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  • Published
    July 15, 2020

    Courier-Gazette editorials for July 16

    A note on election results First we can start with a bit of an apology. By the time you read this edition of The Courier-Gazette, the July 14 primary election will be in the rear view mirror. Unfortunately, we could not hold the newspaper, which is sent to the printers on Tuesdays, until the results are in. Those of who have internet, visit for timely voting results. For our print readers, we …

  • Published
    July 8, 2020

    Remote learning needs a lot of work

    One potential positive of the COVID-19 pandemic is that parents in this community may have finally learned how vital and helpful professional school teachers are. Since schools closed in March to protect against the spread of the virus, parents have been tasked with helping educate their children from kindergarten through high school, and in many cases also students sent home from colleges and universities. Of …

  • Published
    July 2, 2020

    A disconnect on the pandemic

    It seems as we watch the daily reports and headlines, we are receiving two different messages about the COVID-19 pandemic – one that we are opening things up again after the quarantine and ready to get back out there, and the other that there are spikes in the number of cases spreading across the nation. The idea of waiting any longer to get people out to restaurants, stores, bars and normal summer activities is …

  • Published
    June 12, 2020

    AG’s office should help or get out of the way

    It is time for the Attorney General’s office to stop dragging its feet and presenting hollow evasions in the case of the shooting of 18-year-old Gregori Jackson by Waldoboro Police Department reserve officer Zachary Curtis. The 21st century has caught up with the good-old-boy mentality of justifying all police shootings in Maine at last. Our local District Attorney Natasha Irving has shown leadership and courage …

  • Published
    May 14, 2020

    Why support local journalism now?

    As the COVID-19 pandemic has reached this community, it has become clearer than ever why it is so important to have the information needed in a newspaper and online news site that you trust. We need to know the latest developments, how to keep families safe and what our government and business leaders are doing during this crisis. It is easy in good times to take your community newspaper for granted or to think …

  • Published
    April 23, 2020

    Settle in for slow recovery

    This week we have seen an unfortunate, but probably inevitable, trend in Maine and across the country as conservative protesters have gone to state capitals demanding an end to the quarantine. On Monday, April 20, protests were staged in Augusta, organized by groups called Reopen Maine and Maine Against Excessive Quarantine. The groups primarily seem to be concerned about the economic impact of the COVID-19 …

  • Published
    April 9, 2020

    Thank you to the workers as we face the hard times

    The U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned this week will be the hardest and most challenging as the COVID-19 virus sweeps the nation. “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment and our 9/11 moment only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country,” he said. In Maine, our toughest challenges may still lie down the road as this has been more severe in New York and other parts …

  • Published
    April 1, 2020

    Supporting each other during crisis

    Just like everyone else, we have had to make some adjustments at Courier Publications to deal with the global pandemic. The COVID-19 outbreak wreaked havoc on the national and local economies and many of your local businesses, including ours, are facing major challenges right now. As a result, we have had to make some changes aimed at reducing costs. The biggest change Knox County readers may notice is that we …

  • Published
    March 13, 2020

    Facing COVID-19 as a community

    A lot has changed in about a week. We have been hearing for some time now about the outbreak around the world of the 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19), but it really did not hit home for many of us until we were confronted by empty shelves at local stores and news that institutions as important as The University of Maine are closing down for the semester. Even now, we are hearing from some in the community that …

  • Published
    March 12, 2020

    Happy birthday, Maine! You don't look a day over 200

    On Sunday, March 15, Gov. Janet Mills and the Maine Bicentennial Commission will host the Statehood Day Ceremony at the Augusta Armory commemorating Maine’s 200th anniversary of statehood. There are many other local and state events celebrating Maine’s birthday, some of which can be found in our arts section and our events listings in this newspaper. When Maine broke off from Massachusetts all those years ago, it …

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