Maine voters, among whom I proudly count myself, are both intelligent and independent thinkers, unlikely to be swayed by negative, officious, condescending television ads, paid for by out-of-state money.

Maine voters have the right and privilege to choose our own United States senator. Not outsiders. We know what’s best for Maine. Not outsiders.

Every time one of these ads airs, as I mute it, I recall my parents’ wise words: “If you can’t say something nice about someone, keep your mouth shut.” Sadly, most political ads have abandoned this approach.

Let the senatorial candidates speak for themselves. Let them convince voters why they can best represent Maine. Voters can choose themselves.

Maine has a long history of electing a mixture of Republicans, Democrats, and independents to represent our great state. I am proud that most Maine people vote for the candidate, not the party.

These negative ads insult Maine voters’ intelligence. Maine does much better without them.

Gail H. Schade