Commentary

  • Community forum: Choose our children, they are right

    Community forum: Choose our children, they are right

    By Nathaniel Fenton In American history, we have waged many wars: the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Mexican War, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, Iraq War and many other undeclared wars, and we’ve even had a War on Poverty and a War on Drugs. We are

  • Community forum: Schools at a crossroads

    Community forum: Schools at a crossroads

    By Caroline Pryor Our students and schools rank high across many standards, and community pride runs strong. Neither the schools nor the students are perfect, and it seems like just about everybody has an idea for improvement, but we have much to be grateful for. Thank you to community members, parents, staff and taxpayers for

  • Viewpoint: Rolling up our sleeves, together

    Viewpoint: Rolling up our sleeves, together

    By Gary Friedmann The town of Bar Harbor is in the enviable position of possessing the elements of an economic engine that can power a bright and promising future for the citizens of our town and of Mount Desert Island. Our challenge is to rise above personal angst and past hurts and to work together

  • Community forum: Working together on safety

    Community forum: Working together on safety

    By Steven Kenney I’m aware that this letter may not gain me any friends, but as a parent of a school-aged child, I am concerned about how our school district reacted the day after the horrific slaying in Parkland, Fla. I have the unique privilege of sending children to public schools for the past 35

  • Viewpoint: Attacks reminiscent of McCarthy era

    Viewpoint: Attacks reminiscent of McCarthy era

    By Arthur Greif On March 6, Councilor Gary Friedmann described the last three Town Council meetings as being a “war on the Warrant Committee.” This was sad to hear, because the 22-member Warrant Committee is our largest, most diverse and most representative elected body in Bar Harbor. It caught dozens of errors in the LUO

  • Guest column: Honoring remarkable women

    Guest column: Honoring remarkable women

    By Arthur J. Blank In the last two months, MDI Hospital’s Lisa Stewart Women’s Health Center has seen its last two founding members depart after 25 years of service. Certified Physician Assistant Jane Tawney retired March 2 and Dr. Mary Dudzik announced her decision to leave earlier this winter. The MDI Hospital organization would not

  • Guest column: Speaking my truth

    Guest column: Speaking my truth

    By Mary Dudzik From the bottom of my heart, I want to thank everyone who was involved in the planning of the party last week celebrating my more than 25 years of service to the people of Mount Desert Island as a family practice doctor. I want to thank the beloved patients, friends, colleagues and

  • Viewpoint: National Parks may face drastic cuts

    Viewpoint: National Parks may face drastic cuts

    By Sheridan Steele Having worked for the National Park Service for 38 years, most recently as superintendent of Acadia National Park for 12 years, I can assure you that Americans cherish their national parks, historic sites and recreation areas. Americans know they have the best national park system in the world. These extraordinary natural and

  • Capitol commentary: The kids are right

    Capitol commentary: The kids are right

    By Fred Benson I have been shot at and missed. I have shot at others and not missed. I take no pride in either of those circumstances, but what I do carry with me is an intimate awareness of the destructive power of military weaponry and the mutilation it can visit on targeted human beings.