Articles by: Staff



  • Editorial: Mud season

    Politics has long been a contentious activity in America and every other democracy. Opposing sides, fervent in their desire for victory, endeavor to sell their stances, visions and goals to the electorate. Often the candidates talk about their beliefs and experience. But more often, these days, they address the beliefs and experience of their opponents.

  • Editorial: Trust and verify

    The property at 121 Eden Street in Bar Harbor that housed the former ferry terminal has sat idle since 2010. For at least six of the eight years since then, town officials, representatives and residents have been debating what to do about it. Pressing in on the debate from the outside are concerns about overcrowding,

  • Editorial: Problems with Question 1

    Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot is a citizen-initiated referendum. Like so many recent citizen-initiated referenda, it does not stand up to scrutiny. Promoted by the Maine People’s Alliance, the initiative would impose a new tax on higher incomes in Maine to fund in-home health care services for the elderly and disabled. It also

  • Editorial: What can be learned?

    Five months after a town meeting debate and vote, the town of Mount Desert is finally getting closer to signing a contract and breaking ground on the redevelopment of Main Street in Northeast Harbor. The project has been in the planning stages for more than three years. Selectmen approved a revised plan that addresses some

  • Editorial: Looking for fairness

    Maine’s school funding formula, though flawed, is generally regarded as the best method for determining equitable distribution of state support. The method uses property valuation to determine a community’s wealth. Fair enough, one might say. The higher the valuation, the reasoning goes, the better the likelihood that a community can fund education through local property

  • Editorial: Worth a shot

    Two trends help explain the lack of affordable housing on Mount Desert Island. One is the growth of short-term vacation rentals. The other is the phenomenon of large employers buying apartments and other buildings for seasonal employee housing. Acadia National Park’s recently announced plan to partner with a private developer to build, on federal land,

  • Worden, Boyle to marry

    Worden, Boyle to marry

    ELLSWORTH — Kenneth and Debra Worden of Ellsworth are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Heather Worden, to Matthew Boyle. Boyle is the son of Christopher and Amy Boyle of Franklin. Worden is a graduate of Ellsworth High School and Boyle is a graduate of Sumner Memorial High School. The couple resides in

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