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Eastport waterfront was a picture of calm before a snowstorm on Tuesday, March 25.

Maine DEP’s efforts make it easier to transform working waterfronts — and everyone benefits

As policy director for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, I know that when our environment improves, so does our economy. I grew up in Winn and Peru, Maine, and have a deep appreciation for Maine’s mountains, rivers and lakes. I grew up where people are surrounded by the incredible …
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Historian David McCullough of Camden signs a copy of one of his books at the Camden Post Office in 2008.

The consequences of historical illiteracy — and how we can confront this national problem

Native Americans help devastated English pilgrims grow food on American soil. Africans survive the most horrendous conditions imaginable to arrive on our shores in chains. Captured American soldiers die in the sweltering, rat-infested bellies of British prison ships. A group of visionary patriots risk hanging for treason as they declare …

Sports briefs for Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Pine Hill GC to open Friday Pine Hill Golf Course in Brewer will open Friday at 8 a.m. with carts available. The driving range opened on April 21. Pujols belts 500th home run WASHINGTON — Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols hit the 500th homer of his career on …
A car drives past where a Jeep crashed early Wednesday morning into a utility pole in Trenton as three workers with Emera Maine work to reconnect power lines to a new pole. The crash resulted in Route 3 being shut down and nearly 1,200 Emera customers losing power for several hours.

Crash knocks out power in Hancock County — ‘It’s like God picked up the Jeep and launched it at the telephone pole’

TRENTON, Maine — A man has been taken to an Ellsworth hospital for treatment after a Jeep he was driving crashed into a utility pole on Route 3 early Wednesday morning, resulting in power being disconnected to nearly 1,200 Emera Maine customers, according to officials. The accident occurred around 3:15 …
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Corporations are not people, money is not speech, and the Constitution should say so

There have been 19 Supreme Court decisions, beginning in 1886, that have increasingly granted more rights to corporations and wealthy individuals. The two most recent decisions have put this gradual transformation on steroids. In 2010, Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission held that restrictions on independent political expenditures by corporations, …
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Mary Mayhew is commissioner of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Mary Mayhew, Jeanne Paquette: We’re reforming welfare in Maine through job training, placement

Gov. Paul R. LePage has long said that the best cure for poverty is a job, and the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families workforce retraining program, known as ASPIRE, is all about providing support to obtain work experience and employment. Several recent opinion pieces have called for welfare reform to …
General Motors CEO Mary Barra appears onstage during a launch event for new Chevrolet cars before the New York Auto Show in New York April 15, 2014.

GM seeks court protection against ignition lawsuits

General Motors Co filed a motion in a U.S. bankruptcy court to enforce a bar on lawsuits related to ignition defects in cars sold before its 2009 bankruptcy as it fights a class action lawsuit that seeks to set aside the restriction. The plaintiffs also filed a class action lawsuit …
Rep. Drew Gattine, D-Westbrook

LePage vetoes bills to report on welfare misuse probes and refine freedom-of-access law

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would require the Department of Health and Human Services to produce annual reports of investigations involving the misuse of public benefits and blamed Democrats for failing to find funding for it. LD 1829 was among three bills vetoed …
Brian Knight

Freedom man facing marijuana cultivation, victim tampering and other charges

FREEDOM, Maine — Police say a man from Freedom who was arrested and brought to jail last week on a charge of domestic violence terrorizing got into a lot more trouble after he was placed behind bars. Brian Knight, 40, was wanted by the Fairfield Police Department, which had probable …
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Meb Keflezighi takes a drink from a bottle during the 2014 Boston Marathon.

American Meb Keflezighi wins Boston Marathon

The symbolism was so perfect, so emotionally overwhelming, that it was impossible to watch the Boston Marathon without tears in your eyes and a lump in your throat. Especially when the man you were watching began crying, too. There was Meb Keflezighi, whose family fled war-ravaged Eritrea some three decades …
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Tuesday, April 22, 2014: What disappoints Jesus, beauty preservation, democratic integrity and Medicaid expansion

Easter sermon The Easter sermon I heard was on Jesus’ message of compassion, justice and equality. I thought of seven things that would have saddened Jesus: — The lack of Republican support for a raise in the minimum wage. In 2013, Walmart workers qualified for and received $6.2 billion in …
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A clean environment depends on clean elections

For more than 40 years, April 22 has been a day to celebrate and care for our planet. So why would two Sierra Club leaders take the opportunity on this Earth Day to write about democracy? It’s simple. Ever since the Supreme Court’s alarming decision in Citizens Unitedin 2010, the …
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Earwax, beer and buttered popcorn: America’s taste for jelly beans

Do you have any idea what Americans buy 16 billion of each year? This product even has its own holiday celebrated on April 22. I have to admit this was news to me. I was not aware that National Jelly Bean Day existed. One of the most popular flavors sold …
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Dick Woodbury

Eliot Cutler’s plan overhauls aid to towns and cities. The result is lower property taxes for you

One of the most pervasive policy challenges in Maine is relieving the burden of property taxes while still supporting the services we expect in our schools and communities. Municipal revenue sharing is one approach that has been in the news a lot over the last several years. The basic idea …

Husson field hockey, lacrosse coach leaves for James Madison

Jen Johnstone, the head field hockey and assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Husson University in Bangor, has left the NCAA Division III institution to become an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator at Division I James Madison University (Va.). Johnstone, a former University of Maine All-America midfielder in field hockey, directed the Eagles’ …

Country singer and cancer survivor Kevin Sharp dies at 43

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Kevin Sharp, who survived cancer as a teenager and went on to become a successful country music singer in the 1990s, died late Saturday, according to his website. He was 43. “Kevin died due to ongoing complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues,” said a statement …

Local sports results for April 19-20, 2014

Today’s games COLLEGE Baseball Thomas at Bowdoin (2), 3 p.m. UM-Farmington at Colby, 4 p.m. Softball Thomas at UM-Presque Isle (2), 3 p.m. HIGH SCHOOL Softball Penobscot Valley at Bangor Christian, 4 p.m. Washington Acad. at Bucksport, 4:30 p.m. Baseball Penobscot Valley at Bangor Christian, 4 p.m. Washington Acad. at …
Students walk across campus at the University of Maine in Orono recently.

Biggest student loan profits come from grad students — and that’s OK

NEW YORK — This week, the Congressional Budget Office projected that the federal government would earn roughly $127 billion from student lending during the next 10 years. That estimate is down a bit from previous figures but is surely high enough to infuriate liberals like Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., who …
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Sarah Smiley

Parenting: It doesn’t get easier

Last week, I posted the following on Facebook: “Why didn’t anyone tell me that this parenting stuff just keeps getting harder?” The responses were amusing: “We didn’t want to scare you.” “At least you have boys!” “We wanted you to hang onto that little bit of hope.” “It’s on a …

Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, boxer famous in folk song, dies at 76

NEW YORK — Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial, died on Sunday at the age of 76, according to his friend and caretaker John Artis. Carter, …