• Editorial: Whale of a problem

    No one is happy with the National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration’s new right whale protection plan. That includes Maine’s congressional delegation, governor, 151 Republican, Democratic and independent state legislators, environmentalists and lobstermen.   For those fighting to save the critically endangered whales, the measures are too little, too late. “Better than nothing” was among the faint praise. For lobstermen, the rules

  • Editorial: Sand trap 

    All’s fair in love and war, but money, it seems, demands a special kind of justice. The Hancock County Commissioners have kicked over a hornets’ nest with their proposal to use some of the $10.6 million the county was awarded under the federal American Rescue Plan to provide hazard pay to first responders and other employees who worked through the

  • To the Editor: Beatin’ the Heartbeat Act of Texas  

    To the Editor:  The recently enacted Texas Senate Bill 8 (Texas Heartbeat Act) is well recognized as unconstitutional based on precedent set by the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade. Authors of the bill from the Texas Legislature acknowledged as much right in their bill. What constitutional bill would ever have need to include a

  • To the Editor: Running us out of town

    To the Editor:  If it was the goal of the Town Council to destroy the ability of the elderly to continue to reside in their homes in Bar Harbor, the new tax assessment will certainly have an impact on their capacity (living on fixed incomes as most of us do).   First you got rid of the Elderly

  • To the Editor: Right to information

    To the Editor:   Anyone who has been to one of its meetings knows that the Southwest Harbor Select Board is a dysfunctional group.   The meetings are filled with confusion, in part because some board members appear not to understand the complexity of the various issues they are discussing. Furthermore, some members – Chairman Chad Terry in particular – interrupt

  • To the Editor: Quality of life issue 

    To the Editor:  I am sure the irony posed by two articles in last week’s paper did not go unnoticed. The article on page 3 depicts the herculean efforts by organizations like the Island Housing Trust to provide affordable housing for Mount Desert Island’s workforce. The other article, above the fold on Page 1, describes the legal uncertainties resulting from the Bar

  • To the Editor: Stand together 

    To the Editor:  I write this letter today with hopes that we never forgot the ruthless, senseless attacks on our nation on Sept. 11, 2001, or the sacrifices made that day by everyday people on the planes and by fire fighters, emergency medical services, police, hospital workers and our military.   That day, the world saw the true and real America. Please never forget these people who gave their lives on that day saving the lives of others, those who died that day did doing a job they loved – defending the lives of others, at the cost of their very own, as true Americans who swore to protect the lives of others. The people and children of today should study these selfless acts of valor and heroism that occurred on that day. They should learn about the pride, honor and commitment that was instilled in those people – something that seems to have been lost lately in our youth and society today.  America

  • Viewpoint: Defending Acadia against industrial-scale aquaculture 

    By David MacDonald  For more than a century, landowners, community members and park partners have worked together to preserve the lands and waters that define Acadia National Park. We are blessed by their foresight, and we experience their gifts daily – dramatic coastal scenery, clean drinking water, recreation on the historic trails and carriage roads, dark night skies and the opportunity to restore ourselves in nature.   Acadia’s founders would likely have a lot to say about the proposal from American

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