May 1, 2013

Another View: LePage's wooing of gunmakers mocks anti-violence efforts

Post-Newtown, his stance is an embarrassment and shows why Mainers must vote him out.

By PETE LYONS

The horrifying news of the Newtown slaughter of schoolchildren, aided and abetted by the typical weapon of mass destruction produced right here in Maine, generated a consistent response from the vast majority of Americans: We must do something to stop this senseless violence.

Our governor, always a contrarian if it is personally, financially gainful, has taken a different tack ("LePage courts gunmakers to come to Maine," April 13), saying, in essence, "Want to build weapons used to slaughter kids? Come to Maine. I'll give you tax breaks, a friendly legal environment and other incentives."

This position has made him and us, by proxy, for having elected him, once again a national laughingstock.

"Buffoon" was the most commonly used noun in the reaction to the governor's Wall Street Journal op-ed column selling our state to the nearest gun manufacturer.

He may be perfectly happy to sell his soul to gunmakers -- he's already allied himself with weapons manufacturers EADS North America and Demmer Corp. -- but let's make sure he doesn't do it representing us.  

It doesn't matter if the 2014 race is a three-way or a four-way or an-any-old-which way. We must end the embarrassment. Vote this man out!

Pete Lyons is a resident of Westbrook.

 

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