Isn’t it a form of bullying when a governor refuses to sign some financial orders at the Attorney General’s Office in order to try to force the attorney general to act and think as he does (“LePage refuses to fund prosecutors …” Sun Journal, Jan. 15)?

Or to force a community college president to resign from his position by threatening to restrict funding for the college and cause further harm to the college system if the college president refuses to resign (“Community College leader steps down,” Sun Journal, Jan. 15)?

Isn’t it also a form of bullying when a bunch of representatives in Congress cut the IRS budget by millions of dollars in order to “starve the IRS of its funds” because the IRS has to support President Obama’s health care law — leading to a situation that is already causing delays to taxpayers who want to fill out their tax returns early (“Need help filling out your tax returns? Don’t call the IRS,” Sun Journal, Jan. 15)?

Those forms of bullying will simply encourage, rather than discourage, the type of bullying that is going on in the school systems. Youngsters will simply believe that if bullying is OK for adults, it is OK for themselves, too.

Donald LaBranche, Lewiston

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