Commentary

  • Capitol commentary: Bringing light, all year long

    Capitol commentary: Bringing light, all year long

    By Fred Benson I’ve been around a long time. Over the course of these ever-increasing decades, there were times when I was concerned or downright frightened about the events or circumstances enveloping our country. I can remember worrying about the safe return of my uncle from a B-17 unit based in England and trembling in

  • Letter to Sen. Collins

    Letter to Sen. Collins

    By Bo Greene Nine days ago, I sat so close to you that our chairs touched. For over an hour, I watched you listen, I watched you take notes and make eye contact with the designated storytellers in our Indivisible MDI group. You were a pro. I was proud to be there. You said you

  • Locally appropriate solutions

    Locally appropriate solutions

    By David MacDonald Several weeks ago, Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke floated a proposal to increase entrance fees at 17 of the most popular national parks, including Acadia. The aim is to provide additional funding to reduce an $11.3 billion maintenance backlog at parks nationwide. Under the proposal, the cost of a one-week vehicle

  • Community forum: Hidden harm in a favorite story

    Community forum: Hidden harm in a favorite story

    By Angela Raup One of my earliest Thanksgiving memories is from kindergarten. I remember huddling around a craft table with my classmates, grappling for crayons and pairs of scissors that weren’t sticky with glue. The class was divided in half; each student assigned to be a Pilgrim or an Indian. I was an Indian, tasked

  • 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