eastern healMay 31, 2011: Save services, gas price causes

This is an adaption of someone else&8217;s idea. The state Department of Transportation could lease out the rest areas on I-95 to businesses in return for agreeing to heat the cility, mow the lawns, clean the toilets and clear the snow.

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Check the terminals and local rack prices for all (3) grades of gasoline. This is the price before it gets to your local retailer. A few months ago it was the oil companies and bulk storage terminals that were holding the inflated prices. At this point, you will find it is the retailer who is holding the inflated prices we are paying. Retailers are currently getting $.30+ per gallon profit on what they sell. A ir per gallon profit is considered $.07 to $.15 per gallon.

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If we have a pro-oil, pro-drilling administration in 18 months, you can rule out any breaths of fresh air!

P.S. You have spittle all  over your screen&8230;

Re-read my previous post &8211; conspiracy theories are bogus whether they&8217;re from the socialist left or the conservative right. I don&8217;t give two squirts of dog kak whether Obama was born in Kenya or came into this world in the paradise that is Milo, Maine. The dude is a political hack and an advocate of wealth redistribution for political gain. What&8217;s not to like?

Lamoine

Obama is achieving his goal of purposely destroying our oil-dependent economy. We need a PRO-AMERICAN president that is concerned about the needs of the American people. 18 months more of socialism and then hopefully a breath of fresh air!

Tech school and 2 year schools can offer more &8216;real&8217; jobs for the future.

Re-read my previous post &8211; conspiracy theories are bogus whether they&8217;re from the socialist left or the conservative right. I don&8217;t give two squirts of dog kak whether Obama was born in Kenya or came into this world in the paradise that is Milo, Maine. The dude is a political hack and an advocate of wealth redistribution for political gain. What&8217;s not to like?

For a surgeon, you are not very bright.  You use your limited, personal anecdotes to make broad general statements about &8220;reality.&8221;  Secondly, I don&8217;t think very many 22-year olds are thinking about social security.  Is it the job of guidance counselors to &8220;point students where the jobs are?&8221;  They should point everyone to engineering and trade school?

Btw, I agree that the trades and engineering are smart career choices, but why swipe at other disciplines while yours is as pseudo as any other?

These trends are impacting the hard working people in Eastern Maine struggling to afford necessities. A car dealership in Ellsworth used to sell 100 cars per month, now it struggles to sell 65 cars a month. Customers are keeping cars longer, so the car dealership now relies on repairs to keep their business running.

P.S. You have spittle all  over your screen&8230;

Ya, the conspiracy theories are only true when they are spouted by right wing whack jobs, right Milo?  Sure.

• Maine will be in violation of federally mandated special education laws.

I&8217;m just surprised the Joe&8217;s son didn&8217;t go to medical school.  The only thing you need to get into medical school is have a parent that went to medical school.  You don&8217;t have to be particularly smart and most of it is &8220;on the job&8221; training anyway.   If you don&8217;t believe me about medical school, just talk to someone&8217;s that&8217;s been there.  Almost everyone in med school is the offspring of a doctor.   I&8217;ll concede that the original doctor was pretty smart, but his/her kids may be smart or dumb as a rock, doesn&8217;t matter.  Think about that next time you visit your doctor.

Then maybe we agree on a lot of things.  Lakeview is paradise.  Milo?  Nice &8216;n quiet, anyway, for the most part.  Political hacks seem to hold the presidency of the U.S. since I became able to vote circa 1970.  And I&8217;m not parsing political agendas, either.

If we have a pro-oil, pro-drilling administration in 18 months, you can rule out any breaths of fresh air!

My all time personal vorite from a poster to the BDN. &8220;The US invaded Germany in WW2 so we could get Romanian oil. &8220;

Ms. Dyer, thank you for standing up for the less fortunate.

Ya, the conspiracy theories are only true when they are spouted by right wing whack jobs, right Milo?  Sure.

That&8217;s the point! Too many young people put off thinking about saving for retirement until it&8217;s too late. Once you&8217;ve taken on a mortgage, had kids, etc., it&8217;s hard to find the $$ to make up for lost time&8230;

As of today, on July 1 this is what will occur across Maine:

Jason McMillan

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It is a shame that gas prices are driven around in such a way.  It&8217;s all speculation and commodities out there that controls global markets.

Good points, Joseph. Social Security (if it still exists when your son retires) should NOT be considered a retirement fund. It is an emergency fund that will keep seniors from eating cat food and living on the street. The problem with SS is many people have put off saving for their own retirement, buying cell phones and flatscreens, simply assuming it will be enough. I agree entirely: personal econ 101 would benefit all&8230;

eastern healMay 31, 2011: Save services, gas price causes,Effective July 1, early intervention services for children with developmental disabilities including autism may be severely reduced.

Let&8217;s be honest, most guidance councilors are products of the &8220;pseudo science&8221; degree programs &8211; programs that allow them to avoid math and still feel good about themselves. Whether you agree with Dr. deNatale or not, there are very few unemployed engineers or tradesmen. We would all be r better served with former electricians or welders as guidance councilors.

For over a year, the departments of Education and Health and Human Services have met with stakeholders to try to correct a poorly designeeastern healMay 31, 2011: Save services, gas price causesd regulatory change to early intervention services. In September, the Legislature pressured the departments to stay the eligibility criteria for children and maintain service rates until June 30, during which time they were supposed to address the unresolved issues. Sadly, that work did not happen.

Some solutions for saving are to car-pool, drive the speed limit and properly inflate tires. The best way to conserve on gas is to buy a more fuel efficient car. This is not the solution for those of who rely on a truck or can afford a newer fuel efficient car.

• 2,000 plus preschool children with special needs will lose access to the essential early intervention services they need to overcome the challenges of autism, developmental delay, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities.

Brian: Only if you consider a $5 surcharge for a toddler to squeeze out two drops in a pay-per-use rest stop as the problem being solved.

&8220;the same handful of &8220;elite&8221; milies and corporations who run the oil game also control your government&8221; &8211; grassy knoll, trilateral commission, global warming, 150 mpg patent stolen by Exxon, &8220;I did not have with that woman&8221;, etc.

Conspiracy theories are bogus whether you have your nose in the public trough or you&8217;re paying for the hogs.

Two weeks ago the Health and Human Service commissioner proposed a plan to address this looming crisis. It is reasonable and thoughtful. It cannot succeed without the support of the Education Department which has not yet determined its response.

Whether it is the tsunami in Japan or the earthquake in Haiti, the Red Cross aids anyone around the world who needs it. The devastation brought by the most recent spring storms has occurred right in our backyard and the response will cost the American Red Cross an estimated $41 million.

In spite of this months lling prices, the cost of gas remains a huge concern to people in Maine. I am concerned about working peoples ability to afford fuel, so I investigated why oil is so high and how people spent their money when buying a car for a school project.

Dr. DeNatale, no one can rely on ss in the future, one of the [many]problems is that too many are going to college with [high hopes of it big financially], and coming away with an education and no experience or skill. These days learning a trade is the better choice for many and makes more sense.

The ct is you can&8217;t live off Social Security. High school students need to accept this stark reality. They must be taught to save money and cut up their credit cards. We need elementary economics is high school  to prepare us for real life.

Mainers, America needs you now.  Please support disaster relief and your American Red Cross. To learn more, go to

Also, learning from my son&8217;s job search, if you want a guaranteed job study accounting, and any sort of engineering. That is where all the jobs are. The pseudo sciences of sociology, psychology and women studies will hit a blank wall when looking for a job after receiving a undergraduate degree.

Guidance councilors are doing a poor job of steering students to where the jobs are. They also should consider urging more to consider trade schools.

Pseudo sciences? Really? Is that necessary? Also, who are these &8220;most&8221; high school and college students talking about social security? Sounds a big made-up.

Jason, don&8217;t forget the INTENTIONAL devaluation of the dollar by this anti-American president. Since oil is traded in dollars, when the value goes down, the price AUTOMATICALLY goes up because the oil producing nations (not us), are protecting the value of their product. Don&8217;t forget the anti-oil policies by this president who blatantly lies when he says that we are producing more oil now than ever. BOLD FACED LIES!! We produced more in the 1970&8242;s than we do now and our dependence on foreign oil has risen. Don&8217;t forget the tree-hugging anti-American environmentalist whackos that pour money into the democratic party to prevent us from drilling for oil in our own county. Meanwhile, we watch as Obama encourages Venezuela and Cuba and China to drill of OUR SHORES.

I&8217;ve got one for ya, it&8217;s about a birth certificate and Kenyan citizenship.  But hey, it&8217;s O.K. when it comes from the right.

Problem solved!

If we have a pro-oil, pro-drilling administration in 18 months, you can rule out any breaths of fresh air!

Then maybe we agree on a lot of things.  Lakeview is paradise.  Milo?  Nice &8216;n quiet, anyway, for the most part.  Political hacks seem to hold the presidency of the U.S. since I became able to vote circa 1970.  And I&8217;m not parsing political agendas, either.

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Brian Hanson

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Jason: Oil speculators who don&8217;t even have to take possession of the millions of gallons of oil they buy is the number one problem (right now). That, and (the over-arching problem), it&8217;s time for the American people to get off the oil habit&8230;which would take serious government intervention&8230;but that won&8217;t happen because the same handful of &8216;elite&8217; milies and corporations who run the oil game also control your government.

Thats about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And well keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards.

Our guidance counselors have a lot of work ahead of them. You talk to most high school and college students and they think they can  retire on Social Security; that&8217;s $1,500-$2,500 a month to cover house and car insurance, utilities, car and house up-keep plus food.

I was thinking about my pension at 21.  At a job I ended up staying in for 34 years, and because I saved a good amount, and started early, I was able to retire at 55.

Since the beginning of April, the American Red Cross has served more than 2.1 million meals and snacks, and distributed over 1.1 million items like tarps and work gloves to help people in need as a result of the spring storms. There is more to be done.

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I&8217;ve got one for ya, it&8217;s about a birth certificate and Kenyan citizenship.  But hey, it&8217;s O.K. when it comes from the right.

Until the bigger issues around Middle Eastern oil are solved, we in eastern Maine are going to have to pinch pennies to afford basic transportation.

In brief:

Pseudo sciences?  Do you mean like medicine is?

managing director Maine Association for Community Service Providers

• Hundreds of skilled and dedicated teachers, teaching assistants and educational technicians will lose their jobs.

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Joseph deNatale is spot on. There are r too many sociology majors and not enough plumbers and engineers. It is cheaper for the educational system at the university level to produce sociologists than it is to produce chemists and the system pushes people in that direction. All that does is produce a group of people who are good at telling other folks how to live without actually producing anything imo.

P.S. You have spittle all  over your screen&8230;

As we know, Mainers are not immune to disaster. Floods in Fort Kent, tornados and ice storms across the state, and fires on a daily basis have impacted the lives of countless Mainers, and you continue to demonstrate your willingness to help a neighbor in need. Our neighbors need your helping hand once again.

Mary Lou Dyer

While we recognize the extent of budget issues, we believe we must all stand up for those vulnerable children and milies and speak for them and the services on which they rely. The Legislature must not ignore these significant needs.  Time is running out for the children and their programs.

&8220;Secondly, I don&8217;t think very many 22-year olds are thinking about social security. &8221;

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Joseph: The problem is worse than you think&8230;Most high school &8216;graduates&8217; don&8217;t even know what social security is.

Pittsfield

• Dozens of high quality early intervention programs will close.

With the recent high school and college graduations I have made some personal  observations. I am a retired surgeon whose son recently completed an MBA degree and is in the process of a job search. This has given me an eye into the job market.

Mainers, America needs your help. A record-breaking spring storm season has decimated entire towns and devastated countless lives. The American Red Cross has launched 29 separate relief operations in 22 states since March 31. Wildfires in Texas, flooding along swollen rivers and the seemingly constant rash of angry tornadoes have led to the deployment of over 9,100 American Red Cross volunteers from all 50 states including over 20 volunteers and counting from Maine to help those in need.

Joseph deNatale is spot on. There are r too many sociology majors and not enough plumbers and engineers. It is cheaper for the educational system at the university level to produce sociologists than it is to produce chemists and the system pushes people in that direction. All that does is produce a group of people who are good at telling other folks how to live without actually producing anything imo.

I agree this isn&8217;t the SOLE job of guidance counselors, but why not make it part of their job? Why not ask our public schools to teach more practical life skills? I wish my high school did&8230;

St. Albans

Joseph deNatale

Well, I don&8217;t want to pick on Joseph too much.  Most of what he said was right, he just let arrogance cloud the points he was . The occupations that require the highest intellects tend to pay the most, mainly because there are fewer able to do them.  Those would include engineering, accounting, computer sciences, etc.  Those drawing from the lower levels in college (social sciences, teaching, studies in political correctness, and most liberal arts) pay the least and have the most majoring in them.

Dont insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. You may be ticked off at what someone did or said, but you can explain that without resorting to name-calling or obscenity. Remember that young people are on this site too.

I found that oil prices are high because of three main reasons. First is fighting in the Middle East and the civil war in Libya, but those countries only supply 3 percent of the worlds oil so it is not the biggest effect. Second is the decrease in value of the American dollar; it is down 18 percent while oil is up 140 percent. Third is that investors in the stock market keep driving the cost of oil up.

Check the terminals and local rack prices for all (3) grades of gasoline. This is the price before it gets to your local retailer. A few months ago it was the oil companies and bulk storage terminals that were holding the inflated prices. At this point, you will find it is the retailer who is holding the inflated prices we are paying. Retailers are currently getting $.30+ per gallon profit on what they sell. A ir per gallon profit is considered $.07 to $.15 per gallon.

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