Our hard-working legislators passed a bipartisan bill to help low-income rural families with well testing. Unbelievably, our governor vetoed it.

The Maine CDC had a federal grant and had started doing this work. Again, unbelievably, our governor refused the CDC request to renew the grant. And, even worse, the state prohibited the use of federal funds to pay for water test kits to give to those with untested wells.

So, no state funding, no federal funding, but “let them drink arsenic.”

How has Maine leadership come to such a mean-spirited, immoral ideology? Help those first who need it most. If government has any use at all, it is to protect the health and welfare of its citizens.

The legislators did the work once. Let us encourage them to renew their efforts to bring clean water to all Mainers.

Please contact your representatives and ask them to pass legislation in 2017 to help Maine residents test and treat their well water for arsenic and other contaminants. We are talking about children and pregnant mothers. Their lives matter.

Marla Bottesch

Norridgewock

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