By George Smith /

"As you struggle to recover from two disappointing national political conventions, perhaps this news will help. Let’s focus on the wonderful work of three Maine organizations: Coastal Enterprises Inc. (CEI), Island Institute and the Maine Community Foundation.


The Island Institute works with the good people who live on Maine’s islands and in our coastal communities to strengthen their economies. I have been impressed with their work for many years, especially appreciating their fellowship program that places young college grads on various islands where they work on economic and education issues and opportunities. My young friend Zain Padamsee just signed up for his second year of fellowship work on Frenchboro Island."