From left, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, arrive before President Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress at the Capitol, Tuesday, March 1, 2022, in Washington. Credit: Carolyn Kaster / AP

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Sen. Susan Collins published an excellent guest essay in the New York Times recently that everyone should read. In it she reports on the work she is doing on election integrity. The greatest threat to our democracy today is the possible corruption of ballot counting and certification. The legislation that Collins and her colleagues are developing is meant to address that. She is one of the few in her party who could succeed at this because she likes to work with people and doesn’t insult them, not even Democrats.

Mainers should all be proud of the work our senator is doing for the whole nation. In the same essay, Sen. Collins tells the truth about  what happened at the Capitol on Jan. 6 last year. It is refreshing to read because so few members of her party are able to do that. There are some who say, cynically, that politicians always lie. It isn’t generally true, but it is becoming increasingly true of Republicans. They have been taught well by their leader – that guy who left Washington last year and lives in Florida now.

There is one thing that puzzles me whenever I think of Sen. Collins: How could such a decent person want to be associated with a party that has become so connected to white supremacists, seditionists and shameless liars? Maybe she will explain it to us someday in another opinion piece.

Michael P. Bacon