LTE: Marjorie Monteleon: Banging pots and pans

Bangor Daily News

In 2007, journalist Molly Ivins died shortly after writing these words in her last column:

“We are the people who run this country. We are the deciders. And every single day, every single one of us needs to step outside and take some action… We need people in the streets, banging pots and pans and demanding, ‘Stop it, now!’“

Now here we are with people all over the world saying we need to be heard and respected no matter the color of our skin. We ordinary people matter, and we want inequities to stop!

In Maine, we are marching for fairness in law enforcement no matter who we are. We have also signed petitions to be heard on the issue of foreign interference in our state. We live here and we care how our state is treated by those who want to overtake our home to make obscene amounts of money to run an electric corridor through Maine to deliver power to Massachusetts.

Nearly 70,000 Maine people signed a petition to get the transmission corridor issue on the ballot in November. Central Maine Power keeps trying to find a way to thwart our efforts, and then on June 29, CMP was shot down by the Cumberland County Superior Court judge. We signed that petition to be heard! Our way of banging pots and pans! The judge heard us!

These corporations are so large and influential, apparently they won’t tolerate us saying no to them. All of this is being done by the lowest-rated utility in the U.S., Central Maine Power. We need to bang those pots and pans even louder in the streets! We the people matter, regardless of our color or status. We the people matter, not the corporations.

Marjorie Monteleon

Southwest Harbor

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