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    June 3, 2021

    Midcoast Internet Development Corp. vote is June 8

    The vote on June 8 in Rockport, Camden, and Thomaston can move Midcoast Internet forward as a nonprofit regional municipal utility and create its legal entity, the Midcoast Internet Development Corporation. Support remains far-reaching, with many calling the project and its goals “wonderful,” “a no-brainer,” and “key to the future of the Midcoast.” As the chair and vice chair of the Midcoast Internet Coalition, …

  • Published
    May 27, 2021

    How it started, how it’s going, and where to next

    The late winter and spring 2020 was a time we would rather forget: A new virus causing widespread severe illness in faraway places. There were many unknowns. Once cases were identified in the U.S., the country battened down the hatches. Then we began to see cases here in Maine, and a “surge” that was especially devastating for many nursing home communities. Hospitals were very stressed, especially our larger …

  • Published
    May 27, 2021

    How it started, how it’s going, and where to next

    The late winter and spring 2020 was a time we would rather forget: A new virus causing widespread severe illness in faraway places. There were many unknowns. Once cases were identified in the U.S., the country battened down the hatches. Then we began to see cases here in Maine, and a “surge” that was especially devastating for many nursing home communities. Hospitals were very stressed, especially our larger …

  • Published
    May 20, 2021

    PBMC, WCGH look to collaborate with local schools to vaccinate students

    With the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents this week, MaineHealth’s Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital have begun to plan for vaccination clinics in area schools. School-based vaccination clinics have been a staple of our public school system for almost 150 years, reflecting a long history of public schools leading the effort to improve the health of our communities. In 1875, …

  • Published
    March 18, 2021

    Expand access to high-speed internet to expand opportunity

    As a native of Aroostook County, I know how important high-speed internet is to the vitality of rural communities. From spurring job creation to supporting telemedicine to allowing online classes, access to broadband unlocks almost endless benefits and possibilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a renewed urgency to ensuring that families have a reliable connection to their loved ones, co-workers, schools, …

  • Published
    March 18, 2021

    Open government is key to honest government

    When government fails, it’s the rare public official who says, “Oops. My fault.” That’s human nature, particularly for officials in the public eye who may have to run for office again. No one wants to be held directly responsible for letting the public down. Case in point is the recent catastrophe in Texas, when unexpected winter storms left 4 million homes without power, ruptured pipes and tainted the water …

  • Published
    January 21, 2021

    Impeachment trial will get in Biden's way

    The recent insurrectionist attack on the United States Capitol was never going to stop Joe Biden from being inaugurated as president Jan. 20, but it will pose some major challenges for him early in his term. Biden campaigned on a promise of unifying the country, but after the attack it seems as if many of his fellow Democrats have completely abandoned the notion, arming themselves with righteous calls for …

  • Published
    January 8, 2021

    Collins’ statement on funding package being signed into law

    U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, released this statement following President Trump’s signing the COVID-19 relief- government funding omnibus into law. Sens. Collins and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., co-led the bipartisan, bicameral “908 Coalition” that developed the framework for the COVID-19 relief package. “The President’s decision to sign the bipartisan COVID emergency …

  • Published
    November 20, 2020

    As COVID-19 surges, we must renew vigilance

    As we enter the eighth month of this pandemic, fears that cool weather would accompany a surge in the pandemic have proven well-placed. Cases of COVID-19 have increased significantly in our coastal Maine communities and recent epidemiological data and case investigations show that Maine is now experiencing widespread community transmission. Let this prompt us all to increase our vigilance. This may be unsettling …

  • Published
    November 6, 2020

    The business of canvassing for Trump

    I never expected to be canvassing this fall, let alone for Donald Trump. In my search for a job at the end of my unemployment, however, I came across an offer to canvass for Democrats at $20 per hour. Although I am not politically passionate and routinely split my ticket, the pay rate was attractive enough for me to apply. Just before I clicked the link, though, I spotted the Republicans’ offer below: $30 per …

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