Opinion

  • Time to wake up

    Dear Editor: A criminal Mother Goose in the White House? Brilliant at spinning poisonous fairy tales that people believe as real. Is untruth not the root cause of our divisiveness? No need to ridicule the sick President. He has received that all his life. Let us aim is to understand then vanquish the conditions in

  • PGA sets the course

    Dear Editor: New Jersey was scheduled to host the 2022 PGA Championship, one of golf’s four sacred annual majors, at Trump Bedminster. The golf course is just west of the United States Golf Association headquarters and museum, in Far Hills. In light of the disgraceful riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the PGA

  • Grateful for community support

    Dear Editor: As we reflect on the past year since Bobby’s cancer diagnosis, we are flooded with gratitude for all of the individuals and businesses who have supported us. Coming out of the gate last January, Bobby’s mission was to keep his brothers and sisters in the fire service safe from occupational cancer. He immediately

  • Vaccine games

    Dear Editor: Adenovirus-based vaccine technology has been around for many decades. It is well understood, and has an excellent record of safety and efficacy. Right now, the FDA is dragging its heels, refusing to approve adenovirus-based SARS-CoV-2 vaccines for use in the United States. Those vaccines have been approved by many governments around the world

  • The right choice

    Dear Editor: In my opinion, the City Council has made a great choice in naming Glenn Moshier the new city manager. Though he lives out of the city, he knows the city very well. For years, he was a patrol officer in our police department before becoming our chief of police, a position in which

  • Prophecy and the big lie

    Dear Editor: As we pile on the causes of Jan. 6, do not neglect the culpable local church. Has your pulpit been open to specific political prophecy or closed? In a nation addicted to following social media, has your pulpit warned of “storm the Capitol” rhetoric? Did your pulpit defend or condemn “the big lie”?

  • Time for Collins to act

    Dear Editor: This is a letter for Sen. Susan Collins. Sen. Collins: I am a citizen of Maine and I did not vote for you in the last election. I find your tacit approval of Mr. Trump over the last four years to be entirely unacceptable. You have repeatedly put party above the people of

  • Lessons from the Wizard of Oz

    Dear Editor: Trump is the Strawman. The Strawman in the Wizard of Oz had no mind. Trump has demonstrated he wanted to make America great again, but he had no idea how to do it. It was due to his lack of mind, or in current psychological jargon, lack of executive functioning ability. The assault

  • Caught in the crossfire

    Dear Editor: These have been trying times since the November election. Our country’s divide has deepened. The storming of our nation’s Capitol Building last week has exhausted and disheartened us all. There is no denying that public trust in our democratic governance is in question. One tenet of our democracy is free and fair elections.

  • Un-American and out of line

    Dear Editor: In plain language, G. Wilson Thomas II’s letter to the editor in the Jan. 14 American was simply out of line, un-American (in the sense of America the home of the free), inflammatory and plain wrong-headed, to put it bluntly, for several reasons. For all of his character assassination of Mr. Phil Grant

  • Bills target taxes, nuisance bears and legislating while drunk

    COMMENTARY: “Former National Football League wide receiver Irving Fryar came out of a rookie orientation with the following advice to his colleagues: ‘We’re going to have some idiots come out of this room. Those of you feeling good about yourselves, stop it. You ain’t did nothing yet,'” writes Columnist Jill Goldthwait this week. “Legislators should heed his words. Despite the thrill of winning an election, the swearing-in ceremony and taking your very own seat in a historic chamber, it is easy to forget you have yet to do any of the work you promised when you ran for office.”

  • Balancing the budget

    OUR VIEW: “It’s a lucky break in Monopoly to draw the “Bank error in your favor, collect $200” card. But that’s small change compared to finding $760 million,” writes the editorial board this week. “In August, the state’s nonpartisan Revenue Forecasting Committee issued a grim projection: a budget shortfall of $527.8 million for the current fiscal year and $883.2 million for the 2022-23 biennium. But in December, the committee revised its projections and the numbers, by comparison anyway, are looking up. The forecasters now anticipate a $255 million general fund shortfall this year (roughly half the original projection) and a $395.8 million shortfall for FY22-23…What Maine people need — and the Legislature should deliver in the budget process — is stability. A budget delivered on time and drawing wide bipartisan support would be welcome news indeed.”

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