Tomorrow is election day throughout the state and that means it’s one year until we elect our next governor. Yesterday, U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud made a simple announcement and tried to focus next year’s election on the issues and not the personal life of the candidates.
Michaud wrote an opinion piece for this news site on November 4th and said, “Yes, I am (gay). But why should it matter?”
He couldn’t have been more right or more courageous. Like the veterans he supports in Washington, he simply did his job, told the truth, and hoped people would understand what is important.
By day, I teach high school students and at night, after grading and getting ready for the next day, I plunk away at my keyboard. Writing helps me think and gives me a chance to formalize ideas for my class and my students, sometimes for my stories.
In class today we talked about Mike Michaud, and a funny thing happened. The 30 or so students in my room were interested in his family history, the fact that he worked in a paper mill and even the idea that he wished to be our next Governor.
I told them about his announcement and almost to a person, the response was, “yeah, so.”
The offhand remark reminded me how far we have come and just how tolerant students can sometimes be.
Maine is a beautiful state. We have the seacoast, the mountains, and beautiful forests and farmlands in between.
Who knows, in a year we might also have an openly gay governor. Thanks Mike.