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Goldthwait, Benson to talk about law and protocol in government

SOUTHWEST HARBOR — “The State of the State and the State of the Union,” a talk and discussion about current issues at the state and federal level with Fred Benson and Jill Goldthwait, will take place at the Southwest Harbor Public Library on Saturday, April 7, from 1:30-3 p.m.

Goldthwait will focus on process and protocol for chief executives and legislative bodies. Benson will speak on the challenge of disobeying a direct presidential order. There will be time for dialogue with audience members.

Benson has been engaged in national and international government affairs activities in the White House, the Pentagon and with Weyerhaeuser Company. He also served in the United States Army with responsibilities including senior positions in the offices of the secretary of defense and the secretary of the Army, as well as aviation and ground command assignments in Korea, Vietnam and Alaska. He retired as a full colonel having served two combat tours during which he was awarded two Distinguished Flying Crosses and the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. He currently publishes Capitol Commentary, an independent political newsletter.

Goldthwait is a retired nurse and former independent Maine state senator who served four terms from 1994-2002. She served on the Bar Harbor Town Council for nine years prior to running for Maine State Senate, and in 2005 was named by Gov. John Baldacci to the state’s newly created Creative Economy Council. She recently retired as director of government relations for The Jackson Laboratory. She is also an award-winning political columnist for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Call the library at 244-7065.

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