March 3, 2013

Bill Nemitz: Lincoln, hostage negotiators offer hope

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"It was really a productive meeting," Thibodeau reported after emerging from the governor's office. "When we got an opportunity to talk to him, he elaborated and made it very clear that he would not consider signing legislation that does not have broad bipartisan support or promote job creation until the hospital debt is paid."

Wait a minute. Meaning he'll sign some bills but not others? Isn't that way less threatening than what he said on the radio?

"I actually wrote it down to make sure I got it right," Thibodeau said.

It's called backpedaling, folks -- and kudos to Thibodeau and Fredette for apparently making it happen.

Just how far LePage has retreated, of course, remains to be seen.

If I were the Democrats, I'd ram through an emergency bill entitled "An Act to Honor First Lady Ann LePage for Her Many Contributions to Maine Veterans" just to liven up the dinner conversation at the Blaine House.

But for all the uproar Friday morning, it appeared by the end of the day that old Abe Lincoln was right.

Pained as Maine may be by yet another LePage meltdown, this too shall pass. 

FOOTNOTE: Speaking of veterans and job creation, I wrote last month about Chief Warrant Officer-2 Sterling Mathews, an Army veteran from Gorham who was having more trouble than he should landing a civilian job after 31 years in the military.

Much to their credit, a half-dozen or so companies throughout Greater Portland responded.

Better yet, I'm happy to report that Mathews is no longer unemployed.

He starts Monday in the Human Resources Department here at MaineToday Media.

We know a good man when we see one.

Columnist Bill Nemitz can be contacted at 791-6323 or at:



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