• Safe state

    Congratulations to all those who were victorious in this week’s elections. Maine and its communities need nonpartisan leadership to address the challenges ahead. Topping the list are health care, energy options and an improved business climate, among other contenders. Down low on the list, fortunately, are the safety and security of our communities. For the

  • Scientific data trumps educated guesses

    As reported in the Oct. 25 American, a “study” issued by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in advance of a major regulatory conference singled out stronger ropes used by Maine lobstermen as a prime suspect in whale entanglement. The study saw the fatal entanglements in the stronger lines as an unintended consequence of regulations

  • A question with an answer

    Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot would provide $49 million for the University of Maine System, sharing the wealth among all seven of the state’s universities. In Hancock County, the bond would fund a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program offered through the Mill Mall site of the University of Maine at Augusta.

  • Good sports

    Maine sports fans have enjoyed multiple years of title success. At this joyous moment, the Red Sox come to mind. Nor do the Patriots disappoint. But we must not overlook our own Hancock County athletes. These are boys and girls putting everything they’ve got into every game, every play. And, as many local fans recently

  • Mud season

    Politics has long been a contentious activity in America and every other democracy. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. Opposing sides, fervent in their desire for victory, pitch their stances, visions and aspirations to the electorate. They talk about their beliefs and experience. But these days, the candidates do not so much address their

  • Energy impacts, near and far

    Just over a week ago, a large explosion and fire at the Irving Oil Co. refinery in St. John, New Brunswick, sent ripples throughout the energy industry. Processing over 300,000 barrels of crude oil a day into refined energy products (heating oil, gasoline, diesel fuels and jet fuel), the Irving refinery is Canada’s largest. It

  • Problems with Question 1

    Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot is a citizen-initiated referendum. Like so many recent citizen-initiated referenda, it does not stand up to scrutiny. Promoted by the Maine People’s Alliance, the initiative would impose a new a tax on higher incomes in Maine to fund in-home health care services for the elderly and disabled. It

  • What’s better than a pound of cure?

    There’s lots of hand-wringing these days about our recycling options drying up. It’s been like watching a car crash in slow motion: one town after another cautions its residents that they need not bother separating glass from paper, plastics from cloth, wood from coffee grounds. These days, most of it’s going down in the ground

  • Looking for fairness in school aid distribution

    Maine’s school funding formula, though inherently flawed, is generally regarded as the best method for determining equitable distribution of state support. The method uses property valuation to determine a community’s wealth. Fair enough, one might say. The higher the valuation, the reasoning goes, the better the likelihood that a community can fund education through local

  • Giving honor where honor is due

    It’s easy and sometimes inviting to dismiss an earnest, idealistic proposition as just another tiresome effort at political correctness. But just because something may be politically correct, it doesn’t mean it’s incorrect. Exhibit A: Spencer Patterson King’s two presentations to the Ellsworth City Council asking the councilors to adopt Indigenous Peoples’ Day in lieu of