A Shameful Secret Part Two

The first part of this two part article published here last week http://loprieno.bangordailynews.com/2016/09/13/home/a-shameful-secret/ /raised the following question: since trapping is barbaric, creates very little revenue, and is practiced by so few – 2535 residents of a state population of approximately 1,330,000 – one has to wonder why it has the support of Maine’s Department of […]

A Shameful Secret

(This is the first part of a two part article) In November 2014, after the bear referendum had been defeated by a margin of less than 3 ½ per cent, many comments and reactions both pro and con were reported by the media. One of the most interesting and revealing was made by George Smith, […]

Cruelty Times Three Part Two

(This is the second part of a two-part article.  Part one can be seen by opening the link below:) https://loprieno.bangordailynews.com/2016/08/21/home/cruelty-times-three/ Today – August 29 – is the first day of bear hunting in Maine, ending on November 26. During that time (excluding Sundays) these animals can be killed over bait (8/29 – 9/24), by trapping […]

Cruelty Times Three

(This is the first of a two-part article) Summer is starting to wind down, but the roads are still crowded with tourists from all parts of the country, not just the Northeast, and they’re here because of the wonderful advantages we have to offer- mountain views, seaside vistas, low density of population, (notwithstanding the occasional […]

Do Not Be a SAP!

Perhaps you’ve noticed there are a lot of acronyms being bandied about these days, probably because of the increase in the number of groups and organizations with fairly long names. In case you’re not sure what an acronym is, it’s a word formed from the initial letters of a group of words in a set […]

No Less Than What We Would Want For Ourselves

Sometimes, reading the news, one can get the impression that bad things happen somewhere else. Where you live isn’t that dangerous or chaotic, and while it’s not beyond improvement, at least it appears to be more or less under control. Indifference to life and overt cruelty are found in other places. Unfortunately, that’s not always […]

Hail and Farewell

Like a lot of people, I often begin my day by reading the news, most of which, unfortunately, isn’t new.   The locations change – it can be Newtown or Orlando or Dallas – and the victims can change – they can be children or LGBT persons, or policemen – and the choice of weapons […]

A Worthy Goal

One of the activities I enjoy best involves almost no activity at all. It’s sitting in a comfortable chair, sipping a large cup of coffee, (maybe even a second cup) and looking out the front, south-facing windows as the morning sun expands over a piece of the world I call home.   It’s an incomparable feeling […]

We Can Do Better!

  by guest blogger Monica Hooper  There’s something afoot that Mainers should know about. The Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife is proposing a complete repeal and replacement of the Chapter 7 Rules and Regulations for Captive Wildlife. These new laws will provide for an in-depth classification of species in 3 categories of what cannot […]

A Sham in Augusta

  Being a public official is not always easy. One of the most difficult parts of the job (and here I can speak from a brief experience some years ago) is that accountability to the public is mandatory. You have to do it whether you like it or not, and often you don’t like it. […]