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    July 9, 2020

    Vote yes on 1 to support the future of rural Maine

    The internet is integrated into everything we do. It’s no longer something you log onto here and there, but a constant feature — a portal through which nearly every part of our lives is organized and operated. As such, it’s not a luxury — in fact, it’s hard to see it as anything but a necessity anymore. For doing business. For staying in touch with friends and family. For receiving health care and an education. …

  • Published
    June 18, 2020

    Upholding America's ideal of equality

    We were pleasantly surprised June 15, when the Supreme Court upheld a broad interpretation of the the Civil Rights Act of 1964, ruling in Bostock v. Clayton County that employers cannot fire employees based on their sexual orientation or gender identity under Title VII of the act. We received an additional pleasant surprise upon learning that, contrary to our expectation, the verdict was not 5-4, with Chief …

  • Published
    June 4, 2020

    We are all witnesses to systemic racism

    We are all witnesses. By now, we have all had the opportunity to see the video in which Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd by kneeling on his neck for nearly nine minutes. Most of us have heard the recording of Floyd’s voice gasping, “Please, I can’t breathe.” We have seen Chauvin’s ice-cold lack of concern as he continued to keep his weight bearing down on the man lying face down and …

  • Published
    May 14, 2020

    Why support local journalism now?

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has reached this community, it has become clearer than ever why it is so important to have the information needed in a newspaper and online news site that you trust. We need to know the latest developments, how to keep families safe and what our government and business leaders are doing during this crisis. It is easy in good times to take your community newspaper for granted or to think …

  • Published
    April 30, 2020

    Patience, humility required to reopen Maine

    It has been almost a month since Gov. Mills issued a stay-at-home order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, and many Maine residents have been locked down longer than that. Now that the number of new cases appears to be declining, people want to know what’s going to happen next. For many in the state, economic anxiety is taking the place of public health concerns, especially among those who live in areas …

  • Published
    April 23, 2020

    Recovery: Take it slow, make it last

    This week we have seen an unfortunate, but probably inevitable, trend in Maine and across the country as conservative protesters have gone to state capitals demanding an end to the quarantine. On Monday, April 20, protests were staged in Augusta, organized by groups called Reopen Maine and Maine Against Excessive Quarantine. The groups primarily seem to be concerned about the economic impact of the COVID-19 …

  • Published
    April 2, 2020

    All in this together

    Let’s all acknowledge that these are tough, unprecedented times. We’ve been thrown off our routines, robbed of our usual social contacts and plunged into uncertainty. If there is any silver lining, it’s that by staying home each of us is doing the right thing to slow the spread of the coronavirus, helping ourselves, neighbors and health care providers and other essential workers. And we are all in this together. A…

  • Published
    March 20, 2020

    Many helpers step up in COVID-19 emergency

    The last week has been unprecedented in the lives of many in the Midcoast. A public health crisis, long-awaited, suddenly became frighteningly real and close at hand, as our neighbors became sick, events of all kinds were canceled, schools closed and our governor declared a civil emergency. As we have scrambled to cover the flood of news coming at all of us, we have been reminded of a story told by beloved …

  • Published
    March 19, 2020

    Facing COVID-19 as a community

    A lot has changed in about a week. We have been hearing for some time now about the outbreak around the world of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but it really did not hit home for many of us until we were confronted by empty shelves at local stores and news that institutions as important as the University of Maine are closing down for the semester. Even now, we are hearing from some in the community that …

  • Published
    March 13, 2020

    Facing COVID-19 as a community

    A lot has changed in a single week. We have been hearing for some time now about the outbreak around the world of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but it really did not hit home for many of us until this week when we were confronted by empty shelves at local stores and news that institutions as important as The University of Maine are closing down for the semester. Even now, we are hearing from some in the …

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