We urge residents of Lincolnville to do two things: attend the special town meeting Feb. 12 and vote to approve the $190,000 commitment required to secure state and federal funds that are needed for a new $3.2 million wastewater treatment facility.

The town stands to lose much more money if this vote fails.

The first argument is that something needs to be done from an environmental standpoint, and environmental problems can lead to big costs down the road, especially if the Department of Environmental Protection has to step in. The current collection of aging septic systems in the area is not sufficient. The beach has been closed numerous times in the past decade due to unsafe levels of bacteria.

This is important to the town, not only because of the potential for fines and escalating cleanup costs, but because the beach is the town's selling point as a tourist destination. Businesses along the beach need those summer visitors in order to survive.

In addition, trustees of the Lincolnville Sewer District have said that if the town does not make this local commitment, the entire project is at risk of folding.

The town meeting is 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 12, at the Lincolnville Central School.

Please take the time to go out and vote to support this plan to help the community and preserve the future.

We support police, firefighters carrying Narcan

We know that many in the community do not support having police officers and firefighters carry Narcan, the drug that reverses the affects of an opioid overdose.

We have heard from some that this will encourage those who are addicted to drugs to use them recklessly, believing they will be saved. Others have made stronger statements that use of this drug merely prolongs the inevitable.

This argument, however, misses some important points.

We believe that many who make these arguments are in a position to make such statements because they have not lost a friend or loved one to death by drug overdose. And if you fall into that category, you are lucky.

"Drug overdose deaths remain high in Maine, which had a record 376 in 2016 and 185 through the first six months of 2017," the Portland Press Herald reports.

Local police officers and firefighters have trained to carry and administer the drug naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, in the form of a nasal spray. This drug can save lives, and when someone has overdosed on drugs, being able to deliver it quickly is critical.

This has already helped save a life. A Camden police officer used Narcan for the first time Jan. 24, only a week after the police received training to use it.

Drug addiction is a disease, and people do not want to be "drug addicts." It is a disease that a person cannot conquer on his or her own without professional help and support from others. Critics are right that opioid addiction is lethal, but we do not believe it would serve as a deterrent to someone considering using a drug if police or firefighters did not have Narcan available. Physical and mental dependence on a substance in the form of addiction is the powerful motivator that drives people to use.

We do not believe people struggling every day with addiction deserve the death penalty. We also believe that most of us would be very thankful for that police officer having Narcan if it were used to save our own son or daughter.