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    June 24, 2017

    Curbing distracted driving is everyone's business

    As we approach the busy summer travel months, it’s important to remember that our efforts to make our roads and highways safer must continue. AT&T launched its It Can Wait distracted driving campaign back in 2010. Since then, we’ve had the opportunity to host dozens of school assemblies across Maine to raise awareness about distracted driving and talk to thousands of local drivers of all ages about their driving …

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    May 6, 2017

    General aviation: A lifeline for rural Maine

    In 1998, an ice storm swept through Maine, quietly burying roads and towns. Some communities became completely inaccessible. Without general aviation, many towns and island communities would have been cut off from resources for an unknown period of time. It was general aviation pilots who stepped up to the plate, providing a vital link to ensure transportation of emergency personnel, emergency equipment and …

  • Published
    April 21, 2017

    Grandparents raising grandchildren: a growing trend fueled by the opioid crisis

    The crisis of opioid abuse that is ravaging our state and our country is truly an epidemic. There were 376 deaths from drug overdose here in Maine last year, more than 52,000 nationwide — numbers that exceed the lives lost to car accidents, breast cancer, or a host of other causes. Those statistics are shocking. Here is one that is heartbreaking: Last year, nearly 1,000 babies in Maine — that’s about 8 percent of …

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    December 29, 2016

    The Lobster Pound: A sad story

    The announcement that the legendary Lobster Pound restaurant at Lincolnville Beach was closing forever was a shocking and sad story indeed. Suddenly, the iconic eatery is gone and the great folks who ran it for so many years, Dick and Patti McLaughlin, are no doubt heartbroken. No one said life was fair and, unfortunately, owning a business makes life even more precarious. If there is any silver lining, it is the …

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    December 14, 2016

    The Belfast Stagehouse: A group on a mission

    There is rarely an issue that is not without attractors and detractors. The need for a proper performing arts venue and community center in downtown Belfast is one of those issues. It has been on the community’s wish list for nearly 30 years. Many groups have put great effort into this endeavor. What is the right location? How will it be funded? How will it be used and who will use it? Will such a facility …

  • Published
    October 8, 2016

    Mark your calendar; exercise your right to vote

    Summer flew by and, judging by both the calendar and the chilly morning air, autumn has officially arrived. That means Election Day is fast approaching. So often, I hear from people that their individual vote doesn’t really matter. The truth is, though, that every vote matters — especially at the state and local levels. In fact, sometimes legislative races are decided by just a handful of votes. Your participation…

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    September 22, 2016

    Five bad bites in Question 4 'cake'

    On Sept. 15, The Republican Journal published an opinion column authored by freelance writer and activist Lawrence Reichard, arguing in favor of a minimum wage increase in Maine [‘Let ’em eat cake’]. Here are five inaccuracies and misrepresentations that the article perpetuates. 1) Mr. Reichard cites the Maine People’s Alliance in saying that the minimum wage, had it kept up with productivity since 1968, would be …

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    September 10, 2016

    Clean environment key to public health

    This time of year especially, it’s easy to appreciate our state’s natural beauty. Our environment and natural resources give Maine its unique character. As a family nurse practitioner and state representative, I believe maintaining a clean environment is one of the most important ways we can protect the public’s health and well-being. From the quality of the air we breathe and the water we drink to our opportuniti…

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    June 9, 2016

    Weigh in on wording of referendum questions

    In June, most of us aren’t thinking much about November. Most Mainers spend the summer months working hard and, in our spare time, enjoying the beautiful weather as much as we can while it lasts. The Secretary of State’s Office, however, is already preparing for the election Nov. 8. The secretary of state is responsible for supervising and administering elections, and that includes setting the wording of the …

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    May 5, 2016

    127th Legislature takes final second-session votes

    This past Friday, the Maine Legislature met for the final day of our work to take votes on the bills the governor vetoed and to finish up with a few other matters. In all, we had 33 vetoes to consider. To override the governor’s veto of a bill, a two-thirds majority is required in both the House and the Senate. Of the 33 vetoes, 20 were overridden. Among those bills were a number of important measures lawmakers …

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