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  • Published
    April 11, 2011

    LePage’s actions mimic ‘behavior of tyrants’

    It is distressing that Gov. Paul LePage has removed art from public view at the Department of Labor Complex. This is not the action of the government of a free society, which has fought to protect freedom of expression and freedom of speech, but has been the behavior of tyrants and dictators throughout history. Censorship […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2011

    LePage has, in fact, offered us his best side

    Amidst all the hullabaloo caused by Gov. Paul LePage’s foot-in-mouth disease, we’ve managed to overlook one very gentlemanly gesture on his part. When he told the NAACP to “Kiss my butt,” he was offering them and us all his best side. David L. Mitchell Madison

  • Published
    April 10, 2011

    4th-grader thanks LePage ‘for all of his hard work’

    I am 10 years old and in the fourth grade. My family has been teaching me about the history of our country. We discuss things that are happening around the country and in our state. My mom and Grammy have said that the people here have spent too much money, and now we can’t pay […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2011

    ‘Must we negate one group to recognize another?’

    The disrespect that Gov. Paul LePage is showing the labor and artist communities is frighteningly reminiscent of another time –1939. Is this, “Maine, the way life should be”? This is Maine after LePage; elected under false campaigning by 39 percent of the people who naively believed the stealth bully. Is it so difficult to honor […]

  • Published
    April 10, 2011

    Veteran supports ban on smoking in private clubs

    I served in the military for more than 30 years. I am also a Republican who supports Democratic Rep. Anna Blodgett’s proposed L.D. 1230 to ban smoking in private, veterans clubs. According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, less than 35 percent of veterans smoke, including those from Iraq and Afghanistan. Each year at taxpayers’ […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    What other freedoms will LePage take away from us?

    OK! That’s it! I’ve had it! Gov. Paul LePage has finally pushed me over the edge! I am usually a fairly temperate individual but one who strongly and passionately believes in the freedoms that our country is privileged to experience on a daily basis. I am also against censorship when it is forced on people […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Others removed artwork ‘that didn’t fit their beliefs’

    Just one anonymous fax and Gov. Paul LePage deems a piece of artwork not fitting for the Department of Labor. LePage then had the mural removed, covertly, over a weekend. What about majority rule? What about due process? You know, I recall other people and groups who removed certain artwork that didn’t fit their beliefs. […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    Mural ‘depicts history of Maine and its people’

    If you were born in Maine during the last century, then your parents, grandparents and/or great-grandparents likely worked in a paper mill, shoe factory, on a farm, or in boat building, fishing, etc. Many of those now in the Legislature came from such hard-working people. “Made in Maine” was identified with words such as honesty, […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    LePage ‘feels he has the right to ignore’ citizens

    I am not an “idiot.” “And I am not to be “laugh[ed] at.”” Yes, I was at the rally to save the mural, along with hundreds of others. It was not trivial. Others have written about that event and the event at the University of Maine at Farmington the day before that and the earlier […]

  • Published
    April 9, 2011

    LePage’s ‘behavior is not helping to create jobs’

    Can a governor effectively lead this state if he received only 39 percent of the votes cast? Yes. If he has the ability to govern. If he shows respect to those he governs. If he demonstrates that he is working for all Maine people — not just the minority who voted for him and the […]

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