• Uncertain future

    Uncertain future

    Although only the earliest outlines of President Donald Trump’s proposed federal budget have been released so far, one thing is evident. Should all the proposed cuts in nondefense programs and agencies become law, life as we know it in Down East Maine will be very different. Though some believe that residents of the far eastern

  • A question of fairness

    A question of fairness

    Mount Desert voters will consider a proposed bond issue at town meeting this spring to fund the installation of nearly 23 miles of fiber optic and coaxial cable along 31 public and private roads. The goal is to extend high-speed internet access and cable television to areas of town where those services are not yet

  • Heritage for sale

    Heritage for sale

    With only a limited number of moose hunting permits issued each year, and demand that far exceeds supply, the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (IFW) conducts a lottery to see who will have a chance to hunt. Most permits go to Maine residents. Only 10 percent of permits in any wildlife management district can

  • MDI proud

    MDI proud

    You have to look back to 1955 to find a year when someone from Bar Harbor, or to the 1960s, when anyone from Mount Desert or Southwest Harbor, played on a team that won the Maine boys’ basketball state championship. In fact, while girls’ teams have brought home the coveted gold ball four times since

  • Casino insanity

    Casino insanity

    The effort to build a gambling casino – Maine’s third – in York County has progressed from bad idea to citizen petition to legislative headache. More than most potential referendum questions, this one stinks. From the deliberately misleading title of the petition – “Horseracing Jobs Fairness” – to language manipulation that stipulates only one man

  • Ship mismanagement

    Ship mismanagement

    A citizen petition in Bar Harbor seeks to imbed two aspects of cruise ship management into the town’s zoning ordinance. One would set a daily passenger limit, and another would bar the vast majority of ships currently visiting from ever being able to tie up to a dock. That, in effect, is essentially a backdoor

  • A decade along

    A decade along

    Ten years ago this month, Apple introduced to the world the very first iPhone at the Macworld Convention. A touch screen device with a virtual keyboard, it could take photos, play music, surf the web, send and receive text messages and occasionally place a cell-phone call. That first smartphone has altered forever how we interact

  • Safe in the storm

    Safe in the storm

    It may be hard to believe, with the current unseasonably warm weather, that barely over a week ago, we were reeling from back-to-back storms dumping more than three feet of snow over Mount Desert Island. Residents quickly fell into a cycle of hunker down, get out and shovel, clean up and get ready for the

  • Unintended consequences

    Unintended consequences

    In his novel “Cat’s Cradle,” Kurt Vonnegut introduced a fictional element called ice-nine. It’s an ice that does not melt until the temperature hits 114.4 F. When ice-nine comes into contact with any kind of water, it freezes that water solid. Ice-nine was invented by the novel’s Defense Department so that infantry units would no

  • Project creep

    Project creep

    Last week, the Bar Harbor Town Council made an end run around town meeting by voting to shift $32,000 from the town’s sidewalk repair account to accommodate a survey of the Crooked Road. The purpose of the survey is to gather engineering information to permit bicycle lanes to be installed along that road. Unfortunately, the