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  • Policy Wonk: LePage’s need to scape-goat is overpowering

    The dictionary defines scape-goat as “a person or group bearing blame for others.” Food-stamp recipients, those receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, and the long-term unemployed are all familiar with Gov. Paul LePage’s need to scape-goat. The governor...

  • Forecaster Forum: Quality schools vital to Portland’s success

    I recently gave the annual State of the Schools report to the Portland City Council. The report provides an opportunity each year to let the community know how we’re doing as a school district and where we’re headed. This year, I began the report with an important premise: The ...

  • Probing Politics: The Legislature's taxing logic

    Here’s a question that most people outside the capitol in Augusta could answer correctly with very little policy background. If Maine wanted to encourage retaining high-wage manufacturing jobs would it A) increase the tax on fuel and electricity used in manufacturing or B) retain or even re...

  • Letter: Otten story a 'hatchet job'

    Most successful business owners have had setbacks in their careers. The proof of a successful career is one's ability to bounce back from tough times. Not only has Les Otten helped create many hundreds of jobs in the Bethel area, but most of these jobs still exist. Otten is still creating ...

  • Letter: Raise Beem's taxes, please

    Six years ago, in another of his soak-the-rich socialist screeds ("Who needs property tax relief," March 4, 2004), Edgar Allen Beem volunteered that less than $10,000 separated him from the poorhouse. In other words, he counted himself among that segment of the population consuming almost as much... 1

  • Letter: Falmouth conservation plan goes too far

    Congratulation to the Falmouth Town Council for listening to residents and removing the 750-foot dimensional standard around vernal pools. Yet, a landowner with an insignificant vernal pool 10 feet across will have 4.69 acres of her land affected by this new regulation. Why? The state only regula...

  • Letter: When trees are trimmed, power stays on

    I would like to thank the town of Cape Elizabeth and Central Maine Power Co. for removing the trees and overgrowth along Sawyer Street between Eastman and Fickett streets last week. High winds consistently uproot trees and break branches near the utility lines, causing extended power outages to ...

  • Letter: Paid sick days pay off for everyone

    The rules which govern the economy should move us towards good jobs, healthy families, environmental sustainability, respect for human rights and access to essential services. Paid sick days are necessary for our public health and workplace productivity and, frankly, just the right thing to do fo...

  • Letter: Beem is wrong about taxes

    I can’t believe Edgar Allen Beem can be so out of touch with reality. At first glance, I thought "Raise taxes, please" was sarcasm. Then after reading the piece, I realized that he just doesn’t get it. Maybe he is a rich man, so maybe a few thousand dollars a year in extra taxe... 1

  • Letter: Investor has had enough of Otten

    Thank you for the revealing look into gubernatorial candidate Les Otten's past business dealings. Unfortunately, in this economic climate, it's an all too familiar story: CEO manages company into oblivion, then scampers away mostly intact while his employees and investors (of which I was o...