In this Nov. 2, 2021, file photo, Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows speaks to reporters outside the polls in Portland on Election Day. Credit: Troy R. Bennett / BDN

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Embedded in the Aug. 17 story titled “False LePage claim shows GOP balancing act on voting,” Secretary of State Shenna Bellows offers a quote that I might just tape to our refrigerator. “To suggest otherwise is a lie.” She is directly addressing Paul LePage’s false assertion that some Mainers might be voting fraudulently.

That quote pretty much applies to a whole lot of GOP statements and stances both locally and across our country, and it represents a willingness to deceive in pursuit of power. I think LePage will come up with a lot more deception and fear-mongering between now and November. Count on it.

Craig Kesselheim

Southwest Harbor