Jill Goldthwait

  • Public health and industry profit

    Public health and industry profit

    Governor, you’re right on this one. For two years, Gov. Paul LePage has been trying to persuade the federal government to allow the state of Maine to restrict the purchase of soda and candy through the food stamp (SNAP) program. Last week, for the second time, the U.S. Department of Agriculture denied the request. In

  • Net neutrality and education

    Net neutrality and education

    Gov. Paul LePage has started a literacy campaign. Sort of. His response to a high school student who wrote to him with concerns about the repeal of net neutrality rules was “Pick up a book and read!” He’ll get no argument here about the reading part. For those who have grown up with their noses

  • Local races quiet, so far

    It’s Secretary of State Matt Dunlap 1, feds 0. President Donald Trump decided it was better to extinguish the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity than to allow full access by commission members to commission documents and proceedings. There were just four Democrats named to the 11-member commission, and one of them has since died.

  • Something new to offer

    Something new to offer

    Here is a parable for the new year: There is trouble among the fruit. Fruit are being mean, ganging up on each other. The action escalates: “The banana got hypnotized and killed the lime. The apples were not happy about that. But they did not do anything. They were too wise. The moral is, don’t

  • A new day

    A new day

    By Jill Goldthwait In this lull between Hanukkah, Christmas and the New Year, substance abuse, particularly opioid use disorders, is once again the topic. The holidays are a particularly stressful time for people battling addiction and for those who love and want to support them. The hospitals of Hancock County, in partnership with Healthy Acadia,

  • Spare us the buzzwords

    Spare us the buzzwords

    With the Legislature at ease until January, the action just now is all on the federal side. Congress is in session and likely to remain there until just a few days before Christmas. Republicans in the House and Senate are attempting to reconcile differences between their two versions of tax reform. Democrats have not been

  • Candidates flock to races

    Candidates flock to races

    How the mighty have fallen. Heaped with praise for her courageous vote against repealing the Affordable Care Act just weeks ago, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins has been buried under an avalanche of outrage after her vote in favor of the Republican tax reform bill. Will Senate leadership keep the promises they made to secure Collins’

  • Make, mend, give

    Make, mend, give

    Urp. We did it. Thanksgiving is over. It is a great holiday to go local. The bird, pie pumpkin, squash, Brussels sprouts and potatoes all grow in abundance in Maine. If you went the supermarket route and used food from away, then poor you. If you bought it locally or raised it yourself, you had

  • Advice for candidates

    Advice for candidates

    Complaining about politics and politicians is a national pastime, but since it is Thanksgiving, let us try to look on the bright side. We do have much to be thankful for in Maine. First and foremost is that we are not Washington, nor are we any other state. We are glorious, earthy, funny, generous us.