• Editorial: Congratulations, graduates

    On Sunday, 113 students of the Class of 2022 – Mount Desert Island’s best and brightest – took the stage to receive their high school diplomas in a ceremony that felt more normal than the last two hybrid and socially-distanced events.   You did it! Congratulations for reaching the finish line.   You are heading out into

  • Editorial: Yik Yak yuck 

    As if adolescence and young adulthood isn’t hard enough, a social media platform built on proximity and anonymity has made a comeback. Yik Yak is a smartphone application that allows users within a 5-mile radius to create anonymous posts and discussions. Entirely unsurprisingly, its 2013 launch was soon followed by reports of cyberbullying and threats.

  • Editorial: Time is ticking on Lyme disease vaccine 

    Ticks are everywhere. Be it scurrying up our pantlegs as we putter in the garden or hitching a ride inside on the dog’s fur, time outdoors means fraternizing with the enemy.   We all know the drill: Wear long, light-colored clothes perfumed with permethrin. Do a tick check upon returning indoors. Beware the bull’s eye rash

  • Editorial: America has a killing problem 

    Over the course of the last few weeks, more than two dozen people in the U.S. have been killed in mass shooting incidents. Nineteen fourth graders and two teachers were killed in Texas last week. One week earlier, in Buffalo, N.Y., an attack fueled by racism left 10 people dead and three injured inside a

  • Editorial: Mud season arrives 

    Low blows are nothing new in politics. Mudslinging just might be as American as apple pie. A national pastime bent on winning voters via shock and scorn – or at the very least sticking it to the other guy to the delight of the already converted.  As a daily deluge of political angst chases us

  • Editorial: Treasures and responsibilities

    Congress in 2020 passed the Great American Outdoors Act, which aims to fund up to $1.9 billion a year for five years to provide needed maintenance for critical facilities and infrastructure in national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, recreation areas and American Indian schools.   Those funds are already working locally. Earlier this year, $27M was allocated

  • Editorial: Everyone should get the chance to vote 

    With the recent passage of LD 231, sponsored by state Sen. Chloe Maxmin (D-Lincoln) and co-sponsored by Rep. Nicole Grohoski (D-Ellsworth), unenrolled voters (more commonly referred to as independents) in 2024 will be allowed to vote in the primary election without having to enroll in a party first.  Unenrolled voters can only choose one party

  • Editorial: Cost is part of the digital divide 

    The last two years have shown us that home access to high-speed internet is no luxury.  When the pandemic hit, children needed to get online for school, their parents needed to connect for remote work and their grandparents could have used telemedicine to avoid being exposed to COVID in a doctor’s office.  Almost everyone needed

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