Janice Bailey (“Letter to the editor: Only King is trying to defend U.S. election process,” Jan. 25) is right when she says it was inaccurate and unfair to Sen. Angus King to equate the efforts of our two senators on voting rights.

Sen. King sees failing to ensure the vote for all as an existential threat to our democracy and is working hard to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Sen. Susan Collins says it’s no big deal. She’s supporting some little gimmicky thing that we know is a charade, given that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell are behind it. They don’t want people of color (or Democrats, for that matter) to vote, period.

The true depiction of Collins is in the Telegram’s Jan. 23 editorial: “Our View: Susan Collins lets us down on voting rights,” with the subheadline, “Maine’s thin-skinned senior senator fails to meet a historic moment.” Instead of focusing on the issue at hand, she’s focusing on herself; her feelings were hurt when a colleague criticized her.

Margaret Chase Smith surely didn’t get teary-eyed when she stood, alone, on the Senate floor to attack a fellow Republican and the scourge of McCarthyism. “I don’t want to see the Republican Party ride to political victory on the Four Horsemen of Calumny: Fear, Ignorance, Bigotry, and Smear,” she said.

Donna Halvorsen
South Portland

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