Buying approval?

Central Maine Power should not be able to buy approval for its power line to Massachusetts. This is bribery.

If there was any inherent benefit to Maine residents, pay outs would not be necessary.

Walter Hickson


We need more homeless beds

There is something ironic that a homeless man was literally treated like trash. “This says the level of homelessness in the city has maxed capacity of the services,” said Rindy Fogler of Bangor Public Health and Community Services.

We need more shelter beds, and we need them yesterday.

Rachel Booker


Dirigo — I direct

Take my vote please – I am unworthy. Hillary Clinton calls me deplorable, Barack Obama mocks me for clinging to my Bible and guns, Bill Maher portrays me as uneducated, unsophisticated and poor, and they all blame me for electing President Donald Trump.

Now they want to vote in my place. They are the self-described affluent and well-educated city dwellers who appreciate the “finer” things in life and have cool jobs — jobs that do not include farming, wood cutting, shoveling cow byproduct, picking potatoes, landscaping and house painting — jobs that I am proud to say I have done and I am a better person for it.

We now have a national popular vote bill in Augusta that appears designed to take our voting rights away. Some of our legislators seem to believe Mainers are not smart enough to vote for the right candidate. In that case our votes will essentially be declared incompetent, thrown away, and a new, corrected, ballot will be cast for us. This is a modern Jim Crow law — a system the southern Democrats used against minorities for decades to keep themselves in power. In this case, we will be allowed to go through the motions of voting but there would be no need to actually count them.

Pay attention folks — if our legislators decide our votes don’t count, then we need new legislators. To date, Republicans are giving Mainers their vote of confidence by rejecting this power grab and supporting our right to have our votes counted. Our state motto says it all. Maine directs, it does not follow.

Joe Grant


Move to Massachusetts?

So Matthew Gagnon doesn’t want to live in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, he just wants to be taxed like he was. We’ll ignore that Maine has many times the land area and a fraction of the other states’ population density. We’ll ignore that the state has had eight years of Republican tax cutting policies, which has not achieved their mystical economic results.

Maybe we just haven’t cut our school budgets enough, or cut our health care to our rural communities enough. Maybe our roads are paved too often or maybe if we cut the wages of the low-income earners, or discourage more immigrants, that will attract new business. Elder care is certainly overrated as is job training and higher education. There is a lot of money to be saved and just think how attractive the results would make our state for our children and how it would attract new businesses and employees to our state.

How low does Gagnon suggest we go before the state is attractive to him? I think Sen. Cathy Breen gave him good advice.

Rollin Thurlow