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Monday, June 23, 2008

Maine News for Monday, June 23, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Portland to invest in energy efficiency
With annual costs at $8.3 million and rising fast, the city will retrofit buildings to save on heat and power.

Riding out the detour
A Route 201 driver finds the good, the bad and the grumpy

Wiscasset irked about Yankee land
Town officials want to build homes on Bailey Point, but Maine Yankee says it's not safe.

Hospital visitors to find 480 new places to park
Maine Medical Center opens its new Congress Street parking garage.

Residents oppose Poland Spring deal
Water district trustees will vote Wednesday on a plan to draw 250,000 gallons of water day in Wells.

Saudi oil pledge disappoints U.S.
The world's top crude exporter says it will produce more if needed, but that vow falls short.

Obama opens new era in campaign financing
The Internet may be a way for money to get into the system with fewer strings attached.

Financial regulation reforms deserve careful debate
Congress should take its time and develop clear rules – not guiding principles – for investors.

Smoking bans should not be used to punish those who smoke
A proposed ordinance in Biddeford may go too far in trying to force smokers to quit.

LEIGH DONALDSONWill age be an issue in the presidential race?
Wet behind the ears or over the hill, candidates are judged in ways that weight the calendar heavily.

ARTHUR CANNON, Special to the Press HeraldHit-and-run drivers rational, when drunk
If drivers flee an accident scene, the law should take that as proof they have something to hide.

Oil companies seem to be overlooking shale reserves

Bangor Daily News
Health care priority for veterans

BANGOR, Maine - Maine's political leaders lauded the state's American Legion on Saturday, recognizing the organization's commitment to nation, community and fellow veterans.

Highway funding shrinks

AUGUSTA, Maine - The federal Highway Trust Fund is in deficit, and if Congress does not act this year, Maine will lose nearly one-third of the funds it is expecting for highway and bridge improvements next year.

Allen’s talk with lawyers centers on oil, FISA

NEWRY, Maine — U.S. Rep. Tom Allen of Portland met Saturday with about 30 members of the Maine State Bar Association as the group’s summer meeting was ending.

Our digital future

Amid the big shift from print to the Internet, Rupert Murdoch, who has a foot in each camp as chairman and chief executive officer of the News Corp., probably knows more than most about what's ahead.

Editorial: Pancho and Osama

An adviser for Republican presidential candidate John McCain recently accused McCain’s Democratic rival Barack Obama of holding a "Sept. 10 mind-set." Translation: Sen. Obama has a naive view of the nature of the world, a view that should have changed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Susi Higgins Walker: Unspoiled, scenic Maine a salve to the soul
All Maine officials who make land use decisions, such as those regarding Sears Island and Plum Creek, need to hear we cannot afford more "deals" or "agreements" like the ones being pressed upon the public and environmental advocacy groups.

Pam Person: Decreasing CO2 now will pay dividends later

Earlier this month, members of the U.S. Senate blocked action on the Climate Security Act to reduce fossil fuel use and thus carbon dioxide emissions, and the bill was withdrawn.

June 23 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal

CIVIC CENTER: Name sale could net city $100K annually
AUGUSTA -- Having your company's name become part of the Augusta Civic Center's potential new name could cost you between $100,000 and $130,000 a year, according to a report by a company specializing in selling naming rights to public buildings.

ROUTE 201 DETOUR: Week 1 yields some bargains
RICHMOND -- Commuters may have grumbled quietly as they adjusted to the Interstate 295 detour -- Route 201 through Richmond -- but area business owners were singing a different tune.

Not everyone so thrilled
AUGUSTA -- I am driving along Route 201, a stretch of two-lane highway that this summer will serve as one of two detour routes available to commuters travelling between Augusta and Topsham.

Researcher seeks to document wolves in Maine woods
Are there wolves living in the wild in the Maine northwoods? Laura Sebastianelli doesn't know for sure, but she's throwing herself into the search.

Corrections board may have local presence
Kennebec County officials and residents could have a strong presence on the State Board of Corrections, pending Gov. John Baldacci's appointments.

Oil changes needn't be so soon
The Kennebec Commuter is about to say something that will cause our trusted mechanic to smack us : Changing your car oil every 3,000 miles could be a waste of time and an unnecessary consumption of oil.


Court ruling in Dechaine case is bad precedent
Government accountability was dealt a blow last week when Maine's highest court in effect said the public cannot see records of an investigation related to a highly controversial murder case.


Steel from mill could be recycled, used in U.S.A.
I am writing you after reading the article about plans for the former local paper mill.

Sun Journal
Wood pellet stove sales soaring
WATERVILLE (AP) - The big jump in heating oil prices is fueling a boom in sales of wood pellet stoves, with some Maine dealers saying demand is so great that they can't keep them in stock.

Maine peace camp to begin Seeds of Peace starts its summer on Tuesday in Otisfield
OTISFIELD (AP) ­- Seeds of Peace, which brings together children from countries in conflict, begins its 2008 summer program Tuesday at its lakeside camp in this western Maine town.

Maine acts as battleground state
AUGUSTA - Looking toward the presidential election atop the November ballot, Democrats are seeking to carry once-rocked-ribbed-Republican Maine for their national standard-bearer for a fifth consecutive time.


Higher gas prices challenge family's ability to adjust
My daughter has adjusted to the new reality of rising gas prices faster than her parents.

Allen Criticizes Collins For Failing To Prevent War Profiteering
For months, Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Tom Allen has maintained that if a Republican-controlled Congress had insisted on greater accountability five years ago, lawmakers could have prevented the loss of billions of dollars to war profiteers in Iraq. Now, new reports appear to bolster that claim. Allen says the U.S. House has initiated inquiries into war profiteering and that it's time for the Senate to do the same. A.J. Higgins reports.

Bangor's Meals For Me Program Faces Tough Times
As gas prices rise above 4 dollars a gallon and food prices continue to increase, Meals on Wheels and the volunteers who literally drive the program are feeling the squeeze. As Anne Ravana reports, the Eastern Area Agency on Aging in Bangor is cutting costs and hoping for donations to keep its volunteer drivers out delivering meals daily.

Christian Civic League Drops Gay Rights Marrage Ban Campaign
The Christian Civic League is abandoning its citizens' initiative to repeal Maine's gay rights laws and ban gay marriage, even though Maine already has a law that prohibits it. As Susan Sharon reports, the League's executive director is vowing to try the Legislative route instead.

After tie-vote, Yarmouth House seat still up for grabs