Articles by: Guest



  • Commentary: How Acadia Fares When Government Shuts Down

    By David MacDonald The last time a prolonged government shutdown affected Acadia National Park in October 2013, the impact on our neighboring communities was immediate and dramatic: park gates were closed and public use discouraged. An estimated $1 million per day in economic activity was lost as many disappointed travelers stayed home during the two-week

  • Letter to Editor: Christmas thanks

    To the Editor: The Maine Seacoast Mission offers a sincere thank you to the numerous volunteers, donors and local businesses who helped with our Christmas Program this year. Without these helpers we would not have a successful program. This Christmas, the Mission provided gifts for 1,524 area children and seniors, who each received an average

  • Letter to Editor: Ban the bag

    To the Editor: According to the Sustainable Maine Project (, half of the 8.3 billion tons of plastic manufactured on the planet was produced in the last 13 years, and a family of four uses 1,500 plastic bags a year. Only 9 percent of these bags are recycled, the rest end up in landfills or

  • Letter to Editor: Not that simple

    To the Editor, It is important to get the facts straight when considering the spread of Lyme disease. It was disappointing to read the editorial entitled “Oh, deer” in the Dec. 27 edition of the Mount Desert Islander. If I had not spent hours reading studies about the spread of Lyme disease and speaking with

  • Letter to Editor: Master craftsmen

    To the Editor: I would like to acknowledge two very talented craftsmen right here on MDI: Alexander Phillips, a clockmaker in Bar Harbor, and Rick Bradbury, a cabinetmaker in Town Hill. In September, I had a vision of a clock I wanted made. Alex recommended Rick to make the clock case. And so the project

  • Lobster marketing effort moves to target suppliers

    Lobster marketing effort moves to target suppliers

    By Penelope Overton Portland Press Herald   PORTLAND — A state-funded marketing council is expanding its new-shell lobster crusade to focus on courting the fishmongers who sell seafood, not just the chefs who cook it. The Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative plans to appoint a celebrity spokesman, submit a trademark application and create a seasonal calendar

  • Capitol Commentary: Mattis, Syria and U.S. foreign policy

    By Fred Benson   “It is always dangerous for soldiers, sailors, or airmen to play at politics. They enter a sphere in which the values are quite different from those to which they have hitherto been accustomed.” — Winston Churchill, “The Gathering Storm,” 1948. Civilian control of the military is so thoroughly ingrained in our

  • Letter to Editor: In support of bag ban

    To the Editor: I am writing in support of the Single-Use Carryout Bag Ordinance and the Polystyrene Ordinance as amended as discussed at a recent meeting of the Bar Harbor Town Council. I will be at the public hearing on Jan. 15 to support them. I hope that they will be put to the voters

  • Letter to Editor: Border wall and the environment

    To the Editor: This is not about immigration. Trump wants $5 billion in taxpayer money to begin border wall construction in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas — home to five fragile and essential wildlife sanctuaries. The fight over that money sent federal workers home for the holidays with no pay. This is not about