Even without the support of traditional "party" groups Mr. Cutler may prove to be a very formidable opponent.
Entry level workers have to expect entry level wages. As stated by Wal Mart these people can advance to management positions and make $50 to $170 thousand dollars a year which is good wages. People have to realize they cannot start at the top, they have to work their way there. Also, remember that entry level wages will always buy entry level goods, in other words whether the minimum or starting wage is $1.00 an hour or $10.00 an hour that wage will only buy so much goods; prices just go up with higher wages and no one wins. What the unions really want here is to grab a piece of the workers wages and increase their membership.
There are many of us sharing your thoughts Mr. Marshall
Hopefully they will go down after Thanksgiving. Gas companies know many of us will be travelling thus prices go up.
Which organization obtained this vote on the Governor? Could it have been a biased organization? As far as this being a rich country, we are not! Look at what we owe the Chinese people. Our leader in Washington is shoveling money out the door faster than we can borrow it. This country started a war on poverty under then President Johnson almost 50 years ago and we have only succeeded in finding larger numbers of poverty. Could it be our definition of poverty? How many chose to live in the Street? Granted some are having hard times, but if we were a little more careful on how we give out help, we may be able to offer help to those that truly need it. Unfortunately too much is given that is wasted. By this I mean those who get multiple forms of help for the same problem.
I must agree with other comment on the definition of smart growth being the availability of housing close to bars where one goes to get drunk and be able to walk home. Lewiston has had a reputation problem in this area with lower Lisbon St. for a very long time and the new image Lewiston should project is definitely not this one. Before adding any more rental housing to Lewiston, balancing the available housing in Lewiston should be done. The recent development of luxury housing in the core of the City is a good step forward and should be continued along with the demolition of sub-standard housing and increased enforcement of housing codes. Lewiston should not wait until complaints on housing come in, but should inspect units and enforce existing standards or codes. There is a need for different housing types, such as private homes, small rental units, etc. in all sections of the City as many citizens still prefer to be away from the hubbub of downtown. While public transportation may be an issue for some, the mention of seniors outliving their ability to drive is soon to be a thing of the past as self driving cars are already being tested by manufacturers and will soon be available on the market.
Unfortunately politics are mean and politicians sometimes are very spiteful and will do anything to score points. We must realize that these same commissioners are doing important work that has to be set aside while they attend these political meetings and the Governor is correct in saying that many times these meetings are just put to use to score political points and theatrics. Politics have evolved to a point in this State and Country where we the voters have to say enough. Maybe we should vote all of the rascals out. Until then, the Governor is correct in limiting who is going to spend a day away from the office. Pertinent questions can be written ahead of time and answered after researching the answers. This way the Legislators would also get the benefit of answers based on research. Regardless of our political leanings we have to take a good hard look at where the State of Maine is in relation to the rest of the country in how Maine rank in taxes collected, wages paid, job opportunities, cost of goods and ask why Maine is where it is. Could it be the problem with Maine's standing is the result of actions taken by past administrations? Who has ruled Maine in the past 50 to 60 years?
How many people actually use these buses should be looked into; while doing this the Cities (L-A) should attempt to find out what the clientele of those buses would like and see if and how the need can be met. We have all seen mostly empty buses running their circuit and it is a waste to be using such large buses. When acquiring new buses care should be used to make sure they are the most economical that can be bought and also that they are bought from companies that have a history of supplying parts for a long time. The fuel used by these vehicles should also be looked at. Natural gas could be a huge saving over diesel or gasoline. The buses will most probably never be profitable, but there is a need for this service in the area.
The French spoken in Lewiston is old Quebec French; we still speak Canadian French which is a spoken language derived from years of people speaking the language but not having had a formal education to read and write the language. A language changes when one only speaks it and does not read or write it. Our French is derived from our ancestors who migrated to Maine in the late 1800 and early 1900's before cars, electricity and most of our modern conveniences came in common use which is why we say "une glaciere" for a refrigerator instead of "un frigo" etc. The Canadians of today are better educated in French and have the advantage of going to school and being educated in French thus their French has evolved to be more like Parisien. None the less, our French is still a beautiful language and those of us who are truly bi-lingual are the more fortunate for it.
So true; these are honorable good paying jobs apparently with good benefits.