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    June 11, 2011

    Eliminating same day voter registration chases a bogeyman that doesn’t exist

    The following is text from the June 11, 2011, Democratic radio address: “Good morning. Thank you for tuning in to the Democratic radio address. This is Senator Bill Diamond. Presently, I am the state Senator representing Windham and surrounding towns. But not so long ago I served as Maine’s Secretary of State. As the Constitutional officer leading the state’s elections, I saw first hand democracy in action. …

  • Published
    June 4, 2011

    Democrats compromise on budget, stand up for key values

    The following is text of the Democratic radio address: “Good morning, I’m Rep. Emily Cain of Orono, the House Democratic leader. As lawmakers in Augusta head into the final week of work, Democrats on the Appropriations Committee are working hard to find compromise on the budget. We’ve offered numerous compromise proposals to ensure that Maine continues to invest in our schools, protect our most vulnerable, …

  • Published
    May 22, 2011

    Hearing loss and technological hurdles — the challenges of staying in touch

    It is amazing how rapidly areas of the world have abandoned regular telephone service and exclusively use cellular phones and email for communications. Statistics quoted by the New York Times indicate 40 percent of adults living in poverty only use cellular phones, compared with more than 20 percent of adults with higher incomes. Also, about half of the young and middle-aged are almost exclusively cellular-only …

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    May 14, 2011

    Origins of life — where building blocks came from

    As a World War II naval pilot I sat around in a “ready room,” awaiting an announcement: “Pilots, man your planes.” Consequently, we had lots of time to read and discuss all kinds of subjects. I remember reading Darwin’s origins-of-life research which concluded that, “with some warm little pond, with ammonia, and phosphoric salts, light, heat, electricity, etc., present, that protein compound was chemically …

  • Published
    May 7, 2011

    Maine health insurance markets … we can do better

    Following is the text from Gov. Paul LePage’s weekly radio address: “Good Morning. This is Gov. Paul LePage. “Maine businesses, big and small, are struggling with the high costs of health insurance for employees. It’s a burden that is getting in the way of creating jobs. “Maine has some of the highest health insurance premiums in the country. Our neighbors in New Hampshire pay less, and have …

  • Published
    May 3, 2011

    Cowardly Lion meets the First Amendment

    On March 28, the United States Supreme Court heard arguments in an Arizona lawsuit that could determine the future of Maine’s Clean Elections program, and with it the continued integrity of elections in Maine. McComish v. Bennett calls to mind the Cowardly Lion in “The Wizard of Oz” — the fearsome, unrestrained animal who is reduced to a puddle of tears when the diminutive Dorothy dares to stand up to him. But …

  • Published
    May 2, 2011

    New jobs coming to Maine, but ‘we must do more’

    Maine needs jobs. Economic growth must be a priority for our state government. This is Gov. Paul LePage and each and every day I have been focused on what we must do together to create jobs in the State of Maine. This week I was proud to announce new jobs coming to Maine. These new jobs will be coming to Brunswick Landing, the former location of Brunswick Naval Air Station. I was pleased to be joined at …

  • Published
    April 29, 2011

    Longer hours, lower wages

    In the past several weeks, there have been some controversial legislative proposals concerning child labor that have put Maine in the national spotlight. LD 516, sponsored by Sen. Debra Plowman, R-Hampden, aims to increase the number of hours a teenager can work in a week from 20 to 24 (amended from an originally proposed 32 hours) and would also allow teens to work until 11 p.m. on a school night. Another …

  • Published
    April 29, 2011

    Communities beware

    Small towns in the less affluent sections of Maine are being pounced upon by wind developers who know better than to try to place turbines in places like Cape Elizabeth. First Mars Hill, then Freedom, and now places like Winn, Oakfield, Roxbury and many other small and tax-starved towns, all confronted with the promise of big money in exchange for hosting big wind. But communities beware. Take Freedom, for …

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    April 24, 2011

    School boards stand up for Maine children

    The week of April 25 is being declared Local School Board Recognition Week in Maine and we urge members of the community to take time during that week to say thank you to their local board members for their public service. The job is not an easy one. It is the school board that has to stand up and voice the need for taxpayer support of quality education even in tough economic times. And, when there’s no more …

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