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    February 3, 2010

    Health-care reform still needed

    The election of a Republican senator in Massachusetts means the death of true health-care reform, according to many analysts. But this is simply a short-term distraction. The reform of the system is still one of the greatest needs in the United States. While generating jobs will help provide health insurance for citizens who get that work, it will still leave millions of citizens without affordable access to …

  • Published
    February 3, 2010

    Help is available for depression

    Winter can be a difficult season, especially for those who struggle with depression. Some suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a form of depression that manifests itself during the dark winter months. Others are struggling to find work or help family members who have lost their jobs. People sometimes forget that depression is a disease. It is often biochemical in nature and a person cannot simply will …

  • Published
    February 3, 2010

    Our view on the ordinance

    On Saturday, Jackson will become one of a growing list of Maine municipalities to address the costs and benefits of industrial wind power development within town lines, and possibly — depending on how the vote goes — modify its code of ordinances accordingly. The creation of a wind turbine ordinance has caused significant animosity among some people in town. Those backing the ordinance accuse others of forsaking…

  • Published
    January 27, 2010

    Prison talk

    In recent weeks the pages of The Republican Journal have been filled with stories and columns about prison. Last week, in Belfast, the Maine Coastal Regional Reentry Center accepted its first “residents.” In Augusta, LD 1611, an initiative to minimize the use of solitary confinement in Maine’s prisons, is on the floor of the House of Representatives. In a half-dozen columns printed in these pages over the …

  • Published
    January 27, 2010

    We’re in it together

    There is little dispute that here on Maine’s Midcoast, we are sitting squarely in the Great Recession, though optimists paint faint but hopeful glimmers of a national economic recovery. Few have been immune, with job layoffs becoming the norm over the past few years in a variety of industries, from boat building to brokerage offices to publishing and education. Those lucky enough to avoid losing jobs have been …

  • Published
    January 20, 2010

    Dream on

    Martin Luther King Day was observed this year on Monday, Jan.18 with a federal holiday, originally designated in 1994. On Jan.13, 2010, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution honoring King, urging citizens to treat the day as a “day on, not a day off” by participating in service projects and civic engagement. The following words were written by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at various times in his …

  • Published
    January 13, 2010

    See you guys around

    This week marked the end of a 30-plus-year career for Bangor Daily News reporter Walter Griffin, as he retired from the job that made him one of the more recognizable faces in Waldo County. We wish him the best of luck, and as fellow writers, we hope he might still pen a few stories while enjoying his well-earned retirement. We’d hate to think this is the last we’ll read from Walter, as he was obviously in a …

  • Published
    January 13, 2010

    And justice for all

    Last week, Amber Cummings left the Waldo County Superior Courthouse with a manslaughter conviction on her criminal record, an order to serve six years’ probation and a fully suspended eight-year prison sentence in connection with the shooting death of her husband, James Cummings. In November, we published an editorial questioning the justice system in Waldo County, and we cited several cases from recent years …

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    In support of the censor

    In ancient Rome, the census registered citizens and their property, for the purposes of taxation. The person in charge of collecting this information — and also monitoring public morality — was called the “censor,” which goes some way toward explaining why many people today cast a skeptical eye on the motives of the census takers. But participating in the census today has vastly more benefits than drawbacks. …

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    They’ve done it before — help them do it again

    “Through pooling resources and working together, the people in the small towns of Waldo County have attempted to improve the educational opportunities for their children.” These words were written by Robert Johnson in 1958, when he was superintendent of the newly formed Maine School Administrative District 3. Though Johnson was talking about the work that had gone into forming the district, his words could just …

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