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Friday, November 2, 2007

Maine News for Friday, November 2, 2007


Navy terminates warship contract Overruns on the first Littoral Combat Ship designed by BIW leads to cancellation of a second LCS ship.

Charge leads top warden to resign Col. Tom Santaguida is accused of possessing nine short lobsters in a catch that he was selling.

School birth control backed Poll: 67% favor access for students, but the number falls for those under 16 or without parental consent.

As oil prices rise, more warming to coal Coal is less convenient than burning oil, but it's much cheaper and less 'dirty' than years ago.

BILL NEMITZ: Dad to honor fallen soldier, politics aside Sgt. Chris Gelineau's father won't let the unveiling of a plaque for him become "a photo op for politicians."

Civic leader Bennett Katz dies at 89 The former state senator is remembered as Maine's father of higher education and a devout Red Sox fan.

Funding approved to help mill workersOlympia Snowe and Susan Collins in announcing the funding. “The National Emergency Grant funding will provide these hardworking Mainers with the vital ...

Emissions change is 'worst fear' for automakers Maine is among 12 states urging tougher standards, but the industry fears a patchwork of regulations.

EDITORIAL: Signing petitions 'to get on the ballot' not a good idea Referendums cost money and could distract from issues that casual signers value more.

State needs clarity on young teens sex law Attorney General Steven Rowe, however, should not be the one making the call.

M.D. Harmon:Term-limits law isn't broken, so let's not 'fix' it John Martin may be our poster boy, but many states adopted limits for other good reasons, too.

Phil Harriman:Paper misses mark on slots There's nothing fair about making a second huge mistake after we're already made one.

LTE: Vote to preserve our natural heritage

LTE: Readers at odds about casino's impact on Mainers


Maine's chief warden resignsThe head of the Maine Warden Service abruptly resigned Thursday after a commercial fishing boat that he owns and operates apparently was caught with undersize lobster on board.

Baldacci visits Japan's baseball museumTOKYO - On the afternoon of Japan’s final World Series game, a small group of Maine officials toured the country’s Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in honor of Maine native Horace Wilson, who brought baseball to Japan in 1872.

Foes face off on racino questionBANGOR, Maine - Representatives on both sides of the fence regarding referendum Question 1 - the Passamaquoddy Tribe's proposed racino in Washington County - threw verbal punches at one another during forums Thursday in Bangor and Machias.

Sen. Collins seeks funds for local bomb squadsWASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Maine law enforcement officials braved an acorn storm Thursday morning to discuss legislation that would help local police around the country better understand bombs and improvised explosive devices, also called IEDs.

Maine seeks to attract international studentsFriday, November 02, 2007TOKYO - Maine schools have several advantages when it comes to attracting students from South Korea and Japan, and recruiting efforts are under way, according to several state education representatives who have visited both countries on a gubernatorial trade mission this week.

EDITORIAL: Saving Home Health Care A bipartisan group of lawmakers has joined ranks to oppose an ill-advised and shortsighted Bush administration plan to slash federal funding for home health care.

John R. Hanson: Racino Down East: a key opportunityTelevision ads are airing, lawn signs have popped up, bumper stickers are on trucks and cars and prophecies and forecasts of rampant crime, widespread corruption and an accelerated decline in the fabric of our society are inundating the airways again as Maine people prepare for Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Friday's Letters to the Editor … Medicaid and slots … Racino and tourism … Extend term limits


Regulatory staff backs Washington County wind farm BANGOR -- The proposed 38-turbine Stetson Mountain wind-power project in eastern Maine has won the endorsement of the staff of a state development regulatory agency, setting the stage for a vote next week on what would become New England's largest project of its kind.

Katz 'was a guiding force' Bennett Katz -- former majority leader of the Maine Senate, prominent Augusta business owner and the man credited by many with bringing higher education to central Maine with creation of the University of Maine at Augusta -- died Thursday at the age of 89.

Upgrades coming for turnpike radio AUGUSTA -- By the end of this month, drivers who use the Maine Turnpike on a regular basis will notice a difference in the agency's radio broadcasts.

JOSEPH R. REISERT : QUESTION 1Costs to Maine of 2nd 'racino' hard to measure, but real Question 1 on next Tuesday's ballot asks voters to authorize the creation of another "racino" in Maine, this time in Washington County. We should not do so: the Bangor racino was a mistake we should correct, not compound.

LTE: Thank you veterans for our freedom in America The guns and cannons fell silent. Many men fell during a war to end all wars. Today on the battlefields of France they lay in honored glory.

LTE: Our safety net is showing the strain Today's (Oct. 18) Morning Sentinel newspaper states "Social Security adjustment low."


UMF to host voting project FARMINGTON -- Project Vote Smart, an independent, nonprofit voter education group that offers election information on candidates and political office holders, makes the first stop on its New England tour at the University of Maine at Farmington on Election Day.

Chamber opposes bond issues WATERVILLE -- The Mid Maine Chamber of Commerce on Thursday came out against proposed public borrowing for the state's higher education system, economic development and job creation and public investment in land conservation and wildlife habitat.

LTE: Are we sleepwalking toward disaster? I hate to even think about it, but I fear that President Bush and Dick Cheney are gearing up for more wars.

LTE: Not fooled by anti-consolidation rhetoric The obstructionists to Gov. John Baldacci's effort to control educational costs by using available synergies and consolidating schools, have taken a ploy from the anti-casino crew. That is, don't waste your time on facts, just scare everyone with nonsense. Your headline claiming "Teacher pay a big cost for mergers" makes little sense, except to the unknowing.

LTE: Portland school board decision 'blatantly stupid' The people of the state of Maine should be thoroughly ashamed of the school board in Portland! But I don't suppose we should expect anything any different from San Francisco East.


Bush: Democrats hurt America's war on terror WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush compared Congress' Democratic leaders Thursday to people who ignored the rise of Lenin and Hitler early in the last century, saying "the world paid a terrible price" then and risks similar consequences for inaction today.

Chief steps down LEWISTON - The state's chief game warden, who oversees enforcement of Maine's hunting and fishing regulations, resigned Thursday after he was cited by another state agency for keeping undersized lobsters.

Edwards calls for 'guts' in television ad in Iowa DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards calls on his party to "have a little guts" and be a voice for working people in a television ad set to begin airing in Iowa on Thursday.

Majority support racino, poll findsAUGUSTA (AP) - A new survey shows more than half of the Mainers polled support passage of the Indian racino question on next Tuesday's ballot, but a large majority is against the proposal to extend legislative term limits.

Term-limits proposal praised, pannedPORTLAND (AP) - A ballot measure that would extend Maine's legislative term limits from four to six consecutive terms picked up support from civic activist groups Thursday, a day after opponents released a study which says the present term limits law is working fine.

Eastern Maine wind farm gets OKBANGOR (AP) - The staff of a state development regulatory agency is recommending approval of the Stetson Mountain wind-power project in Eastern Maine.

Lisbon gets question on polling locationsLISBON - Voters here are being given an opportunity to weigh in on how they feel about consolidating the two polling locations - the town office and the MTM Center - into a single location at the Lisbon Community School on Mill Street in Lisbon Center.

EDITORIAL: Talk, talk talk, talk, talk, talkMaine has a pessimistic business climate.

LTE: For the peopleI am writing to support Katherine Harvey, who is running to represent House District 93.LTE: An Augusta assetI have had the opportunity of knowing Katherine Harvey for the last seven years. We have worked together with our Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness (Gear Up) grant in SAD 21.

LTE: Will work for usI am writing to offer my wholehearted support to Sheryl Briggs in her race for the House of Representatives in District 93. I have know her for 37 years and she has always been a person with the utmost honesty and intgerity and has an unending supply of positive energy.

LTE: Beggar's banquetYou can always tell when it's time to vote - beggars come out of the woodwork and offer bond issues. It's free money to them and higher taxes to us.LTE: Experience countsI think that Sheryl Briggs will be a strong representative for House District 93. Her experience in local and county government as executive secretary to the Mexico town manager and part-time clerk for the Oxford County Registry of Deeds and associated duties makes her very comfortable handling legislative matters. She is also executive secretary to department heads and the planning board in Mexico. She is the assistant general assistance director, assistant town clerk, assistant tax collector, and assistant treasurer. She also serves as a ballot clerk.LTE: Gets the job doneI was extremely pleased to learn that Katherine Harvey was running for state representative in House District 93. She is a wonderful, warm, caring person who has done a lot for her community. She was very successful in starting many programs for the school as well. She sets out to do something and she gets the job done.


Question 5 aimed at altering term limits...(full story)

Governor's council ponders program to save BNAS jobs...(full story)

LTE: Way to a better life...(full story)

LTE: Pass clean energy bill...(full story)


Voters mixed on extending terms
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A ballot measure that would extend Maine's legislative term limits from four to six consecutive terms picked up support from civic activist groups Thursday, a day after opponents released a study which says the present...


New Questions Raised About Proposed Gasification Plant


Chief game warden quits after being busted for having short lobsters
AUGUSTA — With deer hunting season well under way, the chief of the state agency charged with enforcing hunting laws has been charged with having nine short lobsters. He has quit his job as a result.


EDITORIAL: Repeal Effort Begins
The effort to repeal Maine’s recently enacted school consolidation law now is officially under way. The Maine Coalition to Save Schools launched its citizen initiative petition drive on Saturday in Bangor with a goal of collecting 100,000 signatures, nearly twice the 55,087 required, by December. To get the petition before the Legislature for its upcoming session, the required number of signatures must be filed with the Office of the Secretary of State no later than Jan. 28, just three months away. Then if lawmakers did not enact the petition, it would go to a public referendum vote in the November 2008 general election.

LTE: The Armenian Genocide Happened

LTE: Gendron Adds Fuel to the Fire

LTE; President Bush Must Not Have Unlimited Power

LTE: “The Geneva Convention Does Not Apply”

LTE: Not Thinking in Augusta


Democrats flock to campus for statewide conventionAllen is running against Republican incumbent Susan Collins. Congressman Michaud will follow Allen, who Gascoigne anticipates will speak about "his work in ...


Navy Terminates General Dynanmics' Second Littoral Combat ShipThe Navy remains committed the program. Senator Susan Collins says Navy Secretary Donald Winter told her he wants to build 50 of the ships -- eventually.


Coalition of Caregivers Warns Congress of Danger to Oldest US ...Congressman Tom Allen (D-ME), a Co-Chair of the House Long Term Care Caucus, said, "I will also soon introduce a bill with Representative Earl Pomeroy ...


Sen. Collins seeks funds for local bomb squads - Bangor Daily News
Susan Collins and Maine law enforcement officials braved an acorn storm Thursday morning to discuss legislation that would help local police around the … Bill targets bomb attack prevention ...

Help With my Political Ad?
A: "Susan Collins voted with Bush-Cheney Republicans seventy-six percent of the time. Tom Allen voted with them five percent of the time." Or, B: "So-called moderate Susan Collins voted with Bush-Cheney Republicans seventy-six percent ...

Whose out-of-state Interrests will hurt more?
Several months ago, Democrats made a big deal over a picture of Susan Collins standing behind President Bush as he signed her Homeland Security bill into law. Beyond wildly mis-portraying what happened at the event, it opens Allen up to ...

No more LCS-4
Susan Collins, R-Maine, a senior member of the Armed Services Committee. "Given that we are already underfunding shipbuilding, I'm concerned that that means we'll be further away from reaching the [Navy's] goal of a 313-ship fleet." ...

Preaching Policy
For this election cycle, CNN employees have contributed a total of $1750 to Barrack Obama, Ron Paul, and Susan Collins. Now, to figure this out, it isn’t exactly rocket science. All you need is the internet and a keyboard. ...

Democrats Hold Our Veterans and Troops Hostage
Democrats need to stop "claiming" to support our troops and start actually supporting them, instead of holding their funds hostage to the Democratic agenda for social spending, which has nothing to do with our veterans funding.

Senate Watch: Rankings
Maine (Collins-R) [7]: A recent poll showing Republican Senator Susan Collins holds a sizable lead over Democratic Congressman Tom Allen (56%-33%) has some Democrats worried and rightly so. Allen earned support from just 54% of Maine ...

Keyword News: [Susan Collins]
Coming Thursday: • It's the Day of the Dead. • President Bush speaks about the fight against terrorism, and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, hold a news conference to discuss a bill ...

Step It Up rally planned
Congressman Tom Allen is expected to attend to share his views on how the federal government can address the climate change.

States Step In to Close Broadband Gap

I Always Assumed Rumsfeld Was a Pompous Toolbag, But This is Impressive…