Commentary

  • Community forum: Keeping technology in balance

    Community forum: Keeping technology in balance

    By Diana Newman Full disclosure regarding the various potential uses and impacts of the proposed Vertical Bridge tower in Southwest Harbor is important. To be told that it is not the business of the federal government or the citizenry to know its purpose in our region warrants further inquiry. Vertical Bridge is the leading telecom

  • Viewpoint: Safe housing and vulnerable groups

    Viewpoint: Safe housing and vulnerable groups

    By Cynthia Cullinane Our Maine Legislature is in high gear trying to finish up hearing testimony, analyzing financial information, completing committee work sessions and submitting bills for legislative votes before they adjourn this 128th session. Many of these bills address the concerns of our vulnerable populations, and several of those concerns have high profiles in

  • Viewpoint: Changes in the politics of guns

    Viewpoint: Changes in the politics of guns

    By Mary Holway The National Rifle Association was founded in 1871 by Civil War veterans in an effort to improve the abilities of union soldiers. Over the years that followed, the mission of the association had nothing whatsoever to do with the Second Amendment and the right of Americans to bear arms. Contrary to present

  • Community forum: Breaking bread together

    Community forum: Breaking bread together

    By Joe Cistone The March for Our Lives gathering March 24 on the Bar Harbor Village Green and around our country was inspiring and a welcome reminder for me that the Christian holiday of Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus’ own march into Jerusalem as a direct confrontation of Roman rule where the lives of Jewish children

  • Capitol commentary: Character matters

    Capitol commentary: Character matters

    By Fred Benson I have had the privilege of being related to, working with and knowing some pretty impressive human beings during my lifetime. As I reexamine those relationships, it becomes clear that those for whom I have the greatest respect are persons of extraordinarily high character. The key ingredients of that measure are integrity,

  • Community forum: Choose our children, they are right

    Community forum: Choose our children, they are right

    By Nathaniel Fenton In American history, we have waged many wars: the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq War and many other undeclared wars, and we’ve even had a War on Poverty and a War on Drugs. We are

  • Community forum: Schools at a crossroads

    Community forum: Schools at a crossroads

    By Caroline Pryor Our students and schools rank high across many standards, and community pride runs strong. Neither the schools nor the students are perfect, and it seems like just about everybody has an idea for improvement, but we have much to be grateful for. Thank you to community members, parents, staff and taxpayers for

  • Viewpoint: Rolling up our sleeves, together

    Viewpoint: Rolling up our sleeves, together

    By Gary Friedmann The town of Bar Harbor is in the enviable position of possessing the elements of an economic engine that can power a bright and promising future for the citizens of our town and of Mount Desert Island. Our challenge is to rise above personal angst and past hurts and to work together

  • Community forum: Working together on safety

    Community forum: Working together on safety

    By Steven Kenney I’m aware that this letter may not gain me any friends, but as a parent of a school-aged child, I am concerned about how our school district reacted the day after the horrific slaying in Parkland, Fla. I have the unique privilege of sending children to public schools for the past 35

  • Viewpoint: Attacks reminiscent of McCarthy era

    Viewpoint: Attacks reminiscent of McCarthy era

    By Arthur Greif On March 6, Councilor Gary Friedmann described the last three Town Council meetings as being a “war on the Warrant Committee.” This was sad to hear, because the 22-member Warrant Committee is our largest, most diverse and most representative elected body in Bar Harbor. It caught dozens of errors in the LUO