Commentary

  • Ignoring the voters on Medicaid

    Ignoring the voters on Medicaid

    By Alan Caron Maine voters sent some loud and clear messages on Election Day this year. First, they sent a clear message on the York County casino vote, which ought to send a message to every self-serving millionaire who thinks he can buy special privileges in Maine with a slick, deceptive campaign. Then they sent

  • Businesses keep environment in mind

    Businesses keep environment in mind

    By Jill Higgins Millions of people come to Mount Desert Island year after year to be rejuvenated by the nearly pristine beauty of the nature that surrounds and inspires us. And some of us are lucky enough to live here year-round. We know that sustaining our quality of life and our local economy depends on

  • State and federal laws conflict

    State and federal laws conflict

    By Gov. Paul R. LePage What follows is the text of a letter delivered to the Legislature on Friday, Nov. 3. When I took the oath of office as Maine’s governor, I swore to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of Maine. When the referendum seeking to legalize

  • Capitol commentary: Calm before the storm

    Capitol commentary: Calm before the storm

    By Fred Benson Over the past 10 months, our current president has succeeded in casting a pall of chaos, uncertainty, prevarication and fear over the citizens of the United States and our allies abroad. During a recent dinner honoring his senior military commanders and their spouses, he gestured towards his guests and then said to

  • Viewpoint: Votes explained

    Viewpoint: Votes explained

    By Rep. Brian Hubbell In November of 2016, by a vote of 388,273 to 356,621 (52 percent to 48 percent), Maine passed a citizen initiative that established ranked-choice voting for state and federal offices in order to assure that future elections were won by a majority of votes rather than a plurality. On May 23,

  • A look at the Second Amendment

    A look at the Second Amendment

    By Steve Perrin In the turbulent wake of yet another round of mass murders by gunfire — this time in Las Vegas — it is time to reread the Second Amendment to seek assurance in our time of shock and confusion. The amendment contains 27 words divided into four sections separated by three commas. In

  • Medicaid expansion the right thing to do

    Medicaid expansion the right thing to do

    By Arthur Blank On Nov. 7, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether Maine should join 30 other states and the District of Columbia in approving Medicaid expansion. There are a lot of good reasons why we should vote “yes” on referendum Question 2, but the most important is because it is the right

  • Our expectations for a superintendent

    Our expectations for a superintendent

    By Gail Marshall I’ve read with sadness and concern the article in the Oct. 5 issue of the Islander titled “Gousse to Pay for Patriot’s Tickets.” The school board has tasked the superintendent with finding ways to possibly reduce the cost of health insurance provided to the employees. The school system is one of the

  • My position on Graham-Cassidy

    My position on Graham-Cassidy

    By Sen. Susan Collins I want to explain to my fellow Mainers directly why I opposed the Graham-Cassidy health care proposals. First, I want to assure you that I understand the flaws in the ACA (also known as “Obamacare”). In fact, one of the main reasons I opposed the ACA when it was passed by

  • Maine benefits from health bill

    Maine benefits from health bill

    By Gov. Paul R. LePage What follows is the text of a radio address delivered Sept. 20. If we are going to save the American health care system, we need your help, and we need it now. I have been in close contact with many people working on this issue in Washington, D.C. We’re nearing