Opinion

  • Viewpoint: Celebrating ACTT’s fifth anniversary 

    By Johannah Blackman and Dennis Kiley  Five years ago, we flipped the calendar to 2016 and looked ahead to May and the birth of our first child. We were also busily preparing for another significant occurrence: the launch of A Climate to Thrive with a community event at the Neighborhood House on Jan. 24.   To raise awareness about ACTT and the launch event, we sat down

  • Viewpoint: Never again – our Constitution’s answer to insurrection

    By Gray Cox When a mob successfully breaks into our nation’s Capitol building with the aim of overturning a presidential election and overthrowing our democratic process of government, we have to consider this a seditious insurrection. When they organize ahead on social media and bring weapons and proceed to intimidate, assault and kill, we have

  • To the Editor: Exactly who we are

    To the Editor: What happened on Jan. 6, far from aberration, was a capturing of themes in American history in 24 hours. Amazing, beautiful things happened. Propelled, as always in American history, by tireless, courageous, long view organizing (led by Black women), a Black preacher and a young Jewish man were elected to the Senate

  • To the Editor: Impeach swiftly 

    To the Editor:  A frightening destructive insurrection rocked our Capitol. Exhausted by the pandemic, we reel and struggle with difficult anxieties. Now in shock, our nation wonders, what’s next? Swift impeachment must be next. It is entirely necessary to help us heal and recover. Our children and grandchildren deserve to see our Congress unite, become

  • To the Editor: What’s needed

    To the Editor: What this letter to the editor section needs right now is soul searching letters from Republicans who voted for Donald Trump, reflecting upon their political decisions and describing to us how the behavior of members and supporters of the Republican Party in a constitutional democracy needs to be different going forward.  

  • To the Editor: Jan. 6 at the Capitol

    To the Editor: On 9/11, I was working at the Library of Congress. We were locked down and then released to streets, and roofs, filled with SWAT teams. Across the Potomac, smoke was rising from the Pentagon. We went to war over this. On Jan. 6, I listened to President Trump at a rally, fanning

  • Editorial: In no uncertain terms

    What happened on Jan. 6 is almost unimaginable. Woefully unprepared, those tasked with protecting the nation’s Capitol building—and the people within—failed miserably. They left the door open, literally, and what ensued will not be forgotten anytime soon. As rioters made their way to the Capitol steps, there was little to hold them back. Sections of

  • Editorial: Picking up steam

    While the COVID-19 vaccination effort lurches forward nationwide, Maine is doing well with what it’s got — at least compared to other states. So far, Maine has used roughly half of the 96,475 doses it has been given. As of Sunday, the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention reported 48,937 people in Maine (roughly

  • State of Maine: In darkness of Capitol chaos, some glimmers of light

    It seems futile to add to what has been said over the past week, but also impossible not to speak of it. Protesters are people who want change. Rioters are people who want disruption and destruction. Rioters, at the behest of the president, set out to seize the Capitol and demand the audit of certain elections. After violently attacking the heart of our democracy, did they really think the body politic would go along with their demands?

  • To the Editor: MDIRSS transitions to remote learning

    Dear families, friends and neighbors, As you know, MDIRSS schools have transitioned to remote learning. The rising numbers of positive COVID-19 cases locally means that there were also many close contacts of people who now have to quarantine, including families and staff members. And, we do not yet know the impact of holiday travel and