Stand up to LePage
I had high hopes that our Maine Legislature could come together and do what is necessary and right regarding our governor’s outrageous and inexcusable behavior. But it looks as though, once again, the majority of legislators are going to look the other way and allow the bullying and ignorant, mean-spirited leadership (I use that word loosely) of the governor to continue, without any sort of condemnation or reprisal. Shame on all of those who lack the moral fiber to stand up to Gov. Paul LePage.
No on Question 3
I am happy to see more and more No on 3 signs going up around the state. People need to be informed about what this law actually states. There is no way to enforce it.
Does any rational, thinking person in our state honestly believe that someone with a criminal mind is going to voluntarily go to have a background check before obtaining a gun from a private sale? The only ones who are likely to voluntarily go through this cumbersome process are those who are totally honest. And even honest people, those who just want to lend their buddy a gun to go hunting for the weekend, are unlikely to go through this process. It just isn’t worth the hassle for the possibility of getting caught.
Honest people are going to be criminalized by this proposed law, and criminals are not going to go through background checks. So what purpose will have been served?
This solution hasn’t worked in New York and strict gun laws in Chicago have certainly not worked. It is a law we do not need. Please vote no on 3.
Goldberg for House
I am writing to support the candidacy of my friend and colleague Ellie Goldberg for House District 95. For many years, we worked closely together when I was on the board of the Maine Children’s Alliance, and she was the organization’s president and executive director. The alliance’s mission is to improve the life of children in the state by providing members of the Legislature with factual data on the condition of children in the state and pushing for the improvement of services offered to children and families.
It was a joy to work with Goldberg. She believed in our mission and did everything possible to achieve the best outcomes for families. She was tireless in working with her staff, the children’s alliance board, and members of the Legislature. Goldberg understands the impact of public policy, she knows how to work hard and how to build support for good ideas. If you live in Hope, Warren, Union or Appleton, please vote in November to send Goldberg to Augusta. Now, more than ever, we need people like her in state government.
Clinton most admired woman
There’s something worth remembering this weird election year as a tired, old cadre of Republicans struggles to hurl slings and arrows at Hillary Clinton from their own crumbling ramparts. For a record-breaking 20 years in a row, Clinton has won Gallup’s Most
Admired Woman in America poll. She came in second only this year, topped by Michelle Obama.
I believe in equality of the sexes, therefore, I wonder what would have happened if a female politician had engaged in the kind of language and behavior exhibited by our governor. The office of governor is both a choice and a privilege. The person who assumes that office must be a leader. Leadership includes taking on the burdens of that position with dignity, respect and humility.
Maine has a proud history of many female politicians who have served our state and nation well — Margaret Chase Smith, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins and Libby Mitchell, to name just a few. I am sure that, being women in a male-dominated culture, they also were called names, perhaps blamed for something they did not do or not given credit for something they did do. But each of these women upheld her office in a dignified, respectful and humble manner.
This is an effective approach that all our politicians should emulate. Communication, problem solving and leadership all thrive in an atmosphere of mutual respect no matter what the political beliefs.
Save our backyard
I can now really feel compassion for all those before me rallying to save their backyard. “My backyard” has motivated me to respond to the Sept. 3 New York Times article by Justin Gillis, “Flooding of coast, caused by global warming, has already begun.” The article illustrates the devastation from extreme rising sea level in Norfolk, Virginia. Our seas along the Maine coast are changing, and few will deny this fact. While we have not experienced the extreme devastation of Norfolk, I am invested to work to avoid damaging our coastline, our fishing communities, tourism industry and our unique natural resources that are cherished and enjoyed by so many.
“ Facing the Surge” is an eye-opening documentary film about the sea level rise occurring now on the east coast. Filmmaker Diogo Castro Freire, partnered with Citizen’s Climate Lobby to screen his documentary in our backyard and all along the eastern coastline, from Maine to Florida with an intent to initiate dialogue on addressing climate change. There will be showings of the film followed by a panel discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 14 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., at The Stonington Opera House and on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Southwest Harbor Library. All are invited to this free film to come and share in our efforts to save our climate, our coastline and our backyard.
I am not affiliated with either political party and I am registered as an independent. I have supported Democratic state Sen. Geoff Gratwick in past campaigns by voting for him, and I do feel strongly that he should be returned to Augusta to continue with the work that needs to be done to move our state forward.
He is without a doubt a man of high principle and integrity who has the best interest of all Maine people at heart, and I believe he will continue to do good work for them. In addition, he has demonstrated on numerous occasions that he is willing to work with both Democrats and Republicans in doing the people’s business and what is right for all Mainers, not just a select few.