Why does so much of our local media adore Angus King?
The incessant delusional trumpeting in several Maine newspapers of King's "career" in wind power is foolish.
The basic reality there is very simple: Wind-power companies can't produce bottom-line profits without artificial support from federal and state tax subsidies that we taxpayers have to cover. Maine voters shouldn't be expected to reward a deal-maker with a U.S. Senate seat, just because his business gained from special tax privileges.
And King's accomplishments as a former governor? A dozen years ago, he spent a lot of taxpayer dollars on laptop computers for schoolchildren. Those middle-schoolers are young adults now, and what have those laptops helped them achieve? How did the big talk and sparse action of the King administration actually help our state's students advance?
Furthermore, Mr. King's "independence" won't majestically elevate him above the messy fray that characterizes the difficult work of Congress. That sales pitch is pure fantasy, since he's never been particularly adept at persuading others.
If we elect Angus King as our next U.S. senator, his lack of influence means that he'll be all but ignored in Washington, until a large percentage of the other 534 politicians in Congress see reasons to enlist his help with their objectives.
Instead, let's put a Mainer in the U.S. Senate who'll help the growing conservative movement in Washington get our national government back on the right track.
Please vote for the only candidate in our race who is committed to the task of downsizing our obscene federal spending habits. That candidate is Charlie Summers. He'll bring more of the Maine qualities of integrity, reason and perseverance to the work of the U.S. Senate.
Maine should send Angus King to Washington. He is just the man that town calls for, a 1 percenter who has used his political connections to cash in at the public trough.
The green energy legislation he pushed as governor that helped enrich him after he left office costs the average Mainer hundreds extra a year in electricity bills, and yet he still smells of roses to many in the state. Very impressive!
This fellow presided over one of the biggest tax-and-spend binges in his time as governor and he left a huge budget hole in his wake, but somehow legend has him a "fiscal conservative." You can't beat that!
This wind power weasel is ready for the big time. He was made for D.C., slick, very slick. Don't worry that he is neither Democratic nor Republican. Seems he is in it more for the Wealth Party, so he'll fit right in. Yes, sir, let's send him to Washington, just not as our senator.
Please vote Charlie Summers, a serviceman for U.S. Senate.
People with vision loss depend on Falmouth bus
As a Cumberland resident currently working at the Iris Network, with a 35-year career in assisting Maine residents with blindness and visual impairment, I am watching the Falmouth vote on public bus service with concern.
While vision loss can happen at any age, our chances of developing vision problems increase dramatically as we age.
According to a Fall 2010 Maine Jobs Council report, Maine has the oldest population in the United States.
My experience shows that the hardest thing to give up is your driver's license. Many people with visual impairment continue to drive after it is no longer safe for them to do so, particularly when there is no affordable public transportation available.
I know individuals with vision loss who have chosen to buy homes or who have taken jobs in Falmouth because of the bus.
I also know individuals who live in Falmouth and use the bus to take part in the cultural and educational events in Greater Portland.
I applaud Falmouth in taking the lead in providing affordable public transportation to its taxpayers and shoppers and look forward to the day when Cumberland and Yarmouth will extend the bus along Route 1.
Please vote "no" on municipal Question 1.
Stephenson, not McClellan, best choice for District 103
Like most elections, November will be about choices.
In District 103 (Raymond, Frye Island and parts of Standish and Poland), the choice is clear.
If you support the following policies that had his support during his term in office, please vote to re-elect Mike McClellan:
• Tax cuts favoring the wealthiest residents to the tune of $3,000, while ignoring middle-class earners, who got a little more than $100 (L.D. 1043).
• Tax cuts that devoted state surpluses to income tax cuts, reducing state reserves and shifting future costs for education and infrastructure to property taxes (L.D. 849).
• Education legislation that siphons local tax dollars out of public schools to fund private and religious education (L.D. 1866).
• Environmental policy offering legal protection for corporate polluters (L.D. 281).
• Spending taxpayer money to pay a private feasibility study for the East-West Highway (L.D. 1671).
• Spending policies that opposed important bond measures to kick-start the economy and create jobs (L.D. 225 and L.D. 829).
• A track record of partisan voting in lockstep with Gov. LePage, the Maine Heritage Policy Center, out-of-state political action committees and corporate donors.
However, if you support sensible policies that look out for small business (not big business) and the middle class (not the wealthiest among us), please consider a vote for his opponent in November, Leslie "Jim" Stephenson.
If you support having strong public schools that are the cornerstones of our communities, vote for Jim Stephenson.
If you're fearful of tar sands oil being pumped through the Lakes Region and support environmental policies that will protect our natural resources and not sell them out to big oil and corporate polluters, vote for Stephenson.
If you want a man who's all about common-sense principles, not partisan ideology and Maine Heritage Policy Center talking points, vote for Stephenson in November.