Maine has been well represented by independent and courageous U.S. senators for generations. Our current senators are no exception. Susan Collins and Angus King consistently take thoughtful and well-founded positions on the troubling issues of our time.

Sen. Collins’ recent commentary explaining her position regarding the presidential election is one example of such leadership.

We live in a rapidly changing and unstable global environment. A true democracy must embrace civil discourse and respect for a diversity of ideas and opinions if it is to achieve meaningful solutions to the challenging and complex problems its people face.

I am proud to be the constituent of senators who have eschewed inflammatory rhetoric in favor of respectful dialogue that will ultimately identify thoughtful solutions to the multitude of challenges before us.

Katie Harris