As I watch the so-called “swing states” flicker between leaning blue and leading red, I can’t help but wonder why Maine, with its iconoclasm and fiercely independent tradition of strong public service, is not a swing state.

Why are we considered to be a “blue state,” when the most reasonable position for a thinking voter at this time is to be, as they say, “undecided?”

An engaged and reasoning voter needs to ask himself or herself which course forward is best for the nation and has the party in power earned a second term in office?

Maine deserves better at this time than to be solidly “blue.”

The only advantage, as I can see it, is that we avoid a lot of political advertisements and robo-calls.

James Fleming, Waterville


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