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Monday, October 15, 2007

Maine News for Monday, October 15, 2007


Supporters push Calais racino as help for economy The proposal for a horse track with slot machines in Washington County goes before voters on Nov. 6.

Maine State Pier: Decision time With $1 million worth of planning on the table, Portland's council is due to pick a pier developer.

UNE seeks new opportunities as biomedical research center The medical school is adding a lab building as it expands its role.

Maine roots govern FairPoint point man Bruce Ballantyne, who served in the Air Force, grew up in Branch Mills and now lives in Gorham.

USM deficit does not appear to be another education crisis Unlike with the Portland school system, USM officials have a handle on the cause and cure.

Public vs. private school study reminds that parents matter too Regardless of the type of school, parental involvement is linked to academic success.

OP/ED: Mental health services have solid base The state's system aims to be directed by consumer needs and has recovery as one of its goals.

LTE: Assigning blame won't bring peace


Delegation hopes to extend no-call listAUGUSTA, Maine - Under current law, hundreds of thousands of Mainers who signed up on the federal Do Not Call List will have to sign up again starting next year. But members of the state's congressional delegation are optimistic the existing phone number list will be extended.

Press group names Bangor Daily News best daily in MaineMonday, October 15, 2007The Bangor Daily News was named the top daily newspaper in Maine this weekend at the Maine Press Association's annual fall conference in Rockport.

Work on utilities, exterior begins at Hollywood SlotsMonday, October 15, 2007BANGOR, Maine - With wintry weather on the way, it's crunch time at the Hollywood Slots at Bangor construction site on Main Street.

EMMC nurses OK new 3-year contractMonday, October 15, 2007BANGOR, Maine - After two days of voting, members of the nurses union at Eastern Maine Medical Center have ratified a new three-year contract, bringing several rounds of intense negotiating to an end and averting a strike.

EDITORIAL: Maintain school courseGiven the unrest that continues to surround the state's school consolidation efforts, it is not unexpected that lawmakers have submitted dozens of bills to revise, or in some cases, repeal the reorganization law. It is premature, however, to make major changes to the law.

Editorial: The new persuadersAs the 2008 presidential race shapes up and heats up, voters may get the impression that it is a battle between two well-financed pressure groups.

Richard Erb: The benefits of long-term health care legislationWhile many of the laws passed by the U.S. Congress often appear to the public as quick-fix remedies designed to temporarily address larger systemic problems, there are on occasion legislative initiatives put forward that thoughtfully address the big policy picture, and that have the potential to make a tremendous longer-term difference in the lives of many Americans.

Monday's Letters to the Editor … Keeping fairness, balance … Obama brings hope … Honoring the war dead


MAINE GOVERNMENTE-mail archive project: Still work in progress AUGUSTA -- State archives officials are continuing to work on a proposal to develop a comprehensive way to save and catalog important state government e-mails.

NOV. 6 BALLOT$55M bond touted for growth, jobs It's hard for $55 million to fly beneath the radar, but the economic development bond for that amount on the Nov. 6 ballot hasn't exactly captured the public's imagination.

UNIVERSITY OF MAINE AT AUGUSTA Convocation crowd told of hunger woes AUGUSTA -- Hunger is in every corner of Maine.

Revisiting the Sinclair ActSchool consolidation of 1957 was spurred by quality concerns Rod McElroy is still moved by the memory. A disparate group of students and teachers from throughout the region, strangers just weeks before, seamlessly gelling into a cohesive unit.

Making his pointFairPoint executive Bruce Ballantyne learned Maine work ethic at an early age

EDITORIAL: Lands program aptly named, out of money For once, the bureaucrats, policy makers and politicians put a name on a new program that was both elegant and inspiring.

ERIC CONRAD : Papers' blogs a way for us to give you news with a different twist You love high school sports. Or you're a Maine political junkie.

Lithgow Library work given 'ungodly' estimate Having listened to the pros and cons regarding the Lithgow Library addition, I have come to the conclusion that the cost estimate is beyond reason. Who is qualified to make such an ungodly estimate? Some people think there is a never ending source of money in the taxpayers' pockets. Well, by coming up with such an astronomical figure, they have turned a lot of folks against the addition whether they realize it or not.

LTE: Discrimination claims in casino vote tiresome In Donna Loring's column, Sept. 27, she described the defeat of a proposed gambling casino in southern Maine as economic discrimination against the Penobscot Nation. Loring stated that the people of Maine voted out of fear and ignorance and were swayed by "horrific" racist and hate-filled media ads against Indians.


LTE: Admit it, liberalsI have to laugh out loud when liberals refuse to admit that the mainstream media are mostly leftist liberals. A perfect example was the way a question was asked during the Oct. 9 evening NBC news program.


Wiscasset Voters to Weigh Clean Energy Questions


Phil and Barbara talked with Sen. Susan Collins about campaign finance issues.
Click here to listen to the interview.


Voters to act on 5 ballot questions


Brain gain: Maine law aims to retain college students
Fighting "brain drain" in Maine can be a pain. With a new law in place to give tax credits to college students who stay in the state to live and work after graduation, Gov. John Baldacci and Maine officials are hopeful they can give the best and...


The Subprime FHASusan Collins of Maine, who supervised a 2001 Senate subcommittee investigation of mortgage fraud, said bluntly that "the federal government has essentially ...


IP Rights & ResponsibilitiesRecently, representatives of Senator Susan Collins' Senate re-election campaign tried to place an ad on Google that included a reference to, a political group. The text of this ad was rejected by our system because of our ...

Trademarked Names in Google Ads - Not a Liberal BiasYou can read the post for yourself to get more details but basically Google rejected an ad placed by Senator Susan Collins' re-election campaign which had in the ad. Of course this becomes a big deal, but really if ...

Google Complains About Censorship ChargeDutson emerged in the news again, this time as an advocate for Maine's Republican Senator Susan Collins. Robert Cox, head of the Media Bloggers Association, ...

Senate Rankings: October 2007
8) (7) Maine (Collins-R) Susan Collins remains very well-liked in the state, and the possiblity of a third-party candidate running to Allen's left means that Collins is in the best shape of the 4 blue state Republicans up for ...

Will sue Sen. Susan Collins & her paid blogger ...

Write Letter
Susan Collins voted against cloture on a bill sponsored by Republican Sen I must say that you write a very eloquent open letter. I am so happy to see someone from the “mainstream” media finally admit that the post debate polls aren’t ...

Do You Trust Google?
The recent brouhaha over Google taking down a Susan Collins ad which mentions raises some really interesting questions. First, why would the USPTO grant a Trademark to an organization that does not engage in commerce?

Google bans anti-MoveOn campaign ads
Susan Collins’ re-election campaign. Collins is seeking her third term. Earlier this week, Google told Lance Dutson, president of Maine Coast Designs, that the ads he placed for Collins had been removed and would not be allowed to ...
Fox and Friends on Google’s decision to ban ads
Brit Hume on Google / ad suspension
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