Editorials
  • Published
    November 26, 2010

    Our View: Smart meters shouldn’t be stopped by suspicions

    The Public Utilities Commission should have a straightforward case when deciding whether Central Maine Power can continue with its “smart meter” installation program.

    On one hand, the commissioners have information filed by the company that shows the meters, which emit a radio signal that allows them to be read remotely, have not been proven to pose any health or safety danger.

    On the other hand, they have speculation from opponents who blame the meters for reported muscle spasms, headaches and insomnia, and unformed suspicions about cancer. They call for a halt to their installation until more research can definitively determine the safety of the devices.

  • Published
    November 25, 2010

    Our View: We can be thankful for Baldacci’s tax stance

    Holding the line on spending has positioned the state well for economic growth.

  • Published
    November 24, 2010

    Our View: Couple’s gift to food pantry shows the way to help out

    Not everyone can come up with 50 turkeys, but all of us could do a little this season.

  • Published
    November 24, 2010

    Our View: Portland’ssecret election process won’t be missed

    While no one is saying exactly how it happened, Portland got a new mayor Monday, who is actually the old mayor, Nicholas Mavodones, agreeing to come back for one more turn.

    It’s a good move for the city. Portland is in the last year of a nearly 90-year-old form of government, in which the City Council elects one of its members to serve as the council’s ceremonial leader, chairing meetings and representing the city to the public.

    Mavodones is well-liked and experienced and should provide a steady hand during a difficult budget season. And he will be a familiar face to representatives of the state and federal government and the business community, with whom the city must interact.

  • Published
    November 19, 2010

    Our View: Don’t move artwork – unless it’s to the dump

    Public art that just makes people mad won’t fit better in one location than another.

  • Published
    November 19, 2010

    Our Views: Judge right to limit scope of Dechaine hearing

    The purpose is to determine whether there should be a new trial, not to retry the case.

  • Published
    November 18, 2010

    Our View: Imagine rewarding doctors for having healthy patients?

    Changing the paradigm from treating illness to keeping people well is the goal of a new program.

  • Published
    November 18, 2010

    Our View: LePage’s budget panel faces daunting task

    If you’re contemplating a fiscal knot that no single person seems able to unravel, would adding a variety of views to the mix produce results?

    That was the idea behind President Obama’s 18-member bipartisan debt commission, which is due to hand down its recommendations Dec. 1.

    And it’s apparently what’s driving Gov.-elect Paul LePage’s effort to produce a balanced budget for the state of Maine in the coming fiscal biennium.

  • Published
    November 17, 2010
    Mitch McConnell

    Our View: Earmark moratoriumsends right message

    Senators should file this one under the heading of “you’ve got to start somewhere,” and pass a moratorium on earmarks, the budgetary device that lets members of Congress steer money to pet projects.

    It’s not that banning earmarks would save a lot of money – it wouldn’t. They make up less than 1 percent of federal spending and, even if you eliminated all of them permanently, you would barely make a dent in the national debt.

  • Published
    November 17, 2010

    Our View: Portland’s gun resolution empty answer to non-issue

    Open-carry of firearms is not a public safety problem that deserves so much attention.