Commentary

  • Resist Trump, respect Trump voters

    Resist Trump, respect Trump voters

    By Jack Russell Trump now wades through his 90th day as president. He will close his opening 100 days on April 30. From day one, the Trump presidency has merited mass resistance. Trump voters, however, deserve respectful dialog. Since FDR’s famous first 100 days in 1933 launched the New Deal from four years of the

  • Against fear

    Against fear

    By Tim Garrity At the town meetings in Mount Desert on May 2 and in Bar Harbor on June 6, citizens will decide if their towns will be declared sanctuary communities. The resolutions essentially say that everyone is welcome here and that all persons are entitled to equal protection under the laws no matter what

  • Imagine a community without hunger

    Imagine a community without hunger

    By Jennifer Jones and Carolyn Pryor Thousands of pounds of food are generously being donated and collected this month at more than 137 drop-off sites as part of the Hancock County Food Drive. New this year are 13 “paper can” sites where customers donate a $1 and know that four meals (yes, four) will be

  • Capitol commentary: The new battleground – cyberspace

    Capitol commentary: The new battleground – cyberspace

    By Fred Benson Washington is absorbed in chaos. Our national government is performing in fits and starts amid incredulous presidential tweets, disrespectful treatment of heads of allied nations and spiraling combative political partisanship. As this amalgam of actions thickens, national security challenges grow and outcomes remain uncertain. Russian global interests, Chinese expansion in the Pacific,

  • Promoting a diverse community

    Promoting a diverse community

    By Jeff Burnham In its lead editorial (“A question of fairness”) on March 9, the Islander raised some concerns about a budget item proposed for inclusion in the town of Mount Desert’s 2017 warrant. That proposal would provide up to $350,000 to bring land-based high-speed broadband (internet) service to those areas of the town that

  • 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

  • ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ shares wisdom

    ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ shares wisdom

    By William Patten It is hard to say whether J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy” would have become such a national bestseller if Donald Trump had not emerged on the political scene. But even leaving Trump aside, this unassuming memoir is valuable for anyone interested in understanding the fracturing of American society today. “Hillbilly Elegy” offers a

  • LePage intransigence hurts Maine

    LePage intransigence hurts Maine

    By Zack Klyver Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s latest political attack on the North Woods National Monument is a colossal blunder. On Feb. 14, he sent a letter to President Donald Trump asking him to revoke the national monument status. For a governor who touts his pro-economy and pro-business approach to governing, he sure finds a

  • Tracking our forest neighbors

    Tracking our forest neighbors

    By Joe Rankin There’s something about the winter woods in Maine — the profound silence, the sheer whiteness. Snow whispers through the branches of the firs. There is a purity and profound timelessness to it. But that’s our human perception. Far from being a place caught out of time, the winter woods are a happening

  • YMCA, community institution

    YMCA, community institution

    By Dean Read I grew up in Belfast where there was no YMCA. There is now, after the city contributed $750,000 as seed money to get it started. My first real YMCA experience was in early 2000 when we moved to Bar Harbor and John Reeves took me to our Y at 5:30 a.m. He