• Fun on Fourth no accident

    Early reports from around Mount Desert Island are that the Fourth of July this year may have set records for the number of people who turned out to share the holiday. Accommodating that many people and handling large crowds in places like Bar Harbor and Southwest Harbor requires months of pre-planning. While July Fourth may

  • Walking the plank

    By putting partisan political pettiness above statesmanship, Republican Governor Paul LePage has shaken the public’s faith in his leadership. His threat to withhold $1.06 million in state funding from Good Will-Hinckley unless the school reversed its appointment of Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves as school head crossed a line that offended even the governor’s own

  • Shocking report

    A recent state auditor’s report calling Hancock County Commissioners to task for their handling of county finances contains shocking assertions. It suggests that the commissioners deliberately have been working to drain away all power and authority from the elected county treasurer position and install that instead in the office of a paid bureaucrat – the

  • A loss of trust

    Several roadside entrepreneurs that sell firewood to seasonal campers on Mount Desert Island have reported their cash boxes being rifled during recent weeks. Unfortunately that pattern of theft seems to be on the upswing in Maine. One of the enduring charms of such operations, whether they sell firewood, vegetables, cut flowers or fresh eggs, is

  • A sense of arrival

    Officials in Acadia National Park have begun a series of meetings seeking public opinion on various issues, as they begin crafting a formal transportation plan. The problems faced by the park are formidable. Those include congestion on narrow sections of the Park Loop Road, the challenge of directing visitors to less visited sections of the

  • The coast is clear

    It has been two years of bone-jarring potholes, mud, dust, noise and delays. And now that it is over, most residents of Southwest Harbor undoubtedly will agree that the reconstruction of Main Street, with its smooth pavement and new water and sewer lines, has been worth it. Difficult to acknowledge when being inconvenienced in the

  • A greener approach

    At town meeting earlier this month, Bar Harbor voters gave the Town Council authority to enter into long-term leases to facilitate the location of solar energy installations on public property. While most agreed there’s not a lot of financial upside to the town doing so, the consensus seemed to be that the move towards a

  • Legislative secrecy

    It’s been true for years. When push comes to shove in the Maine Legislature, the public’s right to be informed about and to participate in the legislative process takes a back seat to expediency. The most significant – and usually most controversial – bills of every session remained bogged down in committee until the late

  • A different approach

    Following the defeat of the repeal and replacement of Bar Harbor’s zoning ordinance last week, a different approach obviously is needed. The massive reorganization of any law as complex as Bar Harbor’s zoning regulations naturally stirs concerns that there may be inadvertent or hidden changes which may benefit some interests, or restrict others. The Town

  • Common sense

    Selectmen in Tremont recently refused to permit patrons of a performing arts collective there to have use of nearby municipal parking lots in the evenings. Their stated reason: there is a law against it. While that makes perfect sense, what is difficult to comprehend is how the community benefits by having the Murphy and consolidated