Editorials

  • 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

  • When is the City Council not a city council?

    City Council Chairman Dale Hamilton on March 5 emailed a letter to local legislators urging them to advocate for the removal of pandemic-era restrictions in Maine schools. Signed by all seven councilors, the letter stated that the signers were acting as citizens and not in their official capacity. That’s not how that works. When the

  • The Fiberight flop

    It has been nearly a year since the Coastal Resources of Maine facility in Hampden went offline and negotiations with a potential buyer have stumbled. The deal is still expected to close by June 30. We’ll see. From the technology (innovative but unproven) to the ownership structure (convoluted) to the timeline for opening (delayed), nothing

  • Fork in the road

    Trouble’s brewing in Trenton, where a group of citizens say they want out of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System (AOS 91). They have submitted a petition seeking to ask voters at Town Meeting in May to consider initiating a withdrawal process.  Opposing the effort are members of the Trenton School Board and most

  • Cause for celebration

    As of Monday, the 201st anniversary of Maine statehood, nearly one in four Mainers had received at least their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine. As vaccination efforts continue to ramp up, all residents are expected to become eligible by May 1. Earlier this month, the Mills administration released a plan for the upcoming tourism season,

  • Collision course

    The North Atlantic right whale is on the brink of extinction and efforts to save it may spell the end for another marine mammal: the Maine lobsterman. While the whales would cease to be, the lobstermen could, presumably, reinvent themselves. But the death of this way of life would be an incalculable loss. Lobstering is

  • City poised for change

    Census results should be available by April 30, so by then we should know more about how Ellsworth has changed demographically over the past decade. Will growth have kept pace with the 10 years prior when Ellsworth was the fastest growing city in the state? The number of apartment buildings erected in recent years and

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