Bright future for Maine Media College

By The Camden Herald Editorial Board | May 17, 2018
Courtesy of: Walsh History Center, Camden Public Library Washington Street in 1887, looking down toward town from Trim Street. You can clearly see the Baptist steeple, and below it you can make out the Methodist Episcopal Church steeple on Washington Street, which burned down in Camden's Great Fire of 1892. You can also see Bay View House, which stood on what is now the Village Green, and which survived until 1917.

It was very exciting to read this week that Maine Media College is now on the road to accreditation.

The Maine Media College has received candidacy for accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. We won't say if, but when it succeeds in this effort, graduate students would be able to apply for federal loan programs.

This will be good not only for this institution and for the town of Rockport, but for the whole Midcoast area. It is just one of the many areas in which we are seeing positive growth in this area, making it a destination for businesses, visitors and professionals looking for a great place to live and work.

Maine Media Workshops + College has served this area for more than 40 years.

The college now has a period of five years to meet nine standards for accreditation.

This is the next step in its ongoing evolution, and it is well worth the investment and hard work the institution has and will continue to put into achieving accreditation.

We support the college and its mission in the community and celebrate its success!


Give ranked-choice voting a chance

We support a yes vote for ranked-choice voting in the June 12 primary election.

With ranked-choice, voters rank candidates in order of preference, including second- and third- and even fourth-choice candidates. If no one candidate receives more than 50 percent of the votes after the first count, the candidate with the fewest votes is eliminated. Voters who chose the eliminated candidate would have their ballots added to the totals of their second-choice candidates. The process continues until one candidate has a clear majority and is declared the winner, according to the Portland Press Herald.

This means that when you have three candidates running for governor, which is often the case, you don't have to vote for the big party candidate rather than the third-party candidate just to avoid helping elect your least favorite.

It also means that whoever wins would have at least some support from the majority of voters, creating a more unified, less gridlocked government.

This does not favor liberals over conservatives. It is simply a more fair way to elect leaders.

We would favor approval of ranked-choice voting for all elected officials and an amendment to the Maine constitution to make that possible.

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