Al Diamon

Al Diamon

Who’s crazy?

POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKES

Which side in the debate over General Assistance is correct?

That’s easy.

None of them.

Certainly not the city of Portland, which admits it regularly and knowingly allowed people with assets ranging from $20,000 to as much as $160,000 to stay in its homeless shelter on the taxpayers’ tab. Portland’s excuse is that these folks were suffering from mental illnesses that somehow made it impossible for them – or anyone else – to manage their affairs. Rather than attempt to correct that situation, the city opted to let them occupy its limited shelter space, because it could always bill the state for the cost.

Alligator stomp

POLITICS & OTHER MISTAKES

Maine does a great job of figuring out the cost of maintaining its transportation infrastructure. Every year, the state releases a detailed report showing how much it needs to provide safe passage across the landscape for residents and tourists, whether by automobile, rail, or teleportation device.

County lines

Nominations are now open for the person who most

resembles county government in Maine.

First up is Alex Rodriguez. The disgraced New York

Yankee is expensive, unproductive and obnoxious. If there

were three of him, he’d be a county commission. Except with

bigger muscles and smaller testicles.

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