I read with utter amazement the quote in Wednesday’s paper attributed to Peter Thompson of the Kennebec Valley Chamber of Commerce that “the chamber stays out of partisan political issues.”

Reading this statement, I have to rub my eyes and then realize that half the political ads on TV are sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and they do it proudly. Many of the ads distort the facts and have no place on the public airways and yet the chamber stands behind them.

I wonder what cave Thompson is living in that he himself has not seen the flood of advertisements from the chamber and how he can claim they “stay out of partisan political issues.” Please tell me I read that wrong.


Roberta Kelly


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