Phyllis Hyde

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Two women and an interpreter

We've established from other commenters that the citizenship test requires some usage of English. These 2 women may have had an interpreter because, even though they were able to speak enough English to pass the citizenship test, they may not be as versed in reading English; hence, the interpreter to translate the ballot (written English) into their native language. There are a lot of people in Maine who were born in Maine but who speak English with a French accent, because French is their first language. It wasn't until they went to school that they learned English, but even now, prefer to speak in French if given the opportunity. I know a woman who is a native Mainer, and is now a senior citizen, who says she still prays in French, even though her English is excellent.

I don't think those of us for whom English is our native language quite understand what it's like to have learned another language first, and then learned English.

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Putting Mainers first

I think Gov. LePage and a Democratic legislature will have different definitions of who constitutes "Mainers" and how best to put them first.

I think everthing that LePage proposes should come with a direct statement from him of which Mainers he's trying to help and how his proposal will directly help those Mainers he has defined for that proposal.

He should have his feet held to the fire for the next two years, to add substance to his rhetoric. And after two years, then we can boot him out.... I'd like to see Eliot Cutler run again.

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The article seemed pretty thorough, except for the issue of pets. Are any allowed? If so, how many and which kinds?