July 23, 2013

Letters to the editor: Food program critic's priorities at issue

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Not forgotten by the Angels Without Wings, Inc. was a horse named Staff Sgt. Reckless, who served with the Marines during that conflict.

Staff Sgt. Reckless would climb up a mountain with ammo on her back and then carry wounded back down, only to again be loaded with ammo and sent back up. Many of the guys would give her some of their rations, and some even put their flak jackets on her for protection.

Last Thursday, a statue of her was erected at Semper Fidelis Memorial Park in Virginia, a lasting tribute to a true Marine. Semper Fi, old girl.

Frank D. Slason

Longtime Republican urges support for civil candidates

When we elect people to serve in positions such as our representatives, senators or governor, we expect the type of leadership that fosters a spirit of cooperation and above all, an example, especially to our young people, Maine citizens and our tourists that such leaders exemplify treating others with respect and civility.

It is very disappointing to realize that the current governor of the state of Maine has fallen far short of this expectation on many occasions.

As reported, his recent verbal attack against one of our state senators is totally unjustified and well beyond what is acceptable conduct from someone in this high position.

For him to say "Sorry if you were offended" is no apology at all but merely a transfer of responsibility to the recipient not to be offended. If the governor were really sorry, he would first admit he made a serious mistake, then show concern for those who may be offended.

The only reason I have chosen to remain a registered Republican (since 1952) instead of becoming unenrolled is to do my part to elect leaders who will display the positive leadership qualities expected while holding office.

During the next election, I suggest others consider voting for those candidates who will promote a willingness to work with others, and above all, will conduct themselves in a manner that shows respect for the state of Maine and all its citizens and visitors.

Some excellent examples of those who performed respectfully while holding office are former Govs. Muskie, Reed, Curtis, McKernan, Brennan, King and Baldacci.

Because of his own inappropriate actions, the current governor does not deserve a place on the list of "good guys" above.

This is very disappointing. We deserve better. Let's make it happen at future elections.

Lou Haskell
Portland and Raymond


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