• A ‘green’ balance

    When attempting to steer the public toward embracing more sustainable consumption practices and carbon-reducing energy options, proponents need to make sure they incorporate a solid dose of reality into their dream for a better world. First and foremost, there should be recognition that the vast majority of citizens want to do the right thing. Given

  • A super scam

    Chances are, few Mainers had ever heard of a one-day loan before a superbly-developed two-part investigative series by reporter Whit Richardson in the Maine Sunday Telegram blew the whistle on what can only be regarded as a $38.5 million scam on Maine taxpayers. Those one-day loans played a major part in something called the New

  • Immunization sanity

    According to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), having children immunized is one of the most cost-effective preventative medicine programs, helping eliminate needless suffering – and even death – from measles, mumps, whooping cough and other communicable diseases. Despite all the reputable science illustrating the benefits of immunization, Maine’s childhood immunization rate

  • Pay to play

    Acadia National Park crews worked overtime this spring to get the Park Loop Road ready to open after a long and difficult winter. While the carriage roads remain closed until the ground firms up, most popular spots, including Ocean Drive, Thunder Hole, Jordan Pond and the summit of Cadillac Mountain, are open. As announced last

  • Food truck fairness

    Residents of Mount Desert will be asked to rule on a proposed food truck licensing ordinance when they gather for town meeting next week. While the question may seem simple on its face, the situation is more complicated than simply allowing a few fledgling food businesses to set up shop on town property. The proposed

  • Restoring civility

    In a recent lecture at the University of Maine’s Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, U.S. Sen. Susan Collins suggested that we, as a people, turn the mirror on ourselves when we wonder about the divisiveness, animosity and loss of civility that pervade public discourse and interaction from the halls of the U.S. Senate to the

  • Town meeting – a gift

    Over the next month or so, residents of Mount Desert Island towns will have the privilege of attending their respective annual town meetings. In a larger political world so often dominated by spin doctors, big money donors and lobbyists, rare is the occasion when people can gather with friends and neighbors to hash issues out

  • Guns in Acadia

    While the debate is raging in Augusta over whether to drop the requirement that those who wish to carry concealed weapons in Maine have a permit, little attention is being paid to how this rule change might affect Acadia National Park. In most situations, federal park rules automatically conform to state regulations. Maine passed a

  • Delay pay-to-throw

    In a split vote last week, the Bar Harbor Town Council approved the development of a pay-to-throw system for solid waste disposal. The stated aim is to increase recycling and composting of food wastes. Homeowners will be required to purchase trash bags, usually at $2 each. No other bags will be able to enter the

  • Front and center

    Harbor committee officials in Mount Desert last week announced their intention to install new floats in Northeast Harbor and to move the Maine Sea Coast Mission vessel Sunbeam to a float in another area of the marina. Commercial interests on the harbor have been eyeing Sunbeam’s prime spot at the main wharf for years. It