Read GOP Governor's insulting reply to teen's net neutrality concerns

The high school student expressed concern about the loss of net neutrality. LePage's flippant reply is unacceptable.

When a high school student from Camden Hills Regional High School in Maine wrote to her state governor, Paul Le Page, about her concerns about the loss of net neutrality, she was more than a little surprised by his response, reports the Portland Press Herald. 16-year-old Hope Osgood, told the paper that she believed that LePage would “be more likely to listen to her than a member of Congress,” but although the governor took the time to send her a handwritten response, it comprised of one line - “Pick up a book and read.”

According Susan Mustapich, reporting for the Portland Press Herald, Hope decided to write to LePage after stumbling across “an application that would generate a letter expressing her concerns” to him. She wrote:

“The internet is the easiest way to access anything. New, information, etc. Companies being able to put restrictions on internet usage isn’t ideal! People will be left in the dark about some things. All my school is internet-based, but what happened if I can’t reach what I need to? What about my lessons in school?”

One month later, Hope received a copy of her letter in response with a handwritten message scribbled in the white space, suggesting that she meet the end of net neutrality by returning to the use of books. Hope admits to initially thinking that LePage’s message to her “was snarky,” and says, “I just thought it was rude.” Hope’s grandfather, Rick Osgood agrees. “I think it’s mighty rude,” he concurs, continuing, “I think he could have explained a little more than one little sentence.” Osgood questions “how LePage could sign legislation to give students iPads for school work, then show no concern about how changes in internet access could affect their use.”

While maintaining that he “didn’t intend any disrespect towards the governor,” Osgood says the issue has changed his support of the governor. “I voted for him, but I chant’s again,” he says, “If he decided to run for Senate, he has one less vote.”

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To find out more, read "LePage dashes off unhelpful response to student’s concerns about loss of net neutrality," by Susan Mustapich, and published by Portland Press Herald on January 2, 2018.

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Thanks so much for voting for that dipturd Rick Osgood. Look what you've done...


Typical person with a title. They think the title governor gives them the right to do and say whatever they want. I have news for them, in order to get respect you give respect. If they can't or won't answer the hard question, then step down. I'