The newspaper editorial staff recently criticized Gov. Paul LePage for what they perceive to be his “discomfort with openness in government.” I look forward to a similar critique by the newspaper about President Barack Obama’s lack of transparency in government.

In 2008, candidate Obama often promised his administration would be transparent, but his actions since taking office have been anything but.

Heaven forbid, in this election year, that the paper fails to hold politicians of both parties to the same standard.

Admittedly, I have been concerned since Donald Sussman (Rep. Chellie Pingree’s husband) loaned the newspaper’s parent company, MaineToday Media millions of dollars and receiving a position on the Board of Directors.

The news story reporting on the loan quoted Sussman saying, “I will have nothing to do with editorial policy and control or anything like that.”

When I read that, I thought anyone believing that should invest in green cheese on Mars.

David Alexander

Augusta

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