Editorials

  • A welcome neighbor

    Acadia National Park has been, and continues to be, an unprecedented success. That didn’t happen overnight. The attraction that most supports the park is the spectacular scenery where the ocean finally confronts the rockbound coast of Maine. But the beauty of our coast was mostly unknown, except among mariners and a privileged few, until some

  • Monetary policy

    For millions of individuals in America’s disappearing middle class, most of whom are struggling to save enough money to finance even a modest retirement, safe investment opportunities are difficult to find. Changes in tax depreciation laws in the 1986 Tax Reform Act made real estate a substantially less attractive investment. That left the stock market

  • Rational 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

  • Religious freedom

    Does freedom of religion under the U.S. Constitution allow an individual to impose his or her beliefs on others? That is the contention of some Americans, including Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis in Kentucky, who has invoked “God’s authority” as her justification for defying the U.S. Supreme Court with her continued refusal to issue marriage

  • Wind farm payola

    When one looks at the $18-million windfall the tiny Maine town of Eastbrook stands to gain from the siting of eight giant windmills within its borders, it’s easy to understand why it is so difficult for communities to say “no” to the powerful and well-funded wind industry. Former Maine Governor John Baldacci and the Legislature

  • Rational 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

  • Looking to the future

    From one coast of our nation to the other, the view increasingly prevails that America’s school students must acquire skills and knowledge in science, technology and mathematics if they are to have a successful future as tomorrow’s adults. But several Bucksport educators rightly believe that such a focus ought not to come at the expense

  • Working past 70

    Should older Americans — those past the age of 70 — remain in the work force? In a recent column in The New York Times, educators Laurence J. Kotlikoff and Robert C. Pozen made a strong case for keeping senior citizens who are able and willing on the job well after they become eligible to

  • Bureaucratic roadblocks

    People in the town of Trenton have every right to feel frustrated over the way in which their desire to have a small floating dock and tiny public picnic park at the seaplane ramp at the Hancock County-Bar Harbor Airport has been handled by multiple layers of government. The seaplane ramp is used only a

  • Medicare in trouble

    One-sixth of all economic activity in the United States involves health care, according to the Concord Coalition, a nationwide, nonpartisan grassroots organization advocating responsible fiscal policy. And health care spending has become the largest piece of the federal budget, comprising more than one-quarter of all government spending (more than $900 billion) for 2015. Medicare, the