Opinion

  • Finish the Task

    Dear Editor: Bruce Poliquin will, and must, continue his challenge to the ranked choice voting system and the constitutionality of the results. He will because it is his choice as a citizen of this republic and he has the freedom to do so. He must, because he is a representative of the voters in the

  • Joy to the world

    Christmas traditions, be they church-centered or gift-centered, religious or pagan, solemn or spirited, have in common many of the kindest components of our better selves: a need to gather up loved ones, nostalgia steeped in childhood memories and a nearly unstoppable urge to do something nice. It has ever been so, if Charles Dickens is

  • Law of the land

    The campaign, balloting and implementation of ranked choice voting occasioned no shortage of skepticism, challenges and outcries. We should know — The Ellsworth American expressed doubts about the citizen initiative from Day 1. But we’ve had our day. The time has come to accept ranked choice voting for what it is: the law of the

  • The China challenge is for real

    China has long occupied a unique place in America’s relations with the world. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, China was a commercial magnet. Chinese products — tea, porcelains, silks — were in huge demand and drew American merchants to Cathay. The clipper ships that plied the Pacific tea trade became as much a

  • Lamoine’s hydrologic disaster

    By Willem Brutsaert, Ph.D. The plan of an out-of-town sand-and-gravel operator, Harold MacQuinn Inc., is to remove the last remaining hill in Lamoine, located adjacent to the largest concentration of homes in Lamoine, near “Lamoine Corner,” an area generally referred to as the center of town. The incipient disaster is remarkably visible by anyone traveling

  • Lockman misses an educational opportunity

    Dear Editor: Rep. Lockman writes in his Dec. 12 letter that while he is not a credentialed educational professional, he knows the solution to lagging test results: more competition in education. I’m sorry but forced consolidation? Withdrawal? Implementing proficiency-based education? Lifting that mandate? Those are initiatives that Augusta has forced on districts in the last

  • Help is out there

    Dear Editor: I want to address a difficult subject. It is the sexual abuse of girls. Some face a barrage of intimidation and sexual assaults, leaving them with an extremely low self-image of themselves. Often the victims are told not to tell anyone. If they report what happened to a family member, they are often

  • “Tone deaf” editorial

    Dear Editor: In a world that is changing so very quickly, your editorial “American Energy Independence” seems like a nostalgic look back at those innocent days when we didn’t realize that carbon mining could destroy our civilization. Every day brings new evidence that climate change is happening much more quickly than predicted, and that the