• Unanswered questions on COVID

    Dear Editor: Here’s what we know, from the public record. Coronavirus research was ongoing at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. The United States was helping to fund that research. U.S. virologists visited the lab in 2018 and warned that the lab’s safety protocols were inadequate. At some point late last year, the SARS-CoV-2 virus appeared

  • A gift for Maine’s future

    With the fall semester well under way, college students are settling into a new normal amid a pandemic with long-term implications for their lives and careers. What job market will await them when they graduate? How heavy a burden will the debt they carry become? Among these and so many other uncertainties, there is good

  • The American century: a requiem

    America’s “greatest generation” is justly celebrated for overcoming the Great Depression at home and the mortal threat posed by Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan overseas. In many respects, the postwar generation of the 1950s and 1960s built a legacy that was equally consequential. At the conclusion of World War II, Europe and Asia lay in

  • Vote for experience

    Dear Editor: I am writing to ask voters in Hancock County to vote for Velma Jordan, who is running as a write-in candidate for register of probate. She has been serving the county residents as deputy clerk for many years. Her knowledge, experience and expertise are solid and exceptional, and she has contributed immensely to

  • The wolves at the door

    Dear Editor: There is that old story about a boy and a wolf. Now, turn that tale around 180 degrees. Lots of wolves are out there and the boy swears up and down to the villagers and the sheep, “There are no wolves, all that howling is just the wind.” Sound familiar? And convenient? What

  • Lovit steps up

    Dear Editor: It’s my impression that the number of people here in way Downeast’s 6th legislative district who considered running for the Maine Senate in 2020 hovered at right around zero. Jeffrey Lovit, Addison, Maine, understood this and decided that it was his duty to step up and say, “I’m willing to do this because

  • A conscientious coworker

    Dear Editor: I would like to express my thoughts for Juliette Wilbur, Republican candidate for register of probate. Juliette has been a paralegal for 18 years and covered law firms in both the Bangor and Ellsworth area. Subsequent to that time, she has been employed as a clerk in the office of the Hancock County

  • Read the party platforms

    Dear Editor: Since Republicans didn’t write a party platform this year, we don’t know where they stand on immigration. Shame on them. Democrats showed more courage, and their party platform is clear. Democrats want more: more legal immigration, more foreign workers, unskilled and high tech, and more refugees. They propose expanding refugee eligibility to millions of new people: victims of domestic

  • Clark for Commission

    Dear Editor: With Election Day less than a month away, I feel it is necessary to share my thoughts and ask you to support William “Bill” Clark for re-election as the Hancock County commissioner for District 1. Bill is currently the chairman of the County Commissioners and finishing his fourth year as county commissioner. Bill

  • So much for free speech

    Dear Editor: I have never in my 82 years posted a political sign on our property or vehicle until this year, mostly because my wife and I are registered in different political parties and we agreed we would not do that. This year was different. I am convinced that the re-election of Donald Trump as

  • RCV empowers voters

    Dear Editor: In the election for president and U.S. Senate this year, you will have the freedom to rank your vote. Ranked choice voting has been approved by voters, enacted by the legislature and certified by the courts after lengthy legal wrangling. Ranked choice voting is a simple, fair and easy way to vote that