• Editorial: Harvest helpers

    “Come, ye thankful people, come,” goes the old hymn. “Raise the song of harvest home. All is safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin.” November is the beginning of the season of winter holidays, whose celebrations revolve around food. It’s also the abrupt end of seasonal employment for many. The first winter storms and

  • Editorial: Retirement savings lag

    Governor Janet Mills recently announced AARP Maine has designated the Pine Tree State as Age-Friendly because her administration committed to building livable communities “to make Maine a better place to live across generations.” Let’s help the state and AARP Maine move beyond kitschy designations by finding ways to bolster savings of working Mainers. A sufficient

  • Community Forum: Health insurance and peace of mind

    By Sen. Angus S. King Jr.   As winter approaches, Maine people are busy preparing for low temperatures, high snowfalls, and a holiday season that seems to grow a little longer each year. With so much to do (and shorter days making it even harder to get it all done), I know how easy it

  • Viewpoint: A Veterans Day proclamation

    What follows is a portion of the text of a Presidential Proclamation issued Nov. 9. On Nov. 11, Americans commemorate the service, sacrifice and immeasurable contributions of our Nation’s veterans who have proudly worn our country’s uniform to defend and preserve our precious liberty. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we pause to recognize the brave

  • Charter changes

    To the Editor: The Charter Commission’s proposed changes to the Town Charter would radically change the powers of the Town Council, the Warrant Committee and Bar Harbor voters. When I first read the commission’s preliminary report, the full effects of proposed changes were not immediately apparent. It’s easy enough to see in section C-10 A

  • To the Editor: Maine women are prospering

    To the Editor: I have had the good fortune to serve in the Maine House of Representatives from 2004 to 2012 and now in the State Senate since 2014 and what a difference a few years can make. Serving in the minority in the legislature during my first several years, I witnessed budget deficits, low

  • Letter to Editor: Support for caregivers

    To the Editor: While Nov. 11 is widely recognized as Veterans Day, many people may not know that the entire month of November is both National Veterans and National Family Caregivers Month. Both of my parents were veterans. My father served in the Army in World War II and my mother later on served in

  • Editorial: Investing in future vocational education

    Careers are launched at Hancock County Technical Center. In an unassuming building on Boggy Brook Road in Ellsworth, students learn to run a commercial kitchen, repair cars, troubleshoot diesel engines, care for patients as certified nursing assistants and perform biomedical research. Students run their own restaurant and preschool, produce videos and review the fundamentals of

  • Editorial: Relieving pressure

    The Hancock County Jail in Ellsworth is one of 15 county jails in Maine. That’s one for every county, except Sagadahoc and Lincoln, which share the Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Each jail has its own unique history and set of needs. But there is one thing they have in common — though some