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Maine Gov’s Wife Takes Job From Woman Who Really Needs It

June 27, 2016

Maine Gov's Wife Takes Job from Woman Who Really Needs It
23,000 people in Maine are jobless and looking for work, but Governor Paul LePage’s wife wants a cute new car, so she is working as a waitress in scenic Boothbay Harbor during the lucrative summer tourist season. While Mrs. LePage is serving lobster nachos and double-wrapped bacon scallops, Governor LePage is trying to eliminate the food stamp benefits of his poorest constituents.

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US Sardine Industry Canned

April 21, 2010

US Sardine Industry Canned

Sardines have been canned in the USA since 1875, when Eagle Preserved Fish Co. started operation in Eastport, Maine. This month Stinson Seafood in Prospect Harbor’ Maine, the last US sardine cannery, shut down this week. From now on all your canned sardines will be imported, caught, processed, and packed in other countries and shipped to your neighborhood market.

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GOP Catches the Flu

April 29, 2009

GOP Catches the Flu

H1N1, the virus popularly called “Swine Flu,” is all anyone can talk about. Anyone but Republicans.

When the economic stimulus package was first before Congress, explains John Nichols in The Nation, the bill included $900 million for flu pandemic preparedness and additional funding for the Centers for Disease Control. Karl Rove attacked these items as waste in the Wall Street Journal, and Senator Susan Collins (R, ME) bragged about killing the health provisions in Congress. Critics stripped all medical and research provisions from the proposal, leaving only $50 million to improve IT services at HHS. State and local public health officials were concerned.

“Everybody …  is concerned about a pandemic flu,” Collins said at the time. “But does it belong in this bill? Should we have $870 million in this bill? No, we should not.”

The argument that anti-pandemic measures have no economic ramifications was a bad diagnosis.  The new flu has caused panic on Wall Street as well as Main Street, with more to come. Emergency measures are costing Mexico City’s economy at least $57 million a day and direct costs are unknown. Expect similar local losses across the USA. 

Collins has pulled her flu fulminations off her web site and issued a defensive denial.

 

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Turkey Trouble

March 19, 2009

Turkey Trouble

A wild turkey knocked a man off his motorcycle in Maine last Sunday, according to state police. Jeffrey Russell of Hartford was riding along route 117 near Streaked Mountain when the big bird flew at him, pushing him off his Kawasaki.

“That’s like hitting a bowling ball at 45 miles per hour,” State Trooper Corey Huckins told Andie Hannon of Lewiston’s Sun Journal. “It took the driver right off the seat.”

Mr. Russell, knocked unconscious, was evacuated by helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston and hospitalized with a broken collarbone. Passenger Kyle Johnston suffered minor injuries.

Unlike the two men, the turkey was not wearing a helmet, and perished in the accident. Mr. Johnston claimed the remains on behalf of Mr. Russell. Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

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