Letters to the editor

  • To the Editor: Everyday sexism

    Being a young woman is hard. My whole life, I’ve known that women aren’t treated the same way as men. People use different adjectives to describe us and our abilities. Different tones. Different levels of understanding and concern.

  • To the Editor: Beyond capacity

    The enormous scale of the proposed Acadia Wilderness Lodge causes me to comment. As a legal resident of Bar Harbor, I would only make my views known about land use issues in Tremont under extraordinary circumstances, a threshold this proposal meets.  

  • To the Editor: What we need to do 

    To the Editor:  We all want to be free of the misery of COVID as soon as possible.  Overcoming COVID is a team sport. Each one of us has it within our power to speed up or slow down that process for all of us.  As viruses will, the COVID virus has been changing. Sometimes the changes make

  • To the Editor: Common ground 

    To the Editor:  The phrase “I believe in science” has recently become widespread. Yet science isn’t a belief. It is a rational process in which a proposal about what might be real is tested against observations acquired by experiment and experience.  A discussion of matters involving science involves examining the relevant observations on their merits —

  • To the Editor: Bittersweet move 

    To the Editor: A little over three years ago, Open Table MDI began serving community suppers to the MDI community. What started out as a free weekly meal, offered to 50-100 people each week, has blossomed into something much larger. Today, our organization has served over 35,000 meals, feeding approximately 400 people each week –

  • To the Editor: LD 99 

    To the Editor:  LD 99 is a bill to divest the Maine state retirement program (MEPERS) of fossil fuel interests. Divestment from fossil fuels is an imperative to meet the demands of our changing climate, not to mention our local and state climate goals. But fossil fuel investments also threaten the stability and growth of MEPERS. MEPERS has

  • To the Editor: Be a tree 

    To the Editor:  On a walk this morning, I came across a mighty pine tree standing alone in a field. I stopped to ask it a question.   “Mighty pine, do you believe that science is real?”   The pine replied, “Yes, I believe that science is real. It helps you humans make sense of the world around you. It also created the technology that destroyed my

  • To the Editor: Teacher hours 

    To the Editor:  I read the article about the proposed new student hours at  MDI high school and the questions and answers from the virtual session. The session gave very detailed times and reasons for student hours but  one major question I didn’t see addressed was teacher hours. If students are going to school four hours per week less, then are the

  • To the Editor: Words matter 

    To the Editor:  I read with interest Dick Atlee’s viewport concerning COVID-19 vaccinations risks and benefits. I agree that it is important for all of us to research and review all information available before making this decision, but I take issue with his use of the word “coercive” in describing the process by which those of us who

  • To the Editor: Happily vaccinated 

    To the Editor:  The March 25th Islander provided Dick Atlee some significant print real estate to offer multiple perspectives on his pandemic skepticism. In brief: He suggests that there may not be an actual emergency (unreported false positives). He claims that the numbers of deaths attributed to COVID are suspect (incorrect attributions of mortality). He

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