Letters to the editor

  • To the Editor: Assessment follows the market 

    To the Editor:   I’m writing in response to Mr. Merian’s letter to the editor in the July 22 edition of the Islander.   The last full revaluation was completed in 2006. Market values have increase significantly since then. The sales ratio for Bar Harbor last year (pre COVID) was around 70 percent. Some areas of town were in the 50s, other areas were

  • To the Editor: Park, pond and motorsports 

    To the Editor:  Last week, a motorboat collided with a kayak on Long Pond.   I am a 30-year resident of Southwest Harbor and a regular user of the park, particularly Long Pond. Like most of the thousands of people who recreate on and around the pond, I come to boat, swim, hike and enjoy the quietude

  • To the Editor: Task force sinks 

    To the Editor:  The “update” by the local Climate Emergency Task Force (CETF) seems to have ‘mingled’ the facts a bit.  While humans have in fact increased the level of CO2 in the atmosphere, whether they do it by CO2 emissions from fossil fuels, or just by breathing the air, given the increasing number of humans

  • To the Editor: Follow the facts  

    To the Editor:   As public attention turns ever more soberly toward the challenge of global climate change, the urgency we all feel has a natural tendency to let the emotional overcome the rational. Yet, this same urgency demands that we instead harness our emotions to inspire a deeper commitment to act rationally.  Disappointingly, in her opinion column (published July

  • To the Editor: Food is an essential school supply 

    To the Editor:    The recent Islander editorial “No child left hungry” lauded Maine for its inclusion of expanded funding for school meals in Maine’s updated budget bill. I’d like to add my voice in thanking Governor Mills, Senate President Jackson and House Speaker Fecteau and our friends at Full Plates Full Potential and the many other tireless advocates in the

  • To the Editor: Town government has lost touch 

    To the Editor:  (This letter was submitted as a letter directed to the town’s assessor and was printed here with permission.)  Our assessed property value rose by 25 percent this year. No joke! The CPI was 1.2 percent for 2020 and averaged 1.5 percent through February of this year. We are told by the Federal Reserve and notable economists that the inflation

  • To the Editor: Task force update 

    To the Editor:  Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have increasingly released carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the atmosphere that had been stored in the Earth’s crust for millions of years. This release upset the prior balance of the carbon cycle, resulting in larger atmospheric concentrations of these greenhouse gases than have existed since

  • To the Editor: Taxation without representation 

    To the Editor:   I was very happy to see this article (Rental owners voice displeasure over proposed regs, Islander, July 15) give a little voice to those of us who are likely going to suffer great harm if this legislation as passed.  We are one of many “summer residents” that have made up a large part of

  • To the Editor: Flaw in the LUO 

    To the Editor:  I’m wondering how many residents are aware that there are plans to build a 44-room so-called “Bed & Breakfast” on Cottage Street? Though currently in the Design Review process, with no plan yet available, neighbors are rightfully concerned about the scale of the project. We all should be.   The state of Maine fire marshal treats any

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