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Governor’s Address: Taxpayers should not pay to give “free” healthcare for able-bodied adults

Special-interest groups are using the ballot box to push initiatives that are bad for Maine.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

For seven years, I have been leading the charge to change the status quo in Augusta. But the Legislature won’t make the tough decisions that are needed to move Maine from poverty to prosperity.

This opens the door for socialists to push their agenda through the ballot box. These citizen referendums punish success, encourage professionals to leave Maine and burden our taxpayers with runaway costs.

In the last round of referendums, the socialists at the Maine People’s Alliance tried to tax successful people and hurt small family businesses. They also tried to take away tips from servers in restaurants.

Now they want Maine taxpayers to give free healthcare to able-bodied people who should be working and contributing to the cost of their own healthcare. In Question 2, these socialists are trying to expand Medicaid again.

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Enough is Enough: During a tragedy, police do what they are trained to do: protect and serve

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

Half a league, half a league, half a league onward, all in the Valley of Death rolled the six hundred. “Forward the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!”

Thus begins Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, “The Charge of the Light Brigade,” recounting the heroic, some say foolish/suicidal charge on October 25, 1854 of the Russian artillery on Belacava Heights in the Crimea.

The charge made by these brave men was celebrated throughout the British Empire.

Unfortunately, heroic actions performed daily by our police officers in blue and brown is far too often looked at with a jaundiced eye by a large number of the general public.

Unlike the Light Brigade, who charged the guns with the purpose of winning a battle, today’s police officers run to the sound of the guns to save lives; contrary to a theme that repeatedly resonates in media coverage, no litmus test is ever used by responding officers. The only thing that is going through their minds is the motto on many of their patrol vehicles: Protect and Serve.

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Rehearsing “The Revolutionists”

Here rehearsing for the Public Theatre’s upcoming production of “The Revolutionists,” author Lauren Gunderson’s funny, provocative play that reimagines the French Revolution from the point of view of four smart, sassy, and inspiring women, are (l. to r.) Janet Mitchko as Olympe de Gouges, Sherill Turner as Charlotte Corday, Robyne Parrish as Marie Antoinette, and Shamika Cotton as Marianne Angello. The play opens Friday, October 20 and runs through October 29. For show times and ticket information, call 782-3200 or see thepublictheatre.org.

L & A Veterans Council visits Maine Veterans Home

Pictured here with Administrator Don Dube (l.) are L & A Veterans Council representatives (from l.) Brad Peck, Moe Fournier, Bert Dutil, Armand Bussiere, and Ron Arneault, who, as they normally do each year, recently toured and visited the residents of the Maine Veterans Home in South Paris. The council is currently planning a Veterans Day “Pass in Review and Musical Tribute” on Monday, November 11 at 10 a.m. at the Lewiston Armory. This event is an opportunity for citizens to thank our veterans and military personnel for their service, and the council hopes attendance will continue to grow.

Buckfield Junior-Senior High raises hurricane relief funds for Red Cross 

Students and teachers donated $1,011.26 to the disaster relief organization at a recent assembly.

At a recent school assembly, the Student Council of Buckfield Junior-Senior High School presented a donation for hurricane relief to the American Red Cross of Maine. By incorporating a bottle drive challenge as part of their homecoming events, students raised a total of $931.26 over a four-day period. Teachers raised an additional $80, for a grand total of $1,011.26.

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Sean Dorsey Dance to perform “Missing Generation”

Sean Dorsey, America’s first well-known transgender choreographer, and his company will perform “The Missing Generation,” a work that gives voice to longtime survivors of the early AIDS epidemic, on Saturday, October 14 at 3 p.m. at Bates College’s Schaeffer Theatre, located at 329 College Street in Lewiston. The suggested donation is $5. For more information, call 786-6161 or see bates.edu/theater/season. (Photo by Lydia Daniller)

Governor’s Address: Senators Collins and King Did Not Put Mainers First in ObamaCare Debate

Those elected to represent the people of Maine have a responsibility to prioritize the needs of our state. But Maine’s Senators do not put Mainers first.

Dear Maine Taxpayer,

The people who elected Senators King and Collins are already facing fewer insurers, higher premiums and soaring out-of-pocket costs. But the Senators killed any effort to reform ObamaCare and provide Mainers with affordable health insurance.

Senator Collins falsely claimed that “Maine would lose $2 billion over the next 10 years and billions more after that.” Although some states would have seen a decrease in future funding, Maine would not.

Funding in Maine would have increased by 43 percent—and we would have had the flexibility to spend more on Medicaid, if necessary.

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Enough is Enough: Many gave their lives for our flag, others kneel in protest

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

“The greatest day in my life was when I looked up and saw the flag flying on top of Suribachi.” Thus my uncle, Marine Master Sergeant Robert Macdonald, said to my grandmother upon returning home shortly after the war.

He had experienced the hell called Iwo Jima. When the flag was raised atop Mt. Suribachi, morale among the Marines, Navy and Army personnel spiked. They thought that after five days of savage fighting, the island had been secured. Unfortunately, the battle would rage another 31 days.

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Royal Oak Room gala raises $12K for Alzheimer’s Association

Many attended the Gatsby-themed event in period dress.

The Royal Oak Room, formerly home to Maine Central Railroad, celebrated its 100th anniversary recently with a Gatsby-themed event that raised over $12,000 for the Maine Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. The gala, which honored the property’s historic past while celebrating its present success as a premier event venue, featured live music provided by Mike Willette’s Big Band, swing dance performances, and a silent auction.

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Museum L-A plans “Graveyard Shift” event

Based on a short story by Stephen King, this PG-13 evening will feature a dramatic (and scary) reading by Mike Miclon, tours, and refreshments.

This month, Museum L-A will present a unique evening event based on a short story by Stephen King featuring a young worker who discovers a horrible secret in the basement of a decrepit Maine Mill. Called “Graveyard Shift,” the event will take place on Friday, October 20, from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at Museum L-A in Lewiston.

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