My Dad, the “Mainer”
He’s Bronx, NY born and bred and he’ll never lose that NY accent, but my Dad has been in Maine a long time. This is a letter he wrote to what he lovingly (?) calls The Bangor Daily Snooze:
Proud of our senators
I’m writing to express my appreciation of Maine’s two senators.
As a registered Democrat, I’m going to vote for the Democratic presidential nominee. I think they’re both capable candidates in their own fashion. After all, nobody could do any worse than what we’ve had for the past seven years.
Given that recently, a majority of actions by the government come down on the side of benefiting corporate and profit motives, it is apparent that our present government is not of, for or by the people, but of corporations. So I’m kind of down on Republicans.
But then along come Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe, Republicans through and through. Sen. Collins and Sen. Hillary Clinton have joined forces to introduce a measure that would track the brain function of servicemen before and after going into battle zones so we may someday find out that war is hell and makes people crazy.
Sen. Snowe is in Bangor listening to and apparently sympathetic with fishermen being forced out of business over a bureaucratic decision about ropes and whales. Over the years, I’ve noted many other actions by our senators that weren’t blatantly partisan, favored the well-being of Maine people, and showed an ability to compromise on complicated decisions.
I’ll vote for these two Republicans in the future because they give me hope that even Republicans have hearts and minds and still know our government is for the people. They make Mainers of all stripes proud.