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    December 10, 2020

    Vaccine should go first to those at greatest risk for COVID-19

    It’s hard to believe that it was less than a year ago that Chinese authorities first revealed an outbreak of a new “pneumonia-like” disease spreading in the industrial city of Wuhan. In just a few months, what was identified as a novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, had spread around the world, eventually infecting 64.2 million people, including 13.8 million in the United States. It has killed 272,000 Americans so far, …

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    December 3, 2020

    Climate change means new threats, challenges for Maine

    As we sit here in late November, the idea of shorter winters may sound inviting. But there’s no doubt Maine has a lot more to lose from climate change besides a week or two of colder temperatures. In the latest warning from climate scientists, a study published this month in the journal PLoS One found that winter drownings are rising sharply along with early spring temperatures. The lack of sustained cold in the …

  • Published
    November 26, 2020

    Tech Center students need your help

    Eight years ago, Waldo County Technical Center teacher Rachel Littlefield happened to be offered some gently used clothing for her students, some of whom were from families without much money. She displayed the clothes in her classroom and her students reacted “like they were in Bergdorf’s,” the teacher said. “They took all the clothes.” Since then, the school has created a home for the year-round clothing …

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    November 19, 2020

    Climate change: Both threat and opportunity

    Businesses will get a glimpse of the future this week when the partnership developing the nation’s first floating wind-energy project opens an online portal for prospective suppliers and service providers. After a dozen years of work, the technology conceived at the University of Maine and brought to market by Maine Aqua Ventus is getting close to setting up a full-size wind turbine on a floating concrete …

  • Published
    November 12, 2020

    Collins makes history with Senate win

    They may be still counting votes across the nation, but at least one result is clear. Mainers voted in record numbers to return Sen. Susan Collins to Washington for a fifth term, something no Maine politician has achieved since the Constitution was amended more than a century ago to let voters and not state legislatures pick their U.S. senators. Collins had a strong showing in every part of the state, winning not …

  • Published
    November 5, 2020

    Letters, Nov. 5

    Mills owes Trump respect Gov. Mills should be ashamed of her most recent behavior. No governor should hold a press conference with the intent to speak negatively about the president of the United States. Whatever happened to the idea of respecting and honoring anyone who has a position of authority? Can you get any higher than the president of the United States? It should not matter whether the person is Democrat …

  • Published
    November 5, 2020

    Mills right to delay reopening for bars

    Bar owners and their employees got some bad news last weekend. One day before the scheduled reopening, they found out that they will have to stay closed as the state fights a surge of COVID-19 infections. You can’t blame the bars for the new cases: They have been closed since March under the state’s public health emergency orders. But as long as cases are on the rise in Maine, Gov. Janet Mills had no choice but …

  • Published
    October 29, 2020

    Don't forget to vote

    As this editorial is written, Election Day is still a week away — but the 2020 election won’t play out over a single day. This year, the first Tuesday in November marks the end of “Election Month.” Mainers have been taking advantage of our no-excuse absentee ballot laws in larger numbers than we have ever seen before. By Monday afternoon, half as many people had turned in early ballots as the total number of …

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    October 22, 2020

    County gets a warning about virus precautions

    In recent days, two Waldo County school districts and a church have identified members who have COVID-19; as this editorial is being written, the case count is around 42. The uptick in cases comes as a warning, even as residents of the county, along with those all over the nation and the world, are experiencing pandemic fatigue. The warning is clear: Do not let down your guard or abandon health and safety …

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    October 8, 2020

    Climate change comes to our doorstep

    To see the future as brought to us by climate change, Mainers last month just had to look out the window. Look up, and we could see hazy skies created by the smoke from the cataclysmic wildfires on the West Coast and brought here by the atmospheric jet stream. Look down, and the brown grass showed the effect of the unusually dry and hot summer that has brought on the most prolonged and severe drought in two …

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