Archive for August, 2005

Impeach the President Carpool

Gas prices are expected to climb to $3.80/gallon by the end of September, making a gallon or two a lovely idea for a Christmas present. Gorham, my home town, once again distinguishes itself by having the highest price. Thanks to whoever is selling gas at $3.17/gallon today.
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Happiness is a Taxed Puppy

The fourth horseman of the apocalypse has officially arrived. Maine, the state famous for one of the most onerous tax burdens in the country, has just enacted a puppy and kitten tax of $25 a pup.
The tax, expected to raise $34,000 yearly, is intended to pick up the costs of spaying […]

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No one can agree on how to fund Dirigo Choice. The state says the Dirigo Health Program is cutting health care costs thereby saving insurance companies and employers money.
But at a Monday meeting, payers told the board the state must demonstrate a clear cause-and-effect relationship between Dirigo initiatives and health care savings before […]

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Who farted, eh?

A Canadian power company, hoping to bring to fruition what a now-defunct California firm could not a decade ago, announced plans Tuesday for a 3,700-acre wind farm atop the mountains of western Maine… See Red Nova
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Mr. Don’t Click Me There…

In response to a 173% increase in reported cases of Internet child exploitation in the last two years, Attorney General Steven Rowe, state police and educators are pointing kids, parents and educators to http://www.netsmartz.org. Education Commissioner Susan Gendron sent an e-mail to all schools on Monday to let them know the program is available, as […]

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A U.S. Census report released Tuesday shows that 16.7 percent of Maine children lived in poverty in 2004 - a sharp increase since 2000, when 10.9 percent of Maine children were documented as living in poor families. Now let’s see… what’s happened over the past four years that could have led to this […]

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H.R. 515 would create a guaranteed stream of funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system based directly on the number of veterans it serves and the medical inflation rate for hospitals. This would help to avoid budget shortfalls and provide resources that are not subject to yearly political wrangling. Mike Michaud has […]

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Worst of the Worst Drivers

Maine has so many lousy drivers (just wait at any 4-way stop for five minutes) that, while the state system can’t sort them out, a panel is thinking of putting together at the very least a “worst of the worst” cheat sheet of the top 100 to help police round them up. See […]

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And About The BNAS Closing…

Rep. Tom Allen had this to say.
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The Maine Department of Education has informed all district school superintendents in the state to “just say no” to Heritage of Maine’s abstinence-only approach to sex education program - a curriculum that discusses only abstinence - fails to meet state health education guidelines that require sex education programs offer instruction on abstinence, […]

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Running through Sept. 9, C.N. Brown Co. will fill the tank at any home or business in its delivery area in Maine and New Hampshire, at a price that’s 25 to 30 cents below regular retail prices.
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PNS Stays; BNAS Closes

The BRAC panel has voted to close the Brunswick Naval Air Station while saving the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. A “good news, bad news day” for Maine. See Maine Today
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No Smoking Planet

Private clubs are the latest addition to the no-smoking universe and that means American Legion posts, VFW halls, and Elks lodges will be conducting secret polling among members to decide the smoking issue on a location-by-location basis.
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If you take the now-famous blue state/red state election map and overlay that with the 20 United States universities that made it to the list of the top universities globally as reported by the Times Higher Education Supplement, you get an interesting perspective on the impact of education in voting. TimLambert.org has the […]

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