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Politics & Other Mistakes: An excess of democracy?(5)

October 16, 2017

There’s nothing wrong with Maine’s referendum process. The same can’t be said for the idiots trying to change it. For more than a century, the state Constitution has permitted ordinary citizens to initiate legislation by collecting signatures equal to at least 10 percent of those who cast ballots in the most recent gubernatorial election. That […]

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Letter to the Editor: Farmington Friends Meeting endorses Medicaid expansion

Farmington Friends Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) endorses the effort to extend Medicaid to more than 70,000 low income Maine citizens who do not have health coverage. We believe that it is our responsibility, as a caring nation, to provide access to adequate health care for the poor and the sick among […]

Politics & Other Mistakes: Repeat performance

Some people keep doing the same stupid thing over and over, even though it never produces the hoped-for results. I could be talking about Gov. Paul LePage, but I’m not. Quite the contrary. The Maine People’s Alliance is a liberal advocacy group with a long history of almost – but not quite – getting things […]

Letter to the Editor: They won

The people who have worked tirelessly over the last three years to reduce the school budget have failed. Why? Because there’s more of “them” than there is of “us.” And yes, it truly is a them vs. us situation. THEM equals the school board, the administration and the teachers with strong unions to back them. […]

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