Letters to the editor

  • Lower rates are priority

    Lower rates are priority

    To the Editor: I cannot concur with the complaints in Emmie Theberge’s letter to the editor on Feb. 9, because Maine’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is rolling back net metering for solar in Maine. She claims that rolling back net metering will gut solar power in Maine. To my understanding, net metering is a bad

  • Going with the tide

    Going with the tide

    To the Editor: Constituents of Susan Collins in Hancock County are calling for her to join us for a public meeting. It is time for the senator to hear firsthand from those in her home state about issues that are important to us: health care, the environment, education, human rights, protection of minorities, and social

  • National insecurity

    National insecurity

    To the Editor: As a former Naval Intelligence officer, I am concerned with the administration’s adverse impact on our national security. It appears Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Flynn was forced to resign because of

  • Accidental president

    Accidental president

    To the Editor: The intent of the first 100 days for the Donald Trump administration was to overwhelm Americans with presidential orders, immigration restrictions and strongmen appointments that would ensure as much power as possible for the West Wing. What we have, however, is chaos, both in policy and in personnel. Instead of overwhelming America

  • Alone in silence

    Alone in silence

    To the Editor: While it is extremely disturbing that President Donald Trump issued an executive order, now suspended by the courts, that halts travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries, what is equally troubling is Rep. Bruce Poliquin’s silence on such an issue of national and international importance. His spokesman, Brendan Conley, stated in the Sun

  • Disrespectful

    Disrespectful

    To the Editor: In his scheme to leave no stone, or snowflake, unturned to shift Maine’s tax burden onto the desperately poor and struggling middle class rather than enforcing the voter mandated 3 percent education surcharge (on incomes higher than $200,000), Gov. Paul LePage proposes imposing a tax on plowing. Sales and service taxes disproportionately

  • What’s the emergency?

    What’s the emergency?

    To the Editor: Where’s the emergency? On Tuesday, Feb. 7, the Bar Harbor Town Council was asked to endorse “emergency” state legislation pending in Augusta to create the Bar Harbor Port Authority. Councilors Stivers, Friedmann and Hochman expressed several thoughtful reservations about legislation they had had but two business days to study. Thanks to Anne

  • Helping hands

    Helping hands

    To the Editor: What do you do when you are too sick to drive yourself to the emergency room? You knock on your next-door neighbors’ door. She drives you immediately to the ER, where you spend the next five hours. Then, having driven back to work at her home office, she returns and drives you

  • Making MDI age-friendly

    Making MDI age-friendly

    To the Editor: Bar Harbor’s Task Force on Aging has taken the next step in the process of working to develop a plan for making Bar Harbor an age-friendly community. Meeting with the Town Council, the group discussed their application for approval to join the AARP Network of Age-Friendly Communities. The Town Council approved the

  • A safer community

    A safer community

    To the Editor: The outpouring of local support for the Mount Desert Island Smoke Detector Campaign has been tremendous. To date, $1,100 has been donated and 55 smoke detectors have been purchased. Dozens of applications for detectors have been received, and with the help of volunteer firefighters across the island, detectors have been installed successfully.