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Unbelievable tyranny.  And look at her employment background.

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Maine's Governor Janet Mills pulls the rug out from under restaurant owners she had okayed to reopen

By Thomas Lifson - May 31, 2020

 

Maine restaurant owners are going to have a lot of rotting food and idled staff on their hands, after their governor suddenly reversed a decision to allow them to re-open on June 1st.  [...]

 

Continues here: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/05/maines_governor_janet_mills_pulls_the_rug_out_from_under_restaurant_owners_she_had_okayed_to_reopen_.html  

 


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Is she also on Biden’s Veep list?


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That piece is incomplete and misleading. It plays down that restaurants in those counties are cleared for outdoor service, and doesn't mention that a deal has been struck with prisons in the state to buy excess food from restaurants in those counties. Only dine-in service has been postponed. The author does himself a disservice by leaving out the complete picture.

 

It also says that the restaurants can't reopen. That simply isn't true.

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Now, they are in limbo, with no date announced for reopening.

Restaurants can reopen with outdoor dining. 

 

https://wgme.com/news/coronavirus/maine-business-owners-sue-gov-mills-over-delay-reopening-of-restaurants

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1 minute ago, laylalex said:

That piece is incomplete and misleading. It plays down that restaurants in those counties are cleared for outdoor service, and doesn't mention that a deal has been struck with prisons in the state to buy excess food from restaurants in those counties. Only dine-in service has been postponed. The author does himself a disservice by leaving out the complete picture.

 

It also says that the restaurants can't reopen. That simply isn't true.

Restaurants can reopen with outdoor dining. 

 

https://wgme.com/news/coronavirus/maine-business-owners-sue-gov-mills-over-delay-reopening-of-restaurants

Reckon those prisons buying excess food are going to pay full market price like the restaurant owners did?

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well I found this:

 

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The MDOC has the capacity to purchase perishable and non-perishable food items, except for dairy, at a price equivalent to the price paid for the same items through MDOC’s food contract. Purchased food will be served to staff and inmates. Restaurants interested in selling to MDOC would need to be a registered vendor with the State of Maine. Payments to vendors typically take two weeks. 

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/life/food/maine-department-of-corrections-to-support-restaurants-impacted-by-dine-in-postponement/97-d831a922-90dd-4192-995e-c3a87462808b#:~:text=MAINE%2C USA — Governor Janet Mills,health and mitigate the spread

 

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The offer probably will not help restaurants get all the money they spent on food either, Dugal said. The press release announcing the Department of Corrections purchase offer says that restaurants will be paid prices similar to what the department pays its vendors for the same kind of food. The offer extends to perishable and nonperishable food, but not dairy. Because the department buys in great volume, it most likely pays less for food than what individual restaurants paid, Dugal said.

https://www.pressherald.com/2020/05/30/mills-directs-corrections-department-to-buy-surplus-restaurant-food/#

 

So the answer is probably less. But the point I was trying to make is that the article makes it sound like the restaurants would not be allowed to open or to recoup any losses from being unable to offer dine-in services. I don't live in Maine and I don't know what the conditions are like there right now. It may make sense to allow outdoor dining only in these places. We were supposed to be starting outdoor dining and some limited indoor dining before the looting, and a couple of places have already. (My favorite Kreation Juicery has outdoor dining and I had wanted to go check out the patio when I got the COVID all clear but that will have to wait for a while now.) 

 

Viruses and public health can be unpredictable, moving targets. The restaurants are being given what looks to me like a middling path while the spike passes. It's not perfect but it's better than shutting them down completely.

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2 hours ago, laylalex said:

well I found this:

 

https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/life/food/maine-department-of-corrections-to-support-restaurants-impacted-by-dine-in-postponement/97-d831a922-90dd-4192-995e-c3a87462808b#:~:text=MAINE%2C USA — Governor Janet Mills,health and mitigate the spread

 

Plus this:

https://www.pressherald.com/2020/05/30/mills-directs-corrections-department-to-buy-surplus-restaurant-food/#

 

So the answer is probably less. But the point I was trying to make is that the article makes it sound like the restaurants would not be allowed to open or to recoup any losses from being unable to offer dine-in services. I don't live in Maine and I don't know what the conditions are like there right now. It may make sense to allow outdoor dining only in these places. We were supposed to be starting outdoor dining and some limited indoor dining before the looting, and a couple of places have already. (My favorite Kreation Juicery has outdoor dining and I had wanted to go check out the patio when I got the COVID all clear but that will have to wait for a while now.) 

 

Viruses and public health can be unpredictable, moving targets. The restaurants are being given what looks to me like a middling path while the spike passes. It's not perfect but it's better than shutting them down completely.

Outdoor dining may not be available to all the restaurants, plus it is not very warm up there yet, so unless these restaurants are loaded and can go out and get some heaters if they even have space for outdoor dining is questionable.  The simple fact is the governor gave direction and then changed her mind at the last minute.


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2 minutes ago, Dashinka said:

Outdoor dining may not be available to all the restaurants, plus it is not very warm up there yet, so unless these restaurants are loaded and can go out and get some heaters if they even have space for outdoor dining is questionable.  The simple fact is the governor gave direction and then changed her mind at the last minute.

But why did she change her mind? Is it because she's spiteful or insensitive, or because she is trying to ensure the health of her citizens with a limited and tailored move? 

 

This is a health emergency; things change. It is up to our governments to be nimble and meet challenges as they develop. 

 

I have been in Maine in June. :) It is not exactly freezing during the day, even in Aroostock County which is up in the way, way north. I've spent time in York County and this time of year it's usually in the 70s. Just checked the weather there and it's going to be 83 on Friday, almost 20 degrees warmer than it's going to be here!

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1 hour ago, laylalex said:

But why did she change her mind?

 

men have been pondering that very question for centuries.


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1 hour ago, Ban Hammer said:

men have been pondering that very question for centuries.

Alex is here agreeing with you. He said if I hadn't changed my mind in 2006... and 2009... and 2010... we might be celebrating a wedding anniversary, not planning a sodding wedding during a global pandemic and widespread looting.

 

He really is the most patient person I know. :lol: 

 

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Maine is the only state with a single-syllable name.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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11 hours ago, laylalex said:

But why did she change her mind? Is it because she's spiteful or insensitive, or because she is trying to ensure the health of her citizens with a limited and tailored move? 

 

This is a health emergency; things change. It is up to our governments to be nimble and meet challenges as they develop. 

 

I have been in Maine in June. :) It is not exactly freezing during the day, even in Aroostock County which is up in the way, way north. I've spent time in York County and this time of year it's usually in the 70s. Just checked the weather there and it's going to be 83 on Friday, almost 20 degrees warmer than it's going to be here!

Who knows at this point.  There is a lot more information out there now, but if she is just relying on out-dated models, she may be making decisions with bad information.  Regardless, like I said, not every restaurant has the ability to offer outdoor dining, be it due to no room in front of their establishment, or potentially the need to have state approval.  I do not know what the laws are in Maine for restaurants, but based on everything else regulated by the states, I assume establishments will need some kind of permit to offer it. 


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18 hours ago, laylalex said:

Aroostock County

Have always wanted to visit Caribou.


06-04-2007 = TSC stamps postal return-receipt for I-129f.

06-11-2007 = NOA1 date (unknown to me).

07-20-2007 = Phoned Immigration Officer; got WAC#; where's NOA1?

09-25-2007 = Touch (first-ever).

09-28-2007 = NOA1, 23 days after their 45-day promise to send it (grrrr).

10-20 & 11-14-2007 = Phoned ImmOffs; "still pending."

12-11-2007 = 180 days; file is "between workstations, may be early Jan."; touches 12/11 & 12/12.

12-18-2007 = Call; file is with Division 9 ofcr. (bckgrnd check); e-prompt to shake it; touch.

12-19-2007 = NOA2 by e-mail & web, dated 12-18-07 (187 days; 201 per VJ); in mail 12/24/07.

01-09-2008 = File from USCIS to NVC, 1-4-08; NVC creates file, 1/15/08; to consulate 1/16/08.

01-23-2008 = Consulate gets file; outdated Packet 4 mailed to fiancee 1/27/08; rec'd 3/3/08.

04-29-2008 = Fiancee's 4-min. consular interview, 8:30 a.m.; much evidence brought but not allowed to be presented (consul: "More proof! Second interview! Bring your fiance!").

05-05-2008 = Infuriating $12 call to non-English-speaking consulate appointment-setter.

05-06-2008 = Better $12 call to English-speaker; "joint" interview date 6/30/08 (my selection).

06-30-2008 = Stokes Interrogations w/Ecuadorian (not USC); "wait 2 weeks; we'll mail her."

07-2008 = Daily calls to DOS: "currently processing"; 8/05 = Phoned consulate, got Section Chief; wrote him.

08-07-08 = E-mail from consulate, promising to issue visa "as soon as we get her passport" (on 8/12, per DHL).

08-27-08 = Phoned consulate (they "couldn't find" our file); visa DHL'd 8/28; in hand 9/1; through POE on 10/9 with NO hassles(!).

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