• For love of country

    For love of country

    The meaning of a holiday can get lost in its trappings — decorations, days off, family dinners. Such is the case with Memorial Day, a day that in Maine has the added distinction of being the unofficial start to the summer tourist season. Open the I-95 floodgates; they’re coming. What Memorial Day is supposed to

  • Forward movement

    Forward movement

    The fierce debate and campaign over zoning for the ferry terminal property in Bar Harbor has not put the town’s best face forward. And the Town Council’s seeking to investigate Warrant Committee members who had actively campaigned for a particular zoning outcome was an unfortunate twist. While state and local government agencies and chambers of

  • Putting our House in order

    Putting our House in order

    The second regular session of the 128th Maine Legislature convened on Jan. 3 and adjourned, unceremoniously, on May 2, two weeks past its statutory adjournment date of April 18. In 15 weeks of committee meetings and hearings, the Legislature fiddled with hundreds of nonemergency bills, while deferring action on the critical legislation affecting the majority

  • Enough’s enough

    Enough’s enough

    The Maine Republican Party’s federal lawsuit seeking to derail ranked-choice voting falls far short of principled resistance. It is 11th-hour mischief and should be withdrawn at once. The suit against Secretary of State Matt Dunlap asks for an injunction to prevent the use of ranked-choice voting to decide Republican winners of the June 12 primaries.

  • In defense of summer jobs

    In defense of summer jobs

    Beneath the good news about low unemployment in Maine and nationally as our economy rebounds lie the hidden data. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 62.9 percent of workforce-eligible Americans, roughly 153 million people, are actively engaged in employment, while approximately 94 million eligible employees are not working. Some are retirees (10,000 baby boomers

  • Preserving what’s important

    Preserving what’s important

    ‘Tis the season, it seems, for public comment. We’ve just celebrated the contributions that public comment and feedback in public hearings made to improvements to the Maine State Ferry Service fee structure and the National Park Service entrance fee schedule. Now, residents here have a new proposal to chew on, digest and debate: the long-awaited

  • Economic frugality

    Economic frugality

    For all the dismay and disappointment attending the Legislature’s vastly incomplete performance over this last term, there is at least one break in the clouds over Augusta. The reporting data suggest that Maine’s fiscal house has been put in order over the past seven years. A dogged effort to plan ahead for government employee pensions

  • Strong tradition

    Strong tradition

    The people who make up municipal governments in our towns work hard all year to prepare budgets and the other items to be voted on at town meetings and elections. Unlike statewide and national elections, local elections and questions rarely produce advertising to seek voters’ attention, so it’s incumbent upon residents to do a little

  • Pardon our dust

    Pardon our dust

    It would be nice if there were a way to rebuild a road without closing it, at least partially, but there isn’t. For the section of Route 3 in Bar Harbor currently being rebuilt, the annual average traffic count is as high as 10,000 vehicles a day. That’s a lot of people who need to

  • Comment works

    Comment works

    Submitting public comment on a government proposal is not many people’s idea of a good time, but all those who commented on the National Park Service proposed entrance fees or the Maine State Ferry Service fares can pat themselves on the back. Final decisions in both cases came back substantially better, thanks to the public