• Safety first

    Safety first

    Long a slogan embraced by the manufacturing and construction industries, the term “safety first” also should be the prime directive when it comes to debating the future of emergency dispatching services at a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) in Hancock County. Faced with staffing shortages and a need for more space, county officials are discussing

  • A conservation end run

    A conservation end run

    During the rancorous debate over the state budget earlier this month in Augusta, a last-minute proposal by Gov. Paul LePage contained several “stealthy,” yet enormously important changes in tax policy. Chief among them was a provision that could have led to the elimination of tax exemptions on land enrolled in the tree growth program or

  • The beginning of the end game

    The beginning of the end game

    Gov. Paul LePage has but a year to go in his administration, and another member of his staff is looking to the future. Her future. LePage spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett will begin work at Kennebec Savings Bank in August. A part of the governor’s administration from the very beginning, Press Secretary Bennett was the unflappable center

  • Fear tactics

    Fear tactics

    To the Editor: In this space a few weeks ago, I joined many of our fellow Americans in praising President Trump for getting us out of that disastrous Paris Accord. I tried to provide facts that convey why getting into that was a great mistake and why abandoning it is the best solution. However, I

  • Dumbing on down

    Dumbing on down

    To the Editor: There is discussion about towns using an online polling service to ask their citizens yes-or-no questions about topics of public interest. It’s not a good idea, and I urge my town, Mount Desert, to refrain from participating. We need many more face-to-face conversations in this country and far fewer “yes” or “no”

  • Hard to access

    Hard to access

    To the Editor: I read with interest Tim Gallant’s July 6 letter to the Islander on behalf of Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s Bangor district office. And I appreciate the work that Gallant and his staff do on behalf of Maine people living in the 2nd Congressional District. I am disappointed, however, that Poliquin no longer allows

  • Guest column: Crossing paths

    Guest column: Crossing paths

    By Roxana Robinson In the afternoon, I went for a walk up the path behind our house. This stands on the hill at the head of Northeast Harbor, and the path goes straight into Acadia National Park. It leads up a steep hill, through low blueberry bushes and up into the deep woods, dark firs

  • Towns can act already

    Towns can act already

    To the Editor: The Islander’s editorial of July 13, “Saving the Great Harbor,” assumes that only the state can step in and limit cruise ship visitation to privately owned piers in Southwest Harbor and Northeast Harbor. As a lawyer, I have dealt with the interplay between state, federal and local law in the area of

  • Total scam

    Total scam

    To the Editor: A total of 200 people attended the meeting at the Bar Harbor Municipal Building Monday evening believing that consultants, assigned the task of collecting citizen opinion about the cruise ship pier, really were going to compile those opinions. Unfortunately, the meeting was revealed as a scam, because no microphones were provided for

  • By the book

    By the book

    Undoubtedly, many public officials can identify with the frustration of school system managers and members of the Mount Desert Island High School Board of Trustees who are upset that one of their members has been woefully deficient in attending important meetings. School Superintendent Marc Gousse has had multiple communications with Michael Sawyer of Southwest Harbor