Category Archives: Maine

National Park: To Which Constituents Are Our Members of Congress Listening?

Last November Senator Collins, Senator King, and Representative Poliquin made it clear that they oppose the creation of a Maine Woods National Park or a National Monument, which might be a first step toward a park.  The “conditions” the members list in their letter to President Obama regarding a possible National Monument designation show that […]

Who Are the Mainers?

Maine Governor Paul LePage, in one of his fits of pique, declared that his only interest as Governor was in protecting “Mainers.”  Mainers are to be protected from Ebola-infected nurses, Syrian refugees, asylum seekers from Africa, and out-of-state gang members.  This got me thinking, just what makes one a Mainer? This topic interested me long […]

I wanted to throw the phones into the ocean.

Thanksgiving morning we took our traditional hike in Acadia.  This year it was more of a walk – the Ocean Path from Sand Beach to Otter Cliffs to Otter Cove and back again.  It was a beautiful morning, bright sun shining and an ocean full of Common Eider Ducks and Grebes.  Thanksgivings were offered for […]

“Renewable” Energy – Powerful Words Make Us Do Stupid Things

The term “renewable” is now magical when applied to energy policy.  We understand intuitively that fossil fuels are fixed, not renewable.  Even if they are abundant now, every bit of coal, oil, or natural gas we use means there is less available, and their use causes a host of environmental and national security problems.  If […]

The Myth of Pinchot

Like many people, I found Governor LePage’s refusal to issue Land For Maine’s Future (LMF) bonds a violation of democratic principles.  When I voted on the bonds there was no language saying that I was approving the Governor’s use of the bonds as bargaining chips for issues of importance to him.  He had “promised” to […]