• Editorial: Medicaid expansion remains unresolved

    The expansion of MaineCare remains unresolved, unyielding and unfunded. Widening the opening to admit another 70,000 to 80,000 recipients of Maine’s version of Medicaid is one of the most contentious battles in Augusta. Proponents of expanding eligibility and inviting more applicants to our MaineCare program are butting heads with Governor LePage, who insists that any

  • Editorial: Too much of a good thing

    Town governments represent residents, property owners and voters. Of course it’s incumbent upon elected officials, appointed volunteers and professional staff to move their town in a direction wanted by those constituencies. Officials always must weigh when it’s time to seek and hear public input, and when it’s time to close debate and take action. Our

  • Editorial: Nuts and bolts

    Northeast Harbor is abuzz about whether, or when, the village’s Main Street will be rebuilt. Accurate news of the project and the related citizen petition appear to have been overshadowed by rumor and mistrust. “Who’s on first?” Mount Desert voters approved the reconstruction project earlier this year. The town’s selectmen do not have the authority

  • Business handouts

    The 128th Legislature is still convened in Augusta, more than two months after its scheduled adjournment. Too much regular session work was deferred, left incomplete or otherwise delayed by politics, brinksmanship and poor planning. Significant budgeting matters, as well as urgent legislation and issues with voter-enacted referendums, have been mired in contention between the Governor’s

  • What’s fair

    We on Mount Desert Island are fortunate to have excellent public schools. They are great schools because of students who challenge and inspire one another, because of outstanding and dedicated teachers, staff and administrators and because of the thriving, diverse communities the schools serve. Residents of island towns are invested in their public schools. Almost

  • Recrimination doesn’t solve problems

    To date, Governor Paul LePage has vetoed (or let pass without his signature) 235 bills from the Legislature. If one were to seek his governing philosophy, there is no better place to look than his veto messages. The state constitution provides that a governor may approve a measure passed by the Legislature or return the

  • Editorial: Leafy invaders

    With evidence that invasive watermilfoils are carried to our waters from contaminated bodies of water in other states, visitors and residents should each do their part to spare us from an infestation that could permanently alter our scenic waters. Much of Maine’s summer economy is based on the respite and enjoyment offered by the lakes,

  • Editorial: More speech

    Mainers traditionally do not take differences personally. We all can learn from healthy debate. Twice in the last two weeks, public assemblies in Bar Harbor have drawn complaints from those who would prefer to keep national politics out of public spaces here. It’s understandable that some feel fatigue from the culture war salvos being fired

  • Editorial: License to celebrate

    On March 15, 1820, Maine was accepted as the 23rd state of the United States of America, thanks to the Missouri Compromise. With a majority vote of the region’s citizens, Maine was no longer part of Massachusetts. In less than two years, we Mainers will celebrate our 200th birthday. Maine’s 128th Legislature resolved to establish

  • Editorial: Results are in

    Maine’s spring primary results are in. We now know who the political party candidates will be for the November elections for governor and Congress, as well as the state Legislature. The victors should be recognized for their successful efforts and thanked for their willingness to make the commitment to serve their fellow citizens. Given the