Our View

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Lots of talk but no action on welfare reform

Perhaps the 126th Legislature will be remembered as the legislative session all about welfare reform that resulted in no legislative welfare reform. And, while welfare is often portrayed as a giant rolling snowball in Maine, the program that drew the most legislative attention in the last ... 3

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Our View: Home teams: Shriners, 1; Pirates, 0

The wisecracks and chuckles that broke out Tuesday over the scheduling conflict at the Androscoggin Bank Colisee on Saturday night were instant. “What a circus.” “Game on.” “I had tickets for a hockey game and a circus broke out.” Yo...

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Most fires are not arson fires

Fear is predictable. It distorts facts. In the shadow of Thursday’s arson fires, a lot people asked, “What’s with all the fires in Lewiston?” What they really meant was, “What’s with all the arson fires in Lewiston?” Last year&...

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Our View: City trash is a real threat to public safety

On Thursday, just weeks before the one-year anniversary of a spree of arson fires in downtown Lewiston, police and fire officials responded to four fires. All four had been set. Even though city officials declined to discuss the looming anniversary, people on the street are thinking about ... 6

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Our view: Raids of Maine's Revenue Sharing Fund must be stopped

Look at the chart above. Really, really look at it. It shows the amount Maine municipalities get from the state every year from taxes generated from Maine's economy. What's missing: the amount the state has decided to keep in recent years to pay its own bills. Every month, th... 33

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A battle for political points? Or real reform

Democrats want to preserve the safety net of social services for Maine’s neediest families. As do Republicans. Republicans want every dollar budgeted for those families to be spent where intended, and not lost to greed and fraud. As do Democrats. If they’re... 12

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Bigger is better is not the best policy for Maine

It’s highly likely that the ordinary motorist on the Maine Turnpike has no idea that the size, shape and placement of signs indicating points of interest or nearby recreational areas are not aligned with federal rules that require each state to have sign standards. Last year, the Leg... 6

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Animal abuse often a tip-off to family violence

Experts say there is a new trend in the U.S. — police, prosecutors and judges are working harder to put animal abusers behind bars. They say that's because repeated studies have shown beyond doubt that the people who hurt animals either have the potential to abuse humans or are alrea... 4

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Amanda Dempsey: A woman of strength and grace

Friends and family of Amanda Dempsey gathered yesterday to celebrate her life, her love and the legacy she leaves behind. Tomorrow, and for decades to come, her presence will continue to be felt at the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Hea...

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Our View: Pointless posturing in the Legislature

It’s sad to see Maine's legislative leaders imitating our dysfunctional Congress by pushing legislation that has no hope of passage just to bank talking points for the next election campaign. We point to two bills that everyone in Augusta knows are dead as door nails yet partisans ke... 4