With the response to COVID-19 fresh in our minds, it’s imperative that lawmakers introduce legislation that improves government’s ability to manage a crisis.
As businesses consider work-from-home options for employees, Maine should seize this opportunity by promoting itself as the ideal “remote work state.”
A combination of unclear reporting from the Maine CDC and growing support to rapidly “open” the state leaves a large segment of Mainers more vulnerable to COVID-19.
The debate about how to “reopen” Maine and other states has quickly escalated into a political war being waged by those who believe personal freedom is more important than public health.
Until a vaccine is developed to counter COVID-19, it’s important for the state of Maine to plan to protect its vulnerable senior population.
The response to COVID-19 has been politically partisan. Trump supporters claim that shutting down parts of the economy is more harmful than the virus itself. Opponents, including Democratic leaders, focus more on health than economic activity.
The COVID-19 crisis has shown states the consequences of excessive dependence on a federal government with different priorities than meeting their basic needs. When the crisis has passed, it’s likely the power of states will increase.
Even if other countries were caught off guard by the coronavirus pandemic, that’s no excuse for a country that considers itself — and is widely considered by others — to be the world leader.
Gradually the U.S has been moving toward greater direct democracy. Almost all states use referendums proposed by legislatures to allow the people to make decisions.
Sen. Susan Collins is focused on a fifth term in the U.S. Senate — something her political role model, Margaret Chase Smith, failed to accomplish.
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