Commentary

  • Viewpoint: George Demas: The gift goes on

    By Nan Lincoln In a rather oblique way, George Demas, who died this past February, confirmed I had made the right decision almost 50 years ago when I first moved to Mount Desert Island as a year rounder with my toddler son. I’d been living at my mother’s home in suburban Boston, waiting for my

  • Viewpoint: Please support local fishermen

    By Shelley Wigglesworth   If you don’t think commercial fishermen are an endangered species, think again. I have been very vocal over the years about my feelings on the commercial fishing industry being in jeopardy, and highlighting the importance of just what an integral part the industry plays in not only the economy, but the

  • Guest Column: Spring cleaning the bookshelf

    By John March   As I do every year, last week I cast a cold eye on my bookshelves, pulling the books whose claim on my reading life had lapsed. I do this pruning when newer books (or new old books) need to be accommodated and something has to yield on my crowded shelves. The

  • Community Forum: School needs investment

    By Mary Booher   It is time to re-invest in our school. The Conners Emerson School needs to be revitalized with a major investment in infrastructure. Teaching facilities are barely adequate in some places and there just isn’t room for the many diverse educational needs of a contemporary approach to teaching and learning. Existing spaces,

  • 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