January 26, 2013

Letters to the editor: Cutler run will hand LePage second term

I didn't vote for Eliot Cutler for governor last time, and I won't this time, either ("Cutler may take step toward governor run," Page 1, Jan. 23).

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Eliot Cutler, independent candidate for governor in 2010, concedes victory to Paul LePage Nov. 3, 2010. “There’s little I can think of to better help LePage win re-election while further weakening the Democratic Party than Cutler again splitting the vote,” a reader says.

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He helped move the tea party and Paul LePage into the governor's office last time around. There's little I can think of to better help LePage win re-election while further weakening the Democratic Party than Cutler again splitting the vote.

Maine doesn't need any more waffling centrists like Cutler and Angus King, whom I also didn't vote for.

We need to produce and vote into office new, young leaders such as Sen. Justin Alfond who will pursue a progressive course of equality and justice for all Americans, not just the super-rich and well-connected who now run our nation.

Norman Abelson


Well, here he goes again -- "he" being Maine's current, inimitable governor, Paul "Grumpy" LePage.

In his open letter to the governor ("A letter to LePage the Tigerhearted," Jan. 23), columnist Bill Nemitz once more performed a true public service in shining the spotlight on LePage's latest tantrum.

The governor recently chewed out some independent state legislators with whom he was meeting, and at one point made a melodramatic brief exit while he must have "reloaded" verbally for another salvo when he returned.

Talk about going off half-cocked! We should not be surprised, as LePage "loses it" with such frequency. Bad boy, Governor!

On Wednesday, we also learned that in a three-way election in 2014 that LePage would win ("Cutler may take step toward governor run," Page 1, Jan. 23). Yikes!

Please, Eliot Cutler, don't run again as an independent candidate for the governorship, for to do so would indeed be folly. Give the rest of us Mainers some peace and some hope that we won't be saddled again with the likes of Paul LePage in the Blaine House for another bizarre term.

Robert Barter


Mass post-storm ticketing unfair to city's car owners

On the evening of Jan. 16, Portland participated again in the mass evacuation of the streets so Public Services could plow and keep the city accessible. They're very good at this, and all over, people pull together to push cars and shovel.

I think we're at our best in these moments, tightening into a clearer idea of community. You see people trudging together through the snow: third shifters yawning and cranking coffee; moms dragging kids along; the young, the old, everybody. And the motivation is pretty clear: Nobody wants their vehicle towed away.

The city is good at posting snow bans, and people are good at passing this information on to each other so the evacuation will go according to plan. In the morning, we do this all in reverse.

When I found my car at 8:45 the next morning, however, I saw the city had chosen to ticket everyone in Deering Oaks who had arrived an hour late for demobilization.

I guess a possible explanation for this is that Deering Oaks is so vital a throughway that it must be cleared early in order to keep the city from suffering paralysis, and that those who don't comply should be charged for their negligence. But I've spoken to a lot of people, and there's some consensus that this isn't the case.

I understand that if we all left our cars there too long, it would be tough on people visiting the park. But an hour to get out?

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