• Viewpoint: Presidential pardons and the case from Maine 

    By Paul Mills  President Trump’s recent pardoning marathon has shed new light on an often overlooked sphere of presidential authority. As one of the few powers that the White House can exercise without either Congressional or, so far at least, judicial oversight, it’s worth taking a look at how some of our other presidents have wielded this potent baton.   That the rich and powerful

  • To the Editor: Discussing trauma 

    To the Editor:  Trauma is often not discussed or it is shied away from nowadays. Many find trauma in minors almost unbearable to talk of. This topic should be more widely discussed, and action should take place. Trauma can be someone being physically hurt or losing a loved one or even seeing someone fighting with another. This can often

  • To the Editor: Fatal flaw

    To the Editor:  We should write to President Biden that if he is to secure a nuclear agreement with Iran or North Korea, he must not repeat the fatal flaw of the first Iran deal: It imposed a waiting period for the inspection of suspected sites. This would have allowed them to move the materials for making a

  • To the Editor: Kebo access  

    To the Editor:  Kebo Valley Golf Club is one of the true treasures of Bar Harbor and MDI. My wife and I, and friends, have played golf there numerous times and always enjoy its spectacular layout and challenging golf.  During the off season, we frequently walk at Kebo, always taking care to not walk on greens (most of

  • To the Editor: Sea pen worry 

    To the Editor:  As a small business owner and a regular small boat sailor in Frenchman Bay, I am writing to say I’m worried about the recent proposal to put sea pens in Frenchman Bay. My business depends on the National Park, with unspoiled scenery of the ocean next to mountain peaks, miles of trails, trees and wildlife

  • To the Editor: Public comment link 

    To the Editor:  The Islander and Acadia National Park both missed an obvious opportunity to provide the link for public comment in your Jan. 14 front page story on the Cadillac fee system plan. It is not a link that was easy for me to locate. If public comment is truly desired, please publish the link.

  • To the Editor: Caught in the crossfire

    To the Editor: These have been trying times since the November election. Our country’s divide has deepened. The storming of our nation’s Capitol Building last week has exhausted and disheartened us all. There is no denying that public trust in our democratic governance is in question. One tenet of our democracy is free and fair

  • Editorial: A cause for concern

    The year 2020 will go down in history as one of the warmest years on record in Maine and elsewhere around the country. It is part of a larger warming trend that has taken place over the last 10 years with record-breaking conditions giving way to extreme weather conditions.

  • Editorial: Balancing the budget

    In August, the state’s nonpartisan Revenue Forecasting Committee issued a grim projection: a budget shortfall of $527.8 million for the current fiscal year and $883.2 million for the 2022-23 biennium. But in December, the committee revised its projections and the numbers, by comparison anyway, are looking up. The forecasters now anticipate a $255 million general fund shortfall this year (roughly half the original projection) and a $395.8 million shortfall for FY22-23.