Opinion

  • Candidate cabinets on everyone’s minds

    Five weeks away from Election Day, the decibel level is going up, but there are still many undecided voters. Governor Paul LePage and Congressman Mike Michaud are joined at the hip, poll-wise, each with about a third of voters polled in their camps. Eliot Cutler is showing movement, chipping into the undecided voters and lifting

  • Ward leaves things better than he found them

    Dear Editor: As past president of Holbrook Little League, I first met state representative candidate Karl Ward a decade ago, giving up a hot Fourth of July weekend to lead his donated Nickerson & O’Day construction crew in framing our new concessions building. He said something I’ll never forget: “We will leave it better than we found it.”

  • A dark cloud lingers

    Dear Editor: Jennifer Osborn’s article on the resignation of five members of Brooklin’s planning board did an excellent job of raising still unanswered questions, but it’s missing a key piece of information: former Planning Board Chairman Catherine Rees’ years of professional experience and knowledge of state regulations for wetlands protection, shoreland zoning and the permitting process.

  • Allen supports individual freedom

    Dear Editor: The voters in Gouldsboro, Hancock, Lamoine, Steuben, Sorrento, Sullivan, Waltham, Osborn, Fletcher’s Landing and Winter Harbor have a real choice in this year’s House District 136 election. I can personally attest to the affability and intelligence of both incumbent Rich Malaby (R) and challenger Beth Allen (D).

  • Run away! Run away!

    Dear Editor: If you have had a chance to be out on the ocean this summer, or walk along the shore, you might have noticed what seems to be a larger than usual presence of jellyfish. Jellyfish dwell primarily in salt water; they pulsate weakly but most-generally move with the wind. They are invertebrates, meaning they lack a backbone.

  • Officer friendly?

    Increasingly, the behavior of police officers across the country is tarnishing the luster of the “Officer Friendly” image once so prevalent in small towns and cities from coast to coast. Recently in Missouri, citizens have been outraged when officers reacted with deadly force to threats seemingly calling for a more measured response. Elsewhere, there have

  • Stiff sentence benefits no one

    Dear Editor: Having spent time in jails and prisons, including time in Guantánamo as a correctional physician, I know something about the penal system. The purpose of placing one in confinement is to remove them from society so they no longer will be a threat to the community, punish the individual for crimes committed and hopefully rehabilitate the perpetrator of the crime.

  • “Camelot” policies won’t solve our problems

    By Charles Lawton It’s true! It’s true! The crown has made it clear. The climate must be perfect all the year. – King Arthur in the musical “Camelot” Growing up in the 1950s and early 1960s, the background music to my life came from Broadway musicals. The only break from my mother’s iron-fisted pragmatism came