Online burn permit system should be safe, free and accessible to everyone - Opinion

It may be difficult to appreciate the need for the Maine Legislature to address the online burn permit system in these cold and snowy months. Nevertheless, wildfires will reoccur in Maine with the start of spring. In fact, Maine averages 500 wildfires each year and issues over 100,000 fire permits.

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Editor's Desk

The blizzard that hit the northeast on Thursday, Jan. 4 cancelled one and a half days of school for local children, and also delayed the Washington County Commissioners meeting previously scheduled for Friday, Jan. 5. That meeting, set to discuss the issue of a recent crime increase, took place on Monday, Jan. 8 and we will have the full story for you in our next issue.

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Letter to the Editor - Net neutrality

Net neutrality

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Letter to the Editor - the federal government is going against the will of the voters

Once again, the federal government is going against the will of the voters. Jeff Sessions is rescinding an Obama-era policy and going against the states that have legalized marijuana. I am not on a rant about marijuana. I am tired of our elected officials running their own agenda. This also goes for state officials. We vote in a ballot initiative and our governor refused to release the money. I have voted every chance I got for the last 47 years and now I just feel it is a waste of time. Our government is broken, they do what money boys want.

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Maine’s shining star on loan to the nation

During a torrential afternoon rainstorm in 1994, I looked up from my desk in the Bagley Building and here was this totally bedraggled dripping wet woman with an outstretched hand. “Hi, I’m Susan Collins and I’m running for governor of Maine,” she said.

Twenty-three years later, alternately praised and criticized from both sides of the political aisle, Susan Collins is a household word operating on a national stage. She dominates the political landscape with unprecedented courage and unswerving loyalty to a constituency uniquely her own. 

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Marianne Moore to seek Senate District 6 seat

by Senator Joyce Maker vacating seat

Having served three terms in the Maine House of Representatives and one term in the Maine Senate, Senator Joyce Maker (R-Washington) has decided not to run for reelection in November 2018.

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Committee for RCV opposes LD 1726 - Opinion

Our constitutional right to direct democracy is under attack in Maine.  This year, our Legislature has overthrown the results of a free and fair election by blocking all four of the November 2016 citizen-approved referenda in one way or another.  Now with this latest bill, they are trying to stop the people from exercising our right to petition our government by blocking our access to the polls.  

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Chorus presents Winter Follies Revue

Quoddy Voices, Eastport Arts Center’s international community chorus, will present a Winter Follies show on Friday, Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. The show will be a welcome diversion from the icy doldrums of midwinter and a showcase for the myriad talents of the musicians who are part of the Quoddy Voices fold. 

The audience will be treated to musical performances of all kinds, ranging from chanteys to show tunes, as well as comical skits. Dalton Young will preside as master of ceremonies. There will also be the opportunity to socialize with choir members and friends after the show. 

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Fort O’Brien School to perform Midsummer Dream

One of Shakespeare’s beloved romantic comedies comes to life on stage on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Children’s Stage Adventures’ new musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Dream.

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NYC’s Mayor de Blasio to speak at EAC

The Eastport Arts Center (EAC) is excited to announce the appearance of Bill de Blasio,  the mayor of New York City, on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 3 p.m. Mayor de Blasio will give an informal talk on “The State of Democracy in America” and take questions afterwards. EAC is particularly proud to present a nationally recognized politician in a rare visit to rural Maine. This event is a special benefit for the arts center, in support of its many programs.

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