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    April 23, 2011

    No, not that, but this – and here’s why

    While Gov. LePage’s new administration struggles to put forth a clear agenda to get Maine people back to work and strengthen our economy, Democrats in the Legislature are working hard to present alternative proposals that are fair for all Maine people. Since the start of the legislative session, Democrats on every policy committee have provided strong proposals to counter the extreme agenda of the governor and …

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    April 23, 2011

    Enough is enough

    As governor of Maine, I believe in change that will truly make a difference in the way we do business, protect our most vulnerable and improve our lives. In order to get there, we need to focus on five areas. Those areas include reform in the way of regulation, pensions, taxes, health care and energy. This week, gas prices reached $5 per gallon in Washington, D.C., and $4 in many parts of Maine. Chaos in the …

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    April 16, 2011

    More than a game

    Mention the year 1975 to any New England sports fan older than 50 and you’re bound to get an earful. It was the year the Red Sox made it to the World Series, and Carlton Fisk hit that dramatic home run to end game six, considered by many to be the greatest World Series game ever played. I was living in Boston that year, and I can still recall the surge of electricity that flowed through that town. My excitement,…

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    April 12, 2011

    Compassion or wealth?

    Just my opinion, but I have long thought that what united us was a sense of shared values, compassion chief among them. We are free to disagree on politics, but we are assured that that our local, state and national government programs will help care for those most in need. Now I wonder. Political debate has turned to political hate, and in too many cases, including here in Maine, it’s getting mean, ugly, …

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    April 4, 2011

    ‘Government by disrespect’ should have no place in Augusta

    As Republican senators, we all want Gov. Paul LePage and his administration to succeed. Yet we feel compelled to express our discomfort and dismay with the tone and spirit of some of the remarks he has made. Were these isolated incidents we would bite our collective tongues, because we are all human. But, unfortunately, such is not the case. We feel we must speak out.We ran for this office as proud Republicans, …

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    March 26, 2011

    The state budget, sharing the pain and a lesson in democracy

    The Maine State Retirement Pension Plan, since 1942, is a retirement plan that all state workers and teachers are required by law to join when hired. The retirement plan in its entirety and complexity cannot be explained in simple terms, but suffice it to say the plan is essentially a legal trust between the state and state employees, including all teachers in the state. The original retirement trust was made …

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    March 13, 2011

    Maine is not Marden’s

    [Editor’s note: This column is written as an open letter to Gov. Paul LePage.] I write in response to your guest column, “Freedom to organize and freedom to work” that appeared in the March 2 edition of The Republican Journal, unfortunately in disregard of your other outrageous public statements and plans to deregulate Maine’s environment and repeal children’s public health and safety laws. For those issues, …

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    March 12, 2011

    It’s going to be women who save the planet

    In honor of Women’s History Month, President Obama requested a similar report on the status of American women since the one prepared by Eleanor Roosevelt for President Kennedy. It’s full of information, such as the median age for college age women to marry is now 30 and the number of women in Congress has increased from 1 to 92. Additional information from “Women in America” indicates that women volunteer more, …

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    March 6, 2011

    Freedom to organize and freedom to work

    The budget debate in Wisconsin has garnered national attention for the rhetoric, rallies and tactics employed by opponents of workplace reform. It has gotten ugly in Wisconsin and it looks like the spectacle is headed here. I support anyone’s right to rally and advocate for their positions. We are all Americans and, thanks to the military, we have every right to stand up for our beliefs. What I do not …

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    March 5, 2011

    Movies old and new

    It had been more than a decade since I watched a movie while sitting in an audience. But then I watched two movies about a week apart, right here in Belfast. One didn’t meet my expectations; the other exceeded my expectations. Friends from near and far urged me to take a look at “The King’s Speech,” now the winner of four Oscars, including Best Picture, and the first must-see movie I’d heard about in a long …

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