• An obsolete model

    Settling on a new revenue model for funding Maine roads, bridges, rail, air and shipping ports has confounded previous state legislatures and, so-far, persists as an unsolvable predicament. So, we greet the recent announcement of the establishment of the Blue Ribbon Commission to Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for The State’s Transportation Systems with high

  • Duty calls

    State police, citing an increased workload and staffing issues, propose cutting back on coverage in Hancock and Washington counties. Until now, the agency has handled half of 911 calls made in Hancock County, while the Sheriff’s Office has responded to the rest (with the exception of calls handled by municipal police departments). The arrangement dates

  • The man in the photo

    By Todd R. Nelson “We used to come from Moose River,” I’m fond of saying. “Were away for a few generations, and now we’re back.” Sort of. Maine ancestry is a point of pride and privilege. When my Holden, Colby and Churchill ancestors came to the Moose River Valley in the early 1700s, it took

  • We can do better when setting climate goals

    By Gary Friedmann At the United Nations, Governor Janet Mills pledged that Maine will have a carbon-neutral economy by 2045. And she signed an executive order directing the new Maine Climate Council to deliver recommendations to make this transition in 25 years. Sounds good, right? It’s one of the most ambitious pronouncements by any governor

  • Talk is cheap

    Dear Editor: This is an open letter to Sens. Collins and King. Thank you both for letting me know your concerns with the climate crisis, especially as it pertains to Maine. You both seem to support curbing emissions and exploring alternative fuels … great! The problem is that while you express concerns you are both

  • Mislabeled progressives

    Dear Editor: With all due respect to my fellow Americans, most of us simply don’t seem to know that a “liberal/progressive” is not the same thing as a “socialist.” This includes the Democratic Party candidates as well as the members of the “Squad” such as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar. A true “socialist” is someone

  • Look to the trees

    Dear Editor: With the arrival of fall, our gaze soon will be averted to the foliage that yearly beckons us with its breathtaking beauty. Hopefully, however, this won’t be the first time that we have taken note of trees in recent times and of their otherworldly transformation that is occurring before our very eyes. Most

  • Plant a seed

    Dear Editor: As we begin to put our gardens to bed for the winter we begin to reflect on what went right and what went wrong this growing season. Did we meet our expectations? What should we do differently next year? What one goal should we set ourselves for next spring? At the St. Dunstan’s

  • Penny pinching

    Dear Editor: I’ve just read your front page article about cutbacks to state police services in Hancock and Washington counties. The root cause of this problem is the failure of the Maine Legislature to adequately fund the state police. At a time when crime is on the rise, particularly in areas like the illicit drug

  • LGBTQ+ voting rights

    Dear Editor: Did you know LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning and other) people are paid less than cisgender (the gender you were born with) heterosexual people? Did you know that the current administration’s position on transgender people in the military is discriminatory? Did you know that, according to Bernie Sanders, “Today LGBTQ people are

  • A “golden” weekend

    Dear Editor: Without a doubt, Autumn Gold weekend was truly “golden” this year. Between the glorious fall weather, the city businesses that went all out decorating and hundreds of people who attended events from one end of Ellsworth to the other, Ellsworth shined! The Chamber would like to thank the community for your support, your