Commentary

  • We are what we eat

    Maine’s firearms deer season drew to a close Saturday, but before then thousands of local and visiting hunters took the opportunity to commune with nature and their hunting buddies in the woods. The hunting tradition has been passed down through generations of Maine families — an exercise in skill, patience and seized opportunities. The traditional

  • State-owned landfill being made a scapegoat

    By Brian Oliver A recent op-ed in this paper incorrectly denigrated a sustainable landfill practice that is an essential part of Maine’s solid waste disposal system. Worse, the op-ed tried to associate this sound and environmentally sustainable policy to circumstances that we all can agree are unsustainable — such as the overuse of plastics, the

  • In support of the Pine Tree Amendment

    By Roger Bowen The amendment to the Maine Constitution approved by voters earlier this month by a 20 percent margin establishes a “natural and unalienable right to grow, raise, harvest, produce and consume the food of their own choosing.” This is a commendable addition to Maine citizens’ existing basic 24 rights enumerated in Article I

  • MRC sets the record straight

    By Karen Fussell There’s a great deal of misinformation circulating about the Municipal Review Committee (MRC), the former Coastal Resources of Maine, LLC (Coastal) processing plant in Hampden, and the efforts to get the plant reopened. Much of it driven by frustration, I’m sure, but that doesn’t lessen the damage done by repeating it. Here

  • My life in typewriters

    By Todd R. Nelson My father’s secretaries used to request he close his office door while typing so they needn’t hear his speed. By this time in his career, he had an IBM Selectric, a Ferrari compared to the big, black Royal typewriter we had at home, a 1955 Buick by comparison; like the difference

  • Waste reduction and reuse the best path forward for Maine

    By Sarah Nichols I nearly spit out my coffee when I read the recent commentary falsely stating that burning trash is the best way to save the planet. Burning trash pollutes the air and destroys precious natural resources. Waste-to-energy facilities are hungry trash monsters that need to be fed a steady flow of waste, so

  • Save the planet by burning the trash

    By Michael Hall The best way to save the planet is to burn trash. Not landfilling, not recycling, not packaging fees but using trash to produce energy. Imagine a pile of sawdust. Grab a handful, toss it into a television-advertised pasta maker and out comes an eco-friendly, carbon-neutral biofuel, “wood pellets.” Bag, palletize and deliver

  • Mitigating change

    By Tim Plouff A fall day 30-plus years ago, my elderly neighbor announced that it was “my turn to run the road” and prepare for the inevitable expansion of our rural, lakefront roadway. At the time, only four families lived year-round here at our slice of heaven at Beech Hill Pond, and we handled everything

  • Concrete vs. cement: clearing up the confusion

    By Larry A. Langille II This is in response to the letter “A pollution disaster in the making” [Oct. 21]. I wanted to write this response to provide some clarity. I read the opinion piece and I think there is some serious confusion about the difference between cement manufacturing and concrete manufacturing. Cement manufacturing is

  • Multiple confluent factors generating inflation

    By Phil Grant Inflation is quickly wiping out some very real increases (due to higher American incomes) in standard of living. President Joe Biden says the inflation now being experienced will only be temporary but recognizing what the sources of inflation are tells us otherwise. Of course, temporary is a vague term that could mean

  • Let’s talk about the CMP Corridor

    By Rep. Nicole Grohoski You’ve probably noticed that the volume is turned way up on Ballot Question 1 as we hurtle toward Election Day on Nov. 2. Many constituents have approached me with questions like “I don’t like the CMP Corridor, but what about the climate?” or “Will other businesses be affected?” or “What does

  • Vote to protect your food freedom

    By Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham People of Maine, I am writing to urge each of you to vote “yes” in support of Question 3 this Nov. 2. Question 3, or the “Right to Food,” as it’s called, is a constitutional amendment to protect the individual’s right to grow and produce your own food for you