Deserving vote

This is a response to Nelson Durgin’s plea in the March 25 BDN to support independent Eliot Cutler’s run for governor. I write to explain why Cutler does not deserve your vote.

When Cutler ran against Libby Mitchell, he gave us Gov. Paul LePage, and that would be the result again.

Mitchell had been the speaker of the Maine House of Representatives as well as president of the Maine Senate (2008-2010). She was the first woman in the United States to have held both positions. Were it not for Cutler, she would have been our governor. Instead we have LePage.

Rep. Mike Michaud is one of the only members of Congress who was once a millworker. Were he to be our governor, the interests of the majority of Maine people would be represented.

Cutler made his fortune in China during the time when millions of jobs were outsourced to China and wages in the U.S. stagnated. According to The Economic Policy Institute, during the period when Cutler was making his fortune in China, a typical two-earner household in the U.S. lost around $2,500 a year.

Those whose income comes primarily from offshore investments have good reason to vote for Cutler. The rest of us might think seriously about what Mike can do for our state.

Karen Saum


Maine’s future

As a college student, I often think about the future. What am I going to do when I graduate? How will I pay off my student loans? Where do I want to live and work? These are questions I constantly ask myself and are constantly asked of me.

Perhaps it is this focus on the future that has led me to support independent candidate Eliot Cutler’s campaign for governor. He has a vision and a plan for the future that offers meaningful solutions to many of the problems this state faces. This is sharply contrasted with the gimmicks, grandstanding and political posturing that the other two candidates rely heavily upon. They continue to support failed policies that have made Maine the worst state to do business in and caused Maine to fall behind its neighbors in terms of economic growth.

So as someone who thinks about her future, I have to also think about Maine’s future. I have to ask, what are we going to do? Will we keep doing what hasn’t worked, or will we try something new? Personally, I think that it’s high time we tried something new, and that is why I support Cutler for governor.

Kate Upton


Parenting and politics

One of the most fundamental rights we have as human beings is the right to raise children. There are obvious limits for criminal or negligent behavior, but, as a general rule, we have this right.

Currently in state law there are some really unnecessary regulations on that right that take decisions out of the hands of parents and put them with the state. For example, 14- and 15-year-olds are forbidden from working in bowling alleys and movie theaters. They’re also required to obtain work permits from their school superintendent during the summer, causing kids to go halfway through the summer before finally getting their permit.

The Maine Legislature recently took up a bill, LD 1698, that would fix these odd loopholes in state law, finally putting Maine among the 47 and 44 states that allow young teens to work in theaters and bowling alleys, respectively, and letting families get summer work permits directly from the Department of Labor when school is not in session.

This commonsense bill had no opposition in its public hearing and was supported by both the Maine School Management Association (superintendents) and the labor department. Nonetheless, almost every Democrat voted against it in the House.

Democrats did the same last year when they pushed a nanny-state bill to prohibit teens from tanning even with parental permission. I will continue to fight to give parents more decision-making freedom than politicians, but I need your help. Please tell your state legislators that parenting and politics don’t mix.

Rep. Brian Duprey


Commercialization of wildlife

A new law allows special interest groups to sell — for profit — moose hunting permits. The Maine Legislature has apparently yielded to special interest groups’ pressure, allowing them to sell moose hunting permits.

This measure will change the Maine hunting tradition forever, creating a class that is allowed to do what others are not. I’m referring to LD 738, which allocates 10 percent of the moose permits exceeding 3,140 to a special lottery for “hunting outfitters” who are permitted to subsequently sell or otherwise transfer those permits to individuals.

I consider this the commercialization of wildlife in Maine. Allowing guides and hunting outfitters to profit from the sale of permits rather than profiting from the sale of their services and facilities is plain wrong.

Jay Bailey


Legalization talk

Juvenile legislators want marijuana legalized. Legalization for tax revenue is shortsighted. The target market for dope will always be Maine youths. These pro-dope advocates are lobbying for repugnant criminal interests. And legalizing pot clearly won’t solve Maine’s epidemic drug problem.

Marijuana is a narcotic drug. Pot is smoked for a pleasure-high that creates delusional thinking. These delusions are easily recognized by observing the “love” potheads feel for their dope. This “love” of marijuana is due entirely to its narcotic effect. Pot is unhealthy, habitual and inhaled into the lungs. All narcotics users experience the same deranged “love” of their drugs.

All narcotic drugs are passed hand-to-hand along the same black market social pathways encompassing every Maine drug abuser. Some “medical” marijuana people are both users and dealers of illegal drugs. “Medical” marijuana is being diverted and sold illegally right alongside all the other illegal drugs in Maine.

Maine’s “medical” marijuana laws have had one effect, enlarging the drug culture in Maine. The message sent to drug users and drug dealers is clear. Maine’s drug laws have been recklessly loosened. These laws should be repealed now.

Drug users in Maine want to legalize all drugs. Maine parents want to raise children in drug-free environments.

To intelligently address the drug problem, Maine should increase the fines for drug possession, revoke the driver’s licenses of convicted drug users, and repeal the “medical” marijuana laws now. Intelligent deterrents work.

Don Robertson