Did you go to the High School Basketball Tournament last week?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 19% (81 votes)No 81% (339 votes)

Do you think Unions are to blame for the economy?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 76% (1,280 votes)No 24% (397 votes)

Do you think Maine’s school year should be extended?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 42% (155 votes)No 58% (210 votes)

Which would you rather see- wind turbines on land or off shore?

Updated 4 years ago

Turbines On Land 2% (17 votes)Off Shore Wind Power 12% (104 votes)Neither 72% (658 votes)Both 14% (130 votes)

Do you believe in Reincarnation?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 38% (86 votes)No 62% (140 votes)

Healthy Living: Hand Hygiene

Updated 4 years ago

By- Dr. Amy MoviusRespiratory illness season (including influenza) is in full swing AND there’s a nasty stomach flu “going around”.  I spent most of last night at the hospital attending to such patients while sincerely hoping not to acquire or spread these infections further.  This involves a lot of hand washing and sanitizing.  What hand washing, as a subject, lacks in sensationalism it makes up for in usefulness. Whether talking about the common cold or more serious infections, it is often the single most important thing you can do to keep from getting sick.  Take a moment to think about everything you’ve touched in the past hour, much less the past day.  Infection causing germs can be transferred to your hands by everything you touch, which can then be transferred into your body by touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.  Likewise, if you are carrying an infection – knowingly or not – it can be spread to other people in the same manner. As a whole, we are not as diligent at hand washing as we think we are.  Take after using the bathroom, for instance.  One study found that although 91% adults surveyed reported always washing their hands after using public bathrooms only 83% – or 4 out of 5 – were directly observed to do so.  In a study of middle and high school students only 58% of girls and 48% of boys cleaned their hands after using the school bathroom.   People admit to hand washing even less at home after using their own bathrooms despite the fact they are still bathrooms.  Only 32% people surveyed reported washing their hands after covering a sneeze or cough.   Below is a reminder list for when you should wash your hands.  1.      After using the bathroom (or changing a diaper).2.      After blowing your nose or coughing.3.      Before touching food (eating, serving, preparing).4.      After touching animals (including pets).5.      After outdoor activities.6.      Before and after visiting anyone who’s sick: think about using an alcohol sanitizer here as well.7.      Any other time your hands are dirty. Below is the proper hand washing technique.   1.      Use soap (any type is fine) and warm water.2.      Be thorough – wash hands, fingers, nails, wrists – front and back.3.      Wash at least 15 seconds (one round of “Happy Birthday”).4.      After rinsing well, pat dry with a clean towel.5.      Use paper towels to turn faucets and door handles in public bathrooms. Frequent hand washing can cause skin to become chapped or dry.  If you have this problem you still need to wash diligently but pick a mild soap and generously moisturize after each washing.  If there isn’t a place to wash, waterless hand soaps or scrubs are a good alternative to keep nearby. Please follow these guidelines to protect yourself and those around you.   When needed, gently remind others to do so as well. Reference: www.kidshealth.org

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A Look at Junior Achievement

Updated 1 year ago

Junior Achievement Provides financial education using volunteers from the community in lessons for kids. I have taught middle school students with lessons that have explain credit. Wow, is this a necessary program! Lesson book cost money and fundraisers are ongoing to expand the offering of these classes in more schools. I am most familiar with the middle school programs and have taught after some modification, the Savvy Shopper lesson. Focusing on cash and credit I would bring my old bag phone (here it is) and explain cash, debit cards, credit cards and the implication of spending decisions.Your twelve year-old doesn’t understand what you mean when she sees cash in your hand but you say “I don’t have money.’ Junior Achievement and in my modified Savvy Shopper lesson , I explain checking accounts, what you can expect to earn at various jobs, expenses, very basic budgets, and the cost of credit and the consequences of ‘buying on time, ‘as it used to be called. I use the bag phone as an example of buying something with credit, owing more than the simply the purchase price, paying well past the item is in fashion or technologically advanced as newer phones- as an example- become more sleek. You continue to pay for a very uncool item. Your budget is smaller as a result and when your friends are having fun you are paying for things you bought years ago.Other middle school lessons include learning about your credit score, choosing a career, and insurance.More classrooms each year want these programs in their schools so volunteers and donations are always needed. Your family or business can help. Contact JA today at:JA of Maine, Inc. 82 Elm StreetPortland, ME 04101Phone: (207) 347-4333Email: athomas@jamaine.org Web address: www.jamaine.org Citations:http://www.ja.org/programs/programs_mid_econ_success_obj.shtmlhttp://www.ja.org/programs/programs_mid_overview_obj.shtmlMarion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008, 2009 & 2010 by Market Surveys of AmericaIn compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Should groups make public who finances their campaign?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 91% (172 votes)No 9% (18 votes)

Which federal program would you rather see cuts made to?

Updated 4 years ago

LIHEAP 53% (953 votes)Medicare 20% (362 votes)Defense 10% (186 votes)Social Security 17% (296 votes)

How much do you typically tip a food server?

Updated 4 years ago

Less than 15% 14% (37 votes)15% 30% (79 votes)18% 7% (19 votes)20% 45% (116 votes)More 4% (10 votes)

Do you think there is fraud in the state government?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 96% (348 votes)No 4% (15 votes)

Would you be in favor of Maine re-instituting the death penalty?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 87% (390 votes)No 13% (60 votes)

Healthy Living: HFCS; The Controversy and Common Sense

Updated 4 years ago

Corrections regarding statements about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS): The controversy and common sense.By- Dr. Joan Marie PellegriniLast month I discussed HFCS in this segment. I have been doing this segment since 2000 and have never received any mail commenting on my segment. However, this segment generated two well-written letters from experts in Massachusetts and New Jersey. They wanted to point out a few wrong statements that I made and also wanted to point out that HFCS is safe and no different than any other sugar. It also seems there was some confusion that I may have implied that HFCS is there reason we are having such an obesity epidemic. I agree with the experts on most points. I stated that HFCS is sweeter than table sugar and this is wrong. I also stated that that HFCS has only been around since the 1990’s and this is also wrong. It became much more popular then but it has been around since the 1960’s.It is quite interesting to me how much controversy this segment generated. I was unaware of the controversy surrounding HFCS until friends of mine pointed out to me there are TV commercials that try to convince the consumer that HFCS is the same as any other sugar. A quick search of the medical literature with the term “fructose” reveals that there is some scientific excitement regarding this molecule. One of the main problems with studying nutrition is that there is little funding available. Pharmaceutical companies only pay for research that will generate a new drug and therefore have a potential for profit. The NIH and USDA have limited funds for nutrition research (probably less than 5% of that spent on cancer and heart disease. I have no study to quote here except a quick Google search.). Much of the “nutrition” research that is being funded is looking at supplements and vitamins, not at true nutrition. Another problem with many of the studies is that the study participants are given an unrealistic diet and therefore the conclusions are not translatable to the real world.There are plenty of studies to show that HFCS is no different than any other sugar. However, there are also several studies showing the opposite. Why did the study that I mentioned come to the conclusion that HFCS is worse for you? One of the main problems with that study is that the participants were fed an unrealistic diet of pure fructose. This is quite different than HFCS. Because of the differences in study design, percentage and form of fructose, etc, it is quite difficult to make any certain conclusions from the available literature.Here are some points that are not controversial:1) Americans consume too much simple carbohydrates (sugars).2) Sugared drinks are a major problem .3) Many foods that you buy in the grocery store have sugar, honey, HFCS, or other sugars hidden in them.4) Fructose is absorbed and metabolized differently than glucose.5) A quick look at food labels will reveal the ubiquity of hidden sugars.6) The obesity epidemic is very complex. There is no one issue to blame and there is no one simple solution.When I chose to cover HFCS, I chose this topic as one of several that I’ve done over the years focusing on various aspects of our diet and goals towards healthy living. Although I made some minor incorrect statements, I stand by my original conclusions: HFCS is controversial and it may or may not be different than other sugars. However, limiting sugars and HFCS is just one small part of the overall program of healthy living. By no means should HFCS shoulder all the blame for America’s obesity epidemic.

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“A Man is Not a Financial Plan”

Updated 1 year ago

When I say ‘A man’s not a financial plan,” besides quoting the great free bumper sticker available from WIFE.org, I am not saying I dislike men. I have been happily married for more than thirty-five years and have two great sons. I AM saying that your financial plan is your individual responsibility and that you may not wait for a prince or your daddy to lift this job from your shoulders. and I have been married for more than thirty-five years but unless we ‘go through the Stargate together’ ( which is our silly way of saying we hope to die together), one of us may predecease the other and other marriages may end in divorce.Talk about money- You need to know what’s going on and bring your views to the joint money table. Different attitudes about money are important to share and help provide better security for both of you. You see things differently, and those views are each helpful.Map out your money plan- Make a budget for how the money is spent today and a plan for where you’ll live in retirement, how much your income will be at the phase of your life, and get your legal documents in place so that when trouble comes, you will be more able to manage the pain.Set priorities- Speak your mind about what’s important to you about money. Communication is not a perfect medium so use various approaches to make your point heard. Be willing to compromise on issues on which you feel more flexible. Examine your attitude to check for fear and try to operate in good sense and not too much emotion.Credit in your name – make sure you know how the family credit is used and have credit in your name. I have told you stories of rich and famous who have been ignorant about their money suffered badly because of that error. Please learn from their mistakes! And for a free bumper sticker or an electronic newsletter sign up at www.wife.org. Citation:My book, Real Deal: Making Big Changes with Small Changehttp://www.wife.org/man-is-not-a-plan.htm Marion R. Syversen, MBA – PresidentNorumbegaFinancial207.862.2952Marion@NorumbegaFinancial.com Check out our website that includes weekly streaming videosWWW.NorumbegaFinancial.com Voted Bangor’s Best Financial Planning Firm 2008, 2009 & 2010 by Market Surveys of America In compliance with requirements from FINRA, all e-mail sent via the WSFG domain will be subject to review and archiving by Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Email management, archiving & monitoring technology powered by Smarsh, Inc. Disclosure:Only securities and advisory services offered through Wall Street Financial Group, Inc. Registered Investment Advisor. Member FINRA/SIPC. Wall Street Financial Group, Inc., Norumbega Financial and all other entities listed herein are separate entities, independently owned and operated.

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Would you agree to pay more in taxes, in order to keep your town’s largest employer in business?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 16% (86 votes)No 84% (455 votes)

Do you think that the Governor’s 2 year budget Proposal will solve Maine’s current economic woes?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 78% (776 votes)No 22% (215 votes)

When you were growing up, where did you think Paul Bunyan was from?

Updated 4 years ago

Here 73% (190 votes)Away 27% (69 votes)

Should the President of the University of Maine be paid more than the Governor of Maine?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 8% (51 votes)No 92% (561 votes)

Take This Job and Love It: Horse Shelter

Updated 4 years ago

In this edition of Take This Job and Love It, Chelsey Anderson traveled Downeast to help a nonprofit.She visited the First Light Farm Equine Shelter in Perry.Chelsey: “I rode a horse at a fair when I was child, but that’s about the extent of my knowledge of horses. Thankfully, the ladies at the farm were more than willing to show me the ropes.”——————-“Yes babe. We’ve got to bring you some hay, huh?” Chelsey: “Hi! She’s like, ‘Where’s my food?’ We’re getting it!”(Andrea:) “We’re going up to the hay loft.”(Chelsey:) “Heads up!”(Chelsey:) “Mariah! Look, look at the hay.” Andrea: “No, she says she’s going to eat Zippy’s.” Chelsey: “Zippy’s looks pretty good!”I fill her water and I’m on to the next task.(Andrea:) “The best part is mucking out. We’ll muck out our paddock, our run in sheds and the stalls.”(Vicky:) “We’re going to clean a stall.” Vicky: “And I left her some special frozen stuff!” Chelsey: Thank you!(Andrea:) “You can start with just picking up off the surface.” Chelsey: “Okay.” Andrea: “She’s made a bit of a mess.”(Andrea:) “Just give it a little shake. You want to shake out your shaving over an area you’re not going to be shaking again.” Chelsey: “Oh, that’s a good idea.”I banged some of the shavings out to get the remaining mess, but I wasn’t going quite fast enough. So, the self-proclaimed Barn Goddess took over and I moved on to churn-in some new pine shavings in Zippy’s stall.(Chelsey:) “Okay. One stall down.”Moving on to Delia’s paddock.(Andrea:) “I first start trying to rake it into a pile.”(Chelsey:) “Delia, I love you girl, but I don’t love the presents.”Then I filled the muck buckets.(Chelsey:) “And that’s a lot of poo to deal with.”(Andrea:) “I hope they pay you well for this feature!”(Chelsey:) “Another one.” Vicky: “You’re not done yet!”(Chelsey:) “Well, I think they’re definitely eating enough.”(Andrea:) “That’s probably as full as we’re going to be able to get.” Chelsey: “Okay.”(Andrea:) “Now you’ll get the wheel barrel and dump that one too.”(Chelsey:) “Oh! I’m going to go up this little bridge. Oh my goodness.”(Andrea:) “You’ve got to get a running start.”(Chelsey:) “Okay!” (grunting) Andrea: “There you go! Alright!”Now that Delia’s paddock was clean, it was time to get her groomed.(Andrea:) “The first thing that happens is we have to clean out her feet.”(Andrea:) “You’re going to run your hand down, and she knows what I’m going to be doing so she’s going to pick up her foot for me.”It didn’t work that way for me.(Chelsey:) “Come on! You can do it!”(Chelsey:) “Err!” Andrea: “Delia!” Chelsey: “Come on! Are we friends? I thought we were friends!” Well, the talk must have helped.(Chelsey:) “Come on! Yes!”I cleaned that foot up and moved to the back, which wasn’t any easier.(Andrea:) “Do it real quick!” Chelsey: “Errr!” (laughter)(Andrea:) “And we’re going to give her a quick grooming.”I removed the dirt and dander from Delia’s coat, then shined her up.(Andrea:) “She is definitely enjoying this.”I topped off the grooming with a treat.(Chelsey:) “Ah, yeah! Yummy!”So after all the feeding, scooping, and brushing, would I get the job?(Andrea:) “Absolutely, because it’s not about knowledge, it’s about having the heart and compassion to do it.”(Chelsey:) “Thank you so much, and thank you so much. You were very friendly.”Before I left, I was presented with a major award.(Andrea:) “We don’t hand these out to just anybody, but anyone who’s gone above and beyond the call of duty.”For climbing Mt. Manure.Whoo!—————-On Sunday the 13th, the New Friendly Restaurant on Route 1 in Perry will give 10% of their proceeds to Have a Heart for Horses to help the shelter.If you have an idea for our next Take This Job and Love It, email Chelsey: canderson@wabi.tv.

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Do you think that Maine should have a privately run prison?

Updated 4 years ago

Yes 63% (219 votes)No 37% (128 votes)