Ill-conceived award

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Third-term U.S. Sen. Susan Collins once pledged she would serve no more than two terms. So much for her credibility.

She once aired a personally televised commercial urging the election of a totally unprepared, obscure Republican athletic coach for governor. Why? Strict partisanship.

Unbelievably, she received an AARP award after she voted against the health care legislation containing the very program she was lauded for promoting. What?

Since January, Collins has joined the rabid right in opposing, at every opportunity, the health care reform measure. Why? No Republican input permitted and bad legislation. Really?

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In accepting the “award,” she said, “Though I was not happy about the bill overall, there were some very good provisions in it and this is certainly one of them.” Truly?

The bill contained Collins’ award-winning provision and many other laudable ideas, yet she joined all 40 Republicans in voting no. Strict partisanship.

Collins is half of the supposed duo of Maine “bipartisan” senators. She doesn’t understand the term. Bipartisan legislators work diligently for their causes, support legislation that contains enough good to warrant passage, and promise to diligently correct its flaws.

Not at all surprisingly, she joined the “no-nothing” right — her political base — and voted to kill the very program that she is now credited with working so diligently to enact, as well as all those other “very good provisions” that serve all of us.

Has any award ever been so ill-conceived? Has any acceptance of one ever been so hypocritical?

Kenneth L. Roberts, Turner

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