Editorials
  • Published
    September 27, 2010

    Our View: Higher ed belongson state’s front burner

    It's impossible to look at the numbers and miss their symmetry. When it comes to the percentage of state residents with education after high school, Maine has the lowest in New England. When it comes to median income, well, that's the lowest, too.<br /><br /> In this current recession, workers with high school diplomas or less were the most likely to lose their jobs. In the projected recovery, they are the least likely to find new ones.<br /><br /> Post-secondary education has a powerful impact on an individual's life earnings, which also directly relates to the economic health of the entire state. That's why it's one of the key public policy challenges that face Maine and belongs at the forefront of the gubernatorial election.<br /><br />

  • Published
    September 27, 2010

    Another View: Sebago column illustrates need for tough enforcement

    A columnist's complaints about anti-pollution rules at the lake show why they are needed.

  • Published
    September 26, 2010

    Our View: Put social program goals high on the agenda

    Every dollar the state spends is coming under serious scrutiny. <br /><br /> That's inevitable when Maine's state government is under intense pressure to make its budget conform to a revenue stream severely impacted by an economic downturn. <br /><br /> Along with education, the state spends a lot of its own money -- and many more millions from federal sources -- to assist Mainers who have lost their jobs, lack education, require treatment of physical and mental illnesses, and face incomes that aren't sufficient for their families' needs.

  • Published
    September 25, 2010

    Our View: Volunteer park cleanup recalls Great Depression

    The legacy of a past financial crisis is still with us in our parks and public lands.

  • Published
    September 24, 2010

    Our View: Convention centeridea should stay on agenda

    We’re not surprised that the Cumberland County Civic Center board of trustees has come up with some very pointed questions about developer Jason Snyder’s proposal for a new sports arena and downtown convention center. The trustees have been working on a civic center renovation or replacement plan for a long time, and Snyder’s idea comes late in the process with a lot of rounded-off numbers and not much information about where the money will come from. For instance, Snyder estimates that it would only cost $60 million to build a state-of-the-art arena, while the trustees’ estimates put the bill closer to $100 million. If they are really talking about the same thing, there needs to be a detailed explanation about why the numbers are so different.

  • Published
    September 24, 2010

    Our View: Maine case shows problems with foreclosure processing

    An industry that profits from quick decisions doesn’t serve the whole community’s interests.

  • Published
    September 23, 2010

    Our View: Boothby Square will look better without work of art

    The city gave 'Tracing the Fore' its best shot, but it's time to let it sink into memory.

  • Published
    September 23, 2010

    Our View: Recession ended last year, but many didn’t notice

    So, the "Great Recession" has come to an end. That news may have come as a surprise to those who measure the economy's health by unemployment rates, housing starts or other general measures of prosperity that currently are "lagging indicators" -- economic sectors that still fall behind overall growth. <br /><br /> It might be even more of a surprise to such observers that the downturn didn't end last month or last quarter, but in the middle of last year. <br /><br />

  • Published
    September 22, 2010

    Our View: Court rightto uphold candidate matching funds

    U.S. District Court Judge George Singal took a "cautious approach" last week by refusing to grant a motion that would have disrupted this year's gubernatorial election.<br /><br /> His decision was the right one. The case would change election law to allow well-funded privately financed candidates to bury publicly funded ones, and Singal should be upheld by the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals.<br /><br />

  • Published
    September 20, 2010

    Another View: Columnist wrong on the reason for Maine’s high power costs

    It was the loss of a nuclear plant, not deregulation, that made the prices soar.

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