Mike Thibodeau and Jayne Crosby Giles on parade this Memorial Day.

By patrick quinn | May 26, 2018

Mike Thibodeau and Jayne Crosby Giles were on the campaign trail for State Senate. Mike is retiring from his State Service and is supporting Ms. Giles to succeed him in his Senate seat.

I was putting in a vegetable garden at my neighbors home, when they came courting for support in the upcoming primary election. Ms. Giles was quite engaging, polite, and appeared sincere in her effort.  She may or may not know what she is trying to get into, but she does appear to have excellent qualities for the job. I spoke to her about the Penobscot River and how so many people who live on the banks get cancer. I know of too many people who have developed cancer who live within the "fog" of the river. Winterport is within the fog. She listened empathically.

I spoke with Mr. Thibodeau, which is what I always called his grandfather, a veteran, and one of the finest men and friend I have ever known.  Mike told me that the big problem with the legislature is the preponderance of hate that exudes from the legislators on all sides of the aisle. I agree with him completely.  I told him I noticed how he was hammering the gavel in the Senate like he was crushing walnuts and I knew it was time for him to go elsewhere.  He has done the best he could and followed his heart, he is a favorite "Winterport boy" and his wonderful grandparents are pleased from above that he has tried so hard. Best of wishes for him and his family.

I am not a registered voter because I have no faith in the government's ability to work together for the betterment of the inhabitants of the land. I am without the forum of the State of my own volition and conscience.  My only goal is peace on this Memorial Day as I Remember my fellow Veterans. Peace is the answer. Which means we get along and help each other.

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