Commentary

  • A look at the Second Amendment

    A look at the Second Amendment

    By Steve Perrin In the turbulent wake of yet another round of mass murders by gunfire — this time in Las Vegas — it is time to reread the Second Amendment to seek assurance in our time of shock and confusion. The amendment contains 27 words divided into four sections separated by three commas. In

  • Medicaid expansion the right thing to do

    Medicaid expansion the right thing to do

    By Arthur Blank On Nov. 7, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether Maine should join 30 other states and the District of Columbia in approving Medicaid expansion. There are a lot of good reasons why we should vote “yes” on referendum Question 2, but the most important is because it is the right

  • Our expectations for a superintendent

    Our expectations for a superintendent

    By Gail Marshall I’ve read with sadness and concern the article in the Oct. 5 issue of the Islander titled “Gousse to Pay for Patriot’s Tickets.” The school board has tasked the superintendent with finding ways to possibly reduce the cost of health insurance provided to the employees. The school system is one of the

  • My position on Graham-Cassidy

    My position on Graham-Cassidy

    By Sen. Susan Collins I want to explain to my fellow Mainers directly why I opposed the Graham-Cassidy health care proposals. First, I want to assure you that I understand the flaws in the ACA (also known as “Obamacare”). In fact, one of the main reasons I opposed the ACA when it was passed by

  • Maine benefits from health bill

    Maine benefits from health bill

    By Gov. Paul R. LePage What follows is the text of a radio address delivered Sept. 20. If we are going to save the American health care system, we need your help, and we need it now. I have been in close contact with many people working on this issue in Washington, D.C. We’re nearing

  • Viewpoint: Acadia is our crown jewel

    Viewpoint: Acadia is our crown jewel

    By Ann Michelson Hirschhorn Members of the new Bar Harbor ferry terminal property advisory committee are being asked to recommend solutions for a very complex issue without access to all the necessary facts. To my knowledge, there have been, to date, no in-depth economic, financial, environmental or cultural impact studies done by neutral, unbiased professional

  • Viewpoint: My Southern heritage

    Viewpoint: My Southern heritage

    By John March My mother, Mary March, died last December at the age of 91. On a weekend this spring, my brother and sisters and I gathered in Cincinnati to celebrate her memory and make a final division of her belongings. Mom had been born and raised on a farm outside Lexington, Ky., and although

  • Leading the leader on Charlottesville

    Leading the leader on Charlottesville

    By Fred Benson On Jan. 31, 1968, 10,000 North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong troops launched surprise attacks throughout South Vietnam. A key target was the city of Hué, the historical capital of Vietnam. After 24 days of the heaviest fighting of the Vietnam War, American and South Vietnamese troops painstakingly retook the city, block

  • The case for a Bar Harbor Port Authority

    The case for a Bar Harbor Port Authority

    By Rob Jordan As Bar Harbor moves forward with discussions and shared visions for the former ferry terminal property on Eden Street, I would suggest that the importance of our own port authority needs to be included in these discussions. How does a local government regulate the powers of a port authority? The entity forming

  • Editorial understanding flawed

    Editorial understanding flawed

    By Charles Sidman This letter is written to the Bar Harbor community, and its Town Council and local newspaper in particular, with as much (nonreciprocated) civility as possible. Serious matters need to be addressed frankly, however, as we are in a fundamental struggle over our community’s values, civic responsibilities and obligations to ourselves as well