Commentary

  • Viewpoint: Citizens have obligation to speak up

    Viewpoint: Citizens have obligation to speak up

    By Kenneth Paigen In the last issue of the Islander, State Sen. Langley penned a vigorous defense of Sen. Collins for her vote for the recent tax bill, criticizing the impassioned criticism of her vote by many constituents. Langley described Collins as “standing up for what she thinks is good public policy regardless of which

  • Community forum: Who are Collins’ counterparts?

    Community forum: Who are Collins’ counterparts?

    By Sen. Brian Langley Restaurants and eateries in general are gathering grounds for good food and conversation. And because I serve in the state Senate, the conversation often turns to politics. As of late, the topic has been tax reform. Over the course of the summer, when I went out into my dining room to

  • Viewpoint: How to fund Medicaid

    Viewpoint: How to fund Medicaid

    By Gov. Paul R. LeLage What follows is the text of a radio address delivered Dec. 13. I have laid out four basic principles to guide the Legislature’s decision on how to pay for Medicaid expansion. We must maintain the state’s long-term fiscal health and avoid the budget disasters of the past. The Department of

  • 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