December 7, 2012

Letters to the editor: Dechaine's plight appalls returnee to Maine

I returned to my home state of Maine three years ago after 25 years in Southern California because I so missed the people here, the caring and sincerity of Mainers.

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A former Mainer returns to the state and appeals to prosecutors to retry Dennis Dechaine.

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Recently, I've become aware of the case against Dennis Dechaine through a friend and have immersed myself in information about the case from numerous sources.

I am appalled that this man is still in prison without having been given a fair trial. I am also appalled that the real perpetrator of this crime is still free to commit more atrocities against innocent children.

Given the mounting DNA evidence that points to alternate suspects, I don't understand why the Attorney General's Office continues to fight against a new trial. My question is: Why would they resist unless they are afraid of the truth?

This is about the life of a human being: a son, brother, uncle, friend and once a husband until he selflessly released his wife from their marriage after his appeal was denied. (A life sentence in Maine does not allow for parole.)

Please do the right thing and retry Dennis Dechaine.

Dianne C. Joseph


Sen. Collins no moderate on issues that matter most

It is sad to see Sen. Susan Collins joining with a few Republican senators wishing to block Susan Rice's possible Cabinet appointment ("Collins still 'troubled' after meeting with Rice," Nov. 29).

Falling short of merit, Sen. Collins cited U.N. Ambassador Rice's statements after Benghazi and political ramifications during the presidential race as reasons for her uncertainty.

As I recall, U.N. Ambassador Rice stated at the time that this was not definite and that the attack had to be further evaluated.

It appears that when it comes to issues that are important, Sen. Collins appears to follow rather than lead. When matters of little or no consequence are brought before Congress, she'll vote the other party. This is moderate?

Perhaps it's time for the electorate of Maine to evaluate the word "moderate" when in the voting booth.

A.S. Milton


Democrats face dilemma in effort to unseat LePage

Now that the elections of 2012 are behind us, many citizens are turning their political attention to 2014. For Democrats in Maine, that means one thing: how best to encourage Gov. LePage to return to Marden's. His leadership style may fit Marden's quite well, but the Blaine House, not so much. Many citizens want to be proud of our governor again.

Eliot Cutler wants a second chance, and he has substantial appeal. There will certainly be other independent candidates, but none of them have Mr. Cutler's name recognition and access to capital. He will be a formidable candidate.

Indeed, many Democrats, including myself, wish that Mr. Cutler had won in 2010. Further, I partially blame myself, as I could have voted for him over Libby Mitchell. If we had only had ranked-choice voting.

That leads us to 2014. If the established candidates (such as Chellie Pingree, Mike Michaud and Justin Alfond) stay out of the race, Mr. Cutler's path will be clear, and he should succeed as Angus King did this year.

But Ben Grant, the state Democratic Party chair, doesn't want the party to remain in third place, as it was in the U.S. Senate race. (Thank you, Cynthia Dill.) So, he and his successor will encourage a strong Democrat to run.

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