In response to the June 12 editorial regarding results of the primary/referendum election, I  offer a different opinion.

On June 8, thousands of Maine voters, many without a political party, went to the polls to support “Yes on 1,” the repeal of the Democrats’ tax reform law — the new sales taxes on labor and services.

Thousands of them went to the polls and registered Republican because the Democrats’ tax plan, enacted by the Democrats and promoted by them, clearly was an attack on the working class — the constituency the Democratic Party once proudly represented.

People went to the polls, supported tax repeal and reached the logical conclusion that the Democratic Party had abandoned their interests. They clearly understood that the once-proud Democratic Party has disappeared and the “new Democrats” no longer represent their views.

The tax reform issue represents the third time in two years that Maine voters rejected a major policy matter enacted by the liberal Democratic legislators who control the State House.

In 2008, voters repealed the taxes on beverages enacted to fund the failed Dirigo program.

In 2009, people repealed the Democratic-passed law that allowed same sex marriage.

In 2010, on June 8, the voters solidly rejected the scheme to add a sales tax on 102 new items — the labor/services tax.

On June 8, thousands of Mainers joined the Republican Party. They will continue to do so, as working people examine the policies supported by the Maine Democratic Party.

Charles Webster, Farmington


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