Letters to the editor

  • Employment options

    Employment options

    To the Editor: As we start another school year in the MDI High School’s SUN program (serving students with unique needs), I would publicly thank the many members of our community who have supported our students in the last 12 months. One of the primary goals of the SUN program is to assure that as

  • Immoral, unacceptable

    Immoral, unacceptable

    To the Editor: I am extremely dismayed that less than 24 hours after Mainers overwhelmingly cast a historic vote in support of expanding Medicaid to over 70,000 Mainers, Gov. LePage has threatened to do everything in his power to overturn the will of the voters. Medicaid expansion will help our rural hospital system from drowning

  • Remembering veterans

    Remembering veterans

    To the Editor: On Veterans’ Day, our families wish to remember all of our veterans, including our family members who served in all of the major wars from the Gulf War to Vietnam, Korea, WWII, WWI, the Spanish American War and the Civil War. We are disappointed with the removal of statues of Confederate generals,

  • Visioning responses

    Visioning responses

    To the Editor: I wish to thank the ferry terminal advisory committee for their hard work in evaluating options for developing the ferry terminal property. Last week, they tentatively rated a mixed maritime use that allowed tendering only of cruise ship passengers as far superior to a large cruise ship berthing pier in terms of

  • Open enrollment

    Open enrollment

    To the Editor: For anyone who does not have health care coverage through an employer or a government program, such as Medicare or Medicaid, the time to review and purchase health insurance is here. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period is now underway, and this is the only time of year when Mainers

  • Bystander intervention

    Bystander intervention

    To the Editor: The Islander published a story last week titled, “Cyclist saved by ‘miracles.’” I am writing to say that the most important part of the story was not the miraculous circumstances. Somers was saved by bystander intervention. The importance of bystander intervention cannot be overstated. In the case of this cyclist, the visiting

  • Trump’s terms

    Trump’s terms

    To the editor: In last week’s Capitol Commentary column, Fred Benson warned of looming catastrophe during the Trump administration. Yet business fundamentals and consumer confidence are up, ISIS is losing in Northern Iraq, illegal border crossings are down, and natural disasters are addressed. Now imagine the sense of catastrophe if an unlettered outsider succeeds where

  • Decision time

    Decision time

    To the Editor: There will be two important hearings coming up for all Bar Harbor citizens to attend. On Nov. 14, from 4-6 p.m., the ferry terminal visioning lead committee will welcome public comment on its recommendations to the council as to how best to develop the ferry terminal property as a facility designed to

  • Benefit thanks

    Benefit thanks

    To the Editor: If anyone ever wondered why we live on Mount Desert Island, they would’ve found the answer at the Southwest Harbor Legion Hall Friday night. Susan Dunbar’s benefit showed how a community comes together with love and support. Thank you to MCM Electric, Frost Farms, Maine Point, Emery Builders and to everyone who

  • Community self-respect

    Community self-respect

    To the Editor: It’s early morning at breakfast at our Shore Path Cottage Bed and Breakfast. I am listening to our bitterly disappointed guests and taking notes, as the others nod in agreement. They’ve been rudely awakened before 7 a.m. by the loudspeaker from the 20-story-high ship obliterating the Porcupine Islands and billowing plumes of