Commentary

  • Viewpoint: Our stories fit together

    By Bill Horner   I was born in 1941 at Mount Desert Island Hospital and graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1959. As most of you readers know, there were three high schools on MDI in those days and competition in sports and for girls was pretty intense. I remember being thoroughly chastised for

  • Community Forum: With malice toward none

    By Mary Holway   As the American Civil War dragged to its excruciating conclusion, an exhausted Abraham Lincoln said the following in his second inaugural speech: “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work

  • Viewpoint: Planning for change on energy

    By Brian Hubbell Maine’s energy systems place our state today at a critical decision point. On one hand, inaction and inertia leads to grave economic disruptions from a sharply changing climate. On the other, an expansion of renewable energy offers real economic opportunity. Technological innovations are propelling neighboring states and provinces to capitalize on the

  • Viewpoint: My racial profile

    By Todd Nelson   It’s taken me my whole life (well, not yet) to realize that I am white. That is, that I am of a particular race. Getting beyond the philosophical or theoretical, it’s the granularity of experience that has given me understanding. Somehow, I’ve been “passing” all these years. I simply thought I

  • 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