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  • Published
    June 10, 2021

    Time to curb cash bail

    Being poor is expensive. Driving an old clunker means frequent trips to the mechanic. Delayed medical care can prove both pricey and life-threatening. And a minor run-in with the criminal justice system can land people in jail because they cannot afford to pay for bail. A 2015 report from an intergovernmental task force found a steady increase in the number of pretrial individuals being held in Maine’s county …

  • Published
    June 3, 2021

    Time to break the silence about domestic abuse

    For the month of June, The Republican Journal is lending the front windows of its office to Finding Our Voices’ exhibit, “Waldo County Breaks the Silence of Domestic Abuse,” meant to raise awareness of domestic violence. The featured artworks will be sold in a silent auction on Finding Our Voices’ website to support the nonprofit. Finding Our Voices founder Patrisha McLean, who is a survivor of domestic violence, …

  • Published
    May 27, 2021

    Collins should support independent look into Jan. 6 insurrection

    Republican leaders in Congress are doing everything in their power to block the creation of an independent commission that would get to the bottom of the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6. It will be up to individual Republicans, such as Maine’s Sen. Susan Collins, to stand against their party’s leaders, including former President Donald Trump, if we are going to make sure that what happened that day won’t happen …

  • Published
    May 20, 2021

    Time for Maine to pay its fair share for schools

    By now, the Maine children who started kindergarten in the fall of 2004 are all grown up. Some of them are completing a four-year enlistment in the military, others are advancing in a trade and still others will be accepting college diplomas this month. But they all have one thing in common: None of them — not one — attended a single day of school in which the state met its education funding obligation. During …

  • Published
    May 13, 2021

    State should prepare now for 988 Lifeline access

    May is Mental Health Month, and if any issue deserves to be highlighted by such a designation, mental health is surely one. While there are many possible topics for an editorial on mental health, the one we want to focus on now is suicide prevention. According to information on Maine.gov, suicide was the second leading cause of death in Maine and the United States among adolescents aged 10-24 and adults aged …

  • Published
    April 29, 2021

    Return of high school sports contains lessons for all

    They say hope springs eternal, and nowhere is that truer than the beginning of the high school sports season — particularly in Maine, and particularly in the spring. The sun is warmer, the grass is turning green, and players run out onto the field with nothing but optimism for the games ahead. That optimism takes on new meaning this year, as teams begin to play for the first time in two years, after COVID-19 …

  • Published
    April 15, 2021

    Maine should remain a leader in state election practices

    In Maine, we take the right to vote seriously. Whether it’s an annual town meeting or a presidential election, Mainers have a time-honored tradition of turning out and being heard. We have been able to maintain that tradition by consistently modernizing our election laws to meet the needs of a changing electorate. As a result Maine “has some of the most inclusive and protective voting laws in the country, making …

  • Published
    April 8, 2021

    Government will not police itself

    Here we go again. Every few years we end up with a bill before the Legislature aimed at getting rid of requirements for government to post notices in newspapers of record. The latest comes from Sen. Catherine Breen, D-Cumberland. The bill is LD 876, “An Act to Promote Efficiency in County and Municipal Government,” which would allow county and municipal governments and officials to meet the requirement to provide …

  • Published
    March 25, 2021

    Federal funding for broadband can help bridge internet gap

    The 20th century came late to rural America. Decades after American cities had been wired for electricity, farm wives pumped water from their wells by hand and hauled it to their kitchens. They chopped wood to heat their homes and cook. They canned fruits and vegetables in season because they had no refrigeration to store food. There was also no radio to listen to. No machines to make clothes. No electric light …

  • Published
    March 11, 2021

    Let SNAP recipients buy toilet paper and toothpaste

    Imagine yourself in the grocery store. You visit the produce section, the canned foods, dairy and so forth. Then you head for the toilet paper aisle and select a 12-pack of your preferred brand. Or you go to the health and beauty section to pick up some toothpaste and feminine hygiene products. But not if you depend on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — food stamps. These benefits, essential to many …

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