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Oh, Canadian Electricity

Alighting upon this morning’s editorial in the Morning Sentinel, I was delighted to see a review of the governor’s Saturday Radio Address on electricity prices. Thought to myself, “AVERAGE household bill of $84 month? Meaning as many residential households paying … Continue reading

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About those Accommodations and Meals Taxes

Apparently, our eloquent governor is going to veto our budget and send our state into a shutdown because he swore no new taxes, dammit. But where will those taxes be coming from? Here, courtesy of the US Census American FactFinder, … Continue reading

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Beauty

I came back from my morning walk with the dog just suffused, surfeited, with gratitude for this place. ¬† Today is the boy’s last day of kindergarten and I am so grateful for the caring community at Atwood Primary. There … Continue reading

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Join the conversation!

Already the beginnings of an interesting and detailed discussion below my new piece in the Bangor Daily News. This is a great topic and deserves a vigorous airing. However, it is too bad so many clearly knowledgeable folks feel a … Continue reading

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Superstition and illusions of control

We’ve been so busy and distracted trying to sell one house in Portland and buy another in Oakland.* No matter how much logic I try to apply to the situation, no matter how I recognize that probabilities, procedures, and other … Continue reading

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The Governor’s Gamble

Just starting to read the coverage of the Supreme Court ruling (until I can read the opinion itself, which doesn’t seem to be up yet), and it looks like the governor’s gamble that the Court would strike down the provisions … Continue reading

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Whew!

Apologies for the silence here over the last few weeks. Busy, busy time right now! However, I did take time out from the frenetic activity to speak on a couple of MPBN radio programs recently. You can hear me having … Continue reading

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Unhealthy Cuts

Text of an OpEd I wrote that didn’t quite pass muster with the KJ/Morning Sentinel folks, alas. ********** The Maine legislature just gave our low-income high school seniors a nasty graduation present by voting to take away MaineCare health¬†insurance from … Continue reading

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The Two Massachusettses (Massachusetti?)

Well, they did it. Maine will take away state-sponsored health insurance from around 20,000 people. It would be ironic, if it wasn’t just mean, that these are people who disproportionately live in the very same places this legislature abandoned to … Continue reading

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Voting Against Your Constituents’ Interests – Or Having Your Cake and Eating it Too?

Yesterday’s announcement of the Republican plan for Maine’s Department of Health and Human Services budget did not come as a total surprise. As he has done repeatedly, Governor LePage requested that the new budget eliminate MaineCare coverage for 19 and … Continue reading

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