Blaming charter schools for this is difficult to understand; how many charter schools are there in Lewiston? Charter schools must show a proven need not met by public schools and operate on the same per pupil funding from the municipality. They provide the competition or incentive for public schools to better serve the needs of its students.
What catches my eye here is "the 24 mile stretch between Auburn and Portland"; is B&M the only entity affected by this or does it mean that the Twin Cities will lose their connection to the outside world via Portland? How will this affect the possible link between the Twin Cities and Boston via Portland for rail service? If the Twin Cities's only rail connection to Southern markets is via Brunswick, the twin Cities will be at a disadvantage.
Your comments are generally quite strong and this is no exception. Regardless of our thoughts and feelings we should be civil in these discussions. You do not like the Governor which is your right. However, you must realize that the State is regularly panned as one of the most expensive State to live in and that it has an anti-business attitude. This is not conducive to bringing in good paying jobs. This is also not the fault of the current administration. South Dakota is one of the more progressive States and its business climate is more conducive to attracting business. The Sioux Falls area is a beautiful area and it is growing. Maybe if Maine would review its taxation policies and business regulation things would get better and our native industries would chose to expand here.