I’m finished. I’ve had it. Start the proceedings immediately. I want a divorce — from Gov. Paul LePage.

The honeymoon, all five-plus months of it, was a total disaster.

During this get-acquainted period I found him to be belligerent, uncaring, thoughtless and unworthy of my respect and partnership.

He has embarrassed me by saying the first thing that comes to his mind, does not listen to or respect my viewpoint or that of my friends, and he associates with people who give him the wrong advice.

He does not own his mistakes, refuses to apologize when he insults anyone and needs to be sent packing. We can’t even agree on something as simple as artwork!

Let’s make this a class action divorce for the 61 percent of us who feel we have irreconcilable differences.

He can keep his friends and any gifts but we would love to have the mural back, as well as our integrity, our pride and our state.

Gee, governor, it’s not me — it’s you!

Diane Denk


Thank you so much, Augusta, for disenfranchising so many Maine voters by barring them from registering to vote on Election Day.

Really, I find it inspiring how you looked at the staggering number of cases of voter fraud in this state (2), and came to the conclusion that very young and very old voters needed to pay. It’s decisions like this that reaffirm my love for democracy.

I would also like to thank Gov. LePage for being open to the ideas of others, especially if they are opposite of his own. It’s so endearing that organizations such as Equality Maine are now terrified of what he and his administration are going to do next. Truly, I am in awe.

In addition, the way he treats constituents with dignity and respect — it’s stunning. He is a model of polite outspokenness. The way he said he was willing to tell the president to go to hell — I found it so kind that he didn’t act like a boor and tell him to go back to Africa, something I would expect of a lesser politician.

And his plan to punish state workers and retirees by capping COLA adjustments and increasing the amount state workers need to pay into the pension system — it made my heart soar! This is what government is all about — ignoring all criticism and bulling ahead because, of course, it’s his idea.

Ben Pass


Author Greg Mortenson not this student’s cup of tea

Greg Mortenson’s book, “Three Cups of Tea,” was amazing and moving — until we found out that Mortenson was a fake. As explained in your article (“Doubt dilutes ‘Three Cups of Tea’ inspiration,” April 25), he also made up the most amazing material in the book, ruining the belief that he was a hero.

He lied to everyone by saying that far more schools for impoverished children were built than actually were, in addition to hogging the funds collected by his nonprofit organization and book promoting his cause. Mortenson’s idea is benevolent, but he is rotten,

Greg Mortenson is dishonest, and when he could be giving children an education, he is choosing to be dishonest and thus ruining any credit he would have gotten.

However, his beneficial actions cannot be ignored, as he has gone against terrorism and has built some schools. Mortenson has gotten off task from his original goal of providing children schooling and has turned his mission into a dishonorable business. His cause would be much better served by someone like the actor Matt Damon who already has a charity organization. Mortenson should shape up quickly, or get lost,

Though he has given fictionalized accounts of grandeur and selfishly kept the money donated to his “cause,” Mortenson has the right idea. He may be a liar, but he has given the world a peaceful way to fight terrorism, and that is critical in the world we live in today.

If someone who is selfless and truly wants to help will step up to take the place of Mortenson, new schools can effectively be built in Afghanistan and Pakistan to give the children the education they need and deserve.

Max Brautigam

Falmouth Middle School student


Gorham residents urged to cast a vote on Tuesday

On Tuesday, Gorham residents will have an opportunity to vote on validating the school budget and a candidate running unopposed for a vacant school board seat. Of greater consequence, we will be deciding whether to borrow $3 million — $2 million to build a new sports facility adjacent to the Narragansett School and $1 million for related parking and bus loading areas.

The purpose of this letter is not to lobby for or against the project. It is to ask that citizens take the time and exercise their right to vote.

So mark your calendar or stop by the town clerk’s office for an absentee ballot and let your voice be heard on this important issue.

John G. Alden


Congress protects rich at expense of all others

The tax breaks for the rich enacted during the Bush administration were alleged to be necessary for job creation. Rather than create jobs, tens of thousands of jobs were lost. Now, during the Obama administration there is very little job growth and unemployment remains at a slightly higher level than when he took office.

I am told we now have 400 rich people who hold a net worth of more than half the combined net worth of over half of the people in the United States. With the abolishment of the estate tax on these folks, the favored 400 will get even richer.

Why isn’t Congress doing anything to get the rich to pay their fair share?

Could it be that so many in Congress are rich millionaires too focused on protecting their own and getting re-elected? Are they too blind to the damage they are inflicting on the American way of life?

Rather than petty, partisan politics, isn’t it time for Congress to start exercising some real patriotism by putting aside their own self-interests in favor of what’s best for their country?

That’s what our founding fathers did when they put their opinions aside when necessary and their very lives on the line to bring about the common good.

Our forefathers stood up to take on a powerful monarchy. Today it is time for members of Congress to stand up to an equally powerful oligarchy.

Patrick Eisenhart