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Monday, November 19, 2007

Maine News for Monday, November 19, 2007


Gambling issues headed for votesAn Oxford County casino proposal and a plan to ban slot machines likely will be on ballots in 2008 and 2009.

Five midcoast towns set for merger of schools The emerging district expects to be the first to arise from the state's school consolidation law.

You say 'tomato'; they say 'profit' A Madison company has produced 17 million pounds in the past year and plans to expand.

Sens. Lynn Bromley and Karl Turner: FairPoint offers good deal for Maine Its purchase of Verizon will enhance jobs, technology and business opportunities.

LTE: Single-payer health plan makes economic sense

LTE: School consolidation benefits questionable

LTE: Plum Creek proposal threatens state's values

LTE: Disaffected people find hope in candidate Ron Paul


Immediate solutions needed, not just long-term proposalsLINCOLN - Excise taxes. A federal heavy-vehicle use tax. A road tax. Federal and state sales taxes on everything from fuel to ham and cheese sandwiches. And federal and state income taxes.

Fuel costs push truckers toward brink LINCOLN - Record diesel prices that reached $3.65 per gallon Saturday are pushing logging truckers into a state of emergency that could imperil Maine's entire forestry products industry.

Flocking south: Canadians spending loonies in MaineBANGOR - Before Joanne Carroll left Chili's Grill & Bar for lunch on Saturday, she had to stop and say 'hello' to three friends scattered at different tables throughout the restaurant.

Tobin seeks dismissal of charges today The same federal judge who presided over his trial nearly two years ago in Concord, N.H., will decide if James Tobin of Bangor will spend the holidays an exonerated man or face a new trial on charges he conspired to disrupt Democrats' get-out-the-vote effort in 2002 by jamming their phone lines.

Rockport: Regionalization worries aired ROCKPORT - Residents who gathered for the public hearing last week on the new school consolidation law felt the state had jeopardized local control, lowered the quality of education and created hidden budget costs that eventually would wipe out any savings realized from consolidation.

EDITORIAL: Religious CompromiseThe surprising endorsement of Republican presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani by Christian conservative Pat Robertson may have more to do with friendship than with any guidance from God.

Arthur Greif: Occupation in Iraq should not be permanentAs national opinion consolidates around the certainty that the invasion of Iraq has been the worst foreign policy mistake in the nation's history, Maine's two senators have put forth a counter-narrative.

David Broder: Preprimary debates for headlines onlyDuring Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson was given a chance to answer the question about offering driver's licenses to illegal immigrants

Monday's Letters to the Editor … Racino facts … County should secede


EDITORIAL: Alfond's gifts came with good strings attached Few Mainers are untouched by Harold Alfond's generosity.

LTE: Officials should rethink approach to vets' vice Conveniently, too many of us have short memories. If it were not for our veterans, what freedoms do remain in our blest nation probably would be but a memory found hiding somewhere in a history book fortunately missed by a Nazi bonfire.

LTE: Mainers did not succumb to 'voter guilt' on racino Hurray to Mainers for shooting down the proposed racino! I am glad to see that, with all the "voter guilt" floating around, we still have the sense to reject something that we do not want in our state.

LTE: Iraq-WWII analogy collapses I would like to comment on Jeffrey K. Jacob's letter published in the newspaper on Nov. 9. Jacob suggests that President Franklin Roosevelt was guilty of war crimes and should have been impeached because he led us to war against Germany in 1941, despite the fact that "Hitler had never done one thing to us and there was never one shred of evidence Germany was involved with (the Japanese attack on) Pearl Harbor." In the ensuing struggle, tens of thousands of American troops died.

LTE: Susan Collins doesn't get it While Olympia Snowe may toe the party line sometimes, she mostly looks out for the good of Maine.


Controversy takes stage at exhibit KENNEBUNK -- Residents here may never be unanimous on what is appropriate handling of the American flag.

Pro, con gambling sides to go for at least 2 years Voters will likely spend at least two more years weighing the pros and cons of gambling in Maine.


Campaign bundling gains political clout WASHINGTON - Johnny Taylor Jr. is connected.

Soldiers: Time in Iraq made us closerAUBURN - The first time Army Sgt. Tim Verreault saw the woman who would become his wife, he rolled his eyes and thought, "Ohhh, another private."

Fire grant to benefit three departments: Paris, Norway and Oxford
Republican U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe announced Nov. 7 that the Paris Fire Department would receive $65,973 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program, or FIRE Act. The three towns must make a matching contribution of $3,472.

EDITORIAL: Tip o' the capOn Friday, Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, delivered to the Legislature's Appropriations Committee a list of 50-plus positions within state government he considers "duplicative and unnecessary."

LTE: Publishing insanityThis letter is in response to the Nov. 14 letter by Joel Denison, "Wartime 101."

LTE: Free equals taxesHow's the Canadian socialist health care system, which Sen. Hillary Clinton attempted to copy in 1993-94? The liberal media won't tell you. An article in the Sept. 17 issue of Forbes magazine did.LTE: Losing education lusterRepublican candidates for president are sticking close to their conservative playbook by promoting a small number of social, religious and other hot-button wedge issues, rather than comprehensively addressing the full range of serious challenges faced by the United States.


Progressives launch funds
WASHINGTON (AP) — The term of choice in political giving these days is straight out of the world of finance — donors have become "investors." Now, liberal California venture capitalists have come up with the natural corollary —...


Sacopee Valley Middle School Is Dedicated
The Sacopee Valley Middle School, which serves Hiram, Baldwin, Cornish, Parsonsfield and Porter, opened this September. On Sunday, students got to show the community, including Senator Susan Collins, around.




‘This is such a long shot’: Republican challenger to Michaud enters race
John Frary, a retired college professor from Farmington, announced Saturday that he plans to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud in the 2008 election to represent the Second Congressional District.

Some of Mike Heath’s Best Friends are Catholic
Mike Heath, the Executive Director of the Christian Civic League sent a happy little note to his followers this weekend. I think the main point of the e-mail was Mike’s usual wrap up of all things evil.


Veterans fight for Cold War Medal "The Hill"
They have some stalwart supporters on Capitol Hill, including Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), who sponsored a bill with Sen. 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.


Sales of kids' cold medicines declineHenry Waxman, D-Calif., and Tom Allen, D-Maine, have introduced legislation that would give the agency power to pull such products from the market more ...


Reid: 'Indisputable. Goals of the Surge Have Failed' 11/16
Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today on the floor of the U.S. Senate in support of the House-passed Orderly and Responsible Iraq Redeployment Appropriations Act of 2008:

Baldacci Calls for New Regional Plan: Rail Investment


FEMA Wastes Another $46 Million - Where's Collins?
The Federal Emergency Management Agency wasted about $30 million last year in maintaining trailers for Hurricane Katrina survivors in Mississippi, according to a new government report. In one case cited, FEMA awarded contracts that could have cost as much as $229,000 to support one family in a single trailer -- roughly the price of a five-bedroom home in Jackson, Miss.

Myers Watch
Here's Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO) on the status of Julie Myers's nomination to head the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE):

Field Report: Two Approaches
Meanwhile, Smith and Maine Sen. Susan Collins are moving to inoculate themselves against criticism on the increasingly unpopular war in Iraq.

More ruminations on Fred
5 hours ago by A Wiser Man Than I Jim Jeffords, Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins to vote against removing Bill Clinton from office for perjury. Thompson, whom President Nixon once called "dumb as hell," claimed to have carefully studied the Constitution and determined ...

Bill Moyers JournalRICK KARR: Last week on Capitol Hill, members of Congress sent a sharp message to the FCC: Maine Republican Olympia Snowe was among the Senators who said, "No more media consolidation." OLYMPIA SNOWE: It seems like "Here we go again" in ...

Halliburton Secretly Doing Business With Key Member of Iran's ...The amendment, sponsored by Senator Susan Collins R-Maine, would penalize companies that continue to skirt US law by setting up offshore subsidiaries as a way to legally conduct and avoid US sanctions under the International Emergency ...