• Editorial: Maine positioned to meet climate goal 

    Maine is about 75 percent of the way toward achieving carbon neutrality, according to a recent report from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection.   Full carbon neutrality – the state’s goal by 2045 – will be achieved when all emissions are offset by carbon sequestration in the environment. On that front, it helps that Maine

  • Editorial: Let’s invest in the future 

    Maine is believed to be one of the most oil-dependent states in the country – and among the states with some of the oldest (and potentially draftiest) housing stock. Nearly 60 percent of homes in Maine rely on oil for heat. Comparatively, only 4 percent of homes in the rest of the nation are heated

  • Editorial: Always read the fine print 

    If your candidate can’t win fairly, then it is OK to lie? Or to take some small kernel of truth and distort it to the degree that it becomes unrecognizable? It’s the funhouse mirror approach to political campaigning, except it is not fun at all. It’s disgusting.   In Aroostook County, the Maine Republican Party has

  • Editorial: Early disadvantages can affect health outcomes  

    The state’s largest health care systems, along with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, conduct and publish a community health assessment every three years. The data presented consist of the usual: top health concerns, recent trends and identifying future health priorities. The newest update, released this past week, takes this a step further to

  • Editorial: Thinking bigger 

    As local municipalities join the list of employers struggling to fill key positions, town officials have had to think creatively to provide the services residents have come to expect. That can mean piecing together coverage with existing staffing or enticing retirees back into the office in interim roles. Some towns have increased pay or offered

  • Editorial: More education is required 

    At long last, COVID-19 vaccines are now available to everyone ages 6 months and older. The Food and Drug Administration last week authorized and recommended the first COVID-19 vaccines for the nation’s youngest citizens.   This population, which stands at roughly 20 million, can now join the nearly 220 million people throughout the United States who

  • Editorial: Let freedom ring? 

    Our new Constitution is now established, everything seems to promise it will be durable; but, in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes. – Benjamin Franklin  While most of us are familiar with Franklin’s quip about death and taxes, the rest of the quote is less widely used. But in wake of recent

  • Editorial: There can be no trust without understanding 

    Less than 30 percent of fourth-, eighth- and 12th-grade students are proficient in civics. In addition, a survey of 1,416 adults by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) revealed that only one-third of those surveyed could name the three branches of government. And, while only one in three people can name all three branches, nearly

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