Opinion

  • Don’t reward the uninformed at the polls

    Dear Editor: Recently the Maine Republican Party attacked Jared Golden, falsely claiming he wished to turn the United States’ health care system into a government-run system like Britain’s. This is incorrect; his positions favor gradual expansion of Medicare and Medicaid to cover increasing groups of our citizens. This will not only provide people with the

  • Cast your vote for Maine’s future

    Dear Editor: Maine is in crisis, and we voters better get deeply engaged with carefully choosing our next state legislative body. A vote is a powerful thing, and our future depends on each one of us wielding that choice well, and meeting our responsibilities as an informed electorate. Amongst other important votes, this fall, we

  • A comforting show of support

    Dear Editor: On July 5, you kindly published the article “Comforting foster kids one ‘case’ at a time,” written by Rachel Taylor. As a result, a TV segment was aired by News Center Maine on July 12. The response to these two pieces has been beyond my greatest expectations. Since then, more than 150 Comfort

  • Take your time, Ellsworth

    Micki Sumpter, Ellsworth’s retiring economic development director, has presided over an impressive period of growth in her six years at City Hall. Last Thursday’s ceremony marking the opening of The Jackson Laboratory’s state-of-the-art mouse production facility included specific acknowledgment of Sumpter, as well as the city manager and Ellsworth’s municipal government, in general. Even so,

  • Private or public ambulance service

    After 45 years serving the greater Ellsworth region with emergency medical technician (EMT) service, County Ambulance has announced it is closing. In the short term, the Aug. 31 departure of County Ambulance will be a challenge. But it’s also an opportunity. Nationally, almost half of all EMT and ambulance service is provided by fire departments

  • A different kind of leadership

    Dear Editor: In most of my 72 years (starting with President Dwight D. Eisenhower) I’ve observed many presidents. Now there is a quagmire in the White House. There are two quotes relating to a well-run presidency. One is from a president and one is from a first lady. “The presidency is not merely an administrative