If Gov. LePage is so concerned (Feb. 10) that the referendum process needs to be dramatically changed to forestall a future “end run” around the legislative process, perhaps he should consider the likely reason for the proliferation of such referendums in recent years.

It seems obvious to me that the legislative process in Augusta has failed in the past six years, primarily because the governor and legislators cannot agree on common goals. In the meantime, the citizenry grows increasingly frustrated by the lack of effective government in Augusta and takes its only recourse: direct initiatives.

I think those initiatives, if passed, are clear evidence of what the voters want to see achieved. If the legislative process, which is supposed to be representing all the citizens of the state, does not produce any positive results because of its current dysfunctional condition, how else are those represented to realize any goals whatsoever except through referendums?

Warner Price