Letters to the editor

  • Letter to Editor: Time for tolls?

    To the Editor: Once upon a time, long, long ago, before cruise ships, we did our weekly shopping in Bar Harbor. Even then, parking and congestion were difficult. One had to frequently wait for a spot at Don’s. Once inside it was obvious that few of the parkers were actually shopping in Don’s. This forced

  • Letter to Editor: E-bike order a bad idea

    To the Editor: Recently, my daughter and I and my 22-month-old granddaughter were enjoying a walk around Witch Hole Pond on a popular carriage road in Acadia National Park used by hikers and bikers alike. Less than a mile along our way, we found a dead little ring-neck snake run over by a bicycle. A

  • Letter to Editor: Dangerous views

    To the Editor: We all know the danger of falsely crying “Fire” in a crowded theater, but even more dangerous is crying ‘There is no fire!’ when smoke and flames are already visible. The Mount Desert Islander has published many letters by Mr. Tom Rolfes, most recently on Aug. 22, that present a contrarian perspective

  • Letter to Editor: Community or commodity?

    To the Editor: We read with interest Steve Coston’s rather voluminous guest column in last week’s Islander. His impassioned defense of the tourism industry is accurate and well-reasoned in as far as it goes. And, Coston is to be praised for his involvement in the creation of the Inn on Mount Desert which is a

  • Letter to Editor: A step too far

    To the Editor: John D. Rockefeller Jr. first envisioned that the Acadia carriage roads, which he built and donated to the park, would always be free of motorized vehicles. Decades later, in 1949, the agreement permitting bicycles on the carriage roads reconfirmed the ban on motorized vehicles. While the irony of this ultimate “not in

  • Letter to Editor: Claims overstated

    “They want silence” is one of the more striking statements made by Jeff Gammelin in his Viewpoint contribution in the Islander in the Aug. 14 edition. This is simply absurd! Residents of Hall Quarry do not want to live in silence as they go about their daily lives! What we do want and deserve is

  • Letter to Editor: Independent thinkers

    To the Editor: Every day we hear about major fires in Brazil, Siberia and our West. Melting permafrost, sea ice and glaciers. Dying coral reefs. Record-breaking temperatures. Water shortages. More intense storms. Rising sea levels. Ocean acidification. And every day the overwhelming majority of climate scientists tell us that our climate is changing due to

  • Letter to the editor: Noise from ships

    I am concerned about the noise coming from the large cruise ships in our harbor. I often hear the PA announcements at my house, which is downtown, about a half mile from the shore. The PA announcements are so loud that I can usually tell if the speaker is male or female. In the late

  • Letter to the editor: Quarry concerns

    To the Editor: In response to the Viewpoint piece by Jeff Gammelin in last week’s Islander, I applaud Mr. Gammelin for being a good employer. Freshwater Stone has managed to stay in business and provide good jobs and benefits for more than 43 years without cutting stone from the bedrock in Hall Quarry until 2010.