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    March 4, 2021

    Proposed lobster industry changes need more proof

    Environmentalists and the lobster industry have rarely agreed on anything related to the effort to save the North Atlantic right whale. So when they do, people should pay attention. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is now taking comments on its Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan, aimed at reducing risk of rope entanglements and ship strikes to the endangered mammal by at least 60%. Environ…

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    February 25, 2021

    Use lessons from COVID to combat overdose crisis

    Public health officials are finally delivering some hopeful news about the coronavirus pandemic in Maine, which has taken 654 lives. The weekly average of number of new cases has dropped to the lowest level since the winter surge started in November, and highly effective vaccines, while still in short supply, are finding their way to a growing number of the state’s residents. Unfortunately, the state’s other …

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    February 18, 2021

    Waldo County GOP on the wrong side of history

    In an apparent frenzy of devotion to former President Donald Trump, Republican committees and politicians across the United States have lately been excoriating their own for speaking their minds and voting their consciences. This was particularly notable following the U.S. House of Representatives’ vote to impeach Trump for a second time and again after seven Republican U.S. senators voted with Democrats to …

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    February 11, 2021

    Racial impact should be part of legislative process

    Like the U.S. Constitution, the Maine Constitution promises that we are all equal under the law, regardless of our race, religion or tribal identity. But it’s obvious that this promise has not been honored. Undeniable racial disparities exist in education, housing, income, health care and criminal justice. Laws and government programs that aim to be race-neutral can make the disparities worse. What’s at work is a …

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    February 4, 2021

    Councilor's disregard for law deserves censure

    We were sorry this week to see Belfast City Councilor Mike Hurley not only breaking the city’s fireworks ordinance and using mild profanity in a video posted to a public Facebook page (Our Town Belfast Maine), but compounding his terrible example by holding live fireworks in his hands. When we talked to him about the video, he acknowledged that people complaining about his disregard for the ordinance, which he …

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    January 21, 2021

    Citizens right to reject pot moratorium

    We applaud the decision by the citizens of Thorndike at their special town meeting Jan. 16 to reject a proposed six-month moratorium on adult-use marijuana sales and other pot businesses, after they had already agreed to allow such businesses at their town meeting last August. We also congratulate them for showing up in such numbers, with about 100 residents attending, out of a population of 900. The moratorium …

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    January 14, 2021

    Collins should challenge Trump’s lies

    It’s important to remember that the assault on the Capitol last week was fueled by lies. Thanks to an all-out propaganda war by President Trump and his allies in government and right-wing media, millions of Americans are convinced that the 2020 election was rigged, and Trump was its rightful winner. Thousands of those people swarmed the citadel of government last week, convinced that they were preventing a great …

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    January 7, 2021

    If we got under your skin this year, it means we're doing our job

    Lately, we figure we must be doing something right with the way we cover the news in Belfast and Waldo County. We regularly have people from very different points on the social and political spectrum mad at us. When everyone thinks you’re on the side of the people they disagree with — you must be steering a good middle course. That is a valid yardstick for us because it means that we are not covering the news …

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    December 24, 2020

    Consistent messaging vital for vaccine rollout

    There is a saying in computer science: Garbage in, garbage out. In short, it means that if your input is lousy, your output will be, too. You’ve got to frontload your effort. Earlier this month, an Emergency Use Authorization was given by the United States Food and Drug Administration for a coronavirus vaccine and the first doses made their way to health care facilities across the country Dec. 14. In the United …

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    December 17, 2020

    229 years ago, America became … America

    Today marks a hidden holiday, as uncelebrated as it is unappreciated. It was 229 years ago today that the United States ratified the Bill of Rights, ensuring unprecedented freedom for the people of an emerging nation. Bill of Rights Day has actually been a national holiday since Nov. 28, 1941, when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt designated Dec. 15 “Bill of Rights Day.” Roosevelt had big plans, envisioning …

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