Articles by: Jill Goldthwait

Jill Goldthwait

Jill Goldthwait

Jill Goldthwait worked for 25 years as a registered nurse at Mount Desert Island Hospital. She has served as a Bar Harbor town councilor and as an independent state senator from Hancock County.
  • Party platforms tread worn paths

    Maine’s two major political parties have held their conventions, and there were no surprises. The platforms approved by the conventions reflect the current ideological contrasts between the parties. Neither one gave Maine voters much cause to reconsider their allegiance to one party or the other. Republicans met first, in late April. They brought a proposed

  • Health care by the numbers doesn’t add up

    Last week we considered the growing distance between health-care providers and their patients, driven by increasing demands by payers for providers to account for every minute of their time and to increase their “outputs.” Those outputs revolve around you, shivering in your hospital gown in a chilly exam room, awaiting your 10 minutes of time

  • Human connection missing from modern health care

    What is it with health care these days that is so deeply unsatisfying? Though diagnosis and treatment get better and better, once you have made your way into the hands of a practitioner an experience that was once personal, even intimate, is now one frustration after another. Most providers are no longer willing to give

  • Primary lineup brings few surprises

    As of March 15, the list of party candidates for the June primary elections is finalized. Much of it went as expected in Hancock County, and at the state and federal levels as well. Yet some general election fun is promised by “open” seats, meaning those without an incumbent running. Neither of Maine’s U.S. senators,

  • State races shaping up as deadline approaches

    Hancock County legislative races are taking shape, and despite no one on the House side being term-limited, there are some interesting contests emerging. Redistricting has scrambled the roster of who has which towns, so incumbents will have some new towns in which to campaign. The Hancock County House delegation is mid-life, legislatively speaking. Of the

  • Parties a stand-in for national divisions

    There may not be buds on the trees nor robins on the lawn but there is another sign that spring is coming. Candidates are filing to run for state elections. You can find the current roster on Nine candidates have registered to run for governor so far. There are three Republicans, three Democrats, one