I applaud Gov. Paul LePage’s stance against domestic violence and appreciate his sharing his story. It is crucial for all people to denounce this deplorable violence against loved ones.

I gasped, however, when I read LePage’s advice to students at Erskine Academy (front-page article, Sept. 20).

The same individual who encouraged students who have been abused to talk to their teachers is the governor who has provided little support to this profession.

LePage offered students another option: call the Department of Health and Human Services, the same department whose staff he has gutted.

What a disconnect the governor is experiencing. I encourage LePage to continue his crusade in opposition to domestic violence. Meanwhile, I recommend he recognize the importance of teachers and DHHS case workers. These valuable individuals deserve commendation for their efforts to uncover and report these horrific crimes.

Linda Woods

Oakland

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