Letter: What's lacking in Augusta? Courage

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Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski’s comments should serve as a lightning rod as to what is lacking in Augusta: courage.

It is time we begin to demand courage from all of those appointed by and supporters of Gov. Paul LePage, from those who do not have the courage to challenge LePage in his disregard of public health regarding the BPA exposure, to his misogynist comments regarding beards on women. From those who do not have the courage to defend teachers from the bashing by LePage, who could not last one week as a teacher or has any sense what is involved in the teaching process. From those who do not have the courage to acknowledge that LePage’s comments comparing the IRS to the Gestapo was way over the top, instead dismissing it as “much ado about nothing.” From those who do not have the courage to admit that LePage’s comments are intended to be inflammatory, so to gain political points with those who look down upon Jews, African-Americans, minorities, women, people with disabilities, LGBT, and union workers. From those who do not have the courage to call LePage to task for claiming that all state middle-management is corrupt without providing any evidence.

It is time we begin to demand courage from all of those appointed by and supporters of LePage, who have more concern for their jobs or future opportunities than for the people of Maine. Their lack of action, lack of character, and lack of courage is pathetic.

Tom Czyz
Falmouth

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