Editorials

  • Band of brothers

    Two families are mourning the loss of Ellsworth Deputy Fire Chief Bobby Dorr — the family he went home to and the family he worked beside. It was abundantly clear during Dorr’s cancer battle and final days that a firefighter never fights alone.  Dorr joined the Ellsworth Fire Department in 2009 as an on-call firefighter

  • No silver bullets for worker shortage

    The Maine Department of Labor announced last week that it would tighten its work search requirements for those collecting unemployment beginning May 23. During the pandemic, the state’s traditional work search requirements were relaxed and reasons for refusing work were broadened to include health concerns and the need to care for children. Now those who

  • Welcome pops of color

    After the first green shoots emerge, yellow is among the next colors to burst forth in the spring landscape. Daffodils turn their cheery faces to the sun. Forsythias put on their annual show. And in Ellsworth last week, yellow bags of trash appeared all along the roadsides.  Neatly bagged and ready for pickup, this trash

  • Filling in the blanks

    Last week, a Minnesota jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of the murder of George Floyd, a Black man whose killing ignited nationwide protests. A few days before the verdict — a fraught moment in the national conversation about law enforcement — the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram and Bangor Daily News

  • Renting out the castle

    At what point does a private home become a luxury good or a commercial enterprise? What should be the government’s role in drawing that line — and regulating and taxing accordingly? How best to balance private property rights while addressing a shortage of affordable year-round housing in many coastal communities?  Those are central questions when

  • Clear out the cabinets

    Time to do some spring cleaning. Unused and expired prescriptions can be found buried in the back of the medicine cabinets, tossed into nightstand drawers and rattling around in the bottom of purses. Clearing out the clutter ensures drugs intended to help don’t ultimately cause harm. Forgotten drugs could be accidentally ingested by children or

  • Let’s get it done

    The season’s must-have accessory is making waves on the social (and socially distanced) scene. No, it’s not sweatpants with extra stretchy waistbands. That’s so 2020. It’s a Band-Aid affixed to the upper arm with all the panache of a beret tipped just so. One newly vaccinated Hancock County resident emerged from the Cross Center Insurance

  • So far, so good

    After a long wait, Maine’s adult-use recreational marijuana market got up and running this past fall. Things seem to be going smoothly enough, although it’s hard to judge with so much else going on.  Money is certainly rolling in. There were $1.4 million in legal sales in the industry’s first month, the Portland Press Herald

  • Bipartisanship bypassed in budget process

    They say to the winner goes the spoils. Maine Democrats, who secured the majority in both state House and Senate last election, also got their way with the budget last week. The two-year, $8.3 billion budget passed by a majority vote. The final vote on the bill in the House was 77-67. The final vote

  • It’s time for open primaries

    Mainers take voting seriously.  Voters can register up until the day they vote and can cast ballots absentee without an excuse. Public financing is available to candidates who want it, and Maine was first state in the nation to adopt ranked-choice voting for statewide elections.  In short, Maine goes out of its way to make

  • Bipartisanship bypassed in budget process

    They say to the winner goes the spoils. Maine Democrats, who secured the majority in both state House and Senate last election, also got their way with the budget last week. The two-year, $8.3 billion budget passed by a majority vote. The final vote on the bill in the House was 77-67. The final vote

  • A promise kept

    It’s a hard time to be a rural hospital, but last week Northern Light Health sent a strong message about its commitment to Hancock County: Blue Hill Hospital is here to stay. Not only that, but it is getting an extreme makeover. Officials plan to break ground on a new, smaller building next year. The

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