Commentary

  • Funding of substance abuse treatment must be increased

    By Dick Dimond The widespread and unconstrained epidemic of drug abuse in Maine has included an unprecedented number of overdose deaths. As a result, Sen. Angus King and Governor Paul LePage recently convened two separate forums in hopes of developing effective and comprehensive strategies to reverse this situation. Three individual working groups have been formed

  • Sharing responsibility

    By Roger Bowen Should Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor residents have to subsidize public safety expenses for the thousands of tourists expected to flock to the Schoodic Peninsula’s section of Acadia National Park? This, in a nutshell, is the question I posed to the Acadia National Park Advisory Commission on Sept. 14. This issue was prompted

  • Cultivating blueberries: A better blueprint

    By Jody Spear According to a recent report from MaineSalmonRivers.org, transitioning to organic production of blueberries makes sense for economic as well as ecological reasons. The report, titled “Inheritance of Blue,” points out that only 1 percent of Maine’s total blueberry acreage is now managed organically. Because 80 percent of commercial growers operate on less

  • Feelings vs. data

    By Richard C. Hill Here are a series of issues that have both a social and technical component: (1) Management of nuclear waste; (2) genetically modified food crops; (3) climate modification; (4) energy alternatives; and (5) smart meters. I watch the public discourse with care and interest, and observe the reaction of political leaders. The

  • A letter to Maine: Don’t repeal income tax

    By Dave Seaton My very pleasant August vacation in Sullivan Harbor has been peppered by newspaper reports on the push by Maine Governor Paul LePage to eliminate the state’s income tax. Although completely unsolicited, my advice is unalloyed: DON’T DO IT! Out in Kansas we are suffering a fiscal fiasco as a result of Republican

  • Bipartisan backroom budget bloviators beg rebuttal

    By Lawrence Lockman American author and humorist Mark Twain famously observed that no citizen’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session. Was he thinking of Maine? Twain grew up in Missouri after Maine was admitted to the Union in 1820 as part of the Missouri Compromise. I have no idea

  • Keep this road to recovery open

    By Darren Ripley We commend Governor LePage for convening a group of law enforcement officials and addiction and recovery providers to address the statewide problem of substance addiction and for acknowledging that “we can’t just arrest our way out of this problem.” Escalating illegal drug use is a symptom of a much larger addiction problem

  • Distributed Energy

    By Richard C. Hill When building my home in 1949, I insisted on underground electric service. A backhoe dug the 150-foot trench from the road to the foundation. I placed the wire, threaded the wire trough conduit near the foundation, and again at the road. Now, when the lights go out in my home, I

  • Marijuana in the new millennium

    As a Healthy Maine Partnership and Drug Free Communities Coalition, Healthy Acadia is dedicated to building vibrant communities and making it easier for people to make healthy choices for themselves and their families. The goal of these efforts is to protect the health, safety and quality of life for all, especially youth and families. A

  • It’s gastronomic etymology, deah! Whoopie!

    By Todd R. Nelson “Eclectic” is the name of the game for seventh and eighth grade vocabulary sources — words plucked from their free-range appearances in periodical literature. One year we read articles on Wiffle ball fields in Connecticut and UMaine-Presque Isle’s peripatetic baseball team; gargoyles at 527 West 110th St. and cold fusion in