Opinion

  • Editorial: Unemployment system cannot meet current needs

    The effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic on Maine’s economy have been widespread and severe and have affected almost all sectors. The state’s unemployment system quickly showed it was not able to meet the demands. Even two months in, the story is largely the same with reports of filers still waiting on claims they filed in mid-March.   A

  • Letter to the Editor: Welcome to Maine 

    To the Editor:    A letter to Governor Janet Mills:         Our 14-day quarantine for out of state home and cottage owners is creating long-term relationship problems among Maine neighbors.        Families who may have owned summer homes for generations, and supported our towns with taxes and generous contributions, now are suffering unpleasant encounters once some year-rounders see

  • Letter to the Editor: Root causes 

    To the Editor:  I didn’t expect to be one of the ones who didn’t want to wear a mask. I read what the scientists are saying and I understand them: “a mask keeps others safe … transmitted by vapors …  lingers for hours … three times more contagious than the flu….” I understand all of this and yet something deep within me, not attached to my logical

  • Commentary: Coming unstuck in time 

    By Todd R. Nelson    I’ve come unstuck in time. Thank goodness. Where shall I go today?   Life in quarantine or social distancing needn’t be sedentary or limited or forlorn. Where is the romantic imagination explored by Keats and Wordsworth? Here. Now. Available. Follow.   “In psychology, mental time travel is a distinctively human skill,” writes Adam Grant. “It involves rewinding to

  • Letter to the Editor: Flags over Trenton 

    To the Editor:  Once again, Memorial Day has arrived, and even though it will feel much different this year due to COVID-19, our spirit of unity and patriotism endures.  I would like to thank the Trenton Chamber of Commerce and the Town of Trenton for their support of the “Flags Over Trenton” program.  Trenton is

  • Editorial: Stop comparing COVID-19 to the flu 

    “If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” – The Art of War  It’s natural to compare the unknown to the known. But when the comparison does not hold up, it is time to let it go. Such is the case with COVID-19 and influenza. The flu is terrible. The novel

  • State of Maine: Quiet weekend ushers in a different feel for summer 

    Memorial Day weekend, the official send-off of the summer season, was an occasion of toned-down events and generally respectful visitors. As a test of preparedness, we did okay.  There were rumors of lodging occupied by travelers other than “essential workers,” the only people entitled to rent rooms before June 1 under the current travel restrictions.

  • Editorial: Unemployment system cannot meet current needs

    The effects of the novel coronavirus pandemic on Maine’s economy have been widespread and severe and have affected almost all sectors. The state’s unemployment system quickly showed it was not able to meet the demands. Even two months in, the story is largely the same with reports of filers still waiting on claims they filed in mid-March.   A

  • Commentary: Where did the drug epidemic go?  

    By Marcel Gemme    For the few months or so, you may have become aware that we don’t hear anything about America’s drug epidemic anymore. One might believe that things have gotten better, so maybe we just aren’t hearing about it anymore. But the reality is that the COVID-19 outbreak has overshadowed the drug epidemic.   The coronavirus is