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  • Producer/host: Ron Beard

    Topic: TABOR, the “TaxPayer’s Bill of Rights” which will appear on the Maine ballot in November
    Guests: Mary Adams, TABOR proponent; Bill Becker, Maine Heritage Policy Center; Dana Reed, Town Manager, Bar Harbor; Jeff Austin, Maine Municipal Association
    During the final segment of the program the phone lines were opened to callers.
    What is the general situation with taxes in Maine?
    What attempts have been made to manage growth of taxes?
    How would TABOR reduce the tax burden to Maine citizens?
    What are the potential impacts of TABOR on Maine towns?

    Comments Off on Talk of the Towns 10/27/06
  • Host: Ron Beard

    Candidates running for Maine Governor this fall, and/or their campaign spokespeople, share the hour

    Comments Off on Talk of the Towns 09/22/06
  • Host: Jill Goldthwait
    Topic: Home Grown. Good Eating. (Local farms, fresh food)
    What are small local farms like in Maine? The markets – consumers, CSA, WIC, restaurants, farm stands, farmer’s markets. Obstacles – regulations
    Guests: Kerri Sands, Director, Farms for the Future; Jo Barrett, King Hill Farm; Chip Angell, The Brooklin Inn; Diane Lokocm, Beech Hill Farm
    Call in show

    Comments Off on Talk of the Towns 08/25/06
  • Guest host: Paul Anderson, Maine SeaGrant Program

    Topic: The safety of Maine’s swimming beaches, featuring expert guests. Call in show

    Comments Off on Talk of the Towns 07/28/06
  • Host: Ron Beard, University of Maine Cooperative Extension
    Topic: Sustainable development for Maine’s Native Peoples: Four Directions Development Corporation (FDDC)
    Location and population of Passamaquoddy, Penobscot Tribes, Houlton Band of Maliseets and Aroostook Band of Micmac Indians, current economic and social conditions?
    When and why was the FDDC established? What are the primary goals? What are the community impacts?
    Guests: Susan Hammond, Executive Director, Four Directions Development Corporation; Patricia Kontur, FDDC Business Program Director; Mark Chavaree, FDDC Advisory Board Member; Helen Scalia, Giving Winds Capital Campaign Coordinator; Tom Euell, former Executive Director, Maine Council of Churches
    Resources for listeners: www.fourdirectionsmaine.org or 207-866-6545; www.mainecouncilofchurches.org or 207-772-1918

    Comments Off on Talk of the Towns 06/23/06
  • Topic: Maine Legislative Review 2006
    What is the work of citizenship in following complex public issues
    before the Legislature?
    What were some of the highlights and disappointments of this past
    legislative session?
    What was some of the background to legislation under consideration,
    including expanded internet access for rural residents, protection of
    wetlands and vernal pools, incineration of demolition and construction
    waste, restrictions in licenses for elver fishing, maintenance of roads
    and bridges, reimbursements to hospitals for Medicare related expenses
    and assurances that Maine people don’t loose benefits due to the
    Medicare Part D federal legislation on pharmeceuticals.
    Guests: Senator Dennis Damon (D), Trenton Senator Richard Rosen, (R) Bucksport
    Representative Hannah Pingree, (D) North HavenRepresentative Ted Koffman (D) Bar Harbor
    Hosts: Ron Beard Jill Goldthwait

    Comments Off on Talk of the Towns 05/26/06
  • Host Ron Beard and guest Vivian Newman (Maine Chapter Sierra Club), Walter Anderson (former Maine state geologist), Todd Burrowes (Maine State Planning office) and Mike Crocker (Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance) discuss off-shore drilling and what is at stake for Maine.

    What is the background on the 20 plus year moratorium on offshore drilling?

    What concerns are leading to moves in Congress to lift that moratorium?

    What are the potential advantages and disadvantages to drilling/production of oil/gas reserves off Maine’s coast?

    Call in show

    Comments Off on Talk of the Towns 04/28/06
  • Talk Of The Towns 01/27/06

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