|Pepe Le Page|
The University of Maine at Farmington has been listed in News Week as one of the best small colleges in the US for over a decade.
The past president Theodora Kalikow was honored yesterday by having the Student Center named in her honor. Maine's controversial governor Paul LePage was the invited speaker.
A few minutes after the Governor took the stage two student held up signs stating: 'LePage Main's Shame,' and 'On environmental issues Theadora Kalikow - A, Paul LePage - F.'
The Governor saw the signs and said "I can't do this." He walked off the stage and on his way past called the students "Idiots."
Paul LePage was twice elected. Both times a liberal third party candidate split the Democratic vote.
This has always been the danger of third parties: they tend to take votes from one side more than the other. A multi-party system is healthy, but it should be more than three choices. A third party run usually ends giving victory to the party most opposing its views.
The thing most disturbing is that in the local e-newspaper all the comments (except mine) were negative toward the students. Being a college town most residents are liberal, but almost all the political comments and letters to the editor or always by angry conservatives.
There is a correlation here on the state of the nation.