Commentary

  • Community Forum: Why I’m taking action on climate

    By Isabella Michael   Climate change is an issue that has been overlooked for years. It’s the well-known term that looms above our heads but never seems to demand attention. It has been brought up to the American people and to people globally for decades, but pushed under the rug and denied by many. Administrations

  • Viewpoint: Youth are guiding us forward

    By Steve Katona   This morning is cool, rainy and gray, but flocks of robins and a gobbling tom turkey announce their belief that spring is finally here. Snowdrops and the first tips of crocuses and tulips think so too. All over the northern hemisphere, Christians, Moslems, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Bahais, Jains, Zoroastrians, Native Americans,

  • Viewpoint: Corridor would compromise forests

    By Jonathan Carter   What a total disappointment that the Mills administration has opted to follow the same old model of compromising the health of Maine’s environment away. This is called eco-balancing and it employs the notion that CMP’s offer to provide $248 million over 40 years will provide a benefit that is equal to

  • Viewpoint: Energy corridor is worth pursuing

    By Governor Janet Mills   I want you to hear the truth about the New England Clean Energy Connect (NECEC) project directly from me. You know I always expected, and welcomed, a robust discussion regarding the NECEC project, a discussion that should be based on facts, not speculation and fear. You may have seen the

  • Viewpoint: Human costs of gun violence

    by Peter Sly   Late last month, the House of Representatives passed a universal national background check bill. Like others, I am disappointed that Jared Golden was one of only two House Democrats to vote against it. Because gun violence shows no signs of abating, the gun issue is likely to persist as a stubborn,

  • Community Forum: First responders’ service, sacrifice

    By Sean Hall   Early this month the people of this state where reminded of just how dangerous the job of being a firefighter is. Captain Joel Barnes died saving the lives of his fellow firefighters, a true hero in anyone’s eyes especially the brothers and sisters in the fire service. This happened after several

  • Viewpoint: Our stories fit together

    By Bill Horner   I was born in 1941 at Mount Desert Island Hospital and graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1959. As most of you readers know, there were three high schools on MDI in those days and competition in sports and for girls was pretty intense. I remember being thoroughly chastised for

  • Community Forum: With malice toward none

    By Mary Holway   As the American Civil War dragged to its excruciating conclusion, an exhausted Abraham Lincoln said the following in his second inaugural speech: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work

  • Viewpoint: Planning for change on energy

    By Brian Hubbell Maine’s energy systems place our state today at a critical decision point. On one hand, inaction and inertia leads to grave economic disruptions from a sharply changing climate. On the other, an expansion of renewable energy offers real economic opportunity. Technological innovations are propelling neighboring states and provinces to capitalize on the

  • Viewpoint: My racial profile

    By Todd Nelson   It’s taken me my whole life (well, not yet) to realize that I am white. That is, that I am of a particular race. Getting beyond the philosophical or theoretical, it’s the granularity of experience that has given me understanding. Somehow, I’ve been “passing” all these years. I simply thought I