What out of state special interests don’t understand

Dear Editor:

In the last two elections (2014 and 2016), it seems that people who have little or no ties to our great state of Maine are trying to have more and more influence on issues brought to vote. These folks, who have little to no idea of the culture here, are trying to impose their values and beliefs on those of us who live and work here. Allow me to offer two examples:

Election of 2014: Ballot question No. 1. According to the Portland Press Herald, Mainers for Fair Bear Hunting, the proponents of this referendum, raised $2 million for their campaign and only 3 percent came from Mainers.

Election of 2016: Ballot question No. 3. According to the Washington Times, Mr. Michael Bloomberg, a billionaire from New York, spent almost $2 million of his own money to back this question.

Thankfully, both of these ballot measures were defeated. Thanks to unprecedented voter turnout in Congressional District 2, Governor LePage was re-elected in 2014, Congressman Bruce Poliquin was re-elected in 2016 and an Electoral College vote gave victory to President-elect Donald Trump.

What Mr. Bloomberg and other out-of-state donors do not understand is our way of life. They need to stay out of our state, our politics and our way of life. We have done a great job since 1820 and we will continue to do so.

Bradford Hamel

South Addison

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