• The engines of democracy

    The engines of democracy

    The hills are alive with the sound of political activism. People are coming out of the woodwork to work toward peace, truth, justice and the American way. To run for office. To help someone else run for office. To speak. To act. To be indivisible. It’s a beautiful thing. We may be slow to awaken

  • No wall

    No wall

    Letter to the Editor: On Jan. 25, President Donald Trump issued an executive order that instructs the secretary of Homeland Security to “take all appropriate steps to immediately plan, design, and construct a physical wall along the southern border … To most effectively achieve complete operational control” of the U.S.-Mexico border. Although Sen. Mitch McConnell

  • Respectful citizenship

    Respectful citizenship

    To the Editor: Unless you have been taking a long nap this winter, you know that these are not normal times in our nation. News of questionable activities by the new administration and acts by Congress that will harm Mainers and all Americans breaks with such frequency that if the stories were waves, the conditions

  • Insurance, not ‘access’

    To the Editor: We medical providers at Mount Desert Island Hospital are very concerned that the Republican replacement to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will prevent many of our patients who have had the benefit of health insurance through the ACA from continuing to have insurance. For the last six years, it has been a

  • Truthful manner

    Truthful manner

    To the Editor: I applaud Zabet NeuCollins’ thoughtful, tempered and truthful letter to the editor of March 2, 2017. Her letter is thoughtful because it clearly guides her readers through the long and careful process she utilized to arrive at her decision to circulate a recent citizen petition concerning future increases of cruise ship passenger

  • Health care people really want

    Health care people really want

    By Moira O’Neill At last! With Barack Obama out of the White House and Democrats out of control of both houses of congress, we are finally in position to repeal Obamacare and end Medicaid as we know it. The American Health Care Act, proposed earlier this week, ends more than a century of effort to

  • Monument for Maine

    Monument for Maine

    To the Editor: The Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument is as great an asset to America as are Yellowstone, Yosemite or other national treasures. As the world population increases, the pressure to overdevelop the Maine wilderness is becoming a reality. The founders of Acadia National Park worked tirelessly to establish Sieur de Monts National

  • Hold Trump to his word

    Hold Trump to his word

    To the Editor: If Republicans are allowed to cut assistance for health insurance down to $2,000, what will happen to the full-time minimum wage worker barely making $20,000 but living in a state where the heath insurance premium is $16,000 a year? What will it be like for the employee working for a company no

  • Deer tick defense

    Deer tick defense

    To the Editor: Even though it is very cold again, my dog ended up with a fully engorged deer tick this week from leaf litter in my small fenced yard in Bar Harbor. So I was excited to see V. Paul Reynold’s column in the Islander, March 9, titled “New Tick Removal System.” But while

  • Easy money

    Easy money

    To the Editor: We, the local residents of Mount Desert Island, ought to be thinking about the long term and what kind of economic growth is comfortable and sustainable for us. We have a serious asset here, a local style and history, that we need to protect. It’s not just the national park that attracts