I ain't buyin'

State Rep. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville, has submitted a bill to make the whoopie pie Maine’s official state dessert.

Given the fact that Maine has the highest obesity rate in New England, I would think that an official state dessert is the last thing we need. In fact, the Sun Journal recently reported that a survey of 17 Maine employers reveals that 31 percent of their workers are overweight, 31 percent are obese, and that the total costs associated with overweight and obese employees in 2010 were $6.1 million, and that these costs are expected to surpass $10 million by 2018.

Meanwhile, Mainers who smoke continue to be the easy, knee-jerk target for legislators. State Sen. Thomas Saviello, R-Wilton, wants to deny health care to Maine smokers who are currently covered by MaineCare, because he’s concerned about the taxpayers’ cost in covering smoking-related illnesses.

Then Saviello says with a straight face that he’s not out to punish smokers or to tell them how to run their lives.

So after all the self-righteous screaming we’ve heard from the Republicans about “intrusive government” and “frivolous legislation” on the part of the Democrats, this is the best they have to offer?

Sorry, I ain’t buyin’.

Or, to put it in terms that evidently meet the new Maine standards of political etiquette and discourse, “Kiss my butt, and go to hell.”

Kevin Kimball, Lisbon Falls

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PAUL ST JEAN's picture

While Mr. Davis is out there

While Mr. Davis is out there promoting all that sugar, he might consider the benefits of promoting "HOW TO FLOSS YOUR TOOTH" as the official State informational video.

Ed Enos's picture

Don't forget to brush your

Don't forget to brush your teeth when you floss too.

Rex Rhoades's picture
staff

Coverage

As Kevin points out in the first post, there are more than 2,000 bills filed. There are basically four newspapers covering state government. That means a handful of reporters covering hundreds of hearings on hundreds of bills. It doesn't help when multiple news outlets all cover the same hearing, especially when it's about whoopie pies.

John Clement's picture

People can withstand just

People can withstand just about anything except ridicule and since you buy ink by the barrel how about you folks keep up the drumbeat about how senseless and time wasting this is. Maine is in dire financial straits and we have people wasting our time and money with that nonsense. They should hang their heads in shame and skulk out of Augusta in the dark.

Douglas Mac antSaior's picture

Rex, let's just all admit it

Rex, let's just all admit it was a slow news day when this bit ran. It was a fluff piece that ran in hopes of getting a lighter side of the news, but now the whole thing has taken a ridiculous life of it's own.

AL PELLETIER's picture

whoopie

M. Rhoades,
I realize that the press can't be in 20 places at the same time and certainly the SJ is not different. I appreciate it more that the SJ was not there to cover both the whoopie bill and the Vietnam Veteran bill then the Portland Press and channel 8 for being there and choosing whoopie pies over Maine's Vietnam Veterans. This bill is proceeding and any press coverage would be greatly appreciated by all us Vietnam Vets. Now lets all eat a whoopie and put on 5 lbs.

Jason Theriault's picture

Who gives a ****?

Unless the dessert is spelled "J-O-B-S", then I certainly don't

AL PELLETIER's picture

whoopie

Kevin, F.Y.I I sat through the whoopie pie hearing in Augusta yesterday. The folks who bake and sell whoopie pies throughout this state made some very good points to sway the committee to their point of view. In fact the hearing room was filled with so many whoopie pies I could see clogged arteries without even eating one. The room was filled with press folks and it was a real entertaining circus for all. OH, I THINK THE WHOOPIE PIE HAS IT'S PLACE AS THE MAINE STATE FAT SNACK AND THE BLUEBERRY PIE THE STATE DESERT.
The afternoon hearing was LD20 a days set aside to give thanks and a welcome home to Vietnam Veterans. As to be expected, no press was present and the hearing turned serious and genuine.
Al Pelletier

John Clement's picture

How about Allens Coffee

How about Allens Coffee Brandy the official adult beverage of Maine drunks? Marlboro's the official cigarette of Mainer's hacking their lungs out? MacDonalds double quarter pounder with cheese (which I love) the official meal for Maine wide loads? And lets not forget double knit polyester the official weave for the Maine shirts? Pitbulls the official dogs of Maine crack dealers? (I think that one already is in place). Or better yet how about tackling the serious problems facing the state instead of wasting time on stupid, senseless drivel like this?

Mark Elliott's picture

Here's one to laugh at -->>

Here's one to laugh at -->> http://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/bills/bills_125th/billtexts/HP0189...

Seems democrats are so desperate for "new blood" they want to actually force students to register to vote as a condition of graduating high school! Be sure to let democrat representative Bolduc of Auburn know whether you agree or not!

While I do believe our children should be encouraged to vote, our government should not force them to register!

Mark Elliott's picture

PS: There are three democrats

PS: There are three democrats sponsoring that whoopie pie bill as well.

Mark Elliott's picture

if you disagree, look it up!

if you disagree, look it up!

Mark Elliott's picture

There is an average of 2500

There is an average of 2500 to 3000 bills submitted each year in Maine. Some big, some small. Thank you for pointing out seven tenths of one percent of them. I bet there will be plenty of frivolous legislation coming from the left as well!

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