Letter to the Editor: Golden stands for Mainers 

To the Editor: 

In these difficult times, I was uplifted by the statement Congressman Jared Golden made on April 7 in reference to then-acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas 

Modly’s comments to the sailors aboard the U.S.S. Roosevelt.  

Congressman Golden said, “I also note with concern that the dangerous brand of leadership demonstrated by the Acting Secretary towards our uniformed personnel appears to also include the men and women who form the backbone of our shipbuilding workforce, such as those at Bath Iron Works, who continue to work in close quarters despite obvious risks posed by the current COVID-19 public health crisis. At this critical moment, when leadership matters most, the Navy’s priority should be to maintain readiness by protecting its most valuable, irreplaceable asset – its men and women in 

uniform and the shipbuilders who support them – from COVID-19.” 

Modly’s trip to Guam, where he attacked a principled naval officer, Captain Brett Crozier, and treated the sailors with disrespect, cost us taxpayers more than $243,000. I am proud that our Congressman stood up and called for Modly’s resignation. That was the right thing to do for our servicemen and women, for shipbuilders and defense workers around the country, and for all Mainers. Kudos to Congressman Golden: he is representing our values and our people. 


Jill Weber 

Bar Harbor 

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