• Clean power plan holds promise

    By David Hales The Clean Power Plan announced last week by the Obama Administration is good news in many ways, but perhaps most importantly, it is good news for American consumers and the U.S. economy. It is especially good news for Maine. The list of immediate endorsers of the plan included more than 350 major

  • Iran: taking the less dangerous path

    By Fred Benson In the midst of an internal Pentagon debate many years ago, I complained to the responsible official that it had become an extremely hostile negotiation. His response – a good lesson – was: “Any important task will, by definition, breed conflict. Get used to it.” In the matter of congressional approval or

  • Lyme disease is only getting worse

    By Emily Bracale I’ve got Lyme disease again, from a poppyseed-sized tick in the short grass in my gated yard on Ledgelawn Avenue in Bar Harbor. Back when the definition for Lyme disease was established by the Infectious Disease Society of America, it was described as hard to get and easy to treat, and was

  • First things first in Augusta

    By Rep. Brian Hubbell Many of my friends and neighbors have contacted me over the past few days with concern about Governor Paul LePage’s recent vendetta threatening the funding of a charter school and ill-tempered remarks suggesting shooting a cartoonist and the execution of legislators. Most of those contacts advocated that the Legislature respond with

  • The drug epidemic and community

    By Daniel Johnson Maine, like many other states, continues to struggle with significant addiction problems. Overdose deaths have reached their highest level ever as documented in a recent press release from the Maine attorney general’s office. According to this report, in the past year, 208 Mainers lost their lives to drug overdoses. The ages of

  • Solarize Bar Harbor now!

    The solar farm proposed for the salt shed would supply electricity for up to nine Bar Harbor families to showcase the viability of photovoltaics and community solar projects.