Commentary

  • 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,

  • Viewpoint: The week the wheels came off

    Viewpoint: The week the wheels came off

    By Rep. Brian Hubbell As the end of this legislative session took a sharp and irresponsible turn last week, I want to offer my perspective from the Appropriations Committee. Traditionally, the major work of the Appropriations Committee is to integrate the governor’s budget request with the legislature’s own spending and policy initiatives as they emerge

  • Community forum: A plea for Main Street

    Community forum: A plea for Main Street

    By Durlin Lunt I write not as the town manager of Mount Desert but as a lifelong resident unburdened by the fear of losing my employment, unafraid of offending the wrong parties and blessed with the freedom to comment on the realities as I view them from a perspective dating back to the years immediately

  • 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