Letters to the Editor

Letter to the editor: Sen. Breen has proven her commitment to District 25

By Layne Gregory, Falmouth

Printed in the Portland Press Herald, October 24, 2016

I urge my fellow District 25 voters to support the re-election of Democratic state Sen. Cathy Breen on Nov. 8.

There are numerous reasons for supporting Cathy. First and foremost, in my book, is that she supports women’s and men’s access to reproductive services.

Unlike her opponent, Barton Ladd, who worked to curtail reproductive freedoms when he served in the Georgia Legislature, Cathy will continue to work to ensure that my and your reproductive health decisions are ours alone to make.

Interference in these matters by state and federal governments is intrusive, oppressive and misogynist. Cathy Breen has worked hard for these issues in her first term. Please help make sure she can continue this vital work by voting for her on Election Day.

VIEW ARTICLE HERE.

Letter: Breen will defend access to abortions

By Lisa Markushewski, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on October 24, 2016

I am supporting Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, in her return to state Senate District 25, representing Chebeague Island, Cumberland, Falmouth, Gray, Long Island, Yarmouth and part of Westbrook. Cathy has helped the citizens of her district by successfully leading a bi-partisan coalition to save Land for Maine’s Future bonds, supporting doubling of the Homestead tax exemption, and voting to reduce State income taxes.

Her Republican opponent recently moved from Georgia to Falmouth. While in Georgia he served in the Legislature and co-sponsored a bill to restrict a woman’s access to an abortion. He may well introduce a similar measure if elected in Maine. I do not believe that the government should be involved in women’s reproductive health-care decisions. This is why I will be voting to re-elect Sen. Cathy Breen.


LETTER: BREEN SERVES SENATE DISTRICT 25 WELL

By Barbara Keefe, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on October 17, 2016

State Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, will get my vote on Nov. 8.

She has been an advocate for quality education for six years on the Falmouth Town Council and continues that support in the state Senate.

As an educator in the field of deafness, I value the initiative she took to introduce a bill that would allow the Maine Education Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing/Governor Baxter School for the Deaf to raise money for the unmet need of the students and the families they serve statewide. The center had been prohibited by state law to raise private money. Her energy and competence moved her bill through to a successful outcome and into law.

Breen serves our community well. Let’s keep her advocating for District 25 in the state Senate.

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LETTER: BREEN DESERVES A SECOND TERM

By John Kipp, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on October 17, 2016

We are fortunate in this country to have the right to vote for those who will govern us. When we vote, we hope the candidate of our choice will win. That, clearly, is impossible to achieve for all voters in all elections. Regardless of who wins an election, we expect that winner to work on behalf of all of us. Our elected representatives should also maintain excellent communications with his or her constituents.

I have tested state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, at least three times in the past year by emailing a question to her. She responded with full answers to each question within a couple of days. This is exactly what I want in a representative.

Please join me in granting another term in Senate District 25 to one who truly represents and communicates with her constituents. Vote for Sen. Cathy Breen.

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Letter: Breen deserves re-election to state Senate

By Nancy Berges, Long Island

Printed in The Forecaster on October 10, 2016

 will be voting to re-elect state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, in Senate District 25, and urge my fellow constituents to follow suit.

I have been impressed with Breen’s visibility at various community events, her outreach to the people she serves, and her active participation in effecting legislation dear to our hearts and our pocketbooks.

Sen. Breen has voted to increase state funding for education, thereby reducing property taxes; has fought to repair Route 26 in Gray; restore a turnpike commuter lot, and is a staunch supporter of environmental issues, helping to conserve land throughout her district.

Additionally, she was named Legislator of the Year by the Maine chapter of a national pediatric group and has been endorsed by Maine Conservation Voters.

For these reasons and more, please vote for Sen. Cathy Breen, a true public servant.

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Letter: Breen isn't afraid of controversy

Bill Harwood, Yarmouth 

Printed in The Forecaster on October 10, 2016

I am writing to express my support for state Sen. Cathy Breen. Unlike so many politicians today, Breen is not afraid to speak up on controversial issues. On the issue of gun violence, Cathy has stood up to the gun lobby and supported keeping our neighborhoods and schools safe from gun violence.

Cathy deserves our support and I have no doubt she will continue to do a great job representing Senate District 25 for the next two years. Please join me in voting for her on Nov. 8.

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Letter: Re-elect Breen in Senate District 25

By Gerald M. Davis, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on October 10, 2016

I urge my fellow residents of Senate District 25 to vote for Sen. Cathy Breen to serve a second term in the Maine Legislature. During her first term Cathy worked across party lines to lower income tax rates. She strongly supported conservation, education, and homestead exemption legislation. Sen. Breen has worked diligently to be responsive to the needs of her constituents. Cathy is a senator who will work collaboratively with other senators on both sides of the aisle, in the 128th Legislature, to advance the interests, hopes, and dreams of her constituents, and all Maine residents. Please join me to re-elect Cathy Breen in Senate District 25.

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Letter: Sen. Breen is 'thoughtful, informed, effective'

By Creighton Taylor, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster, on October 3, 2016

I will be voting to re-elect state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, in Senate District 25. During her first term she has been able to persevere in a challenging political environment, with successful efforts to get important legislation passed. As the ranking minority member of the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee, she played a key role in the effort to force issuance of the Land for Maine’s Future voter-approved bonds.

Her own family’s experience with the mental illness of a loved one has inspired her interest in mental health awareness and advocacy. Sen. Breen has worked with the Maine Children’s Alliance and the Maine Children’s Growth Council to support research into the problems of providing effective early childhood social and emotional services in preschools and day care centers. She is a champion of those in need.

Cathy is thoughtful, informed, and effective.

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Letter: Breen stands for women's reproductive rights

By Susan Feiner, Yarmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on September 26, 2016

State Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, is the right choice for District 25 (Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Chebeague, Gray, Long Island, and part of Westbrook). Now, more than ever, District 25 needs Cathy’s work ethic, values, and commitment to a safe, healthy Maine future. Cathy’s commitment to health includes her stanch support for women’s reproductive freedom. She knows how important it is to keep government out of women’s most private medical decisions. Her opponent, a former Georgia legislator, has close ties to the anti-choice lobbying group Americans United for Life. He introduced bills seeking to impose harsh conditions on women seeking abortions. You know he’ll do the same here. Maine has one of the best records in the nation regarding women’s reproductive health. Let’s keep it that way. A vote for Breen is a vote for choice. I urge you to re-elect Sen. Cathy Breen. 

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Letter: Breen ‘ideally suited’ for 2nd Senate term

By Ben Tupper, Yarmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on September 26, 2016

I’m voting for state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, because she embodies the sincere and thoughtful leadership that we need in our Legislature. During her first term she has demonstrated sound leadership as our state works to meet the ongoing opioid crisis. Facing the strong headwinds our governor fans, she and other like-minded legislators have convened public discussions on what opioids are, who is affected and how our communities can respond. Cathy knows that those who struggle with addiction are worthy of our respect and compassion, and that our collective well-being is strengthened when we help those most in need. The solution to this problem, as with all problems, is to engage and work collaboratively toward a solution; Cathy is ideally suited for this important work.

Please join me in re-electing Sen. Cathy Breen in Senate District 25 on Nov. 8.

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Letter: Breen provides professional, positive representation

By Deirdre Fulton McDonough, Gray

Printed in The Forecaster on September 26, 2016

I am writing to support Democratic state Sen. Cathy Breen’s bid for a second term in the Legislature.

As a resident of Senate District 25, I have appreciated Cathy’s work for me and other Mainers. In addition to her consistent advocacy for the environment and education, I want to particularly note her facilitation of upgrades to Route 26 in Gray – a concrete example of an elected official getting things done for her constituents. And her support for the Opportunity Maine program, which provides incentives for college graduates to live and work in our state, shows a commitment to constructively addressing one of Maine’s biggest economic problems.

At a time when Maine politics is marred by our governor’s dysfunctional approach to state government, Cathy offers professionalism and positivity. As such, I urge my community to vote for Sen. Cathy Breen on Nov. 8.

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Letter: Breen has demonstrated support for education

By Ogden Morse, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on September 12, 2016

When election season for the state Legislature rolls around, we tend to focus on the simple math of which party will have the majority when the new session begins. In reality, however, it’s the hard work undertaken by our legislators once they get to Augusta that determines the value they do (or don’t) bring to Maine.

In her first term as a state senator in District 25, Democrat Cathy Breen has demonstrated her commitment to improving the lives of all Mainers. In particular, as someone who knows the importance of education for both individuals and the state as a whole, I applaud her support of schools at every level.

I am excited to cast my ballot for Cathy on Nov. 8. I hope you will join me, so that we can ensure that she will continue her laudable work in Augusta.

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Letter: Support Breen’s re-election to state Senate

By Timothy Shannon, Yarmouth

Printed in The Forecaster, September 12, 2016

I urge readers to support state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, for re-election in District 25 (Falmouth, Yarmouth, Cumberland, Chebeague, Gray, Long Island, and part of Westbrook). Cathy has been a model legislator – smart, hard-working, deeply committed to the district – and a strong voice for moving the state forward. Her work on the Environmental and Natural Resources Committee has been exemplary. She’s been a leader in the effort to keep Maine green and clean for this generation and the next. Her opponent, a former Georgia legislator who voted to restrict the Georgia Board of Natural Resource’s authority to regulate air pollution and permit homeowners to use deadly force even when not threatened, would be a massive step backward. The last thing we need is another Republican legislator who will embolden our reckless (or worse) governor and his extreme pro-gun, backward-looking, anti-environment agenda. I urge you to support Cathy Breen. VIEW ARTICLE HERE.


LETTER: BREEN IS A ROLE MODEL FOR YOUNG MAINERS

By MaryBeth Bachman, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on September 5th., 2016

It is with immense pleasure that I write in support of state Sen. Catherine Breen, D-Falmouth, for re-election in District 25. Cathy has been a dedicated and decisive leader. She knows that it does not stop at being elected; she is here to serve and represent our community.

I have contacted Sen. Breen on several occasions seeking support regarding health issues related to our community. Cathy has always been accessible, effective and responsive. She is not only committed to our community now, but she is also helping to build the future of our community by being a strong role model to our youth. She has hosted dozens of students in Augusta. She takes each of them on a tour of the Statehouse and explains how the Legislature works.

These are building blocks for the future.

I ask you to vote for Sen. Breen on Nov. 8.  VIEW ARTICLE HERE.

 


Letter: Breen embodies an effective state senator

By Sylvia Federico, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on August 29th, 2016

I am voting to re-elect state Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, because I believe she works hard for the people of our community, is practical in her use of resources, and compassionate toward those in need of help. My beliefs are based on my experience this past year. When the Maine Turnpike Authority abruptly closed the Park and Ride at Exit 53 in November, to make room for the construction there, they left many ride-sharing commuters in Falmouth stranded. I called the MTA, but they basically said “tough luck.” When I contacted Cathy, however, she took action. Contacting the town of Falmouth and MTA authorities, she worked together with them to craft an inexpensive solution that got us commuters back on the road within weeks.

To my mind this is what an effective state senator can be: responsive, cooperative, and fiscally responsible. I urge my fellow citizens to vote for her on Nov. 8.  VIEW ARTICLE HERE.


Letter: Breen makes constituents her priority in Augusta

By Sue Morton, Yarmouth.

Printed in The Forecaster on August 29th, 2016

I am writing in support of state Sen. Cathy Breen’s re-election in Senate District 25. Cathy has fought for Maine’s environment, high quality K-12 education, small business growth and early childhood social and emotional health in Maine.

In the spring of 2016 Cathy assisted me in advocating for my disabled son when the DHHS proposed changes that would eliminate necessary services he receives. She makes the priorities of her constituents her top priority in Augusta.

Please join me in voting for Breen on Nov. 8.  VIEW ARTICLE HERE.


Letter:Credit freeze in Maine worth exploring

By Judith Currier, Falmouth

Printed in The Forecaster on June 22, 2016

On Wednesday, June 15, a Fraud Fighter Workshop presented by AARP was held at the Mason-Motz Activity Center. The meeting was led by Amy Gallant, advocacy director with AARP, and co-hosted by Sen. Cathy Breen and Rep. Teresa Pierce. Jeff Pardue, a Falmouth detective, was also present to discuss the latest scams perpetrated against senior citizens and others who, for a variety of reasons, might be taken in and become victims of these con artists.

This meeting was very informative and I believe everyone who attended learned something new, not only about the latest ways that trusting people can be preyed upon, but also how to protect ourselves against fraud. Statistics show that every two seconds in the U.S. someone’s identity is stolen.

We are very fortunate that, thanks to a new law, Maine is one of only three states in the country that has a free credit freeze. A credit freeze safeguards a person’s credit report and is the most effective way to protect consumers from identity theft. For more information about the free credit freeze, contact the Maine Bureau of Consumer Credit Protection at 800-332-8529.  VIEW ARTICLE HERE.

 


letter: Breen deserving of Democrats' support

By Karen Herold, Cumberland

Printed in The Forecaster on May 23, 2016

Cathy Breen has been a constant and enthusiastic supporter of the Land for Maine’s Future Program throughout the turmoil of the past two legislative sessions.  We could always count on Cathy to find a path through the obstacles posed by the Governor. During the campaign to protect Knight’s Pond and Blueberry Hill in Cumberland and North Yarmouth, Cathy held a press conference to highlight LePage’s continuing obstruction on the project’s receiving its Land for Maine’s Future award.  When the land trusts forged ahead with a stop gap solution, Cathy shared the citizens’ joy at the opening celebration for the new reserve.  

Cathy Breen will continue to lead at a time when we truly need a Legislature that looks to the future. I hope residents will vote for this experienced Senator during the primaries. VIEW ARTICLE HERE.


LETTER: BREEN IS TRUE PUBLIC SERVANT

By Bo Bigelow

Printed in The Forecaster on March 7, 2016

I write to express my gratitude to Maine state Sen. Cathy Breen.

This year I helped plan Maine’s first Rare Disease Day event, at the State House in Augusta on Feb. 29. That day Sen. Breen took the time to come and meet with my wife and me, as well as many other Maine families dealing with rare disease. She asked about our daughter Tess’ disease. She listened to our concerns, and gave an impassioned speech, embracing our cause and calling on DHHS to help get us more access to services that we desperately need... READ MORE HERE.


Letter: Breen’s response helped Gray get action

By Matthew E. Sturgis, Gray

Printed in The Forecaster on January 25, 2016

State Sen. Cathy Breen, D-Falmouth, is a tireless advocate for the communities within her district, working diligently to find solutions for local problems...  READ MORE HERE.