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When evil got here to Maine, it wasn’t driving a quick automobile with out-of-state plates.
It wasn’t named ” Shifty” or “D-Cash.” It wasn’t carrying a hijab, or a burka or a keffiyeh.
It wasn’t talking an odd language or dwelling in low-income housing. It wasn’t sleeping in a tent within the park or alongside our highways. It wasn’t attempting to take our jobs or destroy our tradition.
When evil got here to Maine, it wasn’t searching for to change conventional household values.
It wasn’t corrupting youngsters at drag queen story hour. It wasn’t performing gender-affirming surgical procedure.
It wasn’t planting immoral materials on library cabinets. It wasn’t instructing crucial race idea. It wasn’t forcing a “woke” ideology on anybody.
In reality, evil didn’t come to Maine; it had been right here all alongside.
It didn’t care who mentioned what, who did what, who believed what, who regarded like what, who lived the place, who was from right here or who was from there.
Right this moment, we grieve not just for the departed, however for the innocence we so jealously protected, for the naivety we preserved.
And tomorrow is one other day, so we’ll keep on.
Let any classes discovered assist us to be higher and to be kinder. Allow us to work to be safer and smarter.
Allow us to attempt, towards all odds and amidst a world unraveling, to dwell our lives the way in which life needs to be.
Perry B. Newman