Articles by David Farmer

David Farmer

The tanning industry is coming after our daughters

on April 10, 2013, at 9:21 a.m.
I’ve got two kids. They aren’t teenagers yet, but they’re old enough that I can already see trouble coming. Even the best parents – and I’m not putting myself in that category – need help. Our kids are bombarded with mixed messages and marketing, all designed to change their behavior. …
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David Farmer: Elver dispute requires calm response

on April 03, 2013, at 9:17 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage appears to have the law on his side in a dispute between Maine and the Passamaquoddy Tribe. But the law isn’t always enough, especially when dealing with the strained relations between the state and a tribal government. The icy relationship between the state and Native American tribes …
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Progress marches on, with or without Supreme Court

on March 27, 2013, at 9:07 a.m.
The key to maintaining discrimination is segregation. If people are kept divided from one another – torn into “us” versus “them” – then it’s much easier to build the animus that allows discrimination to survive. Once we get to know each other, the walls that are built to keep us …

Closing the aspirations gap

on March 20, 2013, at 9:18 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage and Democrats in the Legislature have both placed a high priority on addressing what’s come to be known as the skills gap in Maine’s workforce. There are jobs available, but a lot of folks who need work don’t have the right mix of experience and education to …

Surviving a series of unfortunate events

on March 13, 2013, at 10:13 a.m.
Life and finance can be precarious. One minute you can be riding high and the next your fortunes can change dramatically. My mom was convinced that things happen in threes, good and bad. My in-laws often talk about the universe suddenly finding you, with big things coming in bunches. I …
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The mysteries held within hospital bills

on March 06, 2013, at 8:51 a.m.
On Election Day last year, I was working as the communications director for the statewide campaign to allow same-sex couples to receive a marriage license. I was also shuttling back and forth (mostly just back) between campaign headquarters and the hospital where my wife was waiting for emergency gallbladder surgery. …
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Sequester only a warm-up for what could happen next

on Feb. 27, 2013, at 8:52 a.m.
Unless something in Washington changes soon, our country is about to suffer a needless and self-inflicted wound to our economy. And unless something changes in Augusta, we might be headed for an even worse debacle this summer in Maine. On Friday, across-the-board spending cuts in federal spending will kick in. …

Portland measures up in Chamber report

on Feb. 13, 2013, at 10:54 a.m.
For young, civic-minded entrepreneurs, luck can play a big role in success, and so can the city of Portland. For weeks, my daughter and a few of her friends from the Portland Parks and Recreation after school program have been planning a bake sale to benefit the The Animal Refuge …

New Firefighter-Run Apparel Company to Donate Proceeds to Wells Fire Captain Who Lost Home to Fire

By David Farmer on Feb. 08, 2013, at 6:07 p.m.
Portsmouth, NH – MOAR HEAT, a burgeoning clothing and apparel company started by two volunteer firefighters from Maine and New Hampshire, today launched a week-long fundraising drive to help raise money for the family of Wells Fire Captain Gillian Utgard, whose home was destroyed by an accidental fire on Feb. …

Bernstein Shur Opens Public Affairs Consulting Company

By David Farmer on Feb. 08, 2013, at 9:37 a.m.
Portland and Augusta, ME & Manchester, NH – Bernstein Shur, one of northern New England’s largest law firms, is pleased to announce broader geographic reach, expanded service offerings and new leadership for its now multi-state strategic consulting subsidiary The Bernstein Shur Group, LLC. The public affairs, strategic communications and political …

LePage speaks from the heart, but his policies don’t match

on Feb. 06, 2013, at 9:40 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage was speaking from the heart Tuesday night during his State of the State address when he talked about kids, particularly poor kids. Relating his own experiences of growing up in extreme poverty and on the streets of Lewiston, young and alone, the governor talked about the stress …
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Legislature will find alternatives to LePage budget

on Jan. 30, 2013, at 9:37 a.m.
It’s disingenuous to say that critics of Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget haven’t proposed any solutions of their own. Of course they haven’t. Not yet. But they are certainly coming. The governor and the whole of the executive branch have been working on his budget for months, beginning far back …
David Farmer

Could a conversion on Obamacare in Arizona spread to Maine?

on Jan. 23, 2013, at 9:41 a.m.
Arizona Gov. Jane Brewer has stuck her finger in President Barack Obama’s face during a brief airport encounter. She’s dared the federal government to intervene by passing a nasty anti-immigrant state law. She’s a tea party favorite. A radical Republican. She seems to enjoy picking a fight, particularly with the …
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No balance to LePage’s budget

on Jan. 16, 2013, at 9:44 a.m.
Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget plan isn’t real. It’s as if he ran out of time on a homework assignment, blew up the font size but still came up short. Left with no option, he just filled in the blanks with whatever bad ideas he could find. On paper, the …
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LePage should do what moms say: Ban BPA

on Jan. 09, 2013, at 9:45 a.m.
It’s one thing for Gov. Paul LePage to try to tempt Democrats into a game of political nah-nah-nah-boo-boo, but it’s something much more politically dangerous when the governor draws the ire of the stroller brigade. No force is more powerful in politics than moms. Long before there was a tea …
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A wedding day to remember

on Jan. 02, 2013, at 9:37 a.m.
I’ve never worn snow boots and a parka to a wedding before, but Saturday was a very special occasion. At midnight, a new law went into effect allowing same-sex couples in Maine to receive a marriage license. City Hall in Portland and Falmouth opened in the first hours of the …

Learning lessons the hard way

on Dec. 25, 2012, at 1:53 p.m.
My son is incapable of walking down the stairs in our house. He can slide down them. No problem there. Run down them for sure. And his favorite: A couple of quick steps and a jump to the landing, repeated as he rounds the corner for the final launch down …
David Farmer

Maine has strict gun-control laws: For hunting animals

on Dec. 19, 2012, at 9:20 a.m.
Maine has strict gun-control laws on the books. The laws limit the number of rounds a gun can hold and essentially outlaw high-capacity magazines, which can significantly increase the killing capacity of weapons. Unfortunately, the laws only apply if you’re hunting animals. If you don’t intend to hunt, or your …

Congress should keep promise, protect Medicare, Social Security

on Dec. 12, 2012, at 9:20 a.m.
Willis Henry Farmer was born in April 1932. He died 65 years later. He was my father and a glorious mess. When I consider proposals to cut Social Security or increase the age of eligibility for Medicare, which provides health insurance and care for retirees, I think of him and …

Tracker no excuse for LePage to avoid Dems

on Dec. 05, 2012, at 10:22 a.m.
I just pulled the blinds on my office windows. I turned off my phone. I left the sink downstairs running, to obscure any noises. I don’t want anyone to see or hear what I’m doing. I’m writing a column for distribution online and in one of Maine’s largest newspapers, but …
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