Letters to the Editor (LTEs) – LINKS & EMAILS

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Maine Media Contacts – Send Letters to the Editor

Maine Media Contacts

Letters to the Editor:

Bangor Daily: http://bangordailynews.com/opinion/submit

Bay Community Register (Castine): bcrinfo@penobscotbaypress.com

Bethel Citizen: news@bethelcitizen.com

The Bollard (Portland Weekly): editor@thebollard.com

Brunswick Times Record: letters@timesrecord.com

Calais Advertiser: calaisadvertiser@myfairpoint.net

Castine Patriot: cp@penobscotbaypress.com

The Eastern Gazette (Dexter): news@easterngazette.com

Ellsworth American: info@ellsworthamerican.com

Falmouth Forecaster: editor@theforecaster.net

Fort Fairfield Journal: ffj@mainemediaresources.com

Kennebec Journal (Augusta): http://www.kjonline.com/opinion/letters/

Kingfield Irregular: 
theirregular@tds.net

Lincoln News: lincnews@midmaine.com

Machias News: editor@machiasnews.com

Maine Campus (Orono): info@mainecampus.com

Morning Sentinel (Waterville): letters@centralmaine.com

Mt. Desert Islander: info@mdislander.com

Penobscot Times (Old Town): Greg Fish Editor – news@thepenobscottimes.com

Piscataquis Observer (Dover Foxcroft): observer@nepublish.com

Portland Phoenix: (…coming soon…)

Quoddy Tides (Eastport): qtides@midmaine.com

Rockland Free Press: editor@freepressonline.com

Rolling Thunder Express (Newport – usually announcements only): info@rollingthunderexpress.com

Rumford Falls Times: editor@rumfordfallstimes.com

Sun Journal (Lewiston) : letters@sunjournal.com http://www.sunjournal.com/submit/letter

Twin City Times (Auburn): Editor@TwinCityTimes.com

SOURCE:  Don’t WASTE ME

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NEWS RELEASE: Mainers Want Tax Revenues Spent on Education, Health Care

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FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

Contact: Larry Dansinger, 525-7776

                   Lisa Savage, 399-7623 

Mainers Want Tax Revenues Spent on Education, Health Care

MAINE –  Education, health care, and veterans’ benefits were the top choices for federal spending among 1,552 Mainers, according to a “penny poll” conducted in each of Maine’s sixteen counties.

In the midst of debates in Washington DC about debt, budget cuts, and tax increases, a series of surveys were held throughout the state of Maine to get local responses to the issue. A “penny poll” was held in every Maine county asking participants, “How would you like your federal tax dollars spent?”

The results from over 1,500 participants in Maine diverge considerably from the actual spending by Congress, but were relatively consistent in different parts of the state.

Participants at shopping centers and post offices were given ten pennies, each representing ten percent of the money in income taxes that goes each year to the federal government. They were asked to put pennies in jars representing the ten largest parts of the federal government’s discretionary budget, the monies that Congress allocates each year. How many pennies participants put in each jar indicated where THEY wanted to see their tax dollars spent, not where the federal government currently spends tax money.

Results showed that education (21%), health care (19%) and veterans’ benefits (12%) were the top choices among the 1,552 people who participated. Those were followed by environment/science (11%), food/agriculture (9%), both transportation and interest on the national debt (7%), housing (6%), defense (5%), and general government (2%).

“What the public wants its tax money to go toward is very different from where Congress is actually spending it. Education, health care, veterans’ benefits, and the environment/science all received a lot more money than Congress actually spends for them,” stated Larry Dansinger, who compiled the figures. “Defense, including our current wars, nuclear and conventional weapons, wages for our armed forces, and homeland security, gets about 50% of the discretionary budget now, but in the survey that category got just under five percent.”

The penny polls, sponsored by the Bring Our War $$ Home campaign, were conducted by volunteers in a number of Maine towns during the months of May, June, and July. The polls were held at post offices, supermarkets, downtown areas, and other venues frequented by a broad cross section of the public.

“Congress is out of touch with the priorities of most people in this country,” said Lisa Savage, CODEPINK Maine Local Coordinator. “It’s time to stop pouring tax revenues into making weapons manufacturers even richer than they already are. The people know this, and they also know that their needs are not being represented in Washington DC.”

For more information on these polls, including individual poll by poll results and locations, contact Larry Dansinger, 525-7776 rosc@psouth.net or Lisa Savage, 399-7623.

GRAND TOTALS OF RESULTS FOR ALL 19 POLLS:

Defense                                             765             4.9%

Education                                     3239           21.1%

Environment/Science             1701           11.1%

Food/Agriculture                      1409            9.2%

General Government                    352            2.3%

Health Care                                    2909           18.9%

Housing/Urban Dev.                    994             6.4%

Interest on Debt                           1058            6.8%

Transportation                              1094           7.1%

Veterans’ Benefits                         1856           12.1%

Total Pennies: 15,377         1,552 people took the poll

 

(Apologies if these categories, numbers, and percentages do not format well.)

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MEDIA ADVISORY: HUD Tenants Tell Congress to Have a Heart

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Save Our Homes Coalition

c/o: PORTLAND TENANTS UNION, 24 Kellogg Street, Portland, ME 04101

207-210-7253 / contact@PortlandTenants.org / www.PortlandTenants.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

February 11, 2011

For more information contact:

Ed Democracy, Portland Tenants Union, 207-210-7253 (c) PTU Press Kit

Michael Kane, National Alliance of HUD Tenants, 617-233-1885 (c) NAHT Press Kit

 

HUD Tenants Tell Congress to Have a Heart

With the leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives proposing to cut over $100 billion from the budget, HUD tenants and their allies are urging Congress to fully fund housing programs. Tenants from Portland and throughout Maine will deliver a giant Have A Heart valentine to Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Congressman Mike Michaud, and to Senators Collins & Snowe at their offices at Canal Plaza (corner of Temple & Spring Streets) in Portland on Monday, February 14th at 12noon.

As many as 850,000 Section 8 tenants could be cut off from federal assistance as early a April if a $100 billion cut is applied across the board to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) – resulting in a 35% cut to HUD programs, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Section 8 is a subsidized housing program which enables tenants to pay roughly 30% of their income for rent. Around half of the tenants living in Section 8 housing are elderly or disabled and around half are families with children.

We cannot allow Congress to kick elderly people, people with disabilities, and children out of their homes while wealthy people can take tax deductions on vacation homes,” said Heather Curtis, President of the Portland Tenants Union. The group supports eliminating the mortgage interest deduction on second homes instead of reducing housing assistance to the most vulnerable Americans.

It wouldn’t be the first time tenants suffered due to underfunding housing programs. In 2003, HUD told Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) they would be paid at 70% of their prior year’s budgets, causing Housing Authorities around the country to cancel vouchers, reduce the amount of subsidies they would pay per apartment, or terminate tenants from the program. In 2007, owners of project-based Section 8 apartments didn’t receive their payments on time, causing at least one Texas landlord to go into foreclosure and HUD to try to shut down the property, and many owners to struggle to make utility payments, payroll, and provide services.

Adds Ed Democracy, a Portland, Maine Navy veteran, college graduate and resident of Public Housing, “Congress must fully fund public housing to protect the investment taxpayers have made to maintain stable housing for families.” Democracy notes that destabilizing Section 8 subsidies to HUD insured mortgages would also strike a body blow to the mortgage and real estate industries; destabilizing municipal finances by undercutting Public Housing would have a similar effect on municipal bond markets. Neither the tenants nor the industries that provide rental housing for the poor can sustain these shocks.

Valentine deliveries are also occurring in 19 localities, nationwide. The Have a Heart campaign was initiated by the National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT), a national tenant-led organization working to preserve affordable housing, protect tenants’ rights, and promote resident control and ownership in low-income housing.

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MEDIA RELEASE: October is Co-op Month | Events throughout ME & US

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MEDIA RELEASE – For Immediate Release [ download: .PDF .DOC .ODT ]

For more information: Davis Taylor, 207-801-5711, Cooperative Maine

Or contact individuals listed for specific events—see below

OCTOBER IS

CO-OP MONTH

 

Cooperatives in Maine Help Build Local Economies

October is Co-op Month. To celebrate it, Cooperative Maine has helped to organize and is promoting a number of events about cooperatives and credit unions or featuring a specific Maine co-op that will be held in Maine in October. Co-op Month is a national series of events throughout the country to make cooperatives more visible in their contributions to local economies and to the country. Cooperative Maine is a statewide group supporting the 165+ co-ops in Maine (including credit unions), promoting the development of new cooperatives as a way to benefit the Maine economy. It has also published:

STRONGER TOGETHER: A Directory of Maine’s Cooperative Economy

available for FREE PDF download at www.cooperativemaine.org/directory.pdf

Cooperative Maine is an organization that has emerged over the past 3 years to connect, strengthen and support cooperatives and their allies across the state. It believes that cooperatives are powerful and effective tools in the work of creating a more sustainable, equitable and democratic economy in Maine. The purpose of Cooperative Maine is to increase the visibility of the cooperative model as an economic development strategy for Maine communities, to support existing cooperatives in their work, and to encourage new cooperative efforts.

FACTS about the national cooperative movement and its impact on the US economy:

* The top 100 cooperatives in the US had total revenues of $150 Billion in 2006.

* All US co-ops employ over 600,000 people, with revenues estimated at $500 Billion.

* Agricultural co-ops market about one third of all farm products in the US.

* About 8,500 credit unions, which are financial cooperatives, have about 90 million members and $750 Billion in assets.

* And electric cooperatives serve 39 million customers.

Below is a partial list of some of the events and activities sponsored by and involving Maine cooperatives during the month of October (& one at the end of September).

End of September (could not wait until October to announce): A brand new Portland Food Co-op store will soon open its doors to the public and its members. The Co-op, which has operated as a pre-order since 2006, announced it has received a donation of a free, five-year lease on a building at 60 Hampshire St. at the bottom of Portland’s Munjoy Hill. It plans to renovate the building and open early in 2011, both as a larger pre-order and, on a limited but expanding basis, as a storefront. The Co-op currently orders an estimated $8,000-10,000 per month in food and other grocery items, of which about 40 percent comes from Maine. When it appealed for equity from members to support the new space, the PFC exceeded its goal of 150 initial members. For more information about the Co-op’s exciting plans, contact PFC board member Emily Graham at info@portlandfoodcoop.org or see the website, www.portlandfoodcoop.org.

October 1: Faire Bande à Part Housing Cooperative (Faire-Op) will begin accepting applications for residential co-ownership of the Faire-Op cooperative house in Lewiston. Begun in 2008, Faire-Op resident owners wanted to collectively own and control their own property and make a greater commitment to the Lewiston community. All residents plan and budget for improvements, set rents, share chores, and even have weekly group meals. To apply for co-ownership of the building and live in a three-bedroom unit in Faire-op, contact Denise Dill, at faireop@gmail.com or 207-408-6036

October 4: “The film “The Take” shown, 7 PM, Gates Auditorium, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor. It is about the worker takeover and operation of an auto parts factory in Buenos Aires, Argentina. When the plant was shut down by owners, workers refused to leave and eventually began to run the plant themselves. The film will be followed by a discussion with Davis Taylor. The film is free and the public is invited. For more information: Davis Taylor, 207-801-5711 or davisftaylor@gmail.com

October 9: The Co-opARTive Fiesta in Willimantic, CT with participation by Maine cooperatives, including Local Sprouts – a worker cooperative bakery & café in downtown Portland, ME, planning by Cooperative Development Institute volunteer Jane Livingston of Veazie, ME, and music, product demonstrations, co-op food, & much more. For more information: Jane Livingston, Jane_Livingston@myfairpoint.net

October 16: Information about the Falmouth Corner Co-op Preschool will be available at its benefit yard sale, 8 AM-1 PM at West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Rd., Falmouth. For more information: Shawna Jette, smjette@maine.rr.com

October 17-23: International Credit Union Week celebrated by Maine’s 65+ credit unions. From the Maine Credit Union League: Maine’s credit unions, with more than 600,000 members, demonstrate the cooperative spirit, philosophy and values of co-ops every single day. By using a credit union, Maine consumers save $73 million annually through lower and fewer fees and better rates. Nearly all of Maine’s credit unions will be celebrating International Credit Union Week. There will be special events and activities and opportunities for both existing members and potential new members to learn more about the benefits of using a financial cooperative. Culminating with International Credit Union Day on Thursday, October 21, many credit unions in Maine will be holding open houses, special promotions, giveaways and a variety of other free events and happenings. For more information, visit www.mainecreditunions.org or call Jon Paradise at the Maine Credit Union League, 1-800-442-6715 .

October 20: “Right for These Times” is the theme of the showing of the film “Democracy in the Workplace: Three Worker-Owned Businesses in Action” and excerpts from a second film, “The Mondragon Experiment,” both shown at 6 PM at the Belfast Free Library, Belfast in conjunction with Co-op Month. The first film describes how workers have organized as a cooperative to operate their businesses; the second is a history of one of the world’s largest cooperatives, in the Basque region of Spain. A discussion about local cooperative development will follow the film. It is sponsored by Cooperative Maine, the Belfast Co-op Store, and the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County. Contact Fran Clemetson, 207-338-2532 or education@belfast.coop

October 22: FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com in Portland will have a special double feature of films about how cooperatives can help rebuild our local food system:

  • Reviving Renville: Vertically Integrated Co-ops – Renville, Minnesota was a rural town in decline until it began adopting cooperatives as a model to revive it’s agriculturally-based economy.
  • Food For Change: www.foodforchangemovie.com – a work-in-progress documentary film about the history of the cooperative movement in the United States and the present role that food co-ops play in the creation of regional food systems. The film is a call to action to expand the cooperative economic model and a response to large agri-businesses and giant retail chains considerable efforts to gain control of the world’s food supply from the gene to the grocery shelf.

For more information, contact Ed Democracy, contact@fourthfridayfoodfilms.com.

Throughout October: Op-eds about Co-op Month will be published in various newspapers and publications throughout Maine. See below to obtain a copy of the piece.

For more info about Co-op Month :

Maine & beyond, Davis Taylor info@cooperativemaine.org or 207-801-5711 ;

New England & Northeast Region, Noemi Giszpenc at Cooperative Development

Institute, ngiszpenc@cdi.coop or 1-877-NECOOPS ;

National, Carissa Heckathorn, checkathorn@ncba.coop, www.coopmonth.coop .

The Seven Principles of Cooperatives:

(1) Membership that is voluntary and open to anyone.

(2) Democratic control by members for all decisions, including one person, one vote.

(3) Member economic participation, including pay based upon your work for the co-op.

(4) Autonomy and independence: thru member control, not outside control.

(5) Education, training, and information provided to members, employees, & the public.

(6) Cooperation among cooperatives: they work together rather than competing. And

(7) Concern for community by encouraging local, sustainable development.

(SOURCE: International Cooperative Alliance)

MEDIA ADVISORY: The GARDEN | FREE! showing | FRI, JUL 23 | @ ZERO Station

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MEDIA ADVISORY
July 5, 2010

CONTACT

The Garden

FRI, JULY 23

FREE!

@ ZERO Station

222 Anderson Street, Portland, ME [MAP]
  • 6:30pm mixing & munching
  • 7:00pm FOOD FILM

 
ABOUT The Garden (from www.thegardenmovie.com): 
 

From the ashes of the L.A. Riots arose a lush, 14-acre community garden, the largest of its kind in the United States.

Now bulldozers threaten its existence.

If everyone told you to give up, would you?


Keep track of the progress of the people in The Garden movie!


Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS

food for thought fueling community, conversation, and ACTION!
 
 
4th FRIDAY monthly
Always 100% FREE!
 
There are so many great food films already out and more are sure to come.  With so much change needed relocalize our food system, Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS can serve as a grassroots organizing hub for sharing food for thought fueling community, conversation, and ACTION!
 
Local organizations can be listed on our website as Collaborators for FREE! – no charge & no formalities – just help with promotion if/when you can.
 
We are inviting local food organizations & individuals to join in and help organize a regular showing of a FOOD FILM every month on the Fourth Friday.  Let us know if you’re interested!   The more the merrier!
 
So!  If you have ideas and/or a couple spare hours here & there, let us know!  We’d love to have your help!
 

EMAIL:  contact@FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com

 
Our COLLABORATORS, to date:
 
 
Our website will collect a list of possible titles & helpful links.  We plan to show the most honest, provocative, and inspiring food films we can find to fuel community, conversation, and ACTION! 
 
We also plan to lighten it up with fun films, occasionally.  For example, our June FOOD FILM will be “Beer Wars”.
 
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MEDIA ADVISORY: BEER WARS (the movie) FREE! showing

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www.FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com


MEDIA ADVISORY

June 23, 2010

CONTACT

Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS

BEER WARS (the movie)

FRI, JUNE 25

FREE!

@ ZERO Station

222 Anderson Street, Portland, ME [MAP]    

Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS

food for thought fueling community, conversation, and ACTION!  

 www.FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com  

4th FRIDAY monthly

  Always 100% FREE!  

There are so many great food films already out and more are sure to come.  With so much change needed relocalize our food system, Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS can serve as a grassroots organizing hub for sharing food for thought fueling community, conversation, and ACTION!  

Local organizations can be listed on our website as Collaborators for FREE! – no charge & no formalities – just help with promotion if/when you can.  

We are inviting local food organizations & individuals to join in and help organize a regular showing of a FOOD FILM every month on the Fourth Friday.  Let us know if you’re interested!   The more the merrier!  

So!  If you have ideas and/or a couple spare hours here & there, let us know!  We’d love to have your help!  

EMAIL:  contact@FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com

  Our COLLABORATORS, to date:  

Our website will collect a list of possible titles & helpful links.  We plan to show the most honest, provocative, and inspiring food films we can find to fuel community, conversation, and ACTION!   

We also plan to lighten it up with fun films, occasionally.  For example, our June FOOD FILM will be “Beer Wars”.  

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www.FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com


MEDIA ADVISORY: Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS – kickoff!

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www.FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com


MEDIA ADVISORY

May 27, 2010

CONTACT

Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS kickoff

DIRT: the movie

FRI, MAY 28

FREE!

@ ZERO Station

222 Anderson Street, Portland, ME [MAP]    

Introducing:

Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS

food for thought fueling community, conversation, and ACTION!  

 www.FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com  

4th FRIDAY monthly

  Always 100% FREE!  

There are so many great food films already out and more are sure to come.  With so much change needed relocalize our food system, Fourth Friday FOOD FILMS can serve as a grassroots organizing hub for sharing food for thought fueling community, conversation, and ACTION!  

Local organizations can be listed on our website as Collaborators for FREE! – no charge & no formalities – just help with promotion if/when you can.  

We are inviting local food organizations & individuals to join in and help organize a regular showing of a FOOD FILM every month on the Fourth Friday.  Let us know if you’re interested!   The more the merrier!  

So!  If you have ideas and/or a couple spare hours here & there, let us know!  We’d love to have your help!  

EMAIL:  contact@FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com

  Our COLLABORATORS, to date:  

Our website will collect a list of possible titles & helpful links.  We plan to show the most honest, provocative, and inspiring food films we can find to fuel community, conversation, and ACTION!   

We also plan to lighten it up with fun films, occasionally.  For example, our June FOOD FILM will be “Beer Wars”.  

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www.FourthFridayFOODFILMS.com


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