Letters to the editor

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Universal family care

    Universal family care

    To the Editor: Universal family care is vital for people in the United States, especially Maine in particular. With a significantly high elderly population and the struggle to juggle work and child care, the pressure to care for one’s children, parents and grandparents is difficult to manage. Families shouldn’t have to worry about who is

  • Veterans benefit

    Veterans benefit

    To the Editor: Last Saturday, Mount Desert Island resident and country music legend Danny Harper put on a benefit concert in Southwest Harbor. The concert was to honor and recognize our veterans and to raise funds to begin the renovation of the American Legion Hall. Danny and his incredible group of musicians put on an

  • Budget cut impacts

    Budget cut impacts

    To the Editor: As many of the Islander‘s readers may be aware, the biennial state budget that was passed last week included a cut of $5 million per year to the Fund for a Healthy Maine’s allocation for prevention services aimed at improving public health. We will know more in the coming weeks about how

  • State of war

    State of war

    To the Editor: The U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria is now the heaviest since the bombing of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in the 1960s-70s, with 84,000 bombs and missiles dropped between 2014 and the end of May 2017. That is nearly triple the 29,200 bombs and missiles dropped on Iraq in the “Shock