Editorials

  • Integrity in government

    When it comes to transparency, accountability and ethics in state government, Maine has one of the poorest ratings in the country, according to the 2015 State Integrity Investigation conducted by the Center for Public Integrity. Under the center’s evaluation criteria, applied to 13 categories within state government, Maine ranked 42nd and was one of 11

  • Reasonable gun control

    Scarcely a day goes by in America without a news report that some individual, driven by motivations that one often can only imagine, has used a firearm to take the life of another. A gun is, far and away, the weapon of choice for anyone bent on deadly violence — whether it be to take

  • Kudos to county voters

    Voters in Maine traditionally turn out in exemplary numbers for statewide elections, and Hancock County citizens often stand at the top of the turnout list. Nov. 3 was no exception. Maine’s turnout numbers always are higher in years when major political offices at state and national levels are at stake — 56 percent in the

  • Debates and the debt

    In a recent letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, the Concord Coalition asked that a significant portion of debate time prior to the 2016 election be devoted to the candidates’ plans for dealing with the nation’s growing fiscal difficulties. The coalition got no commitment from the commission other than a promise “to bear in

  • Natural gas pipelines

    In much of America, natural gas is so available and inexpensive that U.S. producers want to export their excess supply to overseas markets. But you’d never know it here in Maine and the rest of New England where power plant operators, in order to meet their needs, must frequently import natural gas from offshore suppliers

  • Drone registration

    Close encounters between unmanned drones and larger aircraft are on the increase, creating a safety hazard that no longer can be ignored. That makes recent word that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation will create a task force to develop recommendations for the registration of drone aircraft both timely and

  • The lottery should go

    Maine never should have gotten into the lottery business. It’s high time that it got out of it. The lottery has been operating in some form in Maine since 1974 when Governor Kenneth Curtis drew the first numbers. In the 41 years since then, the state never has taken a good look at the impact

  • Natural gas pipelines

    In much of America, natural gas is so available and inexpensive that U.S. producers want to export their excess supply to overseas markets. But you’d never know it here in Maine and the rest of New England where power plant operators, in order to meet their needs, must frequently import natural gas from offshore suppliers

  • Bond issues

    Maine voters will consider a pair of statewide bond issues totaling $100 million plus interest when they go to the polls for the general election on Nov. 3. Both proposals were approved by two-thirds of both houses of the 127th Legislature before being submitted for inclusion on the ballot. Question 2 seeks $15 million, to

  • Aid to Israel

    Since World War II, the United States has provided more than $124 billion in bilateral assistance to Israel, almost all of it in the form of military assistance, according to a report published earlier this year by the Congressional Research Service. That assistance continues to flow decade after decade, thanks to both Republican and Democratic