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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Two dozen primaries contested
Election 2008: Just 13 percent of Maine's 186 legislative districts will offer choices on June 10.

Fee for luggage leaves fliers holding the bag
Experts say the rising cost of flying means travelers should get used to added charges.

Marine reserves deploy with mixed feelings
About 20 Mainers are putting their lives on hold, heading to California for training, then to Iraq.

Thornton Academy to accept boarding students
The 200-year-old private school looks to solidify and diversify its high school enrollment.

You think Massachusetts drivers are bad? Watch out for New Jersey's
Maine drivers finish 31st in the nationwide survey by GMAC Insurance.

Wanted: Someone to buy old Somerset County Jail for $200,000
It sits in the heart of downtown Skowhegan and has no zoning or permit-use restrictions.

Young delegates turn out
Speaking of the excitement, one convention-goer says 'it's never been anything like this.'

Veteran groups face future with fewer, less active members
Younger veterans are less likely to get involved in the VFW or American Legion, leaders say.

Rand should get party's nod for state Senate
The Portland Democrat is loaded with experience and passion for the job.

Has Maine turned the corner on its fiscal crisis? No way.
A surplus for the month of April doesn't change the grim, long-term forecast.

Another View: Without a landline, we're losing another lifeline
Elderly, handicapped and other housebound citizens need a phone service they can rely on.

CHIP BOEHM, Special to the Press HeraldEmergency care takes a hit in Portland
The EMS lieutenant's job was cut and paramedics may no longer be answering every call.

If conflict's such a worry, McCain, fire the lobbyists

Bangor Daily News
State to track funding activity

AUGUSTA, Maine - Maine has 55 separate economic development programs, from tax credits to technical assistance, and a state agency assigned the responsibility of promoting the state's economy. But, for the first time, a comprehensive study will try to determine whether they are effective.

Wyman expanding Deblois blueberry facilities

DEBLOIS, Maine - The state's largest wild blueberry producer has embarked on a multimillion-dollar expansion of its harvesting, processing and storage facilities in rural Washington County, highlighting its strong commitment to Maine's well-known fruit in uncertain economic times.

Two recently created 'green' cemeteries in Maine reject embalming, waterproof caskets and vaults

It was four days before Christmas - the winter solstice - when Arielle and Rob Bywater buried their infant son in a plain wooden coffin on a forested bluff overlooking the Penobscot River.

Troublesome gaps found in port security

WASHINGTON, Maine - A Department of Homeland Security program to strengthen port security has gaps that terrorists could exploit to smuggle weapons of mass destruction in cargo containers, congressional investigators have found.

Thousands pay tribute to war dead

HOLDEN, Maine - Though Memorial Day offers opportunities to honor the nation's war dead and veterans, during wartime the holiday takes on an added significance. That certainly appeared to be the case Monday in Greater Bangor.

ClickBack on school week, PTSD, tourism

This week, ClickBack asks readers to ponder a shorter public school week, post-traumatic stress disorder and tourism.

Editorial: The Enron loophole

It may be like locking the barn door after the horse has escaped, but Congress' approval of a bill that includes a provision regulating energy trading is an example of how government can help control escalating energy costs.

John Buell: Amber waves of ethanol
The world food crisis is highlighting tragic stories of multitudes on the brink of starvation. Nonetheless, this crisis is likely to encourage a surplus of another kind: market fundamentalism.

Karen Hover: What Australia can teach us about health care
As Americans, we are taught to think that a free market is good because it keeps prices low. In health care, however, free market forces breed complexity, and complexity is costly. Here is an example, taken from my day-to-day experience as a family doctor.

May 27 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal

AUGUSTA Party expects large turnout Democrats will hold state convention over the weekend
AUGUSTA -- More than 3,000 Democrats from across Maine will be in Augusta for their party convention Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

RICHMOND Downtown sees vitality as new businesses arrive
RICHMOND -- This small riverside downtown is filling up with places to fill your belly.

Communities observe Memorial Day by honoring those who gave lives for freedom
DRESDEN -- Ellie Dekker and her dad, Mike, honored fallen soldiers Monday by taking part in a ceremony performed each year since 1954 at the Pownalborough Court House.

2 Democrats to vie for key Senate race
AUGUSTA -- Two longtime Democrats, both with political experience, will face off June 10 for the right to represent their party in the race for Senate District 21.

Few Maine districts feature contested primaries in June
AUGUSTA -- Most voters who hope to choose their parties' legislative candidates next month might as well bring a rubber stamp to the polls.

Easements key tool near Appalachian Trail
FARMINGTON -- The high mountains of northern Franklin County and the remote region around the Appalachian Trail that crosses them are being targeted for conservation by an environmental group working to purchase easements from landowners that would keep the region open for public use, sustainable forestry and recreation.

On Maine Politics
Brennan slammed by Greens 05/26/08


New health-care tool likely to help control costs
Ask anyone who understands anything about the nation's health-care crisis, and they'll tell you that controlling ever-rising medical costs is a huge part of the solution.

DAVID B. OFFER : Youths lack financial expertise but not access to easy credit
New high school graduates, with little work experience, credit history or understanding of the ins and outs of financial affairs, soon will be bombarded with offers of credit cards.

Sun Journal

Under-21 delegates prompt Democrats to limit alcohol
AUGUSTA - Political conventions are known for their hospitality suites, in which politicians hobnob over drinks with activists and potential supporters. At the Democratic State Convention this coming weekend, there will be a new twist to the informal get-togethers.

Veterans groups face challenges
BANGOR (AP) - Saturday night dances at the American Legion, bingo games at the Veterans of Foreign Wars and baked bean suppers at local veterans halls were, for decades, an important part of the social fabric in Maine's small towns and large cities.

Maine woman trapped in freezer
WINSLOW (AP) - A Maine woman is apparently OK after an extended stay in a walk-in freezer.


Spending money on spent fuel
Maine has a closed nuclear power plant, Maine Yankee, that stores its spent nuclear fuel in Wiscasset.

Ted Kennedy's challenge deserves our support
These days, people on "one side" of the political spectrum are not supposed to cooperate, much less have a personal relationship with anyone on the "other side." Siding with "the enemy" can get you branded a compromiser, a sellout, or fool. While it is true that on too many occasions, conservatives have had their ideological pockets picked by liberals whose favor they curried, that is no excuse for hating people because of their political beliefs.


Remember what she has done
On June 10, citizens of Lewiston will vote in the Democratic primary election. I support Elaine Makas, who served as a state representative for the past six years and who is running for the state senate.

Eminently qualified
I urge voters in the 1st District to support Chellie Pingree.


Gas Prices Impacting Holiday Plans
With gas prices hovering near, or in some cases, over the the four dollar per gallon mark, some holiday travellers are thinking twice about hitting the road for a long weekend. AAA predicts that hundreds of thousands of Americans will travel shorter distances than they did last Memorial day, and state economists are reporting that gas sales are rapidly declining. Keith McKeen reports.

Sears Island's Future Still Focus of Contention
Environmental activists plan to gather tomorrow at Sears Island for a funeral and wake: not for a person, but for the island itself. Members of the groups "Fair Play for Sears Island" and "Penobscot Bay Watch" say plans for an industrial port on the uninhabited midcoast island will kill any hope of keeping the island wild, and the bay in which it sits healthy. Barbara Carridi reports.

Researchers Seek a Better Understanding of the Smelt
Spring is a time for cleaning house, planting gardens, and for some Mainers, standing in the dark along the banks of streams with a long handled net and a flashlight. The smelters, as they're called, shine their flashlights for an instant across the shallow water looking for darting shadows. They are in search of "Osmeris Mordax", otherwide known as the Atlantic Rainbow Smelt, a small fish that is a much a seasonal delicacy as the fiddlehead fern. As A.J. Higgins reports, marine scientists in Maine are currently hard at work trying find out more about the life of the smelt.

Conservation Groups "Shocked" By LURC Recommendation On Plum Creek Project
The state agency reviewing Plum Creek Timber Company's proposal for a massive development in the Moosehead Lake region has overstepped its bounds in recommending changes to the plan. That's according to two environmental groups opposed to Plum Creek's proposal. Barbara Cariddi reports.

Lung Association: EPA Ozone Standards Fail To Protect The Public
As of next week, the federal goverment, and the state of Maine, will adopt new health standards for ground level ozone. The new standards are more strict, and would prompt a public health warning when ozone concentrations rise above 75 parts per billion, about ten points lower than the old threshhold. But as Keith Shortall reports, one health advocacy organization in Maine believes the standards don't do enough to protect the public from the harmful effects of ozone.


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Romney backs Summers

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