I watched the Women’s March opposing our newly elected president as protesters declared that it’s our right to oppose Donald Trump. Often times we are so concerned about our rights we seem to forget other Americans have rights.

Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-1st District, decided not attend the inauguration. I suppose it’s her right, even though many Americans find it offensive during the peaceful transition of power. I hope Pingree will hold no animosity toward President Trump if he actively works to defeat her in the future.

Former President Barack Obama declared he had a pen and phone. His base certainly encouraged him to use it with no regard to the views of conservatives who opposed his agenda. I certainly hope now the left will understand Trump has the right to use his pen and phone and have no animosity when he overturns Obama’s legacy.

I have no idea how Trump will govern, but for years Obama choose to ignore laws he didn’t like. Trump’s pick for attorney general, Sen. Jeff Sessions, stated he will now begin to enforce federal law. Illegal immigration and marijuana are both against federal law.

Maine voters have exercised a state right to legalize marijuana. The federal government has the legal right to enforce all federal laws, and the other states have the right to demand that federal laws be enforced equally. It will be an interesting four years.

John Hopkins


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