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  • 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 19, 2010

    What to do with men without a country?

    There seems to be a dilemma about how to close the American military base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba - and what to do with the suspected terrorist detainees. They are not wanted within the United States, and neither their homelands nor any place else seems to want them. It's time to refresh our memory about a similar set of circumstances in the early days of our country. Back in 1807, Arron Burr was tried for ...

  • Published
    January 19, 2010

    Letters to the Editor

    A plea on behalf of Future MSAD 3 For the past five years I have been a member of the nonprofit Future MSAD3. We are proud to include 18 members on our board now, as we have reached out to all 11 towns in MSAD 3. We are a mix of parents, grandparents, retired teachers, professionals and community members with an amazing array of strengths and backgrounds. Our reason for being has been to enhance an already ...

  • Published
    January 13, 2010

    Mean everything to nothing

    My favorite movie advertising phrase is “based on a true story.” Translated into English, it means: “more or less, a big fat lie.” That’s not necessarily a bad thing. Literary classics such as Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” William Shakespeare’s “Henry V” and “Richard III” and Robert Penn Warren’s “All the King’s Men” were all based on true stories. On the other hand, so is O.J. Simpson’s search for the ...

  • Published
    January 13, 2010

    Forgetting socialism

    Let me state my fundamental view at once. Socialism is to politics as coprophilia is to sex, a weird intellectual perversion which I find incomprehensible and disgusting. All the same, I can't accept that it is enough to simply label a policy or project as "socialist" in order to reject or discredit it. The same applies to labeling something "liberal" or "ultra-conservative" as a refutation. This rhetorical ...

  • 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 12, 2010

    Letters to the Editor — 1/13/2010

    Don't deprive our district [Editor's note: The following letter was addressed to the RSU 20 board of directors, and a copy was sent to VillageSoup.] We were disappointed to read of the decision by members of the RSU 20 board of directors to advertise for the position of superintendent, rather than renew the contract of the current superintendent, Bruce Mailloux, at your Dec. 15 Special Board Meeting. We do ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    21st century breakdown

    The office of Maine’s secretary of state has been around since we split from Massachusetts in 1820. In the intervening years, the secretariat has been occupied by slugs and sycophants, by the politically ambitious and the politically adept, by up-and-comers and past-their-primers. But until now, they’ve all had one thing in common. They understood that as long as they successfully completed a few relatively ...

  • Published
    January 6, 2010

    Editorial cartoon – 1/6/2010

    This week's editorial cartoon

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