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  • Aerial view of Portland waterfront with Portland House in foreground looking west to Casco Bay bridge.
    September 20, 2010

    Our View: FEMA maps should reflect only real risks

    Federal Emergency Management Agency flood maps are an important tool in helping the agency prevent unnecessary damage from natural disasters. They should be based on the most accurate science available so they can be effective.

    But that doesn’t mean that what has been presented by the agency fits that description. The proposed flood maps are up for a 90-day appeal process in which coastal property owners can and should challenge the assumptions on which they are based.

  • September 19, 2010

    Our View:Iowa egg recall shows need for Maine’s rules

    Jack Decoster has farms in several states, but so far his Maine eggs have not been recalled.

  • September 19, 2010

    Our View:Obstacles removed from Sears Island development

    A judge’s ruling upholds a compromise that could give eastern Maine a cargo port.

  • September 18, 2010

    Our View:No good news in Maine’s poverty rate

    While it’s better than the national average, the state’s economic problems are deep.

  • September 17, 2010

    Our View: City should learn, move on from ‘Tracing the Fore’

    The controversial installation shows that public art requires more than just a good idea.

  • September 17, 2010

    Our View: Police responding to mental health crisis

    With so many holes in the safety net, many mental health crises end up being jobs for the police, which too often turns county jails into de facto mental institutions.

    It’s not only an expensive way to deal with the problem, it’s often ineffective. The Portland Police Department continues to be a leader in finding a better way.

  • September 16, 2010

    Our View: Portland’s ‘least sexy’ rating is undeserved

    It’s bad enough to finish last, but when you look at the field, it gets really embarrassing.

  • September 16, 2010

    Our View: Council should say ‘no thanks’ to carrier

    We can think of a lot of good reasons why Portland shouldn’t bring an aircraft carrier into its harbor to serve as a floating museum and convention center. But we can’t think of a better one than was expressed this week by City Councilor Dory Waxman.

    “It’s just too big,” she said.

    With a mast as tall as the top of Munjoy Hill, as long as 10 football fields and enough deck space to build an apartment complex, the decommissioned aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy would dwarf anything in the harbor, blocking views of the city from the water and the water from the land.

  • Waterville Mayor Paul LePage stormed away from a tense confrontation with reporters over questions of his wife's residency and tax breaks. The gubernatorial candidate must realize that a state's governor is its ambassador.
    September 15, 2010

    Our View: LePage should stayand answer tough questions

    If Paul LePage thinks the questions are tough now, just wait until he’s governor.

    Maine’s gubernatorial front-runner, and Waterville mayor, stormed from the State House on Monday following a tense confrontation with political reporters over questions of his wife’s residency and property tax breaks. The media were aggressive. So was LePage.

    And while the blunt questioning of LePage was one of those moments that make voters weary of the media, the Republican candidate’s defensiveness, belligerence and – worst of all – lack of coherent answers should raise concerns about his suitability to govern.

  • September 15, 2010

    Our View: Old Port noise complaints to get sympathetic ear

    A system of rigid and unenforced rules will be replaced by a problem-solving approach.