As anyone who has had the joys and stresses associated with raising toddlers knows, if they misbehave and suffer no consequences, they only misbehave more.

I turn now to the toddler we have as governor. He has been misbehaving for six years, and the members of his party, the Republicans, have done nothing.

Guess what? He only misbehaves more. He now knows he has a free pass to do anything he wants, any time he wants and his overly protective Republican parents in the Legislature will protect him from any consequences. Shame on them for being such bad-behavior-enabling parents!

The next two years are going to be torturous and stressful for the people of Maine, especially those of us who know how to raise mostly well-behaved toddlers.

Bill Dunn