June 20, 2013

Letters to the editor: LePage offers correspondent straight talk

In describing a chronic complainer, my Great-Uncle Austin would first expel an ample amount of tobacco juice onto the ground and then dryly proclaim, "Ahhhhh, he'd kick if he was in swimmin'."

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Bill DiGiulio of Bowdoin with the letter he wrote to Gov. LePage and the missive he received in response.

2013 File Photo/Tim Greenway

The Portland Press Herald article about the gentleman who wrote to the governor and was dissatisfied with his personal, hand-written reply brought to mind my uncle's eloquent expression ("LePage tells man 'I've done my part' in response to Lewiston fires letter," June 14).

LePage's short but pragmatic question at the end, "What have you done?" was reminiscent of JFK's "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

We have to stop expecting government to do what we should be doing for ourselves. The government is broke. The taxpaying private business and industry sector, which is the engine powering the public sector, has been shrinking while Maine government continues to grow.

We now have a Cadillac-size government with a Ford Pinto motor because professional politicians refuse to cut spending even in the face of a shrinking tax base. How can we expect disaster relief from government when government has become a disaster itself?

LePage is not a smooth-talking career politician. He's a professional manager from the private sector who works hard and demands accountability.

Maine desperately needs this kind of tough love right now. Once the ship of state is put back on a course heading away from the rocks, perhaps we can then afford a governor who will pat your head and say what you want to hear.

Mark Armstrong


Closing Libbytown ramps another pointless city idea

More waste of money and time by our city government. Now they are going to use $100,000 of Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System money for a study to close the interstate on and off ramps in Libbytown ("Libbytown plan would remove four I-295 ramps," June 17).

Councilor David Marshall now wants a study with the Maine Department of Transportation on removing ramps that help not only emergency vehicles but traffic move smoothly in and out of the city.

Come on! Does he really think the state will actually remove these ramps after spending millions on repairs done recently?

Marshall and other city councilors might want to form a group to study lowering property taxes instead. Other towns are voting down increases in budgets, but yet Portland only increases them.

Then again, most of the voters who vote for the school budgets live in apartments and don't pay property taxes. What are they going to do with the funds from the state for this past year's snow removal?

Why are we allowing no prayers in schools yet allowing certain ethnic groups special rooms in schools to have their prayer time?

And why are we trying to narrow all the traffic lanes in and out of this city? Traffic is backed up enough at rush hours. Maybe voters should do their own study on why we keep voting for these people who have no common sense.

Here's something city government ought to study: How can councilors once, just once, keep the tax rate the same or lower property taxes in the city? How can we stop all the waste of funds on projects that get removed after a year or two? Maybe councilors like David Marshall should study: How are city councilors going to keep their jobs?

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