Commentary

  • Viewpoint: Lynching a good public servant

    By Ken Olson Winston Churchill is believed to have said, “When you’re going through hell, keep moving.” Recently the United States government did a tawdry thing to a good man. The Interior Department Inspector General (IG) publicly rebuked retired Acadia National Park Superintendent Sheridan Steele for a misjudgment Steele had already admitted to and apologized

  • Community forum: Party time, part II

    Community forum: Party time, part II

    By Jack Russell Recently on this page, I offered historical perspectives on the Republican and Democratic parties and the dynamic that now most defines each. In my view, President Donald Trump has captured the Grand Old Party with a whole hog faux populist pitch to the racially resentful right that Republicans have cultivated for 50

  • Community forum: Conversations with my father

    Community forum: Conversations with my father

    By Todd R. Nelson My father could hold a conversation with anyone. Some of my favorite recollections are of him doing just that. His print, radio and television journalism career took him to myriad places and stories in 40 years of reporting. He earned a living starting conversations with unlikely people in unlikely places. As

  • Capitol commentary: Angles on the Russia probe

    Capitol commentary: Angles on the Russia probe

    By Fred Benson In case we hadn’t noticed, President Donald Trump is winning. From a low of 35 percent in November 2017, his approval rating has grown steadily to 45 percent along with a concomitant reduction in his disapproval rating. On the investigation of possible Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, confidence in Special

  • Community forum: It’s party time

    Community forum: It’s party time

    By Jack Russell As Mainers gear up for primaries, I reflect on political parties in our time. Many think that two stable major parties have long orchestrated American politics. The Democratic and Republican Parties have dominated national political life for 164 years and 42 presidential elections. Only once since 1856 did the presidential candidate of

  • Viewpoint: One vote, many solutions

    Viewpoint: One vote, many solutions

    By the Bar Harbor Town Council Bar Harbor voters will decide on June 12 whether to approve article 7, the parking meter system. Here are 10 reasons to approve this plan. Parking meters open up spaces downtown by encouraging visitors and residents to take the bus, bike or walk and by funding more frequent buses

  • Community forum: Local control of the ferry terminal

    Community forum: Local control of the ferry terminal

    By Dennis Bracale Over the past months, we’ve heard much discussion about why we need to buy the former ferry terminal property on Eden Street. Good reasons to vote “yes” on article 6, the ferry terminal land purchase bond, include the price and maintaining local control and access. It’s a great bargain, since we can

  • Community forum: The order of events

    By John March Editor’s note: This fictional short story was inspired by last week’s Mount Desert town meeting. “I don’t know, Lester, I just don’t know.” “What’s that?” said Lester. He sat by the stove in the selectmen’s building, watching the snow as it dissolved in the mill pond. A late spring storm. It wouldn’t

  • Community forum: Protecting the Acadia experience

    Community forum: Protecting the Acadia experience

    By David MacDonald As community discussion has begun regarding last month’s release of Acadia National Park’s draft transportation plan, I am reminded of the balancing act we all seek in managing a national treasure that also happens to be our collective backyard. Sharing “our” park with millions of visitors each year is a mixed blessing.

  • Capitol commentary: US – North Korea talks

    Capitol commentary: US – North Korea talks

    By Fred Benson Taken in its best possible light, the upcoming summit meeting between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un could result in an extraordinary agreement in which North Korea commits to giving up its nuclear arsenal. In return, the United States would agree to sign a peace treaty, provide security guarantees,