Government is not a business

One of my favorite sayings is, “if government were a business, it would be out of business.” But now with Gov. Paul LePage and President Donald Trump in charge, I think that is wrong. Business doesn’t care about people, just the bottom line. Government might not be totally people friendly, but I will take it over business any day.

Caring about other people is a natural response that people have. But I sure don’t see that out of LePage and Trump. Those two seem to be more involved in their bottom line and spurring hate mongering. Both act like 8-year-old children who throw a tantrum if they can’t have their way.

I believe the American people can be fooled sometimes by false promises, but not for too long. Please don’t let people like those two lead us in the wrong direction.

I still believe the United States of America is the greatest country in the world. We need leaders to keep it that way.

Gary King


LePage a source of fake news

I have found there are two major sources of fake news: one is in Augusta and the other is Washington, D.C. Both make up news to suit themselves. Both won’t talk to the press because they don’t like opposition or opposing views. They both think their way is the right way. They both seem to like to fire people who don’t back them completely.

The one in Augusta thinks it’s all right to oppose the federal government but condemns those who don’t always agree with what is trying to be forced on us by the Republicans just because they didn’t like Obamacare, and instead of fixing it they want to repeal it.

I think this was caused by a bug called the “political bug,” which causes your head to swell. One of the signs of this disease is confusing truth with lies.

Tom Fillebrown


Don’t eat lobster

It shouldn’t be hard for people to think about the demonstrators at the 70th annual Lobster Festival in Rockland whenever they think about eating the clever crustaceans.

Lobsters and humans have more in common than you may realize. Like humans, lobsters can be right-handed, left-handed or ambidextrous. When left in peace, lobsters can live to be 100 years old. They take seasonal journeys each year, and older lobsters guide younger ones across the ocean floor by holding their claws.

Lobsters feel pain, just as humans do. When they’re dropped into scalding water, they whip their bodies wildly and scrape the sides of the pot in a desperate attempt to escape. In “Consider the Lobster,” the late author David Foster Wallace remarked that when watching a lobster in boiling water, “it is hard to deny in any meaningful way that this is a living creature experiencing pain and wishing to avoid/escape the painful experience.”

If you don’t want to inflict such suffering on lobsters, simply don’t eat them.

Heather Moore

The PETA Foundation

Sarasota, Florida

Protect our national monuments

In April, President Donald Trump issued an executive order directing the Interior Department to review the designations of 27 national monuments. This unprecedented attack, which could lead to drilling, mining and other harmful development on our public lands, included the opportunity for Americans to voice their opinions.

July 10 marked the end of the comment period, and more than 2.7 million comments were submitted, the vast majority of which were in support of protecting our national monuments. It is clear the Trump administration and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke are bowing to corporate interests instead of the American people.

It is therefore vital that we continue to fight against these attacks on our precious lands, like Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, that protect our ecosystems, history, culture and endangered species. We must continue to make our voices heard by contacting our representatives and Gov. Paul LePage to continue the fight not just for Katahdin but for all monuments.

Phoebe Sauter

Environment Maine