Opinion

  • Letter to Editor: Poll problems

    To the Editor: The latest Town Council-sponsored POLCO survey curiously claims that Bar Harbor voters have difficulty understanding “the highly technical language” of our Land Use Ordinance (“LUO”). To resolve this alleged issue of uneducated voters, the POLCO survey implicitly lobbies for leaving all changes to our LUO in the hands of a bare majority

  • Letter to Editor: Road worry

    To the Editor: At the newly configured intersection of Route 3 and West Street there is a tragedy waiting to happen. Someone is going to be maimed or killed. Every day hundreds of bicyclists, walkers, runners and cars try to maneuver through without colliding with one another. We’ve been fortunate, most people are polite and

  • Letter to Editor: Harassment inexcusable

    To the Editor: Dear Senator Collins: The President of the United States said that four United States Congressional Representatives should go back to the countries from which they came. Three were born in the United States. The fourth was brought here as a child and has been a citizen longer than the President’s wife. All

  • Editorial: Sunny outlook

    Installing solar panels on a home, school or public building is a large up-front investment that reaps significant savings over time, as the locally-generated electricity offsets some of what would otherwise be purchased from the power company. But the rules for exactly how that offset happens are quite complicated. Because the rules have kept changing,

  • Editorial: Pharmacy of the farm

    It’s an ongoing frustration for many doctors when treating chronic illness: Even effective drugs such as beta blockers and insulin won’t work if patients spend the rest of the day eating frozen pizza and cookies. Now, more and more, patients are leaving the doctor’s office with a prescription not only for the pharmacist but also

  • Viewpoint: Gerrymandering and magical thinking

    by John March   Last month the Supreme Court held that even extreme gerrymandering is not unconstitutional, or at least not subject to any remedy that can be fashioned by the courts. Redistricting, the court held, is exclusively the province of the legislative branch, and that is where any remedy or reform must take place.

  • Letter to Editor: Demand answers

    To the Editor: First they came for the brown-skinned children and put them in cages. Why does our government, using our tax dollars, rip children away from their families? Some as young as four months old are then detained and subsequently reclassified as unaccompanied minors. Why does our government, using our tax dollars, imprison the

  • Letter to Editor: Bar Harbor is still beautiful

    To the Editor: As another Islander reader from away, I simply couldn’t let Barbara Cusumano’s letter in last week’s paper go unanswered. I have three observations: First, to the comment that “it all started with the cruise ships”, I assume you mean, Barbara, that the island is more crowded than formerly, which we’ve also noticed