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Legalization of marijuana will make Maine less safe

Op-Ed by John E. Morris, Commissioner of Public Safety

I’ve spent my entire 50-year career in public safety and the military trying to protect and keep people safe. Some of the most challenging things I have dealt with were not actions of individuals, but the consequences of political decisions.

With Question 1, the ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana, you get to be the decision maker—you get to decide whether this law goes into effect. If it does, I can assure you the unintended consequences will be many. Please read the 30-plus pages of Question 1; you will quickly see what I’m talking about.

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Candidate questions, ballot questions and General Assistance costs

By Robert E. Macdonald

Mayor of Lewiston

In a recent Second District Congressional race debate, Pat Callaghan, TV news anchor and debate inquisitor, asked U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin if he supported Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump. Poliquin correctly refused to answer.

His opponent, perennial Democratic Congressional candidate Emily Cain, her voice rising to a “gotcha” euphoria usually heard from children, triumphantly shouted out that Poliquin was avoiding the question. Callahan tried to get Poliquin to answer before finally going on to another question.

The debate was held so that voters would hear candidates discuss the issues affecting the district—not to create a secondary debate about presidential candidates. Maine Senator Susan Collins was asked if she supported Donald Trump. Her answer, on slow news days, repeatedly becomes a lead story.

This is a Catch-22 question. No matter how it is answered, it will jump to the forefront taking time away from the serious questions plaguing our district. But if the Maine media insists that support of the party’s presidential candidate is a headline story, it’s time to start posing questions to Cain.

How does Cain feel about Clinton’s staff characterizations of Catholics and evangelicals? Wall Street cash? After all, Clinton is the Pied Piper of Wall Street cash.

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Referendum questions could significantly impact job growth

By Jonathan P. LaBonté

Mayor of Auburn

On Tuesday, November 8, voters in Maine—and here in Auburn—have the potential to significantly influence the ability of our community to support job retention and job growth in local businesses, as well as sustain services based on growing property tax revenue tied to private sector growth.

That’s because, in addition to the state legislative races on the ballot, there are a handful of referendum questions allowing you to play legislator.

While the sound bites in radio and TV ads might not give you all the facts, I wanted to offer some information for what could happen locally.

Question 1 asks voters to legalize marijuana for recreational use. The pitch is that we should regulate it just like alcohol, take the windfall from tax revenue and divert law enforcement attention elsewhere. While the country may be moving in the direction of legalizing marijuana, it is still an illegal drug under federal law.

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Autumn Night Out raises $70k for AHCH

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More than 200 people attended the event, including (l. to r.) Mike Nadeau, Hillary Dinwiddie, Sean Nadeau, Michelle Nadeau and Annette Nadeau. (Photo by Doug and Gini Haines Photography)

Rain did not dampen the spirits or lessen the generosity of the more than 200 people who attended Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice’s 13th annual Autumn Night Out at the Poland Spring Resort recently.

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Local clergy convene for Veterans Day prayer service

Area clergy will gather to lead the 13th annual community-wide Veterans Day prayer service, “We Remember & Give Thanks,” on Friday, November 11 at 6:30 p.m. The event will take place at Holy Family Church, 607 Sabattus Street in Lewiston.

All are invited, regardless of denomination or faith affiliation, to this evening of reflection, when local clergy will join together to honor through prayer and song those who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces. All active and inactive military and their families are invited to attend. Active soldiers who live in the area or are home on leave are encouraged to attend in uniform.

Words cannot explain our gratitude to each and every veteran for their service in defense of our country and to those who gave the ultimate gift to ensure our freedom. The entire community is invited to give thanks and remember.

Partnership provides on-the-job-training

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Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. of Winthrop has teamed with Western Maine Community Action, a partner of the Lewiston and Augusta CareerCenters, to develop an on-the-job training program. WMCA provides grant funding to qualified candidates to enter into training programs supported by participating businesses in healthcare, manufacturing, technology, and other fields, while the employers provide paid, on-the-job training to employees engaged in productive work resulting in knowledge or skills essential to the job. Pictured here with program graduates David Bennett and Noah Spargo are Alternative Manufacturing, Inc. President and CEO Greg Boyd (l.) and Linda Roberts (r.) of the Maine Department of Labor. (Photo by Monica Millhime)

Norlands hosts Veterans Day “Tour, Talk and Tea”

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Maine’s Civil War Governor, Israel Washburn, Jr., enlisted 50,000 men in less than two years – more troops per capita than any other state.

The Washburn-Norlands Living History Center will honor local Civil War veterans and spotlight the accomplishments of Maine’s Civil War Governor, Israel Washburn, Jr., in a special living history “Tour, Talk and Tea” program on Saturday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m. Seating is limited and tickets, which are $13, must be purchased by November 10.

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Poliquin has family ties to Lewiston-Auburn

Congressman Bruce Poliquin grew up in Central Maine, but he has a close connection to the Lewiston-Auburn area, too. His grandfather grew up in Lewiston.

Congressman Bruce Poliquin grew up in Central Maine, but he has a close connection to the Lewiston-Auburn area, too. His grandfather grew up in Lewiston.

If you turn on C-Span early enough, you can see a Congressman crisscrossing the House of Representatives’ floor, introducing himself to Republicans and Democrats alike. That Congressman is Bruce Poliquin.

A third-generation Mainer, Congressman Bruce Poliquin grew up in Central Maine, but he has a close connection to the Lewiston-Auburn area, too. His grandfather grew up in Lewiston. The Poliquins lived in the area where Lewiston High School now sits.

“It’s pretty exciting to represent the Lewiston-Auburn area in Congress, with my grandfather having grown up in the area. It makes me proud to fight for the families of L/A and all of Maine,” he said.

“Growing up in a working-class Franco-American family, my parents wanted me to understand our heritage and to instill family values. I worked the night shift at a Maine factory and painted metal roofs in the summer so I could afford college. Now I work just as hard in Congress.”

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Donald Trump Jr., Gov. LePage visit Simones Hot Dogs

George Simones, Melissa Simones, Governor Paul R. LePage, Donald J. Trump, Jr., James Simones and Linda Simones. More photos and video at www.facebook.com/TwinCityTimes. (TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele)

George Simones, Melissa Simones, Governor Paul R. LePage, Donald J. Trump, Jr., James Simones and Linda Simones. More photos and video at www.facebook.com/TwinCityTimes. (TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele)

For decades, Simones Hot Dogs in Lewiston has been a hot spot for politicians to gather, and this week it was no different. Donald J. Trump, Jr. made it one of his campaign stops on Tuesday during his visit to Maine. After speaking to supporters at Howell’s Gun Shop in Gray and the GOP campaign headquarters in Auburn, Trump Jr. arrived at Simones. The restaurant was packed wall to wall with patrons eager to meet him and offer their support for the presidential candidacy of his father, Donald J. Trump. Trump Jr. was greeted by Governor Paul R. LePage and welcomed by an uproar of cheers from supporters. Someone promptly thrust one of Simones’ “famous” red hot dogs into his hands. As Trump Jr. took a generous-sized bite of the hot dog, the room exploded in chants of “Trump, Trump, Trump!” Making his way through the crowded room, patrons approached him, offering well-wishes and requesting “selfies”, which he graciously took time for. Pictured at the event is George Simones, Melissa Simones, Governor Paul R. LePage, Donald J. Trump, Jr., James Simones and Linda Simones. More photos and video at www.facebook.com/TwinCityTimes. (TCT photo by Laurie A. Steele)

Enough is Enough: Ballot questions seek to turn Maine into liberal “paradise”

It appears that the Missouri Compromise of 1820 granting statehood to Maine may soon be nullified. As I write, there are sinister activities going on behind the scene designed to assure the reunification of Maine and Massachusetts.

For many years Maine, whose slogan is “The Way Life Used to Be,” has served as a welcoming destination for the Massachusetts working-class exodus, escaping the tyranny of Moon Bat liberalism.

Now Maine’s life is being threatened by unvetted northeast Progressive interlopers who want to turn Maine into a Moon Bat paradise, where every aspect of our lives will be controlled by their superior thinking. You don’t believe me? Let’s look at the upcoming ballot questions.

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