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Obama 2012 ‘Letter of the Week’ from Mainer

Posted on October 25, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |


(Shared with permission of letter’s author. ~Andi)


LETTER OF THE WEEK-OCTOBER 24TH, 2011
Like many Americans, I was brought up to believe in work- not just to earn a living, but to contribute my energy and talents to the world in which I live.

I’ve been laid off twice, and both times I felt not only fear and anxiety about the loss of my livelihood, but grief at the loss of my role as a contributor in society. I’m back at work now, but on a short-term contract with no benefits. I love what I do, but I don’t feel confident enough to buy a new car or take a vacation.

I’m surely not the only Mainer who’s deciding to make that winter coat last another season, do handmade crafts for Christmas instead of buying gifts, and watch DVDs with friends instead of going out on the town. That means I’m not contributing to the success of local businesses who really need the help.

Work is important, and with so many Americans out of work or unable to make a living from the work they can find, it’s easy to feel like we as a nation are slipping into decline-particularly when some politicians seem to dismiss the concerns of workers (and would-be workers) in favor of big businesses.

That’s why I support the President’s jobs plan-because finally, someone in power is doing something about this situation. President Obama’s bill would put money in the hands of small business owners- 30,000 of them in Maine alone–by cutting their payroll taxes in half. He wants to take steps to move long-term unemployed people-including older workers- back into the workplace. And he wants to invest in the roads, bridges, classrooms, and colleges that will help Mainers get to work safely and hone the skills we need to stay on the job.

Putting Americans to work should be job one- not just for our president, but for Congress. And while I’m knitting those Christmas scarves, I’ll be watching to see what they do.

-Pat, Maine

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PORTLAND LAWMAKERS CONDEMN ATTACK ON OCCUPY MAINE PROTESTORS

Posted on October 25, 2011. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

(25 Oct 2011- It has been brought to my attention that Rep. Ben Chipman (I-Portland) was accidentally omitted from the list of Portland lawmakers condemning the attack upon OccupyMaine. Below is the additional statement from him, and the original press release has been amended to reflect as well. ~ Andi)


Rep. Ben Chipman, whose district borders Lincoln Park, is also very concerned about this incident and wants those who are responsible to be brought to justice immediately.

“I hope that those who are responsible for this act of violence are caught and brought to justice. I encourage anyone with information about this incident to call 874-8575 and report it to the police immediately,” said Chipman.


PORTLAND LAWMAKERS CONDEMN ATTACK ON OCCUPY MAINE PROTESTORS
October 24, 2011

PORTLAND— In response to an early Sunday morning explosive attack on the Occupy Maine protestors in Lincoln Park, the Portland delegation released the following statements:

“Violence cannot be tolerated. Whether you believe in the Occupy Maine/Wallstreet movement or not, it is unacceptable to put people’s lives in danger,” said Senator Justin Alfond of Portland. “The protestors in Lincoln Park have been peaceful and respectful and are dutifully exercising their right to free speech. The sentiment in Lincoln Park is one shared by many across the world. People are fed up with the shrinking middle class and frustrated by economic policies that help those at the very top at the expense of everyone else. I support the group’s efforts to protest without the threat of harm or danger.”

Rep. Diane Russell, whose district includes Lincoln Park said, “We strongly condemn this dangerous and insidious act of violence. The Occupy Maine protestors have been exercising their right to protest in a non-violent, respectful manner. When violence shuts down dissent, it shuts down democracy. Maine people are better than this.”

Rep. Ben Chipman, whose district borders Lincoln Park, is also very concerned about this incident and wants those who are responsible to be brought to justice immediately.

“I hope that those who are responsible for this act of violence are caught and brought to justice. I encourage anyone with information about this incident to call 874-8575 and report it to the police immediately,” said Chipman.

All members of the Portland delegation expressed concern and upset by the explosive that was hurled at the encampment—and encouraged the public’s help in identifying the perpetrators. Members of the Portland delegation include: Sen. Justin Alfond, Rep. Diane Russell, Rep. Ben Chipman, Rep. Peter Stuckey, Rep. Steve Lovejoy, Rep. Mark Dion, Rep. Denise Harlow, Rep. Anne Haskell and Rep. Jon Hinck.

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