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Monday, August 11, 2008

Maine News for Monday, August 11, 2008

Portland Press Herald
Political scientist will explore solutions to dependence on oil
Author Michael Klare will address rising energy prices in two Waterville appearances this week.

Hydrogen vehicles fuel curiosity
Mainers turn out to see fleet of cars to learn more about the alternative-energy option.

Dairy 'somewhat vindicated'
As Monsanto leaves the dairy hormone business, Oakhurst celebrates the fact that it never caved.

States taking another look at sales tax holidays
Opponents see the annual retail tradition as more of a political gimmick than sound economic policy.

Maine vehicle fees going up by $10
Registrations, vanity plates and titles will cost more starting Sept. 1.

Floodwaters recede, giving crews time to start repairs
Freeport officials lift the order to boil water, but Desert and Varney roads were still closed Sunday.

UNE students head to Ghana for health-care clinic

New law would require reporting child porn
State House: Computer repair technicians would have to notify authorities about child sex images.

Heart of mill city getting new life
Biddeford receives a $100,000 private grant to stem 'anywhere USA' development, such as chain stores.

Dairy 'somewhat vindicated'
As Monsanto leaves the dairy hormone business, Oakhurst celebrates the fact that it never caved.

Jail panel can cut costs, improve outcomes
Newly nominated members of the state corrections board can make a difference.

Court ruling will tighten up petition gathering practice
Maine's easy ballot access will be supported by common-sense protections in the law.

Dirigo necessary for many Mainers

Critic of Israel's viewpoint never sees anything good

Bangor Daily News
Officials concerned over pre-emption proposal

AUGUSTA, Maine - State regulatory officials, Attorney General Steven Rowe, and members of Maine's congressional delegation are warning that proposals before Congress would pre-empt state regulation of insurance and financial institutions and leave consumers with fewer protections.

State helps move residents from welfare to work

Each year, thousands of people move off the state welfare rolls. They find work in professional, technical and management positions, in construction, office work and sales, hospitality and health services, and other job categories available throughout the state. But they're not on their own.

Veteran sues airline over accessibility

BANGOR, Maine - A disabled Hancock veteran who uses a wheelchair has sued Delta Air Lines in U.S. District Court in an effort to get the airline to comply with federal law that requires it to retrofit its aircraft to meet the needs of handicapped passengers.

Drug task force funding less than past years

AUGUSTA, Maine - Federal drug task force funding of about $600,000 announced this week was exactly the amount Maine public safety officials expected — but far less than the state has received in the past.

Michaud lauds medical help for military in Iraq

Upon returning from a trip to Iraq, Kuwait and Germany to visit military health care facilities, Rep. Michael Michaud said Friday that overall he was pleased with what he saw and that the trip was worthwhile.

Floodwaters recede but more rain in forecast

Floodwaters in southern Maine receded during a weekend letup in the region's incessant rain, even as the prospect of more wet weather in some areas raised concerns about the prospect of renewed flooding.

Palmyra man charged in death of brother

NORTH HAVEN, Maine - A weekend visit to this idyllic island ended tragically for a pair of brothers from Palmyra with one ending up dead and the other charged with his killing.

A Clearer Tax Picture

It has been taken as gospel for years that Maine's tax burden is among the highest in the country. Turns out this isn't true.

Karen Hover: How our health care system failed Jane
As a family doctor, I am reminded daily that American health care is broken. A local administrative assistant, "Jane," was working on her roof on a Wednesday afternoon when she fell. X-rays showed two elbow fractures. She was put in splints that immobilized her arms from the armpits to the fingers. She went home at midnight in the care of a friend with instructions to call her doctor in the morning for home services.

Surviving the slump
Sure, consumer spending is supposed to get us out of this economic mess. But as individuals, we have to figure how to make ends meet through what could be many months - maybe even several years - of job insecurity, sagging value of our homes and securities, and most likely steadily rising prices for necessities. That means trimming expenses.

August 10 Letters to the Editor

Kennebec Journal
CRISIS SEEN IN FOOD AID Volunteers at pantries and soup kitchens fearing the worst this winter with high prices for food and fuel
Many new faces, bigger families, and fewer resources to help out.

Soon it will cost more to register vehicles
Maine drivers will have to shell out more to renew their vehicle registrations, vanity plates and titles starting Labor Day.

Professor to discuss rising energy costs
The United States is based on "the presumption of everlasting cheap oil, and that day has come to an end," said author Michael Klare, a political-science professor, in advance of his address in Waterville.

AUGUSTA: Dentist office, addition and parking plans on tap
AUGUSTA -- Proposals for a new dentist office on Leighton Road, a second-floor addition to a Cony Road dance studio, and changes to the parking plan for Kennebec Historical Society's new Winthrop Street location go Tuesday to the Planning Board.


New tax burden statistics should spur us forward
Maine does not have the highest tax burden in the country. The national Tax Foundation says it has recalculated its numbers, and Maine is not No. 1 on the list, but No. 15.

TEAGUE MORRIS : We can get through this energy crisis by helping each other
This past week, the Kennebec Journal and Morning Sentinel carried three separate, well-argued pieces (one editorial and two columns) about various aspects of our energy problems. All of them pointed to well-reasoned, pro-active leadership at the state, regional, federal and international level.


We love our Rail Trail along Kennebec River
I am writing to thank all of those who brought us the wonderful Kennebec Rail Trail. It is in constant use -- by young and old, bikers and walkers, joggers and marathoners.

Allen needs new career if he's afraid of Hoffman
I see the Democrats get their way again: "Court deals a crushing blow to Hoffman's bid" (KJ, July 29).

Cosmetic changes won't stop commercial creep
It seems that Augusta's officials would rather put lipstick on a pig (mast arm traffic lights at Middle Street) than enhance the city's cultural core (Lithgow Library renovation and expansion).

Sun Journal
Maine Capitol portrait off the wall
AUGUSTA - A new word is making the rounds in the state Capitol: deaccession.

Politics and star power
Celebrities have been raising money for politicians for as long as politicians have craved power, recognition and friends with deep pockets (yes, forever).

Group aids in disaster training

Politicos best relish Simones
So, want a seat in the State House or Congress, huh?

Pattern for election results found in 1960, 1980, 1988
American presidential politics provide a prime example of the old adage that history often repeats itself.

Rainfall Weariness On the Increase
Mainers continue to be plagued by heavy rain that's causing road washouts, flash flood warnings and even evacuations. Flooding today in the town of Lebanon forced several residents to evacuate their homes. And major roadways were shutdown in Freeport. But while scores of people are grumbling about the rainfall, others are taking it in stride. Keith McKeen reports.


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