There was a time within many people's lifetimes when almost no one would have fished the confluence of the Kennebec and Sebasticook rivers in Winslow.
Tanneries, factories and mills dumped municipal sewage into the Kennebec and its tributaries, fouling the waters as they flowed through Augusta toward Merrymeeting Bay. In Hartland, the Sebasticook River below the tannery ran with the color of dyes used on leather.
It was the same with other rivers across Maine and the nation. Once pristine, filled with fish, home to mammals and birds, the living, breathing Kennebec had Read more
Three cheers for the people of Maine (Mainites? Mainians? Mainists?):
The community of Wiscasset rejected a zoning ordinance change that
would have allowed a new coal gasification plant, while the state's
Land Use Regulation Commission approved a 57 MW wind farm in Washington
County. Give 'em all a lobster!
BETHEL, Maine - If by Saturday's end Maine's organic farmers weren't convinced they were on the right track, Sunday's speakers at the 18th annual Farmer-to-Farmer Conference sealed the deal.
Maine consumers for the first time are demanding organic products at a rate that outpaces production.
Two hundred farmers who specialize in everything from vegetables to flowers to miniature cows attended the three-day seminar sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. Over the weekend, they heard about alternative energy, weed control, grants, and specialty Read more
In our previous letter, we reported that there have been over 60 stories about local sweatfree campaigns published by the media in the past year. Again, we are proud to announce several of these significant victories. These include successful campaigns in:
Portland, Oregon: The Portland Sweatfree Campaign won a landmark sweatfree resolution, including a city commitment to join the State and Local Government Sweatfree Consortium. *
Austin, Texas: The Campaign to Make Texas Sweatfree got off to a successful start when Austin became Read more
It's time to Spook the Ag Committee and Give Monsanto a Fright! Protect ALL Maine Farmers
Oct 31st 3:00 pm in the Cross Office Building
Show the Ag Committee there's nothing to fear about protecting Maine's farmers.
The Joint Standing Committee on Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry is meeting on Halloween for an update from the stakeholders group that was formed from LD1650 last spring. LD 1650, legislation brought by Protect Maine Farmers to protect all farmers from genetic trespass, was carried over into the upcoming session while a group of stakeholders Read more
San Francisco and Philadelphia - After Hillary Clinton fundraiser Norman Hsu was discovered to be a fugitive from justice, we could assume no candidate will ever again accept large donations from anyone who pleaded no contest to grand theft charges. But we'd be avoiding the real question.
Who compels fundraisers to launder and bundle money to win elections? We, the voters, do by believing that money from political action committees (PACs) and private sources can fund honorable political campaigns. We've traded the overt bribery of the 19th-century political machine for a craven Read more
"Post Carbon Cities is the first major book written specifically for
local government officials, staff, and community activists on how to
respond to the fundamental changes taking place in the global energy
system," said Debbie Cook, city councilor of Huntington Beach,
California. "Every municipal leader in America should read this book."
BELFAST: Eating local food is more than just pleasing to the palate. When our food dollars go to local farmers and producers we are creating a local food economy. We make it possible for the farmers and producers to stay in business creating local jobs. It's more than keeping money in our local economy though, we also reduce the amount of fossil fuels burned and we preserve the beautiful Maine farmland around us. For just these reasons alone, local foods are worth more than foods from away, in addition to being superior in freshness and nutritional value.
BELFAST: The debate over big-box stores has dominated Belfast politics for the past seven years, and it was the focus of much of the Candidates Night discussion Tuesday night at City Hall.
Candidates for the Wards 3 and 4 council seats and the mayor's post were asked numerous questions from members of the public, from "Would you reach out to Wal-Mart?" to "Would you vote to eliminate the Special Commercial District on the East Side?" The two-and-a-half hour event was sponsored by the Republican Journal.
The answers were more revealing about individual candidates than Read more