• Editorial: Whale of a problem

    No one is happy with the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration’s new right whale protection plan. That includes Maine’s congressional delegation, governor, 151 Republican, Democratic and independent state legislators, environmentalists and lobstermen.   For those fighting to save the critically endangered whales, the measures are too little, too late. “Better than nothing” was among the faint praise. For lobstermen, the rules

  • Editorial: Sand trap 

    All’s fair in love and war, but money, it seems, demands a special kind of justice. The Hancock County Commissioners have kicked over a hornets’ nest with their proposal to use some of the $10.6 million the county was awarded under the federal American Rescue Plan to provide hazard pay to first responders and other employees who worked through the

  • Editorial: Two decades later 

    Saturday marks 20 years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The anniversary comes on the heels of the messy conclusion of America’s two-decade war in Afghanistan. In a final brutal loss, 13 U.S. service members died in an attack outside the Kabul airport during the withdrawal. They were among the 2,461 service members who were killed and more than 20,000 wounded since the

  • Editorial: Preserving communities 

    In 2019, Bar Harbor’s only nursing and care facility, Sonogee Rehabilitation and Living Center, closed its doors leaving 53 residents and 58 employees to seek new places to live and to work. At that time, recruitment and retention were citied as issues, as was the increase to minimum wage, which was set to rise from $11 to $12 an hour that year. Sonogee’s owner, North

  • Editorial: One wild ride 

    It was back to school for many Hancock County students this week. In an inauspicious start, the national culture clash over mask wearing touched down locally even as COVID cases jumped and hospital officials warned that their resources soon may be tapped. Only about 10 percent of the state’s intensive care unit beds were available Aug. 26 due to a combination of factors, including the virus, seasonal demand and

  • Editiorial: Milestone worth celebrating

    The Mount Desert Island Regional School System announced last week that all students will return to the classroom for in-person instruction this fall. Like many across the state, MDIRSS schools kept the doors open throughout the 2020-21 year despite the pandemic but provided an online option for students who chose to remain at home. Full-time

  • Editorial: Protect the 207 

    There can only be one. Maine area code, that is. But those days are numbered unless the Federal Communications Commission acts. Available 207 area code phone numbers are projected to run out in 2024.  

  • Editorial: Climate change

    Climate change is widespread, rapid and intensifying – and time is running out to fix it. That is the key takeaway from a recently released report from the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.  

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