Commentary

  • Viewpoint: Good decisions require good intelligence

    By Senator Angus King   I’ve served as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee and the Senate Armed Services Committee for the last six years, and over that time I’ve reached two vital conclusions. First: we live in a complex world, filled with a wide range of threats to America’s national security. And second:

  • Viewpoint: In defense of progressive taxation

    By John Buell   There is surprisingly widespread support for higher taxes on the rich — among Republicans, Democrats and Independents. Americans have typically felt that one should keep what one earns. Many are also convinced that they are temporarily embarrassed billionaires, hence the popularity of lotteries, which reflect and help sustain that belief. Dean

  • Community Forum: One man’s trash

    Long before Marie Kondo challenged us to test our possessions to see if they “spark joy” before offloading them, I was finding joy in suburban back alleys on trash collection days. Once I was old enough to traipse out the back gate, pulling my red Radio Flyer wagon behind me, I discovered a world of

  • Commentary: How Acadia Fares When Government Shuts Down

    By David MacDonald The last time a prolonged government shutdown affected Acadia National Park in October 2013, the impact on our neighboring communities was immediate and dramatic: park gates were closed and public use discouraged. An estimated $1 million per day in economic activity was lost as many disappointed travelers stayed home during the two-week

  • Capitol Commentary: Mattis, Syria and U.S. foreign policy

    By Fred Benson   “It is always dangerous for soldiers, sailors, or airmen to play at politics. They enter a sphere in which the values are quite different from those to which they have hitherto been accustomed.” — Winston Churchill, “The Gathering Storm,” 1948. Civilian control of the military is so thoroughly ingrained in our

  • Viewpoint: Legacy of the Farm House

    By Ward Miller The Town Of Bar Harbor should make it a priority to protect the Farm House (also known as Mizzentop Gardens, mizzentopgardens.com) from the commercial encroachment of hotels and other businesses into the surrounding neighborhood. While the owners of the Farm House property and the neighbors are very thankful for the many distinguished

  • Viewpoint: Building a Green New Deal

    Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein sees reason for hope even in the face of an administration eager to trash the earth and to muzzle all those who oppose its vicious agenda. Klein applauds the growing grassroots movement behind a Green New Deal. Agitation both within and without the halls of Congress — spearheaded by

  • Community Forum: Capitol Commentary 2020 already looms large

    By Fred Benson   With most election night uncertainties resolved, Senate Republicans are celebrating their strengthened majority while House Democrats gleefully consider what they might do to undermine the Trump presidency through oversight hearings and a blue wave of subpoenas. Meanwhile, a flailing president continues his attacks on anyone he dislikes as he ignores —

  • Community Forum: Remembering Sue Hubbell

    by Martha Barron Barrett   After reading several fine obituaries about Sue Hubbell, the nationally known writer and adventurer-in-living, it occurred to me to add the perspective of Sue as I knew her: a Wyman Road woman. Technically, her address was the narrow Tom Leighton Point Road that extends into the woods beyond the Wyman

  • Viewpoint: Kavanaugh feigned ignorance

    By Phil Worden   I believed Dr. Ford’s testimony in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing before Justice Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the Supreme Court. And I understand why the sexual misconduct issue dwarfed all other issues. But some of the issues raised in the original proceedings deserve revisiting because they deal with how our Supreme Court