• Editorial: Jobs depend on trade

    The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement recently passed in the U.S. House of Representatives by an overwhelming margin of 381-41. Senate action is not likely until after the impeachment trial. Counted among the dissenters were Maine’s U.S. Reps. Jared Golden and Chellie Pingree, both Democrats. The statement released by Rep. Golden’s office explains that Maine’s freshman congressman

  • Editorial: Cable frustration

    Rural Mainers don’t have many choices (if any) when it comes to high-speed internet or cable television providers. It’s a difficult clientele to serve due to the small, geographically widespread population. With little ability to shop around and hefty monthly bills, many customers are frustrated. The cable television model — paying for many channels, even

  • Editorial: Meaningful review

    Pity the poor drafters of municipal zoning ordinances and comprehensive plans. Their work is intended to promote harmony by setting reasonable standards and balancing competing interests, and it usually does go a long way to reduce conflict. But when disputes arise, opposing sides too often are ready to throw the book at each other. Southwest

  • Editorial: Protecting privacy

    The state’s new internet privacy law, scheduled to go into effect July 1, offers Mainers a strong measure of protection, but let us not overestimate the security it will provide. When it comes to personal data, the web is an untamed frontier. It will take federal — even international — action to help stem the

  • Editorial: Climate clarity

    Last month the Bar Harbor Town Council agreed to declare “a climate and ecological emergency.” The request came from a group of student activists, who submitted a resolution “on behalf of the youth and future generations of Bar Harbor.” The group asked the town “to take comprehensive action to address the causes and impacts of

  • Editorial: Christmas magic

    One of the characters in “Closed for the Holidays,” the play recently produced by Acadia Community Theater, is a high school student who gets made fun of because she still believes in Santa Claus. She gets something out of her belief, she argues, and it doesn’t do any harm. “Just because you don’t understand something

  • Editorial: Investing in people

    The 10-year strategic economic plan released by Governor Janet Mills refreshes worthy, but familiar proposals that have withered and waned over the past 20 years. They include a push for increased spending in research and development, expanding tax credits designed to encourage capital investment and providing relief from college tuition debt, financing to fund the

  • Editorial: A shared future

    “Change is the law of life,” Mount Desert Town Manager Durlin Lunt quoted John F. Kennedy as saying. “And those who only look to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.” Lunt was writing to selectmen, in February of this year, making an impassioned plea for the town to consider a

  • Editorial: Benefit cuts

    In Maine, 13.6 percent of households face food insecurity, meaning they don’t have reliable access to enough nutritious food. Just under 6 percent of households are categorized as having very low food security. Some of those struggling Mainers stand to lose food assistance provided through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), as the U.S. Department

  • Editorial: Shop local

    Maine’s small businesses, particularly restaurants and retail, can face an uphill struggle balancing the overhead costs of running a brick and mortar store with competition from national chains and online retailers. More than heart, blood, sweat and tears, it takes community buy-in or, rather, community buying. Here on Mount Desert Island, seasonal ice cream and