POLITICS IN MAINE: THE GRAND TO THE GRANDIOSE
Politics in Maine has its own flavor. Whether it expresses the grand or the
grandiose, it is Maine. It may not be unique, but it does have that flav-ah.
- We can decide, as Maine's Congressional delegation has unanimously decided,
that promises are not for sale.
- We can take
in the community when we are not satisfied that our leaders are telling
us the whole story.
- We can get deeply involved in the issue of Atlantic
Salmon ( check the Bangor Daily News
- We can also be guilty of incredible boondoggles like
fingerprinting all school
employees to prevent child molestation which occurs so rarely in the
schools compared to other places that each case makes the front page news.
It's kind of like shooting the dog when a family of foxes moves into the
neighborhood of the hen house.
What would Chicken Little say?
- Our governor can propose using a non-existent surplus to buy laptop computers
for seventh-graders when many thoughtful observers believe that over
90% of that money will be wasted ( again check the Bangor Daily News
archives). Seventh graders being seventh graders, most computers will be
lost, broken, sold, or used only as very high priced Game Boys. Anyway, there's
a surplus only because the state hasn't paid its bills -- to the schools. See
also letter to the President, Vice-president, and Maine's congressional delegation
- Special privileges or constitutional guarantees? The
ups and down of human rights in Maine.
- Musing on the 2002 Superbowl and Angus King
- As goes the nation in 2000, so goes Maine in 2002 -- to our shame.
- No more Toys for Trillionaires! Letter to Senator Snowe
copied to Senator Collins. Thank you, Senator Snowe, for standing up to the special interests
who demanded tax cuts for the rich and bills for the rest of us. Where were you, Senator Collins?
- The 'Patriot' Act? Hiding under the bed American style. Letter
to Senators Snowe and Collins.
Snowe co-sponsored a bill to restore benefits for low-income families that had been removed
from the tax package in order to cut divident taxes for the wealthy. Thanks, Senator, for
fighting back against greed.
- Collins demands accountability from FCC. Thanks Senator.
- Snake oil and big oil. A message to Maine's Senators about the Bush
- ...Directly into the vein Random notes
on people and politics.
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