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Talk of the Towns 12/22/06

Producer/host: Ron Beard

Topic: Changing Nature of Democracy: How are citizens changing the way government works? What are ways to make government more responsive? What are the techniques for engaging citizens, experts and policy makers in dialogue?

Guests: Matt Leighninger, author of “The Next Form of Democracy”; Barbara Peppey, Healthy Peninsula, Blue Hill; State Rep. Jim Schatz, Blue Hill

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Talk of the Towns 11/24/06

Producer/host: Ron Beard

Talk of the Towns 10/27/06

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?

Talk of the Towns 09/22/06

Host: Ron Beard

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

Talk of the Towns 08/25/06

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
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Talk of the Towns 07/28/06

Guest host: Paul Anderson, Maine SeaGrant Program

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

Talk of the Towns 06/23/06

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

Talk of the Towns 05/26/06

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