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  • December 13, 2010

    Our View: Private prisons should be viewed with caution

    Economic and human rights concerns argue against a quick move to for-profit corrections.

  • December 12, 2010

    Our View: It’s important FairPoint meets its DSL targets

    The PUC stays focused because broadband access is central to the state’s future.

  • December 12, 2010

    Another View: Accounts of Rep. Nutting’s troubles ignored state’s flaws

    Who made the greater mistake, the incoming House speaker or an impatient bureaucracy?

  • December 12, 2010

    Our View: Arsenic in Maine wells? Time to have water tested

    You don’t know what you’re drinking until somebody in a white lab coat tells you.

  • December 11, 2010

    Another View: Editorial wrong on value of proposed Wiscasset bypass

    An eagle’s nest should not be allowed to derail this valuable infrastructure project.

  • December 11, 2010

    Our View: House Democrats should get on board tax deal

    Reps. Pingree and Michaud are not offering a way forward on expiring tax cuts and benefits.

  • December 10, 2010

    Our View: Being business-friendly not the same as gullible

    Some regulations likely are needless burdens on commerce, but careful evaluation is vital.

  • December 9, 2010

    Our View: Peaks taking another look at leaving Portland

    It may not be a surprise that some Peaks Island residents are still considering either seceding from Portland or assuming a quasi-autonomous status as a “village corporation.”

    Still, it’s an admission of failure, and not just on Portland’s part, either.

    It’s not that islanders don’t have reasons to complain about city government. When a majority of the island’s residents tried to form their own community four years ago and failed, they tried to get the city to improve public safety services and provide more support to Casco Bay Lines, the lifeline service to the city’s islands.

  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., left, hold his head on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday as negotiations continued on a bill to extended unemployment benefits and preserve tax cuts. Members of both parties should pass a bill built on this framework before they leave for the year.
    December 8, 2010

    Our View: Congress shouldpass the tax fix and go home

    If compromise is the art of coming up with a deal that satisfies no one, the framework for a tax-cut fix reached in Washington this week is a resounding success.

    But that’s not the only standard by which this plan looks like the right way forward. It provides some certainty for businesses and individual taxpayers, puts money in the hands of people who will spend it, and provides relief for those who have been hurt the worst by this recession.

    Members of both parties should swallow their objections and pass a bill built on this framework before they break for the year.

  • Increasing the use of sobriety checkpoints would be an effective strategy for deterring drunken-driving. bat van Herb Swanson Sobriety Checkpoint
    December 7, 2010

    Our View: Added penaltiesalone won’t end drunken driving

    About once a week, on average, someone is killed in Maine in a drunken-driving accident.

    Sometimes it’s the driver, sometimes a passenger. Sometimes it’s someone whose only mistake was getting in the way of a driver with so little concern for his own or anyone else’s safety that he got behind the wheel when he shouldn’t.

    Maine has made tremendous progress battling drunken driving, with stiffer penalties and public education efforts. In 1983 135 people died as a result of alcohol-involved crashes. Last year, it was 54, which is an improvement but still too high.