Letter to the editor

  • Time to ban flavored tobacco products

    Dear Editor: In 2020, I began working in the public health arena for the first time. Most of that work is in primary prevention with a focus on obesity, resiliency and tobacco. In this role, I have been working in partnership with Flavors Hook Kids Maine to end the sale of flavored tobacco in Maine.

  • Support affordable energy and transportation

    Dear Editor: Anyone who cares about the economy should be concerned about LD 167 and LD 1532, two bills in the Legislature that could cripple Maine’s energy and transportation infrastructure, increasing the cost of heating oil, fuel, gasoline and asphalt for Maine families and businesses. Pretty much every business organization in the state opposes one

  • Stand up to CMP

    Dear Editor: Small towns like Caratunk shouldn’t have a say on what transmission projects CMP constructs within their borders, even if the project won’t benefit Mainers. That’s what CMP lobbyist Jim Mitchell told the Legislature’s Energy Committee this week. As a resident of Caratunk, I am sick of CMP singling us out as a problem

  • Reconnecting with nature

    Dear Editor: Maine winter is always a struggle for me. But this “pandemic winter,” with community events canceled, bars shut down, my work closed repeatedly and my circle of friends shrunk to just three, I was in total survival mode. Without the warmth of human interaction, I looked for love anywhere I could find it.

  • Nicolin Road a hazard

    Dear Editor: To the Chairman of Ellsworth City Council: We have submitted a citizen’s petition to the Ellsworth City Council requesting funding for permanent upgrades to the ongoing unacceptable condition of the town way, Nicolin Road (i.e., the railroad tracks to the public landing). Names on this petition were taken on two Saturdays totaling nine

  • A call for change

    Dear Editor: In spite of almost three hours of testimony in favor of LD 967, which would make low levels of drug possession a civil offense instead of one that sends people to jail, the Mills administration is opposed to the idea. Experts on this issue — including doctors, researchers and people in recovery —

  • A disturbing pattern

    Dear Editor: In Maine, these headlines tell a story: • Police: 2-year-old boy injures parents, self in West Bath shooting. • Toddler fighting for her life after shooting at Bangor residence. • Elise Dorr, 5, shot to death in Scarborough family home. • 8-year-old boy fatally shoots himself while handling father’s gun in Oakland. •

  • A tremendous team effort

    Dear Editor: Dear Greater Blue Hill Peninsula friends: Over the past several weeks, community members from Blue Hill, Brooklin, Brooksville, Castine, Deer Isle, Sedgwick, Stonington and Surry took to the roads and cleaned up literally tons of trash. On behalf of the organizing committees for each town, thank you to everyone who pitched in on

  • Change the culture around mental health

    Dear Editor: May is Mental Health Month. By urging my public officials to prioritize suicide prevention, mental health and crisis care, I am hoping to influence collective change to support #MentalHealth4All. Right now, individuals in crisis are able to call 1-800-273-8255 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential

  • A grim future for CDD recycling

    Dear Editor: With the introduction of LD 1639, “An Act to Protect the Health and Welfare of Maine Communities and Reduce Harmful Solid Waste,” the future of construction and demolition debris (CDD) recycling in Maine has been brought to the forefront, and that future is grim. To focus just on “out-of-state” CDD waste, as LD

  • Island hopping

    Dear Editor: It is time to put aside for once the myths and fairy tales and ideological virtue endured in the recent past. The rejection of a democratic and adjudicated election by an instigator of an insurrection is one. And now the virtuous citizens of Castine in the same vein have insisted on changing the

  • “Public” meeting anything but

    Dear Editor: Last Thursday’s state-required “public informational meeting” by American Aquafarms was anything but public. We have all had to adjust to meeting by Zoom instead of in person, but in many ways that allows even more people to engage in public forums. Sadly, you never would have known that if you tried to participate

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