I am a parent. I am a teacher. I have lived in Maine for 36 of my 50 years. I have not been particularly involved in politics. I am not currently enrolled as either Republican or Democrat. I have voted for candidates from both political parties in the past. I did not vote for Paul LePage. I try not to take myself too seriously.
I think of myself as a moderate, open-minded person. If you show me I am wrong, I am willing to change my thinking. "Could it be that Paul LePage, gruff exterior and all, truly just wants what is best for Maine? Could it be that his policies have been misunderstood and misrepresented by the press and by liberals?" These two questions have motivated the reading and research that are manifested on this site. In case you are wondering, the answer to the above questions, so far at least, is a definitive no.
Like a lot of people, I am taken aback by the disrespect for his constituents being voiced on an almost daily basis by our governor. Of equal concern are the policies he is putting forward, which -- if adopted -- will seriously affect the quality of life in this state, not only for our generation but for generations to come.
After Paul LePage was elected governor, a friend urged me to give him a chance -- and, like at least some Mainers -- I did. However, in the months since his inauguration, it has become obvious that I can no longer stand by watching one man act as if the entire state were his personal sandbox. Or litterbox.. If I can inspire a few people to get more informed, write their legislators, send letters to their newspapers, and have conversations with their friends, this site will be have fulfilled its purpose.
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