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    June 4, 2021

    Local legislators support June 8 Vote for Midcoast Internet Development Corporation

    Voters in Camden, Rockport and Thomaston have the opportunity on June 8 to get the ball rolling for high-speed broadband service for their towns, with universal access and fiber to the premises for all homes and businesses, and local legislators are in full support. “While close to a dozen towns are part of Midcoast Internet Coalition, this first vote by these three towns is part of a phased approach to establish …

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    June 2, 2021

    In support of Midcoast Internet

    The vote on June 8th in Rockport, Camden, and Thomaston can move Midcoast Internet forward as a non-profit regional municipal utility and create its legal entity, the Midcoast Internet Development Corporation. Support remains far-reaching, with many calling the project and its goals “wonderful,” “a no-brainer,” and “key to the future of the Midcoast.” The group of communities and organizations championing this …

  • Published
    May 26, 2021

    How it started, how it’s going, and where to next

    The late winter and spring 2020 was a time we would rather forget: A new virus causing widespread severe illness in faraway places. There were many unknowns. Once cases were identified in the U.S., the country battened down the hatches. Then we began to see cases here in Maine, and a “surge” that was especially devastating for many nursing home communities. Hospitals were very stressed, especially our larger …

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    May 13, 2021

    PBMC, WCGH look to collaborate with local schools to vaccinate students

    With the approval of a COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents this week, MaineHealth’s Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital have begun to plan for vaccination clinics in area schools. School-based vaccination clinics have been a staple of our public school system for almost 150 years, reflecting a long history of public schools leading the effort to improve the health of our communities. In 1875, …

  • Published
    April 1, 2021

    A Vision of Society

    Since the founding of our nation’s democracy, each new generation has taken for granted that a growing capitalist economy and evolving technology would ensure the well-being of all our citizens and the prosperity of the wider society. But we, the newest generation, do not share this premise. As the youngest members of society, born into privileged households, educated in an era of groundbreakingly subversive …

  • Published
    March 9, 2021

    Expand access to high-speed internet to expand opportunity

    As a native of Aroostook County, I know how important high-speed internet is to the vitality of rural communities. From spurring job creation to supporting telemedicine to allowing online classes, access to broadband unlocks almost endless benefits and possibilities. The COVID-19 pandemic has brought a renewed urgency to ensuring that families have a reliable connection to their loved ones, co-workers, schools, …

  • Published
    February 18, 2021

    Sen. Collins' speech at Impeachment Trial

    U.S. Sen. Susan Collins spoke on the Senate floor following her vote on the Article of Impeachment. The full text of her remarks is below: “The hallmark of our American democracy is the peaceful transfer of power after the voters choose their leaders. In America, we accept election results even if our candidate does not prevail. If a candidate believes that there is fraud, the courts can hear and decide those …

  • Published
    January 28, 2021

    The Hill We Climb

    Amanda Gorman, the first person to be named National Youth Poet Laureate, presented her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20. Gorman, age 22, is the youngest poet to read at a presidential inauguration. The Hill We Climb When day comes we ask ourselves, where can we find light in this never-ending shade? The loss we carry, a sea we must wade We’ve braved the belly of the beast We’…

  • Published
    December 31, 2020

    Collins’ statement on funding package being signed into law

    U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee, released this statement following President Trump’s signing the COVID-19 relief- government funding omnibus into law. Sens. Collins and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., co-led the bipartisan, bicameral “908 Coalition” that developed the framework for the COVID-19 relief package. “The President’s decision to sign the bipartisan COVID emergency …

  • Published
    December 17, 2020

    New Yorker enters rocky waters with the Coast Guard

    It was an unusually-mild-tempered Monday morning when I followed through on a special invitation: a day on Rockland Harbor with the U.S. Coast Guard. I was lucky enough that clouds hadn’t yet covered the sky. But after a night of aggressive rainfall, winds were fast and the tide was high. Nevertheless, I continued holding on. Just kidding. After a quick COVID-19 check in the front lobby, I was welcomed into the …

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