To the Editor:
Mayor Robert E. Macdonald’s recent antagonistic column “Enough is Enough” makes several unfair and harsh criticisms against Lewiston officials, specifically Sen. Margaret Craven. (“Hold officials accountable for TANF cost shift,” Twin City TIMES, May 31, 2012)
Also, the mayor presents families who rely on TANF in a hostile manner, referring to them as barbarians. TANF is designed as a temporary solution to a substantial problem for a family. During this challenging time of economic recovery, some Mainers may need temporary help to achieve economic stability.
I know that we can’t help it if hard times hit. I also know that Maine people help each other when the going gets tough. The mayor should not be demonizing people or a program that benefits many of his constituents—and our neighbors.
Although Mayor Macdonald sings the praise of LD 1862, An Act to Limit Eligibility under the Municipal General Assistance Program, the proposed bill possessed many flaws that would only further the economic struggles of Maine’s neediest and most deserving families. These flaws also would have cost local taxpayers more money in property taxes.
Finally, the mayor never seems to express any sort of positive comments towards Lewiston and its representatives. While he continues to express unnecessary criticism, I can’t help but wonder what his solutions are. Has he ever reached out to other lawmakers and officials to better understand the rationale behind their votes?
It seems that before he offers up angry rants to the people of Lewiston, he should first meet with the other lawmakers in our region. Ultimately, the mayor’s continued criticism merely serves his own purposes, rather than constructively helping the people of Lewiston. If the mayor is going to be critical, he should at least back it up with constructive solutions.
His critical comments certainly undermine the work of the Chamber of Commerce and all economic efforts being considered in Lewiston, which also impacts Auburn and the surrounding area.