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Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015: Facts about a voter ID law, will LePage resign?

Please resign, LePage

During a July 30 radio interview with WGAN, Gov. Paul LePage was asked, “You worried about an impeachment proceeding?” The governor replied, “If the people of Maine want me, I’ll do the job. If they don’t want me, just ask me to leave. You don’t have to impeach me. … So far, I’ve only got four people write me that wanted me to resign.”

With these comments, the governor is inviting Mainers to “vote” him in or out and says he’ll abide by the majority’s wishes. Here’s how to contact the governor: maine.gov/governor/lepage/citizen_services/index.shtml .

In my own letter to the governor — putting aside politics and personalities — I said the reality of his administration is that he is one of the most ineffective governors this state has ever had, and that his confrontational, divisive approach to governing has rendered him incapable of accomplishing anything productive.

I pointed out that, in two elections, a majority of voters made it clear they preferred someone else as governor, but flawed politics still got him elected. I also noted he has even alienated his own party at this point. I finished by saying it was unfortunate the Maine Constitution doesn’t allow for a recall vote, but because he opened the door for the people of Maine to ask him to leave office, I would take him up on his offer and asked him to accept my letter as the fifth request for his resignation. I asked him to do the right thing and what is best for Maine.

Paul Schlein

Arrowsic

Disparaging North Carolina

I have no problem with the BDN disparaging North Carolina because, as I frequently am reminded, I’m not from around here. I lived in the four northern New England states for a better part of my 75 years and was stationed in Winter Harbor in the 1960s while in the Navy.

I don’t want the good people of Maine to think wrongly of North Carolina in respect to our voting laws. The BDN’s July 22 editorial, “Stricter Voting Laws: Get Out, Don’t Vote,” was highly inaccurate to say the least. I have never lived in any state where it was easier to register or easier to vote than in the Tarheel State.

No one is being suppressed, no one is being disenfranchised, no one is being restricted in any way and no one is being denied their right to vote in this state.

Yes, North Carolina now has a voter photo ID requirement. I have to show a photo ID to buy a bottle of vodka, to see my doctor, to cash a check and for any number of reasons. If, by some remote chance, a person doesn’t have a photo ID, he or she can procure one — for free — at any DMV. The BDN editorial didn’t mention that.

Yes, the number of early voting days have been reduced, from 17 to 10, but early voting hours have been increased — another small item the editorial failed to mention. North Carolina now has 11 days in which to vote, 10 early days and Election Day. Not only has the minority vote not been suppressed, it has actually increased.

If any resident of voting age and fails to vote, it is a choice — nothing more, nothing less.

If Maine has achieved a 58.8 percent voting rate, congratulations. We won’t see that number, but it’s not because of the lack of opportunity, believe me.

David L. Snel

Franklin, North Carolina

Dropping the A-bomb

As the 70th anniversary of the dropping of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki approached, numerous human interest stories about the Japanese victims were published, including two in the BDN.

How about a story on all the American lives this act saved by bring the war to a quick conclusion? As a POW with my family in Shanghai, I know the Japanese were determined to fight to the last man, which would have caused thousands more GIs to lose their lives — not to mention the plan to use POWs as human shields.

I am grateful President Harry S. Truman’s actions probably saved my life and those of my family.

The Japanese are no less complicit in the war than the Germans, who stood idly by while millions of Jews were slaughtered. Thousands of Japanese lost their lives to the bombs, but they, like the Germans, got what they deserved. So, shed no tears for them. Remember Pearl Harbor. I will.

Owen Sear

East Machias



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