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Tentacles of government threaten the media

What would happen if government bureaucrats gained control of Maine's daily newspapers?

A cynic might suggest this has already happened considering the fervent support that many of the state's papers have been offering liberal candidates and causes lately. But be assured, for the moment, all Maine papers remain in the private sector.

So why raise the question of state control? Look no farther than neighboring New Hampshire where the state has recently agreed to guarantee 75 percent of a $250,000 bank loan to help the Sample News Group purchase the Claremont Eagle Times.

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