Long ago, Susan Collins promised not to run for a third term. The promise discarded, she’s hung around long enough to become part of the problem, a pawn of corporate and financial interests.

• Voting with the minority to prevent a Senate vote on an amendment to the Constitution: minority rule rather than a democratic vote on the matter of Big Money interests dominating American elections.

• Voting against equal pay for equal work, which she professed to favor. The bill would have meant great progress, but she sided with Big Money again.

The argument for Collins is that she has done some good things for Maine: jobs, contracts. In a bright light, that can be seen as buying election. It can be habit-forming. So it’s time for a change. Time for Shenna Bellows. We’re lucky to have her as a choice: bright, articulate, unencumbered, someone for all of Maine.

Richard Flanagan

Susan Allein


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