when Nero was around, just saying.

    • Anonymous

      Must be a cultural thing!!! But it could be clutsural never seen da man dance! Yes I meant klutz!

  • Anonymous

    I’m surprised he didn’t say *Kiss my Butt* during his speech honoring MLK..heck, I’m surprised he didn’t try to declare it an *Unimportant Holiday* since it celebrates a great man who did great things in the spirit of Equality.

    • Anonymous

      your name fits

      • Anonymous

        I call it like I see it. Wonderful thing freedom, we can say whatever the heck we want.

        • Mary Stubbs

          Don’t get too use to it. Obama is slowly taking it away.

  • Anonymous

    This 14 line story seems like it was only put to print to get people talking about anything but MLK day. It’s not like it actually had anything to say.

  • Anonymous

    lapage is da man , you go bro

  • Anonymous

    Any Federal Holiday is a good day.  May God Bless MLK and his memory & his legacy!

  • Anonymous

    Good job Mr. LePage for caring on a day like this…

  • Anonymous

    LePage haters, go ahead and have at it.   I’m sure you can find something in this article to feed your derangment and hatred if you try hard enough.  (Of course, doing so will day much more about YOU than it will about Lepage, Dr. King, or any one else).

  • Guest

    Hiding out in Waterville? Uh, someone tell him he’s not the mayor anymore.

    • Anonymous

      So people aren’t allowed to go back to the places they used to live or hangout in the past.  Just because someone is a political figure doesn’t mean they don’t do things like every other person on the street.

      • Guest

        People? Yes. Elected officials? Not so much.

        • Anonymous

          Every elected official int he US has taken time when they had it to do something on their own.  Lepage has been attending this event for sometime, just because he became governor you are saying he is not allowed to go to this particular event?  I find that ridiculous, they may be in positions of power but they still have a choice to go to events of their choosing, though I’d bet if his advisers had their way he’d have gone to a more high profile event.

          • Guest

            What? One more time. He is now governor of the entire state. Not mayor of Waterville.
            In light of remarks made last year, it would behoove the governor to attend the NAACP breakfast. Its called being politic. its called leading. Sometimes you suck it up and don’t always get your way. thats life.

    • Anonymous

      ITs his home…just like I put Bangor firsts..because I was born and raised here and have seen all the miserable changes and hope to get it back again…he puts Waterville first…he did what he has done for years…why should he change his format.  Good for him to stick to his guns.

      • Guest

        He represents the state! Not Waterville.

        When you are the gov. You act like the gov.
        You know, be politic for once. Suck it up, go to the NAACP breakfast. That’s what politicians do.

        He represents a whole state!

    • It must bring back old memories of the Holiday Hideouts in back alleys of Lewiston on Halloween !

      Hide your candy Waterville!

  • Guest

    Wow–anyone going to point out the obvious? He’s not mayor and he represents the whole state.
    Why are people celebrating that he spent the day in waterville, again? 

    With increased job responsibility  comes increased action. Sometimes GOv. you have to suck it up and do what you don’t necessarily want to–like represent us at the NAACP breakfast. Especially after last years comments. We are talking about the oldest and biggest civil rights group in the country. Be politic for once and stop whining like a child. 

    • Guest

      I am a white male and the NAACP doesn’t represent me…

  • Anonymous

    Governor Lepage ‘s character speaks volumes of where he would have been during the Civil Rights March. LePage is a phony boloney. 

    • Anonymous

      The man adopted an African American son!  I think his character does speak volumes and he certainly has the bone fides with regard to his stance on race relations…do you?

      • It’s more like he snuck his golf caddy’s son from Jamacia into the country for a State Subsidized Education!

  • Guest

    ….

  • Guest

    Two Great Men King and LePage!!!

  • Guest

    John Baldacci did over 2,000 photo opts durning his tenure… That was a joke..  I’m glad Governor Paul LePage is celerbrating MLK day… I guess from some of the comments here  MLK  day doesn’t need representation.. A long time ago when the Democrats decided to form a club called the KKK to prevent Blacks from voting and having other civil rights,  is probably the saddest day for this country and that day should be remembered also…

    • In 1964 when Democratic President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act, primarily supported by Northern Democrats and to a lesser extent Northern Republicans, he said that signing the act would cost Democrats the South for a generation, what do you suppose he was getting at?  A few years later when Republican President Richard Nixon urged a “Southern strategy”, what do you think he had in mind?  Johnson knew that Democratic support for civil rights would turn the South Republican, and it did.  Nixon knew this too. 

    • Anonymous

      Baldacci was one of the best name tag readers I’ve ever met.  Didn’t even need to look me in the face or the whole line of us there for that matter when he shook our hands.

  • Anonymous

    He should be dancing back to Canada, where dodged the Vietnam Draft…

  • Anonymous

    Some of these posts prove our Governor can do nothing to please the left. Hopefully he will do a great deal to disappoint you people.

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