• Caring for our veterans

    As we gather around the family table this Thanksgiving holiday and count our blessings, there is one more thing we can be grateful for — fewer veterans are experiencing homelessness. The number of homeless veterans in Maine dropped 3 percent between 2018 and 2019. It was a small change, but in the right direction. A

  • This is not goodbye

    For 35 years, Ruth Foster’s children shop has been a downtown jewel box. Its whimsically elegant storefront opens up into a space filled with feather-soft stuffed animals, tiny hand-knit sweaters and glittery dresses sure to impress at the holidays or a father-daughter dance. The cozy, inviting atmosphere seems worlds away from the aisles of plastic

  • Collins not a villain

    In the circus of modern-day politics, the middle ground has shrunk to the width of a tightrope. U.S. Sen. Susan Collins — long heralded as a moderate willing to reach across the aisle — continues to try to walk that line despite drawing criticism from all sides. To left-leaning critics, Collins, the sole New England

  • Democracy at work

    The results of two area council races Nov. 5 were close enough to prompt recounts in both municipalities. In Ellsworth, City Council candidate Gene Lyons requested a recount after losing by a 20-vote margin. A race for a two-year seat on the Bucksport Town Council was even more of a squeaker. The initial tally put

  • Retirement savings lag

    Governor Janet Mills recently announced AARP Maine has designated the Pine Tree State as Age-Friendly because her administration committed to building livable communities “to make Maine a better place to live across generations.” Let’s help the state and AARP Maine move beyond kitschy designations by finding ways to bolster savings of working Mainers. A sufficient

  • From voters to voted in

    One hundred years ago this month, the Maine Legislature voted to ratify the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing that “the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” By August 1920, the required 36 states had ratified the

  • A county-wide resource

    Careers are launched at Hancock County Technical Center. In an unassuming building on Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth, students learn to run a commercial kitchen, repair cars, troubleshoot diesel engines, care for patients as certified nursing assistants and perform biomedical research. Students run their own restaurant and preschool, produce videos and review the fundamentals of

  • Relieving pressure on jails

    The Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth is one of 15 county jails in Maine. That’s one for every county, except Sagadahoc and Lincoln, which share the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Each jail has its own unique history and set of needs. But there is one thing they have in common — though some

  • Solar gold rush

    In the wake of new legislation incentivizing solar power, developers have come courting in Ellsworth. They are looking to make a deal through a power purchase agreement under which the city would pay for electricity generated by a solar farm on city property. City officials plan to solicit quotes for a farm of up to

  • Yes to both questions

    Question 1 on the Nov. 5 ballot is a $105 million bond “to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit and ports and make other transportation investments.” Critically necessary, the bond would leverage an estimated $137 million in federal and other funds. The transportation bond was the only surviving piece of the $239 million

  • After-school hours critical

    After the last bell rings, one in five Maine kids goes from the structured environment of the school room to an empty house. The gap between the close of the school day and the end of the average parent’s work day can be wide one, especially for at-risk youth. Bored, unsupervised kids can get a

  • Manufacturing is not dead

    Manufacturing is an important and viable sector of Maine’s economy. Study today’s successful players and one discovers that an exciting and fast-paced evolution is unfolding. Manufacturing ranks number 7 among the highest paid industries for Maine workers and manufacturers employ 52,900 workers in Maine. That is significantly less than the 70,300 employed in 2001 or