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The American public expects public officials to deal with, rather than dodge, difficult public-policy problems, to be transparent in their public-policy positions, and to state their views confidently, thoughtfully and boldly. One week was allowed to finalize the response, by E-mail, of each of the Presidential candidates listed below.
The Continental News Service had announced its intention to publish results of this multi-respondent poll in its on-line newspapers over the course of time, and these newspapers include its Washington D.C. News Edition, Chicago News Edition, Honolulu News Edition, Atlanta News Edition, Anchorage News Edition, Boston News Edition, Seattle News Edition, Miami News Edition, San Diego News Edition, Rochester (N.Y.) News Edition, Minneapolis News Edition, and Houston News Edition.
Would you, Senator/Representative/Governor, support legislation, or even sponsor legislation, ending all federal government grants to Planned Parenthood if it was conducted in an even-handed and non-discriminatory manner; that is, likewise ending all federal and federally-subsidized state grants to faith-based and all other non-profit groups, whatever their specific tax-code classification?
__ Yes. Uncheck "No Comment." My reasoning is ________________________________________________________________________________.
__ No. Uncheck "No Comment." My reasoning is _________________________________________________________________________________.
X No Comment. Senator Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bernie Sanders, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Representative Tulsi Gabbard, Washington Governor Jay Inslee.
* Proverbs (chapter 28/verse 22): “He that hastes to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.” hastes=hurries.
[A timely warning against get-rich-quick schemes]
Somerset County News Edition
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VOLUME I NUMBER 1 FEBRUARY 16, 2020
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* Congressional News Briefs … Skowhegan’s agent in the U.S. House of Representatives, Chellie Pingree, has announced that, together with four bipartisan allies, she has requested that U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler allow Congressional input and Agriculture Department feedback on a report dealing with plant bio-stimulants before satisfying a requirement of the 2018 Farm Bill to finalize a legal definition of bio-stimulants, generally natural-fertilizer additives regarded as including kelp, peat, fungi, and manure and fostering plant growth and yield. Saying that for the EPA to approve a final draft before consultation with Congress and the Agriculture Department risks sending a conflicting message and foregoes the "united effort" necessary to achieve “regulatory clarity,” the Agriculture Committee member, and certified organic farmer, asserts that this dovetails with her commitment to sustainable, organic, and locally-focused farming. Joining Maine Senators Susan Collins and Angus King and Representative Jared Golden, Representative Pingree has expressed concern that the Defense Department has entertained thoughts of cutting one destroyer from the 2021 fiscal-year budget and plans to cut the number of Arleigh Burke-class (DDG-51) destroyers built during the next five years at the Bath Iron Works in Maine, a move evidently at odds with the mandate of Congress to create a 355-ship Navy—the U.S. Navy presently counts 294 battle-force ships—by 2034. From their perspective as members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (Collins and King), House Appropriations Committee (Pingree), or House Armed Services Committee (Golden), Maine’s Congressional delegation notes that the Trump Administration’s 2021 fiscal-year budget proposal would prospectively shave $4 billion from the total Congress budgeted for the 2020 fiscal-year and adds that procuring these destroyers for the Navy fleet is essential for national security. In other developments, Senator King lamented the almost two-year delay, so far, in filling the position of Global Health Advisor—a National Security Council position responsible for coordinating U.S. international-health programs—and a decision of the U.S. Agency for International Development (AID) to end the program designed to identify and fight global virus outbreaks. Authoring the Global Health Security Bill, the Senator declares that the purpose is to support the 2014 Global Health Security Agenda of forming international partnerships to improve global capabilities in detecting, preventing and deterring threats to global health, through annual earmarks of $190 million for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and $110 million for AID. In addition, Senator Collins, assigned to the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, has stated objections to Administration plans to reduce the budget for Integrated Pest Management, asserting that the program enables farmers to safeguard their crops from pests and diseases, by giving them a wider range of tools for securing their investments. She and Senator King expressed satisfaction recently that the U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded the University of Maine Potato Integrated Pest Management program a $553,486 grant to continue potato-breeding research that advances development of stress-tolerant, disease- and insect-resistant potatoes. Senator King interjects that the Trump Administration’s 2021 fiscal-year plan to zero out funding for potato-breeding research threatens Maine’s important potato industry.
* State Government News Briefs … Governor Janet Mills credits the Maine Public Utilities Commission, in its issuance of a Request for Proposals on renewable energy, with undertaking a “major step” in furtherance of An Act To Reform Maine’s Renewable Portfolio Standard
(LD 1494) that Senator Eloise Vitelli introduced and that the Governor signed into law. The outcome of that bipartisan legislation, the Maine PUC action puts the state on course to adjust from 40 percent to 80 percent, by 2030, its Renewable Portfolio Standard and to achieve 100-percent renewable energy by 2050, toward, the Governor observes, advancing the state’s fight against climate change, improving Maine’s energy prospects, and stimulating the state economy. Besides, recognizing that the housing-choice voucher waiting list counts more than 20,000 Maine residents, the Governor has marked her signing of House Assistant Majority Leader Ryan Fecteau’s bipartisan affordable-housing legislation (LD 1645), by emphasizing that she keeps a pledge in her State of the State Address and that the new law doubles the present rate of new affordable-housing production and is geared to create 1,000 additional affordable-housing units in the state during the next eight years, while maintaining the availability of existing affordable housing. Mills explains that the program leverages federal low-income housing, tax-credit dollars, with the Maine State Housing Authority administering a refundable credit, the Maine Affordable Housing Tax Credit program, for corporate and individual investors in affordable housing, including rural housing and senior housing. Lastly, there is an annual $10-million cap to the program, during its planned eight-year life.
* County Government News Briefs ... Somerset County Commissioners were set, at their meeting of February 19, to discuss Rockwood Fire and Rescue billing practices, consider approval of the Request for Proposals by the Director of Communications to carpet the Communications Center, adopt Resolution 20-033 to transfer $167,085.46 from the Undesignated TIF Fund Balance to the Sand and Salt Shed Capital Account, and, among other business, take up Resolution 20-036 approving the 2020-2021 fiscal-year West Forks Fire Department Contract.
* City Government News Briefs … The Skowhegan Board of Selectmen was due, at its meeting of February 19, to choose a Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary of its Budget and Finance Committee, to consider a request for funding from the Free Public Library of Skowhegan, and to establish the schedule of Budget Committee meetings running from March 10 to April 28.
* School District News Briefs … Maine School Administrative District 54 announces that, at its recent Board of School Directors Meeting on February 13, in the Skowhegan Area Middle School Cafeteria, School Directors took up such matters as the February 11th Report of the Educational Policy/Program Committee and the February 3rd Report of the Building Committee, as well as Superintendent Brent Colbry’s Report updating Directors on Architect Selection in connection with the New School Construction Project; detailing Assessment Payments, to date; and proposing the 2020-2021 School Calendar. Looking ahead, the Support Services Committee has scheduled a meeting for 6 PM on March 5 and the Personnel Committee plans a meeting for 6 PM on March 19, with both meetings set to take place in the Skowhegan Area Middle School.
* Weather… The National Weather Service reports, as of 4:56 PM at Waterville LaFleur Airport, that the current temperature is 35 degrees Fahrenheit, with relative humidity of 54 percent, wind out of the south at 3 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 29.97 inches, the dewpoint of 20 degrees Fahrenheit, and visibility of 10 miles. Tonight, the forecast calls for mostly-cloudy skies, with a low temperature of about 18 degrees, southwest wind of approximately 5 miles per hour becoming calm. Tomorrow, Presidents Day, is expected to be mostly sunny, with a daily high temperature of about 31 degrees and northwest wind of about 5 miles per hour in the morning. Monday night, the forecast is for mostly-clear conditions, with a low temperature of about 2 degrees and northwest wind of about 5 miles per hour becoming calm in the evening.
* Sports Briefs … The Skowhegan High School Boys Basketball Team, seeded sixth, led three-seed Medomak Valley (Waldoboro) during most of their quarter-final game on February 15, but Medomak Valley pulled ahead in overtime, to win 50-46 in the Class A North contest. Skowhegan High ended its season with a record of 10-9. The Bowling Team’s Augusta tournament has been re-scheduled for March 5th at 3:30 PM.
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