The Camden Herald is back!

Jun 18, 2020

Some of you have likely noticed over the past month or so that The Camden Herald and The Courier-Gazette have been one and the same.

This week we are proud and happy to be returning to our mission of providing the five towns with their own, unique newspaper each week.

Courier Publications remains committed to providing quality journalism throughout the Midcoast, even as we have had to take some cost-saving measures during the global pandemic. Our struggles have been similar in some cases to those of many other local businesses. Fortunately, we live and work in a place with a strong sense of community and the Midcoast citizenry has repeatedly sent the message, “We’re all in this together.”

As The Camden Herald returns to full steam, we find ourselves in a time of tremendous challenges for the state of Maine.

This week representatives of the state’s tourism industry in several sectors banded together in Portland to ask for help in dealing with the severe blow dealt to our economy by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hotels, bed-and-breakfast operations, retailers, campgrounds, restaurants, fishermen and a myriad of other local businesses are looking at a near total loss of summer tourist traffic and visitors. The result is the loss of billions in revenue.

Gov. Janet Mills has rolled out plans to keep Mainers safe and healthy, first requiring 14-day quarantines for out-of-state visitors and now allowing visitors from Vermont and New Hampshire without this waiting period and allowing others who can show they tested negative for the virus in the past 72 hours.

We do not offer criticism of anyone here. The governor leads in a time that offers a no-win scenario politically. If she is successful in preventing illness and deaths, it is inevitable that people will ask why, with so few casualties, we needed to be so strict. However, those numbers may be low due to just those precautions.

Residents argue online in our comments section, accusing each other of not caring about the economy or not caring about lives lost to the illness. However, most of us care very much about both. The value of human life is priceless and important, but that fact does not mean that our economy is not also important. Many of our friends and neighbors have devoted a great deal of their lives to building their businesses and careers.

Another area of tremendous loss has been for the class of 2020. We celebrated them this week as they marched through the streets of Camden, and never has a class deserved more honor. These young people have achieved great success in their academic careers and we expect them to see many more accomplishments as they become leaders in both business and community.

They have lost class time, time to socialize with each other, events like the prom and many other things we enjoyed. However, they have also built a resiliency that few other classes could ever claim.

The summer sun shines on, oblivious to the cares and losses of those below, and so we come back at a tough time.

We look forward to continuing to report the news you need. As we look to the very near horizon, we look forward to the elections of this important year and bringing you the positions and information about our local and state candidates. We encourage readers to be active in seeking information to guide them in the voting booth (though it likely may be an absentee ballot), and to remain politically engaged. Our rights to participate in free elections is a duty that should be taken seriously.

We thank you for continuing to support local journalism. It’s good to be back.

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