• Middle of the road

    Middle of the road

    After the Oct. 30 windstorm, one downed tree in particular received a lot of attention. It had fallen onto Eagle Lake Road near Mount Desert Island High School, a primary transportation corridor for commuters, students and others needing to get from one side of the island to the other. The tree was in the road

  • Voice of experience

    Voice of experience

    Mount Desert Island’s own Matthew Dunlap, Maine’s secretary of state, was spotted at a number of polling places in the state on Election Day last week. He thanked volunteer election workers, answered questions and made sure all was running smoothly. Two days later, he made national headlines when he filed a lawsuit claiming that the

  • Pot of gold

    Pot of gold

    Maine’s voters clearly understood the ramifications of a third Maine casino last week, and they were having none of it. Too many states are looking to expand gaming, gambling and lotteries to fill rapidly expanding holes in their budgets. Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland and Pennsylvania all are working to expand their income from gambling, even as

  • Power lines

    Power lines

    Last week’s windstorm created a set of “haves” and the “have-nots” in our communities having nothing to do with household wealth or income. Many on Mount Desert Island were without power for the whole week. A few Emera customers in Hancock County still were without power Monday morning. It’s always a good idea to report

  • Stay and fight

    Stay and fight

    Republican Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), after criticizing the president in the strongest terms, have announced they won’t seek re-election. Flake cited the “coarsening” tenor of politics in the United States. Corker complained that Trump was “debasing our nation.” An Oct. 13 announcement by Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was a mirrored version

  • A personal touch

    A personal touch

    Kudos to Lydia Goetze, chairman of the Southwest Harbor Board of Selectmen, for the thoughtfulness and persistence with which she helped secure the offer for sale to the town of an important property. Earlier this year, town officials were growing discouraged about attempts to purchase or extend the lease on the 0.38 acre parcel on

  • Same boat

    Same boat

    Mount Desert Island’s 108 square miles contains four municipalities and most of the federal land comprising Acadia National Park. Local officials often talk about challenges that require the towns to work together: housing, public safety and internet access, to name a few. But on other issues, residents in those towns stake out very different positions

  • A bad bet

    A bad bet

    Question 1 on the Nov. 7 ballot asks: “Do you want to allow a certain company to operate table games and/or slot machines in York County, subject to state and local approval, with part of the profits going to the specific programs described in the initiative?” Proponents underscore the promise of “part of the profits.”

  • The wrong focus

    The wrong focus

    Last month, the superintendent of the Mount Desert Island Regional School System and another school employee attended a New England Patriots football game as guests of an insurance company that hopes to do business with the district. Last week, the school system board accepted the superintendent’s apology. But they did so in a way that

  • Yes on Question 4

    Yes on Question 4

    No candidate elections for state or federal office will be decided when voters go to the polls Nov. 7, but there are four questions on the statewide ballot. The last of them, Question 4, asks: “Do you favor amending the Constitution of Maine to reduce volatility in state pension funding requirements caused by the financial