Bill Nemitz, on June 13, says it’s now time “to stand up for ‘illegals.’ “ He calls the Department of Health and Human Services’ order to eliminate welfare benefits to noncitizens part of the “LePage administration’s never-ending war on the poor.” I’d call it a defensive shot in the state’s long war on the taxpayer.

Nemitz notes that Mayor Michael Brennan will ask the “Portland City Council to join 40 cities and towns across the United States that have adopted the Charter for Compassion.”

That’s great, provided the charter provides for churches and private charities to put their money where their compassion is and leaves the overburdened taxpayers to decide their own compassion levels.

After all, it’s our money Nemitz and Brennan seem so anxious to spend.

Tom Zimmerman

South Casco