Growing up in Maine in the 1960s, I learned that substance was always more important than a polished style or slick appearance. Rugged individualism, hard work, self-sufficiency, neighbor helping neighbor, the bond of your word and fierce independence were what defined a “Mainer.”

My understanding of the politics of life was based on those principles.

For the past two years in the state of Maine, it feels like policies are finally returning to the fundamental, individual responsibility roots instead of the centralized, heavy-handed statism with oppressive taxation, regulations and micromanagement by government bureaucracies of the past four decades.

I thank my state Rep. Jeff Timberlake and Sen. Garrett Mason for their part in the restoration of individual sovereignty together.

Peter Beeckel, Turner

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