It’s the priorities
It seems that all those “starve the beast” Republicans who think the government is the problem have forgotten that we are a government “of the people, by the people, and for the people.” A good government has an obligation to look out for the health and welfare of its citizens, and not only wealthy corporate donors. The Republicans are the gullible led by the greedy.
The problem isn’t our debt, it is our priorities. It’s when we put our military spending and tax breaks for the uber rich ahead of our children’s health and education. As for Maine, I guess we’ve gone from a L.L. Bean kind of a state to a Mardens.
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Hope auctioned off
The BDN article on Katahdin region mills in Millinocket finding a buyer to put people back to work is great news. Nice when people strive to make a positive difference.
Unfortunately, another Katahdin region mill, in Patten, is not so lucky. Appalachian Katahdin veneer mill owned by Shaw Industries, which is owned by Warren Buffet, closed in July. Over the past months an interested Maine businessman did a lot of research, was impressed and saw potential in the plant.
After negotiating with a real estate company, representing Shaw, a purchase amount was agreed upon. Excitement and hope of resuming production was growing.
Sadly, an out-of-state auction company stepped in with another offer and hope was lost. The beautiful veneer plant that was turn-key ready for operation, is now scheduled to be put through an auction in April. Hope for the return of the jobs needed in our community, gone!
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I came across the strangest article in the BDN the other day. I enjoy reading the BDN cover to cover on a daily basis not just due to interest – and it is interesting – but also as a way to be a good citizen. There simply is no other source for good reporting, particularly on local and state news.
So this article leaped off of the page as the oddest thing. The Feb. 23 article (“As Bangor mulls $65 million arena, city’s finances strong, audit says,”) boldly proclaimed that the city of Bangor is in excellent health. Really no qualifications given, Bangor is simply doing great.
Taken aback, trying to contextualize this new information, I thought of all those other BDN articles detailing the financial pain we are in. Just recently a front page BDN article warned of 300-400 people who will be made homeless if state assistance to Bangor is cut as Gov. LePage wishes.
On Feb. 17, we learned in the BDN that the Bangor School District is expected to lose a whopping $2.4 million in state and federal subsidies. Last summer the Bangor mayor requested a 10 percent across the board cut. Many city services, including the library and the BAT, ultimately suffered cuts.
One day broke, the next we’re rich. How to square this circle? Maybe the questions should be: when we’re considered rich, who gets public funds? And when we’re poor, who gets the cuts?
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LePage keeping faith
Gov. LePage promised that he would look out for the taxpayer during last year’s election, and he is doing just that. He is proposing $203 million dollars in tax relief for Maine families and an additional $63 million in funding for public education. Real welfare reform. Paying for our roads and bridges without more transportation bonds. No more borrowing unless it is approved by the voters.
With limited resources and serious debt problems, Gov. LePage has crafted a
proposal that pays down our debt in a responsible manner while ushering in needed reforms and increasing our commitment to education. The people of Maine have made it clear in this election that they want a conduct of fiscal responsibility that will bring prosperity back to our great state.
Thank you Gov. LePage. It is about time the adults arrive in Augusta.
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