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    April 15, 2021

    Broadband: If you build it, they will come

    Broadband and fiber represent some of the best infrastructure to invest in for our area. Even before the pandemic, we were seeing an influx of young professionals, people in their 30s and 40s, working from home using the internet. As a result of the global crisis, we have seen a surge in people buying homes in the Midcoast and moving here while doing their work remotely. These people bring much-needed new blood …

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    April 1, 2021

    Editorial: This is no time for vaccine hesitancy

    It is easy to be afraid of the wrong things. Many people have been hesitant to receive vaccines in recent years because of misinformation that was widely spread, and due to unfounded beliefs that there is some better alternative to the protection vaccines provide. This also plays into the troubling new culture of seeing facts and reality as a matter of opinion in the U.S. If you are fortunate enough to be offered …

  • Published
    March 11, 2021

    Support for Habitat for Humanity project

    City leaders did the right thing this week in making the zoning changes needed to allow smaller, more efficient dwellings, and should also allow the Habitat for Humanity project proposed for Talbot Avenue. Opponents should not continue to fight this needed change. We are not deaf to the outcry from residents opposed to these projects. We appreciate citizens being active in talking to their government and sending …

  • Published
    February 4, 2021

    Legislature can find a better way to help Maine’s small businesses

    Nothing like a battle over fine print in the tax code to kick off a legislative session. The first shot was fired by Gov. Mills, who released a proposed budget that would make money received by small businesses from a federal COVID relief program taxable, after allowable business expenses such as wages and rent are deducted. Business groups fired back, saying that federal law not only allows them to deduct …

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    January 21, 2021

    Being true to ourselves

    It is disheartening to see locals engaging in the mayhem that has been coming out of Washington, D.C. Someone spraypainted “Kill Mills” on the pavement and on a State Park sign in Owls Head. Is this really what anyone wants, for the Governor of Maine to be murdered for doing what she thinks is right in trying to protect us all during a pandemic? We can certainly disagree about policies and decisions, economic, …

  • Published
    January 14, 2021

    Turning back to the truth

    The importance of the truth should be the lesson of Jan. 6. The mob that stormed the Capitol in Washington, D.C., ultimately causing the deaths of five people including some among their ranks and a police officer doing his job, did so because they believed a lie. They were whipped into a frenzy by people they should have been able to trust. In journalistic terms, we would, normally, consider the President of the …

  • Published
    January 7, 2021

    Smith family, Maine Sport deserve credit for downtown solution

    A situation that concerned many about the future of downtown Rockland turned into a win-win this week, thanks to a move by Stuart and Marianne Smith at Maine Sport. The Smiths, who are the owners of Maine Sport Outfitters, decided to buy 279 Main St. at the corner of Park and Main Streets and open a new sporting goods store there. In doing so, they did two things for the community. The former owners of the …

  • Published
    December 24, 2020

    Our View: We remain strong as a community

    Throughout the year, our community section is filled with stories, photos and press releases about local groups and individuals doing things to help their fellow citizens. This past weekend in Rockland, The Elks prepared 90 food baskets for families in need, just as they have been doing for decades. They work with the local Salvation Army and South End Grocery donates food. This is just one example. Throughout …

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    December 3, 2020

    Our view: In defense of snow days

    In some ways, it seems like we have all been on a snow day that has lasted most of the year. However, we remain optimistic that someday we will all return to a more-or-less normal routine, including students attending school. So, we must ponder the trend of schools forcing teachers and students to continue their work, even when it is snowing. Camden area schools were the pioneers in the concept of remote learning….

  • Published
    November 13, 2020

    RSU 40 board needs better priorities, transparency

    The RSU 40 board needs prompting from parents and citizens to be more transparent and set better priorities. This became clear during its Nov. 5 meeting and through the behind-the-scenes discussions that apparently took place after. In the meeting, the school superintendent presented a shift in the plan for reopening the schools. One board member attempted to gain approval for the plan in a motion that rephrased …

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