Commentary

  • Maine lobster appeals to millennials

    The landscape of the lobster industry has changed vastly in the years since I stepped off the stern of a lobster boat and into corporate America. An exploding lobster population and economic turmoil have created challenges that my family and the larger Maine lobster community could not have foreseen in the 1980s and 1990s.

  • Let’s stop feeding the bears video

    On Nov. 4, the first question on the referendum ballot will be “Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?” Here’s why I’ll be voting “yes” on 1.

  • Baiting does not increase complaints

    Recent ads placed by proponents of Question 1 claim that baiting for black bears by Maine hunters alters bear behavior and leads to nuisance problems. They cite no direct evidence for this claim. Rather, there are some compelling biological reasons why this claim is false.

  • Quarry argument is full of holes

    In September of 2010, we awoke to the sounds of an industrial quarrying operation 250-300 feet from our back door in Hall Quarry. We have lived in our home since 1990 and never heard any quarrying activity nor saw any equipment on the MacQuinn lot.

  • Planning ahead is the Maine way

    Mainers have a well-earned reputation for being prepared and planning ahead. From getting snow cleared off the roof before it gets too deep, to filling the hurricane lamps before a bad storm, we always look ahead and get ready for what’s coming. Maine towns act the same way, and that is exactly what the Municipal Review Committee is doing as we plan a new integrated solid waste management system for our region.

  • Legislative work goes on in Augusta

    Before the distraction of the fall elections, I would like to share a summary of this past summer’s legislative activity with the Islander’s readers. Although the legislative session is adjourned, much work continues.

  • Why I love Bar Harbor

    Normally, I love my town a lot. It’s a tiny tourist-focused town on the coast of Down East Maine. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock here, checking out the mountains and the hiking and the kayaking and the whale watching and Diver Ed.

  • Taking the long view in Acadia

    If trees grow in a forest to block distant views of scenery, is anything lost if there is no one to remember the former beauty? Do you remember the many scenic views along Acadia National Park’s Loop Road that have been blocked by the growth of trees in your own lifetime?