• Editorial: The COVID year 

    A year ago this week, everything changed. Maine recorded its first presumptive positive case of the novel coronavirus March 12, 2020. The following day, then-President Trump declared a national state of emergency. People stockpiled groceries. Schools shut down. Businesses told employees to stay home. 

  • Editorial: Collision course 

    The North Atlantic right whale is on the brink of extinction and efforts to save it may spell the end for another marine mammal: the Maine lobsterman. While the whales would cease to be, the lobstermen could, presumably, reinvent themselves. But the death of this way of life would be an incalculable loss. Lobstering is not just a $1.5-billion economic powerhouse, factoring in the annual catch and

  • Editorial: Keep the ban 

    Two years ago, Maine became the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags. At the time, conservationists and environmentalists lauded the move and many believed the old adage, ‘As Maine goes’ would prove that it was just the beginning of similar moves around the country.   Sadly, that hasn’t been the case.  The bag ban, which was supposed to

  • Editorial: Equally devastating  

    Every day for the last year, the Maine Center for Disease Control has released data about virus conditions in the state. It tallies new cases, hospitalizations and deaths.    Some days the numbers seem particularly grim, especially as we realize that each death marks the loss of a mother, father, sister, brother or friend.    Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, approximately 600 Mainers have died.    While the toll that COVID has

  • Editorial: Virtue of independent thinking  

    Senator Susan Collins’ vote to convict former president Donald Trump in his second impeachment trial did not go over well with state Republican Party leadership. Party Chairwoman Demi Kouzounas and members of the Maine Republican State Committee, including Hancock County leadership, expressed their outrage in a letter to Collins.    They wrote to “condemn in the strongest possible terms” Collins’ vote, reiterating their belief that the trial was

  • Editorial: Boosting the hospitality industry 

    There have been many executive orders signed by Governor Janet Mills since the COVID-19 pandemic began that have changed the way people live and how businesses operate. But there is one change that may remain even after those orders expire: the ability to serve to-go beer, wine and cocktails.   

  • Editorial: Waiting on the sun

    Maine cannot afford to lose the 2021 season. Closures, mandatory visitor quarantines and economic turmoil pounded the hospitality and tourism industries last summer and the pain rippled out to other sectors, including fishing. There were a lot fewer plates to put lobster on. Some businesses just barely made it through with a combination of grit,

  • Editorial: In a pandemic, trust is key 

    Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, issues of equity that highlight the disparity among different groups of Americans, especially across the socio-economic strata, have come under the spotlight again and again.    Athletes and politicians received access to testing before it was widely available to the public. Experimental treatments believed to reduce hospitalization have been, in large part, reserved for the wealthy and powerful and have not been made available to the average patient. And now it plays out again as life-saving vaccines are beginning to