• Editorial: Yes to both

    Question 1 on the Nov. 5 ballot is a $105 million bond “to build or improve roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit and ports and make other transportation investments.” Critically necessary, the bond would leverage an estimated $137 million in federal and other funds. The transportation bond was the only surviving piece of the $239 million

  • Editorial: After-school necessities

    After the last bell rings, one in five Maine kids goes from the structured environment of the school building to an empty house. The gap between the close of the school day and the end of the average parent’s work day can be wide one, especially for at-risk youth. About 29 percent of all juvenile

  • Editorial: Evaluating incentives

    Manufacturing is an important and viable sector of Maine’s economy. Study today’s successful players and one discovers that an exciting and fast-paced evolution is unfolding. Manufacturing ranks number 7 among the highest paying industries for Maine workers and manufacturers employ 52,900 workers in Maine. That is significantly less than the 70,300 employed in 2001 or

  • Editorial: Haste makes waste

    Two of the towns in the Mount Desert Island Regional School System, facing different challenges, have stepped a bit outside normal processes in addressing them. In Trenton, the Board of Selectmen created a School Evaluation Options committee, separate from the School Committee, to discuss ways to reduce the cost to taxpayers of the elementary school.

  • Editorial: Safe hunting

    In the last 31 years, three Maine women have been fatally shot by hunters, each while she was on her own property. Each death was an avoidable tragedy, and each time the incidents raised questions about Maine law regarding hunting access to private land. However, there has never been enough support to change Maine’s tradition

  • Editorial: Chipping away

    Policy change in a small town can be a bit like home renovation. A homeowner might be inspired by home and garden television, in which professionals advise starry-eyed clients that it will be a simple matter to knock out a wall here, create a nook there and re-grade the backyard. But when it comes time

  • Editorial: An obsolete model

    Settling on a new revenue model for funding Maine roads, bridges, rail, air and shipping ports has confounded previous state legislatures and, so far, persists as an unsolvable predicament. So, we greet the recent announcement of the establishment of the Blue Ribbon Commission to Study and Recommend Funding Solutions for The State’s Transportation Systems with

  • Editorial: Steady progress

    The last two weeks saw a flurry of activity in Maine related to climate change. Two weeks ago, students throughout the state conducted the second Youth Climate Strike of the year, often joined by allies of all ages. Last Monday, Governor Mills addressed the Climate Action Summit at the United Nations General Assembly and announced

  • Editorial: Make no enemies

    Conflicts on the water are nothing new. It wasn’t that long ago that autumn brought the start of scallop fishing season and an increase in tensions between lobstermen who set their traps on the sea floor and scallop draggers who towed their metal drags along it. That’s less of an issue now, but recently Maine’s

  • Editorial: Out of proportion

    Competing video advertisements were released last week in the public relations battle over the role of the Maine lobster industry in the plight of the endangered North Atlantic right whale. One was from Oceana, featuring actor Sam Waterston, pleading with viewers to “act now before it’s too late” to save the whales. The other is