It is unfortunate that the MaineToday Media editorial board used the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday to once again make its own bias toward Gov. Paul LePage so patently obvious.

The board’s commentary pulled from an event long past to resurrect the claim that our governor is dividing the state into friends and enemies, pits one side against the other, and blames one group for the problems of the rest. This claim is in itself divisive and further serves to agitate and inflame.

These mean-spirited comments are ironic, given the governor did the right thing and attended a MLK breakfast celebration in Waterville (instead of Portland).

The editorial board might want to consider that the Waterville Rotary Club has sponsored and celebrated the Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast since the very beginning, when President Ronald Reagan signed this holiday into law, and was first observed in 1986.

The board might want to consider that LePage was a longtime member of the Waterville Rotary Club before becoming Maine’s governor. The board might want to consider that LePage still calls Waterville his hometown and spends time in there whenever possible.

The board might want to consider that the Waterville Rotary Club, founded in 1918, is one of the most accomplished, respected and strongest clubs in its district for what it does both locally and worldwide.

John M. Fortier

Belgrade