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    February 21, 2014

    Prayer for America

    What is the importance of praying for our country? One of the most powerful examples of prayer directly influencing the U.S. Constitution took place five weeks into the Constitutional Convention of 1787. As the delegates were attempting to draft this document with the proper wording, their efforts seemed a dismal failure. Just before the exasperated delegates were to recess and return back to their respective …

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    February 15, 2014

    MaineCare expansion

    Our representatives in Augusta will soon readdress extending MaineCare to an estimated 70,000 people not currently eligible. Expanding health care to 70,000 Maine people who today “have no access” is surely a compassionate and noble objective. However, saying these people have “no access” is inaccurate. While they may have no insurance, that does not mean they have no access to health care. Also, there are …

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    February 9, 2014

    It’s up to you

    Our heritage is a very important value to each of us. I think it is particularly true of the native born Mainers. Although I have only lived in Maine for the past 20 years, I have witnessed the ethic of hard work exhibited by many Mainers that I have been in contact with as I made my sales calls from Madawaska to Calais, Greenville to Kennebunk, Dixfield to Sanford and to all points in between. This was always …

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    January 30, 2014

    Minimum wage

    It was the summer of 1965 and I was working at my first job. I was 15 years old and excited about the opportunity to have enough money to purchase my school clothes. The job was at a fish factory located on the Portland waterfront. I worked the first shift, which was 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. It was hard work, but many young people were in the same position as I, so we all made the best of the work. The job paid minimum …

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    January 23, 2014

    What are your children learning?

    Many years ago there was a public service announcement frequently heard on television that said, “It is 9 p.m., do you know where your children are?” Today, there is much controversy surrounding the education of our children and their performance when compared to other developed, industrialized countries. An appropriate question for today would be, “What are your children learning?” What is necessary for a child …

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    January 16, 2014

    Welfare reform

    Gov. Paul LePage will introduce three reform bills, two of which were rejected by the Legislative Council in the previous session. The text of these bills isn’t available yet and it is wise to wait for that before taking positions because the devil is always in the details. Nevertheless, on the surface the proposals seem very reasonable: 1. Require that new able-bodied TANF recipients show they have applied for …

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    January 9, 2014

    Ice

    Christmas has come and gone. Even better, our electricity is back on thanks to the herculean efforts of Central Maine Power workers. Our power was restored on Christmas day. When I spoke to the foreman to praise CMP’s sacrifice to help us out, her humble response was, “This is what we do and it is our job”. Wow! All I could do was give her a big hug. Thank you, CMP. During this last storm, Central Maine Power was …

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