Welcome to the New Maine Times. We are a dedicated group of journalists, photographers, editors and graphic artists who hope to demonstrate the best of what journalism can be in our state. We aren't the first group of people who shared that mission.

You see, a funny thing happened a few decades ago. A publication was started in Maine by John Cole and Peter Cox that asked questions and demanded answers from those in authority or positions of power. It was called Maine Times, and it covered serious issues – political corruption, public wrongdoing, and the environmental degradation rampant at the time in Maine's wilderness and rivers and coastlines – along with a strong culture component, a deep attachment to the natural world and the issues of place that personifies our state.

When Maine Times folded, the state was poorer for its loss. Now, more than ever, Maine has need of such a publication, and we are going to do our best to fulfill that paper's original mission, while adding new and vital issues of our own: economic analysis, statewide culture, and modern sustainable living concerns.

We thank you for joining us in this mission, and we hope you will read us regularly.