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Judith Meyer is executive editor of the Sun Journal, Kennebec Journal, the Morning Sentinel and the Western Maine weekly newspapers of the Sun Media Group. She serves as vice president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and is a member of the Right to Know Advisory Committee to the Legislature. A journalist since 1990 and former editorial page editor for the Sun Journal, she was named Maine’s Journalist of the Year in 2003. She serves on the New England Newspaper & Press Association Board of Directors and was the 2018 recipient of the Judith Vance Weld Brown Spirit of Journalism Award by the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. A fellow of the National Press Foundation and the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism, she attended George Washington University, lives in Auburn with her husband, Phil, and is an active member of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine.

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  • Published
    November 24, 2021

    Angie Tehuitzil: Latinx and Hispanic communities have shared experiences, but receive different attention

    Everyone has a story to tell and everyone deserves the right to equal justice. It is not about who has it worse, but rather that no matter one’s race or ethnicity, all deserve to be treated justly and humanly. 

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    November 24, 2021

    Hayden Thomas: The importance of eradicating violent and nonviolent labels for criminal acts

    By addressing only part of the prison population and excluding violent crimes in prison reforms, an unfair divide is being created. In order to fix the system, all of the components need to be fully addressed. Ultimately, how we classify violent crime needs to be reevaluated and addressed as a necessary step in prison reform. 

  • Published
    November 24, 2021

    Amy Hodge: Providing full mental health services for prisoners cannot wait

    As we can see prisons all around Maine — and everywhere for that matter — need to offer programs to better serve the mental health needs of those in prison, so people have a better chance of staying out when they are released. It has been proven time and time again that when those who are incarcerated have programs to help better themselves, they have a lower probability of recidivism.

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    November 24, 2021

    Luka Baskett: Federal policies on marijuana cause more harm than good

    Because of the rhetoric surrounding the “War on Drugs,” drug policing efforts are focused on communities of color. This focal point leads to disparate convictions, which then falsely confirms the racial stereotypes that people of color are more likely to use drugs or commit crimes. 

  • Published
    November 24, 2021

    Covy Dufort: Pro-lifers shouldn’t be pro-death

    We may feel that someone should die for the crimes they committed, but that does not mean we should kill. As we value the life of embryos, we must consider how other innocent lives are taken every year and reconsider the true cost of the death penalty.

  • Published
    November 22, 2021

    President Biden is breaking his promise to block drilling on public lands

    The fact that the Biden administration has largely encouraged, rather than curbed, fossil fuel development on public lands is surprising, environmental lawyers and policy experts say, because this is one area where the White House has unique leverage.

  • Published
    November 15, 2021

    AARP urges support of Build Back Better Act

    The drug companies spend millions on lobbyists and lobbying campaigns to try to keep their high prices and high profits. They spend billions more every year on marketing and advertising than they do on research and the development of new drugs that could save lives and alleviate pain. Big Pharma is more focused on profits than the health and well-being of Maine seniors.

  • Published
    November 15, 2021

    An Air Force sergeant killed himself on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The note he left is heartbreaking.

    “In the past decade that I have spent in veterans advocacy, much has been done about the veterans suicide epidemic with few results,” Naveed Shah said. “Santiago’s death in this hallowed place, at this time of reverence for veterans, perhaps should provide pause for government officials and elected leaders in Washington to consider the impact 20 years of wars have had on our armed forces.”

  • Published
    November 15, 2021

    On gasoline prices, Biden is more therapist than doctor

    Policies do have an impact over time, and Biden’s bigger project of decarbonizing the economy will hit a wall if mandated shifts in energy supply aren’t matched by changes in demand. This is essential to the current political moment, too.

  • Published
    November 13, 2021

    Sun Journal and western Maine weeklies earn press awards

    The newspaper’s staff was awarded a first place in the spots news writing category for its coverage last April of a massive explosion at the Androscoggin Mill in Jay when poorly welded joints on a digester failed, causing an explosion following what was later determined to be a rupture in the equipment’s pressure vessel.

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