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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Maine News for Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Portland Press Herald
State gets $1 million for license upgrades
The state had requested twice as much, but says the funds are enough to start improving security.

America is a deeply religious country, survey shows

In Maine, people less religious than nation as a whole

Ticks taking toll on moose, biologists say
More animals are being infested, making it harder for them to survive winter.

Plan to list prisoners online hits obstacles
Top state officials want public scrutiny of the measure before it goes any further.

Police use Taser gun to stop free-ranging pot-bellied pig
The pig, on the lam since May, is being kept in a pen on a farm in Oakland until someone claims him.

A big change for recycling in South Portland
Residents will soon have 65-gallon recycling bins, and the city hopes to save thousands in disposal fees.

This FISA deal is no compromise
The White House won its standoff with Congress, leaving the rest of us in the dark.

Route 201 detour shouldn't become a speed trap
Instead of pouncing on motorists contending with a variety of speed limits, provide uniformity.

The season of hope gets under way at a camp in Otisfield
Seeds of Peace has taught 4,000 children the value of seeing past the hate.

RON BANCROFTCourt holds government to fundamental principles
Affirming the right of detainees to a hearing on the cause of their imprisonment is just.

STEPHENIE A. CASTRANELLI, Special to the Press HeraldPoland Spring a good Maine citizen
The company has a payroll of more than $100 million and only uses a tiny amount of water.

Desire to leave overtaxed state fully understandable

Bangor Daily News
Top spots filled on Maine education board

AUGUSTA, Maine - A retired teacher and a former superintendent will take on the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the State Board of Education on July 1.

School union plans OK'd

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Department of Education is approaching the halfway point in its quest to reduce the number of school districts in the state.

Maine receives $1M Real ID grant

AUGUSTA, Maine - Gov. John Baldacci on Monday defended his administration's application for and receipt of more than $1 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as part of its Real ID demonstration grant program.

State motor vehicles official cleared in bank robbery case

AUGUSTA, Maine - The state official who helped an Irish national obtain a Maine driver's license that later was instrumental in the purchase of a handgun used in a bank robbery has been cleared of any wrongdoing.


This week, ClickBack, the BDN's editorial page interactive feature, seeks reader opinion on campaign finance, the Christian Civic League's petition drive and Hollywood Slots.

Editorial: FairPoint's Readiness

Continued problems with 911 systems, which have now spread to Penobscot County, are a good reason for FairPoint Communications to slow down its takeover of phone and Internet service in northern New England.

Carlos L. Yordan: Vice president pick will reveal McCain's strategy
A growing chorus of Republicans has raised serious questions regarding John McCain's electability. Should his campaign try to appeal to independents and conservative Democrats?

Tax oil companies to help energy conservation efforts
In a recent BDN home improvement column, my friend Tom Gocze advises readers to meet the current energy crisis through energy conservation by superinsulating their house.

June 24 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal
The name game in Augusta
AUGUSTA -- The Augusta Civic Center could soon be known, at least informally and temporarily, as the "Your Name Here Center" at Augusta.

$3.50 a gallon: What a deal!
SIDNEY -- How do you spell fuel relief?

GARDINER: City sets reval talks
GARDINER -- Councilors invite property owners to a workshop Wednesday to discuss a recent citywide revaluation.


It's time to let go of claims against McGowan
Turns out, the only thing Maine Conservation Commissioner Patrick McGowan is guilty of is being Patrick McGowan.

DAVID B. OFFER : A better way to track SIDS
The nation focused on Florida on Election Night 2000 as TV networks first declared Al Gore the winner in Florida, then called George Bush the winner and then declared the election too close to call.

ERNIE HILTON : Many ATVers turn 'rogue' when on their machines
The recent articles about the incident in which an ATV ran me down failed to reflect the landowners' perspective. Rather, the ATVing community dominated the conversation with talk of a few rogues, $500 rewards, prosecutions, $10,000 grants, clubs, and other distractions so the perception of abuse by ATVers was diminished.


Economy not so bad among U.S. moviegoers
Could someone explain how, with the U.S. economy as bad as it is, to quote your article of June 16, "Movies took in a total of $173.3 million in just one weekend?"

Consolidation vote in favor, but not 95%
If something appears to good to be true, it usually turns out that way. Earlier figures I received that showed a 95 percent school consolidation approval by the voters of Dresden were in error.

Sun Journal

State to post names of all on probation
AUGUSTA (AP) - Maine's top elected officials reacted with surprise Monday to word that the state Corrections Department is preparing an online list of all state prison inmates and others who are on probation for any offense.

State officials halt challenge to independent's candidacy
AUGUSTA (AP) - Maine election officials are ruling that independent U.S. Senate candidate Herbert Hoffman of Ogunquit should get his name on the November ballot.


Sorting out standing on civil unions
The Christian Civic League of Maine may blame intimidation for stymieing its campaign to repeal equal rights laws, but its downfall was more from its support, not its opposition.

Instead of delivering news, Russert became the news
I was looking out on Chesapeake Bay, sipping a chilled white wine and nibbling a pear plucked from a tree outside my window when I heard that Tim Russert was dead. I didn't know him, but like everyone else who follows politics, I recognized him as a media hero for our time. Media heroes - reporters and pundits - are omnipresent if not omniscient in our lives.


Propane savings
I congratulate Lindsay Tice on her story of June 22. ("Heating headache")

Crucial timing
On June 13, I was in respiratory distress. My husband called 911, and got a busy signal. He dialed again, and again got a busy signal. My son's fiancee dialed 911 and got a recording that all agents were currently busy. (Now I am not only in distress, I am starting to hyperventilate...wonder why?)

Corrections Inmate Website Plan Draws Opposition
The Maine Corrections department is preparing to launch a website listing all the state's inmates and offenders who are on probation, for any crime. Officials say they hope the site will be online within two months. Deputy Corrections Commissioner Denise Lord says the name, birthdate, offense, physical description and projected release date of offenders will be listed. She says this will provide a valuable service to victims. Tom Porter has details.

Poland Spring Request Meets Resistance in Kennebunk
Plans to a 15-megawatt biomass generator in Millinocket are now on hold. The reason, according to developers of the so-called Katahdin Energy Project, is congestion on the New England power grid. Anne Ravana investigates why the project, which would burn wastewood and employ more than 30 people, appears to be stuck in an electricity transmission bottleneck.

Supporters of Energy Project Lament Bottleneck
Plans to a 15-megawatt biomass generator in Millinocket are now on hold. The reason, according to developers of the so-called Katahdin Energy Project, is congestion on the New England power grid. Anne Ravana investigates why the project, which would burn wastewood and employ more than 30 people, appears to be stuck in an electricity transmission bottleneck.

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.

Portland Press Herald still on the market

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