• Maine must advance, not retreat, against the invisible enemy

    By Rep. Billy Bob Faulkingham From the very beginning of this pandemic reaching our shores, myself and millions of Americans have voluntarily participated in government recommendations from both the state and federal government. Since that time, my position hasn’t changed. My actions have been voluntary. We have used hygiene, social distancing, and avoiding public spaces,

  • Governors made a big mistake

    By Phil Grant The nation’s governors made a big mistake in closing down businesses in response to the coronavirus. Most other mitigation efforts such as hand washing, mask wearing, social distancing, temperature taking, direct virus testing and not touching your face are fine and should be strongly encouraged in any organizations that stay open as

  • The new Five O’Clock Follies

    By Roger Bowen “By April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it [coronavirus] miraculously goes away,” opined the doctor-in-chief in the Oval Office last month. Trump predicted that churches across our nation would be packing the pews with parishioners for the non-Easter service April 12. As to his own performance during

  • Nursing homes: Keep your distance and keep them safe

    By Sen. Kimberley Rosen There are 93 long-term care facilities in Maine, most of which are either nursing homes or assisted living facilities for seniors. About a dozen of these are in the Bangor area. This past weekend, after a handful of patients and workers tested positive for COVID-19 at an Augusta facility, the Maine

  • T.S. Eliot and me

    By Todd R. Nelson It was not until many years later that I discovered how close a neighbor T.S. Eliot had been when we lived in London: a block away. His flat was in the large red brick building just down Stanford Road from ours — past the Builders Arms pub at the corner of

  • Seven steps to staying safe

    By Andres Abreu, MD and Julian Kuffler, MD, MPH The Mount Desert Island Hospital is taking measures to protect the community, from implementing protective measures at Birch Bay Retirement Village, to shifting to remote work and tele-health appointments and creating a call center for questions and concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. There are simple,

  • We’ve been here before

    By John McDonald King Tut’s grandfather was named Amenhotep III. His long reign and many building projects, some of which survive, earned him the accolade of “the magnificent.” He ruled from 1390 to 1353 B.C., and we know lots about him, especially from his first decade on the throne. In those years he married Tut’s

  • Commentary: A message to the Ellsworth community

    By Dale Hamilton Less than three weeks ago, Maine had its first confirmed case of COVID-19. The speed at which this event has disrupted our lives is somewhat overwhelming. We are concerned for the people who have lost jobs, the businesses that have closed and the challenges that people are facing in meeting their basic

  • Commentary: Apart yet together

    By Reps. Nicole Grohoski and Sarah Pebworth Since Maine’s first case of COVID-19 was announced on March 12, people across our state have sprung into action. We’ve quickly adapted to protect public health, from temporarily closing schools and businesses to working remotely, practicing physical distancing and more. We are both grateful and proud of our

  • Commentary: The war in Afghanistan began much earlier

    In a recent op-ed on a likely U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, Marvin Ott remarks that the origins of our war there go back to the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Actually, this date is a bit misleading. U.S. intervention in Afghanistan goes back a lot further, to the summer of 1979. In July of that

  • Commentary: Reflections on St. Patrick’s Day

    By Hugh Curran When I was a youth in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day was considered a Holy Day of Obligation in which religious services were held to commemorate him. St. Patrick’s “Confessions” told a story of being captured by pirates raiding Roman Britain and being sold into slavery, where he spent six years as a

  • Eight ways to combat coronavirus

    By Sen. Angus King Friends, the challenges created by the coronavirus epidemic are unlike anything that we’ve seen in the last 100 years. The situation is changing rapidly, but this much is clear: we all need to change our behaviors and adopt new approaches to protect ourselves and our loved ones. As I push for