Editorials
  • Published
    October 3, 2010

    Our View: School money should be spent more wisely

    Maine voters may be divided about who they want to see living in the governor’s mansion next year, whether they want a casino in Oxford County or if the federal government should cut taxes on the wealthy, but they are united on one question. They are concerned about education, and if the recent Maine Poll, conducted by Critical Insights for MaineToday Media, is correct, they are three times as likely to believe we are underspending on education than spending too much.

    Considering how important education is, not only for individual success but for the state’s economy as a whole, the concern is not surprising. But considering how much we spend already in both state and local tax revenue, the concept that we are not spending enough raises serious questions about our future.

    The question, however should be reframed. It’s not an issue of how much we spend, but how we spend it. We are still spending too much on administration and small class sizes, and too little in other areas, especially in higher education. The challenge for the next era of school reform will be using resources more effectively.

  • Published
    October 2, 2010

    Our View: Flawed FEMA product sent back for more work

    Sen. Collins uses her clout to get the federal agency to do what it should have done already.

  • Published
    October 2, 2010

    Our View: Zoom bus expansion worth exploring by Legislature

    A new plan shows that workable public transit wouldn’t take a massive investment.

  • Published
    October 1, 2010

    Our View: Racial profiling argument still short on information

    It’s still unclear how often people are questioned solely on the basis of their race.

  • Published
    October 1, 2010

    Our View: Poll shows Blaine House race is still wide open

    Poll numbers and election results look so much alike people tend to confuse them. But there are enough big differences that we should never forget what we are looking at when we see the latest numbers.

    There are no “undecided” votes on Election Day. Real voters, as opposed to survey participants, have to pick a candidate.

    And there is no margin of error when the votes are counted, just a winner and some losers. But there is such a margin in the best of polls.

  • Published
    September 30, 2010

    Our View: Data breach makes case to end tracking program

    Students should not be asked to send their Social Security numbers to the state.

  • Published
    September 30, 2010

    Our View: Texting study a call for action from state lawmakers

    Maine lawmakers should not get frightened by a study that suggests that accident rates go up when states ban texting by drivers.

    This should not be seen as a reason not to ban texting — but a sign of how serious this problem really is and why we need a ban here.

  • Published
    September 29, 2010

    Our View: Offshore wind potential supported by new study

    An environmental group’s report on the benefits of off-shore wind power made a couple of interesting findings.

    One is that even if only partially exploited, strong winds off the Atlantic Ocean could generate much of the electricity needed for the population centers of the East Coast.

    Another was that the list of 11 states with the best potential for off-shore wind does not include Maine.

  • Published
    September 29, 2010

    Our View: Southwest Airlines welcome addition for jetport

    Connecting with the largest discount air-travel network will give Mainers and visitors choices.

  • Published
    September 28, 2010

    Our View: ‘Smart meter’promises need to be kept

    There were objections from unions and warnings from computer security experts, but neither was sufficient to halt the Public Utilities Commission’s approval of a $200 million program to install "smart meters" to measure residential electric use – and, perhaps, to steer consumers to alter their patterns of usage.

    The meters, being set up with the help of a $96 million stimulus grant, within a relatively short time will be measuring electrical use at all 600,000 homes serviced by Central Maine Power Co. Designed to be read remotely by computer links, the meters are replacing all the old meters that feature small odometer-like dials.

    Utilities in other states have been engaged in similar upgrades in recent years. The project has several goals, one of which will save CMP the salaries of 141 employees who used to travel from house to house to read the old-style meters, or who supported the work of the field crews.


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