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It was time. After years of festering political backbiting, horrific acts of gun violence, civilian atrocities in an illegal war waged on an ally, disruption of supply lines and avoidable threats of famine around the world rampant of corporat…

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President Clinton once declared: “America remains the indispensable nation. There are times when America, and only America, can make a difference between war and peace; between freedom and repression.”

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Dear Republicans: Your path to political relevance leads through our wallets, not our bedrooms. Don’t tell us who we can love, marry or live with. Don’t penalize a woman who is already traumatized by her decision to kill a child. Keep your no…

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Keep the 207? Yeah, man! Our single, statewide area code is part of Maine’s identity, a unifying symbol in an increasingly fractured world. Angus King wrestled enough numbers out of the system to keep 207 as our sole area code when he was in …

Red wave? How about red tide? The much-ballyhooed expectation that Republicans would be victorious here, there and everywhere turned into a disappointing reality for the red team. Yes, gains were made, and Democrats would do well to remember …

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These words are written shortly before President Biden and China’s President Xi are scheduled to meet on the sidelines of the G-20, an annual gathering of leaders from the world’s leading economic countries, assembling this year in Indonesia.…

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OK, you can come out now. Election Day is behind us and we seem to have a government. For the candidates and their campaign workers, there was the usual mix of jubilation and heartbreak, but for many of us it was simply a sigh of relief.

Never mind the miracles of modern communication. A deadline is a deadline, and the filing date for this column was pre-election, so whatever might be said about winners and losers will have to wait until next week. In the meantime — Sam Hunkl…

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By Michael Hall The United States must focus on the dangers of climate change. America must prioritize all our efforts on stopping global warming. Every nickel allocated in the $4 trillion federal budget must reflect our commitment to saving ourselves and the planet. What good comes from pre…

The campaigns have done their bit, and now it’s time for you to do yours. Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day. Vote. It is too late to request a ballot by mail, but if you’re quick, you can vote early until 5 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3. It’s called “in-person absentee” voting. You can get …

By Michael J. Good What does birdwatching have to do with food security and dams? A lot, I can tell you as a professional scientist, birdwatching, nature and ecology guide in Bar Harbor who has worked along the coast of Maine for three decades. I’ve brought hundreds of people with me to see …

The ruling regime in Iran came to power 43 years ago. From the very outset, it was a thorn in the side of U.S. policy. One of its first acts was to imprison and hold hostage the entire staff of the U.S. embassy in Tehran. Mass rallies organized to celebrate the revolution made chants of …

Oil is the most heavily traded commodity in the world. Oil futures, oil contracts and oil derivatives dominate the financial markets; it is effectively the lifeblood for every nation’s economy — period. Alternative energy companies as a commo…

Ellsworth resident Mark Worth is a Democrat running for House District 13 (Ellsworth, Waltham and Fletchers Landing). His opponent is Republican John Linnehan, also of Ellsworth. Neither has served in office before. Worth is a quiet man. A lo…

John Linnehan is a wiry bundle of energy. He’s the Republican candidate for House District 13, consisting of his hometown of Ellsworth plus Waltham and central Hancock. At the same time, he’s running for the Ellsworth City Council. If he were…

Last week, the Biden White House published its national security strategy, as all administrations are required to do. The 48-page document codifies something that has been increasingly evident: we are entering a new international era of profo…

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