C. Carson-Gabriel: Treat the issue with respect

Scott Thistle’s article Nov. 5 about Mike Michaud’s disclosure that he is gay made some attempt at providing a balanced point of view at a political time in Maine, but it was not balanced. By devoting roughly 10 paragraphs to comments by one former congressional opponent, Republican Jason Levesque, the story was slanted for lack of other comments.

The article's focus provided one possible indicator as to why Michaud sent his disclosure announcement to three other news outlets, omitting the Sun Journal from the announcement list.

I can only speculate why Michaud chose to make the disclosure now, but the following is worth considering:

a) Rumors, when they are loud enough and broadcast far enough, often have to be acknowledged, else they distract too much, and tear down people in the process. Michaud addressed growing rumors directly and honestly. Perhaps his family was a factor, since it may have been better to discuss it with them first than have them be hurt by rumors heard via radio.

b) Perhaps in a now different social climate, he believes that he can be more open about a personal matter, and that voters will focus on the real campaign issues.

Michaud is a public servant and political leader. He is also just one human being, who grew up in different times. He had a moral and ethical right to disclose — or not — in the past, and now.

Last week, he was decisive. I hope the Sun Journal treats the issue with respect.

Catherine Carson-Gabriel, Farmington

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RONALD RIML's picture

For Gravel, LeBlanc, St. Jean, et al......

If ever 'Gay' is the new 'Norm' then there will never be any need to 'Come Out,' tell others that one is 'Gay,' or perhaps seek a "passive aggressive way to force one individual into acceptance"

So much for Norm Gravel, Norm LeBlanc, and Norm St. Jean........

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

So much for the NORMal pandering hogwash ...

... from Abnorm Riml.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Live and let live.

Live and let live.

MICHAEL LEBLANC's picture

Speculation ...

Michaud made a cynical decision to come out because he thinks it will help him next year. If his sexual orientation becomes a campaign issue, it will be because Mike and his supporters make it one.

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Sad to see bigotry is alive

Sad to see bigotry is alive and well in Maine.

MARK GRAVE's picture

I kind of wonder if Michaud's

I kind of wonder if Michaud's personal life was really private? There would be no grounds for that rumor to start in the frist place if his personal life was private.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

I have never been able to

I have never been able to understand the compelling need gays have for telling other people they are gay. How many times have you told anyone you were straight? You are straight, aren't you?? 0O:-)

MARK GRAVE's picture

I understand the need. In my

I understand the need. In my opinion, there is a desire, overt or subvert, to seek confrontation. This is a passive aggressive way to force one individual into acceptance.

Jason Theriault's picture

Oh come on.

Oh come on - all you have to do is look at other political figures to know that once the rumors start flying, there is no dodging them. And just look at the discussion it has spurred. If Michaud camp is right(and I have no data on that either way), the rumor campaign would have kicked into full swing during the campaign. So we would have been discussing Michaud's sexuality instead of the issues that Maine is facing.

Getting in front of it now clears away all that nonsense well before the campaigns get going. So, by disclosing it now, I think he is seeking as little confrontation on the subject as possible.

MARK GRAVE's picture

I think we'll really ever

I think we'll really ever know how much Michaud's outing does actually matter. That said, most of the discussion generated from the release of the information was focused on his timing, not much discussion about his orientation.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"He's oriental, too?",

"He's oriental, too?", inquired the self acclaimed all knowing, truth seeking parrot.

MARK GRAVE's picture

How does that work? Do you

How does that work? Do you rotate a spinning wheel under the parrot and see were he drops his mark?

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

No, but that's a great idea.

No, but that's a great idea. The parrot is a liberal, as I have often stated, and he, therefore, has an opinion on all things and is always right. One need only ask him to get confirmation on that.
Say, did you ever make it to Maine in October?

MARK GRAVE's picture

Actually no. I had to

Actually no. I had to postpone the trip due to family illness. That said, I had planned on going to Arcadia for the fall colors, but Arcadia was closed due to government shutdown at the time I had planned to visit. In all, I did not miss much except lunch with Ronald. Correction, I did not miss much.

Acadia (no "r") was closed,

Acadia (no "r") was closed, but judging by the lines of cars parked on the road near any hiking trail on Columbus Day weekend, it didn't really stop anyone. (me either, since I already had a place to stay anyway and had no interest in hiking anywhere) The only people they were citing for trespass were people on motorized transport who moved barricades. Everyone else was hiking at their own risk to their hearts' content.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

"me neither" with an "n".

"me neither" with an "n". 0O:-)

MARK GRAVE's picture

Given that I don't get to

Given that I don't get to Maine more than once a year, I was not privy to that information. Anyways, next window of opportunity is July.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Maybe next year, eh?

Maybe next year, eh?

MARK GRAVE's picture

July - I want to avoid the

July - I want to avoid the winter, one of two things I don't miss about Maine. A blue state being the other.

July and August are worst

July and August are worst months for Acadia, if you're still thinking of going up. Unless you like crushing crowds of people at every stop on the Loop (tea and popvers on the lawn at Jordan Pond are still ace, though)

MARK GRAVE's picture

Thanks for the advice.

Thanks for the advice.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

July it is. Lunch at Cook's

July it is. Lunch at Cook's Lobster House on Bailey Island with a quick side trip to Land's End. You in?

MARK GRAVE's picture

I don't want to make any

I don't want to make any commitments this far out, but we can plan something as the time approaches.

Can we throw darts at the liberal parrot too?

Brian Franck's picture

Look, if you two guys are going to.....

carry on a private conversation here, why don't you just shoot e-mails back and forth instead of taking up valuable space in this comment area? I will be happy to bring the "darts" to Bailey Island next July!

MARK GRAVE's picture

Sour grapes.

Sour grapes.

Brian Franck's picture

Sour Grapes?

How about some fresh ones instead? They make excellent targets for darts!

CAROLYN LIBBEY's picture

Amen!

Amen!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

IGNORE KEY ACTIVATION!! Your

IGNORE KEY ACTIVATION!!
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Brian Franck's picture

There goes Paul St. Jean again!

He does not want to talk with me. Hey guys, July is a good month for me too! Let me know Mark and Paul when you are going to Cook's Lobster House and I will meet you there. I will bring the "sour grapes"!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

From what I've learned about

From what I've learned about you from your posts, you don't have the stones to show your face at Cook's or any other place. You're a big mouth and a craven; nothing more. Go play in traffic somewhere else, skidmark.

MARK GRAVE's picture

Paul, Just a reminder to just

Paul,

Just a reminder to just ignore it. It is beginning to realize that it is not invited, so it will turn it into personal attacks against us. Remember, just ignore. It will go way.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Great point. Duly noted.

Great point. Duly noted.

Brian Franck's picture

Can you be assured of that, Mr. Gravel?

Remember now, that you both initiated the reaction with your unsolicited commentaries to a few letters to the editor on a different issue from several months ago. You seem to both perpetuate this kind of scenario when the two of you offer asinine comments to a variety of subject matter appearing in this periodical, chosen at random and with diligent frequency. You should have both "ignored" my original letter to the editor. Then none of this would have occurred, Twiddle Dee and Twiddle Dumb!

Brian Franck's picture

I do believe that Paul St. Jean is in a foul mood today!

I offer a simple acceptance of his and Mark Gravel's invitation to meet on Bailey Island next summer, and Mr. St. Jean goes right for the jugular with very nasty words! Shame on you Dumbo, for displaying such bad temperament in public!

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

IGNORE KEY ACTIVATION!! Your

IGNORE KEY ACTIVATION!!
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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

O.K. He'd love that, seeing

O.K.
He'd love that, seeing as how he fancies himself to be quite the artful dodger.

MARK GRAVE's picture

The caveat is that the parrot

The caveat is that the parrot is NOT allowed to squirt fecal darts at us.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

He's pretty well broken of

He's pretty well broken of that, but he may try to impress you with his ability to recite the Greek alphabet backwards while standing on one leg, though.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

Good point. Never looked at

Good point. Never looked at it that way.

PAUL ST JEAN's picture

For those who don't pay

For those who don't pay attention to time lines, the above post was not in response to Jason's.

David Rossi's picture

Nobody's personal life is

Nobody's personal life is 100% private.

MARK GRAVE's picture

True, but what is private

True, but what is private made public from self or others? If it is from self, I question why do they feel the need to share what is normally private, public. That is, what is the motivivation?

In my opinion, that is a valid question.

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