In my opinion, the Aroostook County Republican Committee, has made a very questionable decision in advocating for a fundraiser to pay for a misjudgment by our governor when so many working Mainers are without livable-wage jobs, adequate food, safe, warm housing and health insurance.

If these people have discretionary funds that they can donate to “pay off” Gov. Paul LePage’s faux pas, it would be better if they spent that money doing something positive for the state of Maine’s people.

The governor could opt to take responsibility for a hasty decision he made, without knowing the historical and monetary ramifications, and put the murals back in their place. This act would save $63,000 and the artistic value of the murals in question, especially for Maine’s people who need to visit the Department of Labor.

This is not an example in citizenship for our children and young adults: “You don’t have to be accountable; someone will buy you out of your trouble.”

I believe this payoff is legal, but, in our current economic crisis and shared sacrifice, it is unconscionable.

The governor’s mantra is “shared sacrifice.” Well, in my opinion, it is time for LePage to lead by good example and sacrifice with humility.

Deanne Lavallee


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