I am deeply concerned by the hypocritical statements made by Maine Health and Human Services Commissioner Mary Mayhew in her column in the Portland Press Herald (“LePage administration’s welfare reform policies inherently compassionate,” Dec. 5).

Mayhew’s attempts to defend the governor’s past and present policies concerning welfare reform are shameful.

Her specious comment alleging electronic benefits transfer cardholders are trading their food stamps for cocaine and heroin – with no burden of truth – is especially outrageous. The commissioner makes no mention of Gov. LePage’s refusal to help more than 70,000 Mainers who lack health care.

Readers of this paper can rest assured only when the governor shows true compassion toward the people he represents.