• Reinventing schools

    “Think of our schools as a horse and buggy — it worked well in a different time, but times have changed. Educational needs have changed as much as transportation needs. Retrofitting a horse and buggy will not give us an airplane, and yet we seem to expect that reforms to our schools will meet our

  • Merry Christmas

    “This Christmas season, like all those that have preceded it, finds the world filled with human disaster — war, famine and pestilence prevail over vast reaches of the globe. The human spirit, in spite of it all, remains indomitable and irrepresible. Hope lingers, not withstanding the disappointments and discouragements that afflict mankind. “Each of us,

  • Welcome, Seaport Village

    Scores of Ellsworth area residents got an impressive eyeful Dec. 10 as the new Seaport Village Healthcare opened its doors to the public with an open house. The 63,600-square-foot facility, located next to the recently refurbished Moore Community Center, will have beds for 91 residents — 61 of them for nursing care and rehabilitation services

  • Bailing out the banks

    Operating under the philosophy that no profit ever is enough, the nation’s biggest banks want a engage in ever more risky fiscal games with a guarantee that American taxpayers once again will bail them out should they run into trouble. Thanks to a majority votes in the U.S. House and Senate and the cooperation of

  • Kudos to local hospitals

    Two of Hancock County’s hospitals are proving, day in and day out, that high quality medical care is not limited to the nation’s major medical centers. In separate evaluations, Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth and Blue Hill Memorial Hospital have earned designations placing them in the top echelon of the nation’s hospitals. In November,

  • Leveling the playing field

    Since Maine’s wind energy act became law in 2008, the energy playing field has been tilted sharply in favor of wind developers and against the state’s citizens and the environment in which they live. Every effort to modify that law has been rebuffed by the Maine Legislature. Dan Remain of Cushing wants to do something

  • Our national debt

    The national debt of the United States, on Nov. 25, reached $18 trillion (that’s with 12 zeroes), an increase of $800 billion in just one year. That debt now exceeds the gross domestic product (GDP) of $17.1 trillion — the value of all the goods and services produced in a year, as determined by the

  • Fireworks in Ellsworth

    Over the next couple of weeks, members of the public will have one more opportunity to weigh in on the pros and cons of a consumer fireworks ordinance now before the Ellsworth City Council. A council vote on the ordinance, which would sharply reduce the days and hours when fireworks could be used and limit

  • A belligerent President

    If you’re President Barack Obama, why would you thumb your nose at Congress — figuratively, if not literally? That’s exactly what the President did last Thursday night when he announced that he will use his executive power to provide a measure of security — at least temporarily — for millions of immigrants illegally in the

  • Shameful turnout

    In a national election that saw the lowest voter turnout in 72 years, Maine was the rare exception. With sharply competitive gubernatorial and congressional races and a controversial referendum on bear hunting heading the ballot, an unofficial tally pegged the turnout in Maine at 59.3 percent, the highest in the nation. Hancock County did even