There have been some questions as to the origin and substance of the Another View opinion column. In late 2013 Jan Dolcater approached Reade Brower and Dan Dunkle of Courier Publications about accepting regular opinion pieces from a group of writers who would provide weekly articles from a conservative viewpoint. The group would be identified as those of “Another View.” Jan was asked if this group could provide a sustainable column week after week. As of this date, Another View authors have written 283 articles spanning five and a half years for Midcoast and other Maine newspapers and have been awarded recognition by the Maine Press Association multiple times.

The vast majority of Another View articles represent conservative principles. Some, but not all, of these principles are: 1) upholding moral order, 2) limited government, 3) limited taxation, 4) protection of individual rights, 5) upholding the rule of law, 6) federalism and the separation of powers, and 7) maintaining free markets. We believe that the United States was founded on conservative principles and strive to author articles that promote the continued practice of these principles to maintain and expand the freedom and prosperity that America has enjoyed.

The Another View group has breakfast together on Friday mornings each week. We discuss current events, possible topics, economic issues and political outlook. Each writer chooses their topic for the week and writes entirely from their own viewpoint. Topics may be from a local, state or national perspective or may just be cultural in nature. All of the articles are archived on Village Soup and available for reading.

The current writers for Another View are Jan Dolcater, Ken Frederic, Paul Ackerman, Ralph “Doc” Wallace and Dale Landrith Sr.

Jan Dolcater – Rockport/Rockland

Jan and his wife, June, moved to Maine in 1995. A career salesperson in the building trades, he retired in 2009. Jan is the former chair of the Knox County Republicans. He founded the Help Heat Homes program that raised more than $150,000 during its years, with 100 percent of the proceeds being furnished to those in need. Jan has been active in St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden.

Ken Frederic – Bristol

Ken retired after 43 years as an employee and contractor to the United States intelligence community specializing in program management and financial analysis. He is a native of Ellsworth, a graduate of Brewer High School and the University of Maine in Orono. He holds advanced degrees from Johns Hopkins and George Washington universities, is secretary of the Lincoln County Republican Committee, and a state committeeman from Lincoln County. Ken and his wife, Betty Ann, are active in St. Patrick’s Church and regularly volunteer in Bristol municipal activities.

Paul Ackerman – St. George

Paul was raised in Washington, D.C., and has lived in Maine for the past 49 years. He has observed/studied Maine, its history and politics, as well as national/international affairs. As a result of a family connection to the United Nations, Paul spent a decade (1980s-90s) reading internal documents which gave him an understanding of the organization. He considered himself a Democrat for decades, then an independent, and eventually neither was deemed credible for his views, and that is only amplified today. Paul has previously been published in magazines (Maine Antique Digest and Vintage Bike Magazine) and the Portland Press Herald (op-ed format) covering Maine industrial history, technical subjects, interviews and politics.

Ralph “Doc” Wallace – Rockport

Doc and his wife, Haunani – a proud native Hawaiian, took up permanent residence in Rockport after having spent years as vacationers on the Midcoast. As a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools, the bulk of his career was in Connecticut, where he also served as an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University. It was Doc’s honor to have been appointed during the Reagan administration to the U.S. Education Department’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Panel. He and his wife are active communicants of St. Thomas’ Church in Camden. As a writer, Doc is particularly proud of his children’s book, "Tria Maria – the Cat with No Eyes," an inspiring true story that has also found a place in the hearts of adults with disabilities.

Dale Landrith Sr. – Camden

Dale came to Camden in 1982 from Detroit, Syracuse, N.Y., and Foxboro, Mass., as a result of employer-related moves. He spent 23 years as manager and eventually owner of Manset Marine Supply in Rockland, overseeing a multi-million-dollar business and at times nearly 100 employees. His two children graduated from high school in Camden while excelling in academics and sports. Two grandchildren have now graduated from Camden Hills High School, with a third currently enrolled in the middle school. He and his wife, Lois, are founding members of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Camden, and he serves in leadership. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Mich., with a bachelor's degree and then attended graduate school for two years.