• Fairer fares

    Fairer fares

    The Maine State Ferry Service needs to raise more money from users of the service, under a state law requiring that half the agency’s budget must come from passenger and parking fees and fares. That’s fine. The proposal on the table, though, is not the right one. Summer residents of Swans Island, who make up

  • A party of one

    A party of one

    Last Friday, Maine State Police and Department of Corrections staff, under orders from Gov. LePage, descended on the Downeast Correctional Facility in Machiasport before first light. Their message to the prison’s 51 employees? “Good morning. You’re fired.” Their message to all 63 prisoners was hardly less jarring. They were being transferred immediately to the Charleston

  • ‘Big stick’ governance

    ‘Big stick’ governance

    If you drove by the Blaine House last week, you may have caught a glimpse of Gov. Paul LePage standing in front of an open window, breathing deeply and doing his stretching exercises in preparation for this week’s State of the State address. As part of his warm-up routine, he was walking loudly in the

  • Viewpoint: Preserving town control

    Viewpoint: Preserving town control

    By Arthur Greif Vice-Chair Gary Friedmann of the Bar Harbor Town Council is quoted in the Feb. 8 edition of the Islander as saying a settlement offer by attorney Bill Dale in the Blanchard v. Bar Harbor litigation “amounts to an attempt to blackmail the council into removing these decisions about the town’s future from

  • Union River petition

    Union River petition

    To the Editor: On Feb., 9 the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) issued public notice of a new license application for the Union River Dams. This notice starts a 60 day clock that is the last chance for citizens, municipalities, state and federal agencies to comment on or protest the details of this license application.

  • Military readiness

    Military readiness

    To the Editor: The Budget Control Act of 2011 necessitated budget cuts for the Defense Department, which had a huge negative effect on the readiness of our military. “In 2011, the Air Force had 333,370 active duty airmen,” Alan Dowd wrote in the February 2018 issue of “The American Legion Magazine.” “By 2017, it had

  • Medicaid expansion

    Medicaid expansion

    To the Editor: A large majority of Mainers have made it clear that they want Medicaid expanded; They voted 59 percent to 41 percent in favor of it in last fall’s referendum. The Maine Legislature approved it five times, but five times, Gov. LePage vetoed it. And once again, the governor is making clear his

  • Drilling unlikely

    Drilling unlikely

    To the Editor: Recently new concerns have surfaced about opening the continental shelves of the United States, including Maine, to renewed exploration and possible production of oil and gas. For example, there are those in Maine who fear that oil platforms could be put off Mount Desert Island in Frenchman Bay, destroying both the scenic

  • Reasons for resisting

    Reasons for resisting

    To the Editor: This letter is to explain why I resist even though I am a 68-year-old white male. I was born in Waterville while my parents lived in Vassalboro, graduated with honors from Waterville High School, obtained an undergraduate degree from Bowdoin and a graduate degree from the University of Maine. I was fed

  • Tax bill a win

    Tax bill a win

    To the Editor: The Republican tax bill already has had monumental effects on American businesses and their employees. Since the bill’s passage, over 200 job creators have announced they are giving raises and bonuses, increasing employee benefit packages and expanding their businesses. Here in Maine, Camden National Bank recently announced it will be distributing $1,000