Letters to the editor

  • Spring conditions

    To the Editor: The arrival of somewhat warmer temperatures and longer days – I hesitate to call it spring yet in spite of the calendar – has the hikers among us who have been more sedentary through the long winter itching to get out and stretch our legs. Most of us know about the carriage

  • Caring support

    To the Editor: Nurses are the backbone of a hospital. Their experience and expertise ensure that patient care is immediate and effective. They are routinely exposed to life and death situations at great risk to themselves; their efforts are literally lifesaving. Since 1982, Mount Desert Island Hospital nurses have developed and maintained the highest standards

  • Devalued

    To the Editor: I feel compelled to write and express my disappointment in the unnecessarily provocative headline about Kelly Sanborn’s medical leave on the front page of this week’s paper. It is disturbing to see such a respected educator so publicly humiliated. From the tone of the article, one might speculate there was some malfeasance.

  • Unbelievable

    To the Editor: I find it incredible in this day of technical advances and purported vigilance with regard to airline safety that a crash like the one in France last week is possible. I find it hard to believe that a man who was known to be under psychiatric care, and likely on mind-altering drugs,

  • Investment

    To the Editor: Nurses are the caretakers of a community. They dedicate their lives to the health of their neighbors. Staffing a hospital with traveling nurses who have no stake in the overall well-being of a community is expensive; and not just financially. When a hospital tries to cut costs by refusing to pay nurses

  • Caregiver support

    To the Editor: There is a group of people in Maine who frequently go unnoticed and underappreciated. They are the nearly 200,000 unpaid caregivers who provide assistance to family members or friends who can no longer take care of themselves. Family caregivers play a critical role in care transitions, especially as their loved ones move

  • Disrespected

    To the Editor: I am a labor and delivery nurse who has worked at Mount Desert Island Hospital for 24 years in a job and at an institution I love. One year ago, we nurses were in contract negotiations. After many meetings with administration, we could not come to an agreement. We were willing to

  • Losing ground

    To the Editor: For the second time in three years, Governor Paul LePage is holding up voter-approved bond funds from the State’s Land for Maine’s Future (LMF) Program. The governor withheld these same bond funds in January of 2013, pending legislative passage of a bill to repay the state’s hospital debt. After the legislature agreed

  • Dead horses

    To the Editor: Regarding Tom Rolfes’ March 19 climate change letter, I want to correct one attribution error, and while I’m at it, comment on one of his recurring points; no horse is so dead that you can’t beat it some more! I can’t take credit for those comments about Ms. Figueres because I didn’t

  • Taking the fifth

    To the Editor: At the March 15 Bar Harbor Town Council meeting, the chairman prohibited comment from the public on matters in litigation. He stated there were “risks” should the council not respond to questions. Fortunately, the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects people from these risks. Councilors can “take the Fifth” and avoid