Vote Entwisle

Voters in Washington and Hancock counties will be electing a new district attorney in November. People should vote based on the candidate’s experience and dedication to justice, not party loyalty. Please join me in voting for Bill Entwisle.

Bill has been married for 28 years. Together, he and his wife are raising three sons. He has served on the boards of the Down East Family YMCA, the Next Step Domestic Violence Project and the Maine School of Science and Mathematics Foundation. The Entwisles are members of and are active with the Blue Hill Congregational Church.

The district attorney needs to be committed to protecting our community. Prosecuting means holding those who commit crimes accountable. For more than 15 years, he was in private practice. He started prosecuting in Washington County in 2003 before he moved to the Ellsworth office. Those experiences will serve citizens for both counties because Entwisle will be ready and able on Day One.

He has not sought elected office before. He has the background, experience and work ethic needed to run the DA’s office in two very diverse, geographically and politically, counties. His commitment to his family and community, his years in private practice and more than a decade of prosecuting demonstrate a depth and breadth of experience and commitment.

Entwisle can do the job because he is doing the job. Join me in voting for the experienced and dedicated candidate, Bill Entwisle.

Paul Cavanaugh

Calais

Broken system

While visiting friends on Campobello Island, New Brunswick, last Saturday, we enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant called Fireside. Among the patrons who dined there that day were Mr. and Mrs. Russell “Rusty” Brace. Yes, the man now known for his reprehensible behavior rather than his stellar reputation in the midcoast region.

It seems quite odd that he has not been criminally charged for his admitted embezzlement of $3.8 million-plus, money with which he feathered his own nest rather than seeing that those in need received the much needed funds. Nonetheless, there he was. Not only was he outside the U.S., he wrote his name in the guest book and listed he was there for a birthday celebration.

Of course, not having been criminally charged, it’s apparent he can travel anywhere that takes his fancy. Obviously he fancies himself above the law, but perhaps it’s just another shining example of our broken “justice” system.

Valerie Brown

Rockland

Susan’s fine record

As a working woman who has known U.S. Sen. Susan Collins for years and has followed her Senate service closely, I am stunned by the endless distortions of her record by her opponent, Shenna Bellows. But none is worse than Bellows’ preposterous assertion that Susan is against equal pay for women.

Collins has always worked, and she has always strongly supported equal pay for equal work. Even though pay discrimination has been illegal since 1963, she believes more protections are needed. That’s why she voted for a 2009 law that gives workers more time to bring pay discrimination complaints. The White House invited her to the signing ceremony in recognition of her advocacy in protecting women from discrimination. It’s also why she has joined with other women senators in writing legislation to provide even more safeguards.

Bellows supports a bill requiring thousands of Maine employers to report their employees’ salaries to the federal government and imposing other burdens on small businesses trying to create jobs. It could even prevent employers from giving an outstanding woman employee a bonus. That is why Sens. Olympia Snowe and Angus King joined Collins in opposing this bill. They all know it’s not the right answer. Shame on Bellows for distorting Collins’ fine record.

Elizabeth Russell

Bangor

Welfare not priority

According to several recent commercials for Gov. Paul LePage’s re-election campaign, the No. 1 issue we have in Maine is welfare. Really? The issues at the top of my list are jobs, the economy, energy prices, education, infrastructure, health care and so forth. Welfare is probably near the bottom, if it makes the list at all. While it’s true there are cheaters on welfare and $1 million or $2 million seems a big number, in the face of a $7 billion budget, it’s not.

Lackluster unemployment numbers, above the other New England states, decreasing housing sales, young people leaving the state, large numbers of residents uninsured, mounting student debt, businesses declining to locate here because of high energy costs — these are the things I want my governor making his priorities.

In addition, in August 1996, President Bill Clinton signed a big welfare reform act presented by the Republicans in Congress as part of their Contract With America. This act imposed a five-year limit on benefits plus many job requirements and programs. Of course, there were loopholes, but overall it was the first welfare reform passed in many years. For LePage to call his five-year cap something “new” — well, it just isn’t. Developing work and training programs is a good and necessary idea, but it has been around for a long time and is nothing the governor can call his own.

I would like a governor who would be respectful to others, work cooperatively to get things done, focus on truly important issues facing our state and make us proud. I don’t think I’m alone.

Katharine Evans

Pembroke

Voting for Ward

As a resident of Dedham, I was interested to see that Veronica Magnan wants to be my state representative. Magnan served for two years as a state representative, and she had several expensive ideas in 2009. She sponsored a bill that would have raised my — well, actually our — heating oil by 10 cents a gallon and my — our — electric bills by 23 percent. LD 1811 was supposed to help create green energy jobs, and Magnan wrote in her testimony to the committee she thought this legislation would bring her “bragging rights.” I am not sure how she can brag about a 55-page bill that created $160 million in new spending, which would come from an increase in our oil and electricity costs. But she also wanted to add another $250 million in spending for Efficiency Maine — funded by more increases to our electric bill and then, incredibly, another $142 million of spending on “green energy” in 2017, also funded by increases to our electric bills.

Thank goodness Magnan wasn’t successful in getting this passed in 2009. We can’t afford a state representative who wants to spend money like that and who wants “bragging rights” for doing it. And thank goodness she has an opponent. I’ll be voting for Karl Ward on Nov. 4. Let’s make that a “we” as well.

Joseph McErlain

Dedham