Commentary

  • Garbage: A love story

    By Jim Schatz Part One Not too long ago you were burdened with the story of the rift between the Municipal Review Committee Inc. (MRC) and the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC). These two entities worked together for 20 years to provide a destination for municipal waste that would incinerate the waste through a process

  • Tax conformity crucial for Maine’s small businesses

    By Sen. Kimberley Rosen The Maine Legislature is expected to adjourn in a few short weeks, but the March snowstorms put us somewhat behind schedule. There is a lot to be done and a short amount of time to do it in. We have some major bills before us that are still working through the

  • Land trusts work for Maine

    By Ellen Hostert Maine’s land trusts have recently been the subject of scrutiny. As president of Downeast Coastal Conservancy (DCC), I welcome the attention, provided the facts are correctly presented. Unfortunately, public discussion about land trusts is often undermined by misinformation, and the public may not know the facts. The biggest error is that land

  • Conserving land for the benefit of all

    Land conservation in Maine has benefited from bipartisan support for decades. As a local land conservation organization serving the public from the Union River east to the Hancock County line, Frenchman Bay Conservancy welcomes the opportunity to share the benefits that our organization provides to our communities, with the generous support from roughly 900 members.

  • Let’s get our money’s worth on corporate tax breaks

    By Alan Caron News reports about Carbonite shipping Lewiston jobs to Jamaica — despite receiving substantial tax breaks from the people of Maine — are just the tip of the iceberg of a far larger problem that’s been plaguing Maine for decades. In 2011, Carbonite announced it was closing a call center in India to