• License to celebrate

    On March 15, 1820, Maine was accepted as the 23rd state of the United States of America, thanks to the Missouri Compromise. With a majority vote of the region’s citizens, Maine was no longer part of Massachusetts. In less than two years, we Mainers will celebrate our 200th birthday. Maine’s 128th Legislature resolved to establish

  • The results are in

    Maine’s spring primary results are in. We now know who the political party candidates will be for the November elections for governor and Congress, as well as the state Legislature. The victors should be recognized for their successful efforts and thanked for their willingness to make the commitment to serve their fellow citizens. Given the

  • Building permits signal economic gains

    Have you tried to hire a plumber lately? An electrician? How about a contractor to remodel your home or replace a roof? For many folks around Hancock County, it is becoming very difficult to find, retain or schedule a qualified contractor for residential or commercial work. Ask one of the local building supply houses how

  • Traffic congestion expanding

    The headlines are spreading: Cadillac Summit Closed, Route One Traffic Backed-up for Miles, Route IA Closed by Accident, Trenton Bridge Accident Closes Route 3, and on they go. The economic success that comes with being a top destination for summer tourists, and the transportation grid necessary to support our service economy, are being heavily impacted

  • Seize the opportunities

    Late spring in Maine brings many new beginnings, including numerous college and high school graduations. It is a ceremony of passage, leaving one place, one step in life, and leaping to the next. America’s youth are worldlier and possess more technological aptitude than any generation before them, giving them tools to meet challenges unforeseen barely

  • Debt clock keeps on ticking

    America’s federal debt now exceeds $21.2 trillion and each citizen’s share of that debt is more than $64,500. The Congressional Budget Office, in its “Budget and Economic Outlook: 2018-2028,” says that our federal debt is projected to be on a steadily rising trajectory throughout the coming decade. Debt held by the public, which has doubled

  • The better part of valor

    The Municipal Review Committee (MRC) voted last Thursday to allow member towns to rely, temporarily, on their former trash-to-energy partner, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Co. (PERC), for garbage disposal. The decision was rational and expedient. It also was painful. Had everything gone according to plan, the Municipal Review Committee’s 115 member towns would be sending

  • Cost containment

    Supporters of more and larger government often dismiss the suggestion that public spending (your tax dollars) needs to be managed as a private company manages its budget — maximizing every dollar on a profit/loss ratio. True, many public programs are difficult to measure in terms of gains vs. losses. In other areas, however, public spending

  • If it ain’t broke

    The old saw that politics makes for strange bedfellows found new relevance on May 21. On that date, Jason Savage, executive director of the Maine Republican Party, found support in the wisdom of California’s uber-liberal Democrat Governor, Jerry Brown. At issue was ranked choice voting, which is a contender for top topic as we prepare

  • Maine: A power cord for other states?

    For seven and a half years, Governor LePage has decried Maine’s high energy costs and worked to address both supply and cost issues for businesses and homeowners. In his recent weekly radio address, the Governor sent out a request for experts to provide more insight into the rapidly changing energy landscape. He asked how Maine