In light of the protests happening in Wisconsin about workers’ rights, I want to take a moment to thank those 30,000 people for what they are doing and encourage my fellow Mainers to get fired up by their passion.

Republican lawmakers in state capitals and in Washington, D.C., were elected to create jobs, but I think they forgot. I want to remind the representatives, senators and the governor in Augusta that I didn’t forget. I still want to see jobs created, and I don’t support the actions of the Wisconsin government.

I stand in solidarity with the 30,000 people in Wisconsin.

Representatives here in Maine need to know that people here don’t want their rights taken away. People need to be ready to go to the State House with a sleeping bag, cell phone and the determination to protect their rights.

I’m ready to carpool to Augusta if the Maine Legislature pulls the same thing as Wisconsin’s, and I hope to see a lot of people there.

Philip W. Nelsen, Lewiston

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