• A belligerent President

    If you’re President Barack Obama, why would you thumb your nose at Congress — figuratively, if not literally? That’s exactly what the President did last Thursday night when he announced that he will use his executive power to provide a measure of security, at least temporarily, for millions of immigrants illegally in the United States.

  • A day of gratitude

    With television, radio and the Internet constantly bombarding us with admonitions to buy, buy, buy, the not-so-subtle message is that it is impossible to live a fulfilled life without all the latest and greatest things. It is remarkable that we continue to set aside one day a year to express a greater sense of gratitude

  • An affluent town

    Mount Desert should be rightly proud of its recent designation as the second most valuable town in Maine (on a resident per capita basis) – at least as far as total tax valuation goes. But, as elected officials there know full well, that doesn’t necessarily mean the town is full of rich people. Granted, many

  • Roadside rules

    At a meeting last week, officials in Southwest Harbor debated whether to explore adopting local regulations concerning the operation of roadside food trucks in town. While the number of such operations is in no way about to overwhelm the community, the question needs to be addressed. For example, do untaxed roadside operations have an unfair

  • Buy a pass

    It was inevitable that the entrance fees and camping fees in Acadia National Park would go up. The annual entrance pass price is increasing for next season from $40 to $50. That’s the bad news. The good news is that folks have until Christmas to get annual passes for half price. They will be on

  • Doing the right thing

    Nurse Kaci Hickox, who created a media maelstrom when she was detained on returning to the U.S. after treating Ebola patients in Africa, completed her mandatory 21-day waiting period on Tuesday. Hickox became the subject of innumerable media reports when New Jersey confined her to an isolation tent. Later, when she left, after pointing out

  • Power priorities

    Once again, Down East Maine’s electric utility, Emera Maine, appears to have been short of adequate resources when a strong nor’easter pummeled the state on Sunday, Nov. 2. At the high point, nearly 68,000 customers were without power. Some waited up to six days to get service restored. Such storms, or more accurately the disappointing

  • The Yarmouth connection

    While the former Bluenose ferry to Yarmouth Nova Scotia required a modest subsidy from the provincial government, around $1 million per year, it was only a fraction of the money needed to keep its successor, The CAT going once it began dividing attentions between Bar Harbor and Portland. In fact, many insiders admit that running

  • Clear guidance

    Is the time right for consideration of a single, island-wide police department? More and more people are asking that question as discussions involving the chief-sharing arrangement between Mount Desert and Bar Harbor progress. Southwest Harbor, where the police chief recently retired, already has expressed interest. And Tremont, which is served by the Hancock County Sheriff’s

  • The politics of fear

    The state of Maine and its people have not been well served by the gubernatorial campaigns of incumbent Republican Paul LePage and Democrat Mike Michaud, which have been characterized largely by the politics of fear. Each of the candidates and his supporters have spent an inordinate amount of time and money pointing to all manner