Governor LePage "Open for Business" Sign Stolen from I-95

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Governor LePage "Open for Business" Sign Stolen from I-95

Governor LePage's 'Open for Business' sign stolen
2:16 PM, Jun 1, 2011

KITTERY, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- A sign given to Governor Paul LePage during his campaign for the Blaine House has been stolen from the side of Interstate 95.

The sign proclaimed Maine 'Open for Business' and was installed below the 'Welcome to Maine - The Way Life Should Be' sign that welcomes visitors to the state.

Sometime over the holiday weekend, the four foot by eight foot sign was removed and taken away. The Maine Department of Transportation and the Maine State Police were not aware the sign was missing until contacted by NEWS CENTER.

[url=http://www.wlbz2.com/news/article/161150/2/Gov-LePages-Open-for-Business...

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Good luck trying to get rid of it... scrap dealers, BOLO!!

According to the Governor's office, the sign will be replaced.

Reaganite
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Could this be revenge for the

Could this be revenge for the DOL mural?

Melvin Udall
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How about a "Haven for

How about a "Haven for Moon-bats" sign? That should go fast!

Or, "home of Edgar Allen Moonbeem, legendary spokesman for the self-important"

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Liberals openly steal and

Liberals openly steal and trash thousands of campaign signs every election. What would keep them from taking that sign?

Objectivist
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I'm actually surprised they

I'm actually surprised they would have the capability to pull it off. Most college kids wouldn't be able to find the necessary tools, ladder and pick-up truck, let alone know how to get it down and out of sight. Makes me wonder.....

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"Most college kids wouldn't

"Most college kids wouldn't be able to find the necessary tools, ladder and pick-up truck, let alone know how to get it down and out of sight."

I would find it deliciously ironic if it was one of "Professor" Frary's charges.

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If they are so popular, we

If they are so popular, we should have a couple for sale at the manned rest areas.

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, "home of Edgar Allen

, "home of Edgar Allen Moonbeem, legendary spokesman for the self-important"

I like it, but moonbats have a very short attention span, they would make it to legendary and begin texting again.

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...Most college kids wouldn't

...Most college kids wouldn't be able to find the necessary tools, ladder and pick-up truck, let alone know how to get it down and out of sight

I think you're seriously underestimating the capabilities of some college students. I know several who not only have the tools, truck and (access to) ladder, but also are sharp enough to have lookouts stationed behind them down the road as lookout for a lull in traffic.

Mike Travers
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Obviously, the state

Obviously, the state Democratic Committee is behind this. Hoping for a Democrat takeover in the next election, they'll be able to paint over "OPEN FOR" and replace it with "HOSTILE TO" and put it back up.

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"Open For Business" Sign

"Open For Business" Sign Found Listed On Craigslist

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The Craigslist ad offers a recently acquired "right-wing political sign" for $1,000 that would "look great on the side of a barn, a Republican Party headquarters, or on the side of a row of portable toilets.

The ad says the seller will entertain trades for a "multi-panel mural depicting the labor movement," a reference to a mural LePage had removed from the state Labor Department headquarters.

Naran
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Isn't that classy? I'm sure

Isn't that classy? I'm sure the liberal response would be just as gleeful, if someone made similar comments about a possession of the POTUS or Chellie Pingree.

Mike G
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Do you mean like the defacto

Do you mean like the defacto POTUS sign "Welcome to America, let me grab you and your family's junk and do you have anything to declare"?

BlueJay
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recently acquired "right-wing

recently acquired "right-wing political sign" for $1,000

" right-wing political sign"? Huh? What exactly is "right wing" about this sign? This comment is about as communistic as a statement could be in this case. Gotta' be union behind it.

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Perhaps it is a right wing

Perhaps it is a right wing distraction to attract sympathy for all the errors played so far in the game.

BlueJay
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Update: good news from real

Update: good news from real Maine people.

http://www.kjonline.com/news/maine-lepage-sign-open-business-Gravel-.html

Peter Busque raised the money today from fellow members of the Maine Aggregate Association, which represents businesses in the rock and gravel industries.

Bruce Libby
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Does Craigs List have a

Does Craigs List have a policy about fencing stolen property?

Objectivist
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Yes, if caught you have to

Yes, if caught you have to perform three acts of contrition. At least one has to be a Dan Billings.

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As police pursue leads,

As police pursue leads, online ad offers 'used sign'
On Wednesday, an online ad for a "Lightly used political sign" appeared on Craigslist.
For $1,000, the purported Kittery-based seller offered "right-wing political sign for sale, recently acquired, in excellent condition."
The… sign would look great "on the side of a barn, a Republican Party headquarters, or on the side of a row of portable toilets."
The "seller" was willing to entertain a trade for a multipanel mural showing scenes from the state's labor movement.

Roger Ek
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"Busque said he expects to

"Busque said he expects to learn the delivery date from White Sign in Old Town tomorrow."

At least it will be made in Maine this time.

(Psst. Have a spare ready.)

Bruce Libby
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Object... Are you assuming I

Object...
Are you assuming I disagree with sign and would have stolen it ?
While willing to be a member of the loyal opposition at times I did agree with this symbolic message !
Such act does not require acts that is reserved only for direct criticizm of Gov. MHPC ,the learned Counsel , Leadership of Senate!!

Naran
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Naturally, the story on the

Naturally, the story on the Craigslist ad has been greeted with gleeful hilarity and capering from the Left. So, I thought it might need some tweaking:

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The Craigslist ad offers a recently acquired "Left-wing political sign" for $1,000 that would "look great on the side of a barn, a Democratic Party headquarters, or on the side of a row of portable toilets.

The ad says the seller will entertain trades for the "elimination of the Baldacci school consolidation mandate, and the #211 social services cheerleading system."

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There. I wonder how "hilarious" they'll find it, now.

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What has LePage changed, so

What has LePage changed, so Maine is "open" for business.

We need to do what other states do.... focus a lot of attention on attracting companies from other states. Focusing on "new" companies is a waste of time. We need to steal business from other states. When a company chooses to leave one state for another, it’s because the company’s leaders believe the company will be better off in that other state. Maine doesnt have that right now. Offer huge tax breaks for two years to new companies. Offer free land, we have tons of it.

Maine isn't truly open for business until it offers compelling reasons to move to Maine.

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Bruce, it was a joke. That's

Bruce, it was a joke. That's all.

Naran
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June 2 Gravel firms chip in

June 2
Gravel firms chip in for new 'Open for Business' sign

By Ann S. Kim akim@mainetoday.com
Staff Writer

A new "Open for Business" sign could be greeting motorists entering Kittery before too long.

Peter Busque raised the money today from fellow members of the Maine Aggregate Association, which represents businesses in the rock and gravel industries.

Busque, a Windham town councilor, said he sent out an email this morning and that members had pledged $1,500 by early afternoon.

"I like the governor and I like his attitude," Busque said.

[url=http://www.pressherald.com/news/maine-lepage-sign-open-business-Gravel-....

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Peter - I've never met you, but I like YOU, and your attitude. Thank you, for stepping up and getting this done. There are many Mainers who will be very grateful to have that sign restored.

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Open For Business" Sign Found

Open For Business" Sign Found Listed On Craigslist

Since anyone can post an ad on Craigslist, I wonder how much credibility this "lead" has. Anyone could have saw the headlines that the sign was stolen and posted an ad on craigslist as a joke. People do it all the time. I may be wrong, but just wanted to give my 2 cents.

Naran
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You most certainly could be

You most certainly could be right that the ad is a joke, Matt. However, it's too bad that state police and other public staff time might be wasted finding out.

Melvin Udall
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But a pittance compared to

But a pittance compared to Weinergate.

Naran
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Letters in support of

Letters in support of Governor LePage and the "Open for Business" sign.

Posted: June 12

Stolen sign loaded with meaning

Recently I read...about the stolen "Open For Business" sign... This incident appears to be politically motivated and payback for taking a union mural down.

Is outright thievery considered a victory for state union members? Is an advertisement for out-of-state job creators considered anti-union?

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Here's a message for Maine state employee union members. Charity begins at home.

Edward M. Turner
Biddeford

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I just paid my CMP bill to a collection outlet in Newark, N.J.. I'll admit that outsourcing to New Jersey is a bit better than outsourcing to India, but is CMP not able to find competent people in Maine to collect their bills?

Maybe Maine is not open for business. Food for thought.

Priscilla Clark
Sebago

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So, someone stole the "Open for Business" sign on the turnpike. They probably thought it was retro art going back to the days when people would come to Maine to get a job, go to work and build a future.
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Mike Morrissette
Harrison

[url=http://www.pressherald.com/opinion/stolen-sign-loaded-with-meaning_2011-... Letters page[/url]

Doug Thomas
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I've known Peter Busque since

I've known Peter Busque since he went to High School in Greenville. I hauled logs for his Dad for years. Peter is a good man.

Thank you Peter.

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Here is an example of how to

Here is an example of how to drive business out of state to a more business friendly state:

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB1000142405270230384810457638387293710249...

"The line of businesses looking for tax relief in Illinois keeps growing,... the latest plea coming from the owner of... iconic Chicago Mercantile Exchange and Chicago Board of Trade. CME Group Executive Chairman... Duffy told... shareholders... that Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's 30% hike in... corporate tax rate enacted in January will cost the company $50 million this year. 'We don't want to leave Chicago," Mr. Duffy said, but "we have to do what's right for... shareholders.'"

The company is looking for ways to save money, and, in near-by Indiana, the governor, Mitch Daniels is promoting his state as being more business friendly so as to attract companies such as this campaign: "Illinnoyed by Higher Taxes? SolutionIndiana.com."

According to the article, as many as 60,000 Chicagoans would by affected by relocating the company, in addition to the 2,000 employees of these companies.

By reading the entire article above one can understand the affects of a state's business climate on employment opportunities.

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