May 16, 2013

Letters to the editor: Cutler must test himself in party primary

In the last gubernatorial election, I voted for Eliot Cutler after concluding that Libby Mitchell wouldn't defeat Paul LePage and that Cutler had the best chance.

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Eliot Cutler concedes defeat to Paul LePage the day after the 2010 election for governor. Cutler doesn't have the clout to defeat LePage as an independent in a second Blaine House candidacy, a reader says.

2010 File Photo/Gregory Rec

I had reservations over Gov. LePage, based on his campaign. Unfortunately, he has fulfilled my reservations and then some, especially his negative rhetoric, bullying tactics and his simplistic black-and-white world.

So here we are now. Prospective candidates' names are being floated.

According to recent polling, Gov. LePage would defeat any challengers in a three-way race. It's not difficult to understand. He has a strong core of 33 to 38 percent support while the rest of us, approximately 60 percent or more, support anyone else.

Mr. Cutler's challenge is whether to put Maine first or himself.

I would urge him to put Maine first and run as a moderate Democrat and go before the voters in a primary. If he has the support he believes he has, then he should prevail. If he doesn't, then the Democrat who beat him would have a much better chance of defeating LePage.

If he chooses himself and bypasses the primary, then LePage has a much greater chance of being re-elected.

Cutler often cites Angus King as an example of an independent winning. King always has had a tremendous amount of good will. Cutler doesn't enjoy that. Prior to the last election, most people never heard of Cutler.

Mr. Cutler has put us 60-plus-percenters in a bind. I believe he would make an excellent Democratic candidate, could win the primary and then could easily defeat LePage.

We can't afford another four years of LePage, whose goal appears to have Maine morph into something like the Southern states, governed by one of his tea-party colleagues.

So, Mr. Cutler, for the sanity of us 60-plus-percenters, who long for practical and pragmatic soluctions to our significant issues, please do not be an accomplice to another LePage victory.

Roger Beeley


American Legion Post 56 needs help to stay afloat

I'm writing to enlist the support of our friends and neighbors for American Legion Post 56 of York.

A few years ago, we decided to construct a new post. Our vision was to provide a place for our veterans that would also serve the community as an affordable venue for all types of celebrations and gatherings.

We decided to construct a new building with a handsome exterior that would fit well with historic York, and an attractive, spacious interior where our neighbors would be proud to hold their functions.

Well, our vision was realized. Our new post was built. It is a place we can all be proud of.

Unfortunately, during the building process, the Legion was swindled out of nearly $1 million by the original contractor, Ryan Byther.

We won in court and obtained judgments of nearly $1.5 million against Mr. Byther. However, we have yet to receive payments on these judgments and are in danger of defaulting on our mortgage.

We did not expect to have to ask for help because our reasonable expectation was that the post would be self-supporting.

It is still our hope and expectation that we will become self-supporting, but now we need a little help from our friends to get back on our feet.

We want our post to continue to be an asset to the community. Many worthwhile and valuable events take place here, including police and hospital seminars, charitable fundraising events, Red Cross blood drives, firemen's and Marine annual balls and the Relay for Life.

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