Opinion

  • In search of parking solutions

    In search of parking solutions

    From the Bar Harbor Planning Board As we fast approach the 2017 summer season, we are already reminded of the increased traffic and congestion that summer brings to our small town, including the parking challenges that result. Parking, or the lack of it, has been a recurring theme in Bar Harbor for almost three decades,

  • Time’s up

    Time’s up

    Sir Sanford Fleming persuaded the English government in 1879 to embrace separate time zones around the English Isles and the rest of the world in a bold understanding of the vastness of the planet and how the sun’s rise affected various regions of Earth. Today, the whole United States, as well as Canada, has six

  • Homeport Bayonne

    Homeport Bayonne

    To the Editor: Should Bar Harbor become like Bayonne, N.J., a mega cruise ship terminal? This is the essence of the decision voters will make on June 13 when they vote for or against Article 12, “Shoreland Marine Activities District,” and Article 13, “Citizens’ Initiative.” At the town-sponsored cruise ship forum in March, town officials

  • Hollow promise

    Hollow promise

    Back in 2011, Gov. Paul LePage unveiled an addition to the “Welcome to Maine” sign on Interstate 95 in Kittery. “Open for Business,” it reads. Well, apparently the governor’s definition of “open for business” has changed over the years and now includes only entities that qualify for his personal stamp of approval. Maine Department of

  • Sponsors make event

    Sponsors make event

    To the Editor: On behalf of the Bar Harbor (MDI) Rotary Club, I would like to thank the sponsors of our mini-golf tournament held at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf last Saturday. The weather was beautiful, finally, and the participants had a great time. I heard a lot of laughter around the course. We raised approximately

  • The Trump “transition”

    The Trump “transition”

    To the Editor: Donald Trump will not complete his term as president of the United States. The combination of inexperience, ignorance, incompetence, venality, childishness and narcissism are leading us inescapably to a presidential crisis. He has demonstrated, almost on a daily basis, his inability to discharge the duties of our highest office. But, this is

  • I will persist

    I will persist

    To the Editor: Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of sitting with 100 or more Maine residents in a town hall meeting organized by Indivisible MDI, (IMDI) a group with which I’ve worked closely these last 3 months. Despite multiple invitations and great effort from IMDI, in the final days leading up to the

  • Sustainable growth

    Sustainable growth

    To the Editor: Over the past 88 years, The Jackson Laboratory has enjoyed steady, sustainable growth on its main campus in Bar Harbor, attracting millions of federal research dollars to the state. JAX continues to grow – providing good-paying jobs with benefits; contracting with Maine construction companies; and purchasing goods and services from hundreds of

  • Progress anything but

    Progress anything but

    To the Editor: The op-ed column by Sen. Brian Langley and Rep. Brian Hubbell titled “Progress” in a recent issue of the Mount Desert Islander is seriously misleading in at least two respects. First, it implies that those who oppose the building of a mega-pier and berthing mega-cruise ships at the former Bluenose terminal in