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    March 5, 2020

    Don't wait to prepare for coronavirus

    U.S. Sen. Angus King, independent of Maine, announced Feb. 26 that he was joining a bipartisan group of senators to introduce the Public Health Emergency Response and Accountability Act, which would create a permanent reserve fund to enable quick and effective responses to future public health emergencies. The legislation comes as the coronavirus epidemic continues to threaten to develop into a pandemic, and …

  • Published
    February 27, 2020

    Restore funding to poor rural schools

    In response to the U.S. Department of Education’s decision to cut $1.2 million from Maine’s rural, low-income schools made available through the Rural Education Achievement Program, U.S. Sens. Republican Susan Collins and independent Angus King and Democratic Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden sent a letter Feb. 21 to Secretary Betsy DeVos urging her to restore the funding. We add our voice to those of our …

  • Published
    February 20, 2020

    U.S. should strengthen election security

    Less than a year out from the next presidential election, I share the deep concerns of many Maine people regarding the possibility of malicious foreign interference in our nation’s elections. We must do more to guard and protect ourselves, on all fronts, against the ways in which that interference could take place — whether it be the hacking of voting machines or surreptitious manipulations of social media. I see …

  • Published
    February 13, 2020

    Time for Iowa, New Hampshire to let others go first

    Here we go again. Tradition demands that we all turn our eyes to New Hampshire, where a few thousand flinty New Englanders get to tell the world who its most important person should be. By the time you read this, the first votes will already have been counted at Dixville Notch, an unincorporated community of about a dozen people that votes at midnight, commanding the attention of the world’s news media the way …

  • Published
    January 30, 2020

    Amid positive developments in drug crisis, state must do more

    The report from Maine’s chief medical examiner was disappointing but should not have been a surprise for anyone who has been living through the opioid epidemic. Overdose deaths appear to be on the rise again after a slight decline in 2018 that gave the false impression that the crisis was subsiding. But according to the state, 277 people lost their lives to drug overdose deaths in the first nine months of 2019, …

  • Published
    January 23, 2020

    Climate change is best fought with policy

    Opponents of Nordic Aquafarms’ proposed land-based fish farm crowded the Hutchinson Center at the Belfast Planning Board’s last public hearing on the company’s application last week. There was a consistent theme in nearly all the opposing testimony — climate change. But they have been going about their opposition the wrong way. Many have asked the board to deny the permits because the project would perpetuate the …

  • Published
    January 2, 2020

    Maine communities need state's help to improve broadband access

    Vienna residents voted in October to join five other Central Maine towns in the latest coalition seeking to bring high-speed internet to an underserved area of the state. Internet providers have largely ignored these communities, so they are banding together — in Central Maine, Down East and in island communities, among other places — to see what they can do on their own. They’re doing it in more populated …

  • Published
    December 26, 2019

    Loneliness a year-round problem for many seniors

    “Anyone need a grandma for Christmas?” a woman from Tulsa, Oklahoma, wrote in a recent Craigslist ad that went viral. “I’ll even bring food and gifts for the kids! I have nobody and it really hurts.” For all the warmth and cheer that can be found around the holidays, there is a flip side we shouldn’t ignore, where the overwhelming focus on family and togetherness only makes more intense and obvious the loneliness …

  • Published
    December 19, 2019

    RSU 3 board right to carefully consider field hockey request

    We were pleased to see the directors of Regional School Unit 3 taking their time to consider the request of a male student in the district to play on the Mount View Middle School field hockey team. See the story on our front page for the details of the case. On the face of it, the very equity women and girls have long sought from school sports programs seems to demand that when a boy asks to play field hockey, a …

  • Published
    November 7, 2019

    Solar can be a boon for Maine's schools

    Maine is poised to see a new dawn for solar power projects, and we support Belfast’s efforts to be a part of that new day. In this issue, we have a story about the newly launched solar project at Islesboro Central School, which will provide the school with 40% of its electricity needs, according to Head of School Charles Hamm. The project was designed and installed by ReVision Energy of Liberty. The project …

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