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Friday, October 19, 2007

Maine News for Friday, October 19, 2007


Budget writers reject Fisheries-Wildlife cuts

Middle school contraceptive program sets off firestorm King's principal is grilled on national TV and Maine parents debate providing birth control to middle-schoolers.

In Maine, student birth control a complex, emotional issue For parents and policymakers, implications of the King Middle School decision go beyond today's headlines.

Pier pressure paralysis hits Portland Indecision could leave the city frozen in time.

In Vermont, scrutiny urged on Fairpoint deal The company's plan to buy Verizon's telephone network must clear several hurdles, they say.

Let parents decide on birth control pills The Portland School Committee should modify its policy for the clinic at King Middle School.

M.D. HarmonPortland School Committee votes 7-2 to jump off a cliff What drew the networks this time was a plan for middle-school birth control. Way to go, folks.


Cianbro touts partners on refinery projectFriday, October 19, 2007BREWER, Maine - The 500 or so workers at Cianbro Corp.'s new Eastern Manufacturing Facility will help make history when they construct the building modules that will be used to expand a Texas refinery into the largest crude oil processing plant in North America.

Court ruling opens doors for gay, unmarried couples to adopt Friday, October 19, 2007HAMPDEN, Maine - Sandi Carver is just about ready to give birth. With her due date only two weeks away, the 31-year-old nurse is experiencing the emotions expectant mothers feel, but may not have the anxiety most first-time parents experience.

State’s anti-drug director steps downFriday, October 19, 2007After 7½ years as the director of Maine’s Office of Substance Abuse, Kim Johnson has recently stepped down.

School dispute ends but 'mess' remainsFriday, October 19, 2007TRENTON, Maine — A resolution has been reached in the legal dispute between a local Christian school and its former benefactor.

EDITORIAL: Look who's talkingIn a letter last week to Congress, Verizon Communications gave the public a rare look at how it has cooperated with local, state and federal officials on tens of thousands of emergency occasions to supply customer records.

Editorial: New leadership at justiceSenate Democrats were thrilled Wednesday to receive Attorney General-nominee Michael B. Mukasey; on Thursday, they were decidedly less thrilled, suggesting they should take their time in deciding whether to confirm the president’s nominee.

Charles Krauthammer: Pelosi's 'morally clean' irresponsibilityThere are three relevant questions concerning the Armenian genocide. (a) Did it happen? (b) Should the U.S. House of Representatives be expressing itself on this now?

J. Gordon Williamson: Jail debate a power playWhen I read Friday’s front-page article "Officials put forth proposal for jails," I felt compelled to debunk some of the statements contained within, at least as they pertain to Waldo County.

Friday's Letters to the Editor … Veterans protected … Harness racing’s value …


Contractor bill takes steps to prevent fraud AUGUSTA -- The head of the state Bureau of Consumer Protection submitted a new contractor licensing proposal to lawmakers Thursday that sets up a registry and a bond requirement.

News publication now in FirstPark OAKLAND -- MaineBiz, a print and online news publication that covers business across the state, moved into FirstPark business park this month as part of its drive to expand its coverage.

Second session for emergencies, not snuff, flowers These are the problems facing the state of Maine:

JOSEPH R. REISERT : NOV. 6 REFERENDUM QUESTION 5Term-limits law hasn't had desired effects on Legislature When you need to see a doctor, would you rather be treated by an experienced physician, or by a resident fresh out of medical school?

LTE: Term limits not needed in Maine's political system Regarding the new term limits campaign -- I am a Democrat because we are all in this together. Therefore, I will vote "yes" on Question 5 in the coming November polling.

LTE: Blackwater shows flaws of current administration What do you call a murderous mercenary outfit that operates above the law, and the military, answerable only to the elite? And they are better equipped and paid 10 times that of the "average" soldier?

LTE: Turnpike officials are still being financially wasteful You should have "taken the gloves all the way off" when you wrote that editorial appearing in the Oct. 5 edition suggesting that "Vienna is too far for a turnpike conference." Obviously, these persons "needing" to attend this conference who are entrusted with the management of the Maine Turnpike Authority are not deserving of the trust placed in them.


Scenic byways get boost from fedsOld Canada Road sign to be dedicated Saturday SOLON -- A new granite sign. A road to the top of Robbins Hill. A view of the Bigelow Mountain Range and Upper Kennebec River Valley.

LTE: Lawmakers try to watch too many things In answer to Davis McKenney's letter of Oct. 12: I totally agree with him. I don't care where you go at least half of the drivers are on a cell phone.

LTE: Tax hikes aren't part of the Maine many recall When is this state going to stop trying to bleed every bit of money they can from business owners?


School merger group making progressFARMINGTON - The state says school districts must have consolidation plans submitted by December, and officials in the Farmington area are acting quickly to merge 16 communities into a single school system.

LTE: Professional, passionateI am writing in support of Republican Katherine Harvey for state representative in House District 93. I have worked with her for the past three years in SAD 21. Throughout that time, I have known her to be professional and passionate in her pursuit to provide services to children. She has worked to find funding for many useful after-school programs, providing children with the opportunity to learn study skills, foreign languages, and participate in various outdoor programs. She makes it a priority to allow all children opportunities to participate.

Summit to look at Brookings Institution reportAs many as a thousand people are gathering today in Augusta to explore ways to implement last year's Brookings Institution report on how to build prosperity in Maine while protecting its character. (AP, 6:55 a.m.)

Budget panel broadens savings reviewZeroing in on a $10.1 million savings target in a series of conditional votes, legislative budget writers Thursday rejected a suggested scaling back of media activities by Maine's fish-and-game agency. (AP, 10/18/07)


casset Gas Plant Opponents Challenge Developer's Claims

State Recognizes Heroes Of Clean Water

State Officials, Businesses Prepare For Far East Trade Mission


Bond issues seen as investment in Maine
AUGUSTA — Maine voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to approve borrowing $134 million to fund proposals aimed at stimulating economic development, improving Maine’s higher education facilities and investing in land conservation.

State racino faces voters
Maine residents will decide this fall whether to allow an Indian tribe to run a harness racing track with 1,500 slot machines and high-stakes beano games in Washington County.Updated:

Augusta voters have ballot choices
Augusta voters on Nov. 6 have several important referendum questions to decide.

From the Left:
Land for Maine’s Future
As I mentioned in last week’s column, Maine voters will have the opportunity to decide on a number of important issues this November ranging from investments in our economy to a racino in Washington County. This week, I would like to continue the discussion about these issues by providing some information about Question 4 on the ballot.

From the Right:
Flawed thinking
Scott Bullock, president of MaineGeneral, recently announced that MaineGeneral is looking at the possibility of using the Augusta campus as an emergency room and locating the main hospital and its operations in Waterville.

LTE: Generals always follow orders

LTE: We'll always be at war


One step at a timeFriends have contacted the offices of Senators Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe regarding the deportation, but have not heard back.


EDITORIAL: Gambling: It’s Not a Good Bet
Across the United States, there are 36 racinos, which combine racetracks and casinos or slot machine parlors, now in operation. If the Passamaquoddy Tribe and its Downeast backers have their way, there soon will be 37. Maine voters will decide on Tuesday, Nov. 6, whether they’ll allow a Maine tribe — the Passamaquoddy — to run a harness racing track with slot machines and high-stakes beano games in Washington County.

EDITORIAL: Just Plain Nonsense
Governor John Baldacci is playing games with the facts when it comes to the passage, back in June, of legislation to consolidate Maine’s school districts. “I will not support any legislation that undermines the education reforms passed last session by an overwhelming, bipartisan majority,” he asserted in a statement last week in a statement to the Associated Press.

OP/ED: Setting the Record Straight on Trade
I am writing in regard to the recent Ellsworth American editorial column regarding my recent trip to Costa Rica. The column contains several factual errors and misrepresentations of my views on trade that deserve clarification.

OP/ED: Vote “Yes” to Extend Legislative Term Limits
While many citizens of Maine may be disappointed in the performance of their Legislature, few realize the extent to which term limits are to blame. The people of Maine should be aware of the unintended consequences of term limits. The editorial page of this paper lost a good opportunity to educate the public on this issue when, in the Oct. 4 edition, it conceded that loss of experience in the Legislature under term limits is a legitimate concern but said, in effect, that because there is no public awareness of this serious issue, we should maintain the status quo.

OP/ED: Ten Reasons for a “No” Vote on Question 1
This November, voters will be asked to approve another racetrack casino in Maine, this one in Washington County. Here are the best reasons to vote “no” on Question One.

LTE: Bring ’Em On

LTE: Michaud’s Got It Right

LTE: Editorial Evokes Disgust

LTE: Time to Get Our Priorities in Order


To help ailing minds
Other high-profile guests lending support by their presence included Sens. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, and Pete Domenici, New Mexico Republican. The latter announced his impending retirement just recently when faced with a medical diagnosis of a progressive brain disease. Miss Collins also was a co-chairwoman.


Historic bill in Senate to fight warmingElizabeth Dole of North Carolina, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Susan Collins of Maine. "I'm convinced this bill does represent a tipping point," Collins ...


Global warming battle
After years of doing nothing on global warming, Congress may now be on the verge of a serious, bipartisan effort to cut greenhouse gas emissions.


Maine: Lobster Gear Rules Reconsidered
... for Down East Maine," Snowe said in a statement. Similar reactions came from Republican Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic 1st District Rep. Tom Allen.


House Fails To Override Bush On SCHIP


The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) Joins Sens ...WASHINGTON, Oct. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Senators Susan M.
Collins (R-ME) and Robert P. Casey (D-PA) introduced the Home Health Care
Access Protection Act of 2007 (S. 2181) today to prevent the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) from imposing dramatic cuts to the
Medicare home health program.


Laid-off Maine Fence workers eligible for aid... lost their jobs will receive help from the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance program, Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins announced yesterday.


The Politics of Trust
On the other hand, the deep-blue activists would support Congressman Tom Allen in his bid to win the Senate seat in Maine, because he is reliably anti-war. It's clear Americans are dissatisfied with their national government and don't ...

Thailand To Issue Compulsory Licenses For Antiretrovirals
Tom Allen (D-Maine) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have sponsored a resolution that praises the Thai government for its decision to issue compulsory licenses and urges Congress not to enforce intellectual property standards, ...

A little early in election season to predict winner
He went on to say that if US Rep Tom Allen fails in his attempt to unseat Collins, the 1st District Democrat will be washed up politically.

Catching Up
We were away for the last few days, and there are a couple issues we'd like to get caught up on. But first an observation about the third quarter fundraising numbers.

Tom Allen & Putin Agree on Naming Iraq Withdrawal Date

Rep. Peter Stark gets an A+ for this remark….

Michael Mukasey’s Torture Test
Dems Can’t Over Bush Veto of SCHIP
Kennebec County Democrats back Dodd's hold

Historic bill in Senate to fight warming
Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Susan Collins of Maine. “I’m convinced this bill does represent a tipping point,” Collins said Thursday. Sen. James Inhofe, the Oklahoma Republican and leading climate ...

Collins should be praised for perfect attendance
Susan Collins goes to work every day and has a perfect attendance record. If you do not have a good attendance, you lose your job. ...

Collins Calls For A More Even Playing Field For US Paper Producers ...
Collins Calls For A More Even Playing Field For US Paper Producers WCSH-TV, ME - 7 hours ago WASHINGTON (NEWS CENTER) — Maine Senator Susan Collins spoke out in defense of Maine's paper producers Thursday, saying more needs to be done ...

Global Warming Legislation
Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Susan Collins of Maine are co-sponsors, as is Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Interfaith Power and Light is a religious response to global warming with chapters in 22 states and ...

Congress demands TB case investigation
... with a highly contagious form of tuberculosis to cross US borders 76 times and take multiple flights on US airlines. Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine — ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

America’s Climate Security Act of 2007
The bill will secure an estimated $125 billion dollars through 2030 for wildlife and has earned the support of Republican Senators Elizabeth Dole (NC), Norm Coleman (MN), and Susan Collins (ME). It will reduce global warming pollution ...

America’s Climate Security Act of 2007
The bill will secure an estimated $125 billion dollars through 2030 for wildlife and has earned the support of Republican Senators Elizabeth Dole (NC), Norm Coleman (MN), and Susan Collins (ME). It will reduce global warming pollution ...

Lieberman-Warner Introduce America's Climate Security Act
Cosponsors included: Senators Norm Coleman (R-MN), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Elizabeth Dole (R-NC), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN). In a release from Lieberman and Warner, the two also highlighted support ...

Senate considers new greenhouse gas caps
Elizabeth Dole of North Carolina, Norm Coleman of Minnesota and Susan Collins of Maine are co-sponsors, as is Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. In a Senate speech, Warner acknowledged "basic differences" with the Bush administration.

Rep. Tom Allen Statement On SCHIP Veto And Failure To Override
Tom Allen, who will be a Senator from Maine next year replacing Susan Collins, is currently in the House of Representatives and cast a vote to override Bush's veto of the S-CHIP program. Here is his statement afterwards : ...

Veterans Fight For Cold War Medal
Susan Collins (R-Maine) that would direct the secretary of Defense to award a Cold War service medal to those who served honorably from the end of World War II to the collapse of the Soviet Union. Clinton, who along with Collins is a ...

Kennebunkport woman says she'll run for US Senate
That's why she says she'll throw her hat into the political arena and run against Democratic Congressman Tom Allen, Republican incumbent Susan Collins, and Independents Dexter Kamilewicz and Bill Slavick for the US Senate.

GOP Blasts Allen (D, ME-1) For Missing Votes While He Attended A ...
has made an issue of Allen's voting record. They say he's missed 132 votes. Wow ... in the heat of a contested Senate campaign, the Maine GOP really looked as if they were scoring a big win against Susan Collins rival.

US Lawmakers Should Not Condone Efforts By Thailand To Issue ...Tom Allen (D-Maine) and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) have sponsored a resolution that praises the Thai government for its decision to issue compulsory ...