Bond Questions 2, 4, and 5: Maine needs to invest in higher education for struggling workers

October 31, 2013 by

Thirty-six percent of the building stock at the University of Maine is 50 or more years old. Dwight Eisenhower was president when the state built most of the lab space. Classrooms and laboratories at the seven university … Read the rest

Question 3 – Maine’s aged bridges need repair

October 30, 2013 by

You know the old line, “In Maine, driving is better in the winter because the potholes get filled with snow.” Mainers have always grumbled about road conditions.

It turns out we have something to complain about. Only it’s our bridges. Maine ranks 9th in the country for the worst bridge conditions. Of our 2,408 bridges, 356 or nearly 15% have structural defects.

When Mainers go the polls on … Read the rest

When small is mighty BIG!

October 18, 2013 by

IFA poster 10-18-2013Robert Reich is short, four feet, eleven inches to be precise. I mention his height because the former labor secretary and current professor at the University of California Berkeley makes it an integral part of the presentation in his thought provoking new documentary, Inequality for All, currently showing at Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville.

When Reich speaks about the ever-widening income gap in America between the uber-rich … Read the rest

Western Maine’s promising tourism economy needs a boost

October 15, 2013 by

As the leaf peepers flock to Maine this week, the Western Mountains region, where the forests are ablaze with color, is prime foliage viewing country.


These tourists bolster western Maine’s economy. In a report released today, MECEP Read the rest

Congressional Fiscal Shenanigans: O. Henry or Stanley Kubrick?

October 1, 2013 by

After weeks of gamesmanship, a minority in Congress succeeded in shutting down the federal government at midnight.  The full impact here in Maine is still uncertain.

We do know that on the cusp of peak leaf-peeping season, Acadia National Park will close and businesses on Mount Desert and throughout the surrounding area will feel the pain. Chris Fogg, executive director of the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce told … Read the rest

Beware the Bogus Business Ranking Redux

October 1, 2013 by

In December 2011, I wrote the blog post below in response to Forbes magazine’s “Best States for Business” list of that year. Now, for the fourth year in a row, Maine again ranks at the bottom of the magazine’s ranking. While the Maine media is engaged in a feeding frenzy to assign blame, they once again fail to grasp the real issue with the Forbes model: it is a … Read the rest