Sign In:


Latest
  • Published
    March 31, 2010

    A dream come true

    If industrial wind energy developers needed another reason to look elsewhere, Montville residents were happy to oblige this week as the town joined the list of Waldo County communities with tough wind ordinances. And while Unity’s rejection of a wind moratorium appears to go against the prevailing winds, residents there recognized that the only wind turbines in the works were not the industrial turbines, but …

  • Published
    March 24, 2010

    Going to town

    This week we can’t help but note the difference between the spectacle in Washington that surrounded the passage of President Obama’s health-care bill and the nuts and bolts debate of the half-dozen town meetings that took place around Waldo County — starting with how everyone behaved. Even wind turbines, a topic that has generated more bluster around Waldo County than any other in our recent memory, has yet to …

  • Published
    March 17, 2010

    Transparency without deadline is not transparency at all

    This week, March 14 to 20, is especially sunny, with the approaching vernal equinox on Saturday, March 20. It’s also a little brighter with the constant efforts of citizens and organizations intent on keeping government business transparent. Besides moving toward spring, this is Sunshine Week, a national initiative promoting the public’s right to know and open government. On March 16 in Augusta, a laudable …

  • Published
    March 10, 2010

    Talk of the town

    While we as journalists approach the month of March with a certain amount of trepidation, due to the abundance of town meetings around Waldo County, we also find ourselves looking forward to at least some aspects of these annual exercises in democracy. In particular, we enjoy the many humorous (intentional or otherwise) moments that arise during town meetings. In the past, we have included some quotes from town …

  • Published
    March 10, 2010

    Master of master plans

    If the city of Belfast has accomplished anything in the past 20 years it has been to articulate its aspirations in the form of numerous master plans for the downtown and waterfront area. Last week, the City Council voted to seek bids for a new master plan centering on a waterfront walkway that has been in the planning stages for more than a year. We applaud the Council for taking the long view, but caution that, …

  • Published
    February 24, 2010

    Kudos to Seth Wescott

    Belfast is the home of Jim and Jo Wescott, father and stepmother of Seth Wescott. On Feb. 15, Seth won the second Olympic gold medal of his career in the snowboard cross event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Seth, who also took gold in the event when it was first introduced at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, is the reigning champ of the event. While Seth himself is not …

  • Published
    February 24, 2010

    Do right by those who do wrong

    Supporters of the solitary confinement bill soon to be considered by the Maine Legislature (LD 1611 “An Act To Ensure Humane Treatment for Special Management Prisoners”) have described the extended isolation of a prisoner as a form of torture. Prisons, meanwhile, must contend with the reality of having to remove prisoners from the general population, particularly in cases where the prisoner is causing harm to …

  • Published
    February 17, 2010

    Reclassify it!

    Last November the American Medical Association issued a report asking the federal government to “review” marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug. A year earlier, the American College of Physicians, the second-largest physician group in the country, made a similar request. To date, the federal government has been equivocal, to no one’s benefit. Schedule 1 drugs — a category that includes, among others, PCP, …

  • Published
    February 10, 2010

    Less all around

    Last week, the Belfast public works employees and the city manager each got 3 percent raises. The increases were consistent with those negotiated with the police union last year, and at that time, the City Council extended comparable raises to nonunion employees in accordance with city policy. Most county employees also got 3 percent cost of living allowances last year, with the exception of the Waldo County …

  • Published
    February 10, 2010

    Give courts discretion on licenses

    Last week, James Lee, 44, of Medway pleaded guilty to manslaughter and aggravated driving to endanger in a Monroe crash in September 2008 that killed Lee’s coworker William Russell, 28, of Medway. The crash also severely injured Lee’s other passengers, William York and Chad Brackett, and Lee himself was also hurt. Speed was cited as a factor in the crash. We find the sentence itself — 10 years for manslaughter…

close x