Category Archives: Opinion

Opinion: Maine’s budget outlook worsens by the day – Rep. Amy Arata

Rep. Amy Arata (R-New Gloucester, part of Poland) shared her concerns about Governor Mills’s proposed budget in this opinion piece posted in The Maine Wire on March 24, 2019. Read Rep. Arata’s full commentary here.

Will a Charter Benefit New Gloucester?

Opinion by Peter Bragdon – Board of Selectmen Candidate

As you have probably seen there is a push in New Gloucester by a group of citizens to form a Charter Commission.  I am involved in this diverse group which includes Democrats, Republicans, Independents, a retired town employee, past selectmen, current selectmen, retired Maine Municipal leaders and a retired town manager.   I want to share why I think a Charter will benefit the town.

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Opinion: Sabbathday Shores site plan changes should not be approved

New Gloucester resident John Salisbury writes:

On Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 7 p.m. the New Gloucester Planning Board will consider a request from Sabbathday Shores developer Allen Hamilton to change its approved subdivision plan.  The plan was originally approved as an “Open Space Subdivision” under the Town zoning ordinance.  An “Open Space Subdivision” as defined in the zoning ordinance is one where “… the principal purposes of conserving portions of the open space is the protection of natural resources such as wetlands, aquifers, steep slopes, wildlife and plant habitats, and stream corridors, open space uses in those portions may be limited to those which are no more intensive than passive recreation.” (underlined word provides emphasis). Continue reading

Letter to the Editor: Budget process needs your attention NOW

**This is strictly MY view point and MY understanding of the current budget process. Peter Bragdon

Budget season in New Gloucester is here.  I have been watching the Selectmen go through the proposed budget the last couple weeks and it has been a struggle.  The budget they have sent to the Budget Committee is a 25% increase for the town.

That said, this really appears to be a bare bones budget over all.  Continue reading