The Maine Potato Blossom Festival is a time-honored tradition in Aroostook County. First celebrated in 1937, Potato Blossom is one of Maine’s oldest festivals. From the parade to the mashed potato wrestling, the multi-day event in Fort Fairfield is a fun and fitting tribute to Maine potatoes and the hardworking farmers that grow them.
Medicare is critical to our nation, providing health coverage for more than 54 million American seniors and disabled individuals. Given its paramount importance, as well as the looming financial insolvency the program faces, it is simply unacceptable that improper payments are continuing to soar in the Medicare program.
These improper payments waste taxpayer dollars while compromising the financial integrity of the Medicare program and undermining our ability to provide needed health care services to those who depend on this vital program.
Scattered throughout Maine’s thousands of miles of jagged coastline are more than 60 lighthouses. These iconic symbols of our state’s rugged beauty and maritime heritage are more than just postcard-worthy buildings—for hundreds of years, they have helped seafarers navigate our rocky shores.
From Nubble Light in York to West Quoddy Head Light in Lubec, Maine’s lighthouses serve as indispensable beacons of safety up and down our coast, guiding sailors, fishermen, and recreational boaters home. Some of these impressive structures are almost as old as America itself.
The Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) is truly the jewel of Maine’s legendary north woods. The waterway is a remote 92- mile long river and lake area that is managed by the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry. The Allagash is one of the premier canoe trips in the eastern United States. The fisheries of the waterway are plentiful and essentially native. The primary visitors to the waterway are canoeists and fishermen.
As I travel all across our state, I have extensive conversations with small business owners and workers about the challenges they face. While there is no doubt that our nation’s unemployment rate remains unacceptably high, I have met with employers in Maine who have jobs available but who cannot find qualified and trained workers to fill these vacant positions.
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”
Those aren’t the first words of the Declaration of Independence, but they are arguably the most famous. And while Thomas Jefferson agonized over every detail of our country’s greatest declaration, not all of those words came from his pen alone.
As Baby Boomers reach retirement age, more and more Americans today are receiving social security benefits. Yet, despite this substantial increase in caseload, the Social Security Administration is actually closing field offices. In the past five years, the SSA has closed 64 of approximately 1,245 field offices—the largest field office reduction in history—and shuttered 533 temporary mobile offices. Furthermore, it has reduced field office hours and started closing some offices at noon on Wednesdays last year.
I am deeply troubled by allegations of wrongdoing at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare facilities around the country. The allegations of gross mismanagement and fraud are alarming and describe conduct that is reprehensible. The Inspector General’s investigation and findings are a call to action.
It’s no secret that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) had a rough start. But as the website runs more smoothly, and more and more Americans sign up for healthcare, something else is increasingly clear: in many ways the Affordable Care Act is starting to work.