At least Judy Taylor’s Department of Labor artwork is removable and, I hope, has been stored carefully until this imbroglio is over.

In 1934, Diego Rivera’s fresco “Man at the Crossroads,” which included a clear picture of Vladimir Lenin, was chiseled from the walls of Rockefeller Center when Nelson Rockefeller disapproved of including the communist leader.

If Gov. Paul LePage (or his anonymous fax-sender) thought Taylor’s art was inspired by North Korean socialist realism, please note that’s not Kim Jong-il on the sixth panel, but a Wobbly (member of the Industrial Workers of the World) trying to organize Maine woodsmen (see the artist’s website judytaylorstudio.com/mural456.html). Besides, Kim is considerably shorter and more sartorially challenged than the organizer.

John R. Likins

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