Speaking of crimes, the civic league advocates prosecuting adults who engage in any kind of consensual sex that doesn’t meet with the league’s approval. Which is lots of kinds.
Portland Republicans (please turn off the oxymoron alarm) have begun a petition drive to recall three School Committee members, citing both the birth-control and budget messes as justification. But it’s mostly about the former, with Nick McGee, chairman of the GOP city committee, telling the Portland Press Herald that giving kids access to reproductive health care involves “family-value decisions.”
McGee is a model of restraint. A letter writer in the Lewiston Sun Journal called Portland “a pharmaceutical-pushing, sexualized cesspool of politically correct brainwashing.” And Republican congressional candidate Dean Scontras announced he was joining the Portland recall effort — even though he lives in Eliot — because the birth-control decision “appears to be part of the larger agenda by secular progressives to lower our cultural standards.”
Of course, it doesn’t do much to raise those standards when politicians meddle in a controversy, not to seek consensus, but to advance their own agendas. Which in McGee’s case is to resurrect the decaying remains of the city GOP. And for Scontras is to raise his profile with potential conservative voters in the 2008 primary.
It just goes to show that there are worse transgressions than being a member of the Portland School Committee.
Although, not many.
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