As a long-time visitor to Maine from Minnesota, I was pleased to read Edgar Allen Beem’s opinion piece in your Aug. 15-17 editions (“Blame the GOP”). Please heed his clarion call: the GOP and their president are hypnotizing some of the electorate to abandon our hard-won democracy, moral compass, and ability to discern fact from fiction. You have a chance to influence Sen. Susan Collins to deny her support of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Please stand up to these demagogues. So much is at stake.

Catherine V. Jordan
Minneapolis, Minnesota