• For a better ballot

    Mainers traditionally have been high-ratio participants in local and national elections. Maybe it’s our small town roots and the ritual of annual town meetings. Maybe its plain civic pride — pride in citizenship and an embrace of our responsibility to participate in one of our most hallowed rights under the Constitution. A tri-partisan group of

  • A failure of leadership

    The world’s two most prominent and venerable democracies, Great Britain and the United States, are both experiencing severe strains in their political fabric and institutions. Two fundamental developments of the last decade or so have profoundly challenged traditional democratic institutions and processes. The first is rooted in the info-tech revolution and the advent of a

  • A hallelujah epiphany

    By Justin Benjamin Pollard I recently had a wonderful epiphany while singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s “Messiah” in a holiday concert. As I sang the words, “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth … and he shall reign forever and ever,” I realized that these statements are true and that all will be well. This

  • Connecting the dots on the shutdown

    Dear Editor: Why is Trump so committed in January 2019 to his demand for $5.6 billion for building the wall and to continuing the longest government shutdown in U.S. history? Could it be his self-interested, mean-spirited attempt to divert the media and public from the increasing information coming from the federal investigations into the Trump

  • Flagmen are unsung heroes

    Dear Editor: Joe’s happy. He enjoys standing on too hard ground all day dodging cars while holding a stop sign. It’s only when he turns away you can see him wince in pain. Next car, another smile, yes Joe’s happy. It’s by design. He’s learned to bend reality; the successful coping of the menial worker.

  • It’s about protecting our water

    Dear Editor: At their January meeting, the Hancock County Commissioners resolved to schedule a public hearing to consider a water quality protection ordinance for the county’s unorganized territories (UTs) as a potential tool for protecting Hancock County’s ground and surface water. If you value our county’s abundant clean fresh water and are concerned about protecting

  • Join the fight for health care reform

    Dear Editor: Four Maine state legislators — Sen. Geoff Gratwick, Sen. Louie Luchini, Rep. Nicole Grohoski and Rep. Brian Hubbell — attended a recent (Jan. 12, 2019) health care legislative forum sponsored by Maine AllCare’s Ellsworth-MDI chapter. The audience filled the Beth C. Wright Center, forming a large circle in the main meeting room to

  • Kudos to Kay

    Dear Editor: I loved Jill Goldthwait’s tribute to Kay Rand last week. It certainly parallels some of my experiences growing up in Aroostook County and being in government service. Kay I would characterize as an acquaintance, not a close friend, but someone I was always able to connect with easily over the decades. She was

  • Staying true to the Maine way

    Dear Editor: “Live and let live” is a doctrine the good people of Maine hold dear. This concept allows very different people to live in harmony here not because they agree, but because each person is allowed by application of this belief to simply live how they choose. Of course the doctrine also stresses that