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Tree Tipping Generates Cash and Seasonal Woes in Maine

Tree Tipping Generates Cash and Seasonal Woes in Maine | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The telltale white tips of snapped off branches may be signs of the seasonal larceny, in which branches are snatched without permission and sold to make wreaths.
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Sure it isn't taking rhino horns or elephant tusks, but it is still a form or poaching and even when legal harmful to the growth of these great trees, which I grew up loving. And for what? That wreath somebody buys at WalMart or Target or Michael and discards after the New Year. We are such wasteful creatures, we human scavengers.

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Maine governor blocks aid for illegal immigrants

Maine governor blocks aid for illegal immigrants | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The state's Health and Human Services department will ban spending on undocumented immigrants.
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This would be unremarkable in Maine, which most would assume is hardly a state teaming with undocumented aliens, but that isn't quite the case. The dairy industry is heavily dependent on finding low-wage workers as is the tourist industry. What about the migrant workers who pick the apples and potatoes? What will happen? My guess is that once again this tone-deaf GOP governor will have alienated many of the bedrock citizens of his state who need those workers. Of course, alien workers should be documented and paid well enough as to make this kind of political grandstanding irrelevant in every state, but Mr. LePage shows once again why he is a fool.

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