OK! That’s it! I’ve had it! Gov. Paul LePage has finally pushed me over the edge!

I am usually a fairly temperate individual but one who strongly and passionately believes in the freedoms that our country is privileged to experience on a daily basis.

I am also against censorship when it is forced on people who are mature enough to make decisions on their own, especially in the visual and performing arts.

The removal of the mural from the lobby of the Department of Labor for the reason that “some business owners” found its message “hostile” prevents the rest of us from viewing this piece of art.

No one has the right to make that choice for me.

I realize that the panels will probably find another adoptive home, but the fact that one man could make this decision for many is frightening. If this can be done over a work of art, where else can this lead us?


Ray Bradbury’s book, “Fahrenheit 451,” is about a world where decisions are made for us and “thinking” and “individuality” are frowned upon. Are we headed in that direction?

LePage has made several embarrassing faux pas in his first three months as Maine’s leader, but this one should make us all feel uncomfortable and make us ask ourselves, what other freedoms will this man take away from the people of Maine?

Lucille Rioux


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