Letters to the editor

  • To the Editor: Starting the year anew 

    To the Editor:  I feel trapped this time of year, hooked on this addictive chemical – C12H22O11 – better known as sugar. Like clockwork, I become lost in the sugarcane forest of cookies and cakes. ‘Tis the season for yule logs, chestnuts on an open fire, a chance to be jolly and sugar plum fairies dancing in our heads – and stomachs. ‘Tis also the season for New Year’s resolutions, that

  • To the Editor: Sharon, the SPCA cat 

    To the Editor: While spending Thanksgiving with friends, I mentioned that I would eventually get a new cat as our family cats were no longer living. My friends have an older cat and a new shelter dog. I mentioned that I thought maybe I would get a Maine Coon cat, but we had always gotten shelter cats. The idea stuck with me, and

  • To the Editor: Pass the Freedom to Vote Act 

    To the Editor:  Among the many urgent issues at hand – political and epidemiological – protecting democracy seems among the most threatened and most important.   Voters should determine elections, not politicians. Please urge Sen. Collins to support the Freedom to Vote Act, which would require congressional maps to be drawn fairly, without bias. According to Common Cause, partisan politicians are drawing maps

  • To the Editor: Preserving a sense of place  

    To the Editor:  As a Bar Harbor resident who was born here and has lived here most of my life, I have developed deep roots and friendships that have given me a sense of place and belonging.   My family were fishermen, small local business owners, and my father was even once the harbormaster. There was

  • To the Editor: Seeing things differently

    To the Editor: When last week’s Islander front-page article, “Citizen initiative on cruise ships likely,” appeared, a wave of relief washed over me. In September I requested and received all the necessary information to begin the process of an initiative but became discouraged by the need for an attorney’s expertise to draft the petition language.

  • To the Editor: Record-setting fundraising event 

    To the Editor:  The Island Arts Association would like to thank you, our community, for your support at our annual holiday craft fair at Atlantic Oceanside Event Center on Dec. 4 and 5.   This year we had three raffles and the winners were Sue Jackson (a Weber Grill donated by Hammond Lumber), Vicky Smith (contents of Christmas tree no. 1) and Mike McCluskey (contents of

  • To the Editor: We’re in this together 

    To the Editor:  Caregiving may be one of the most important, and challenging, roles you’ll ever assume. No matter where you are in your caregiving journey – starting to plan; taking care of a family member in your home, in a facility or from a distance; or managing end-of-life caregiving responsibilities – having resources at your fingertips can make the

  • To the Editor: Netflix can wait 

    To the Editor:  Good news if you’re still looking for that perfect present. Mary Paola gives a bravura performance in “Fully Committed” at the Acadia Repertory Theatre, which winds up a brief holiday run with a matinee on Sunday, Dec. 19. This one act, one-actor show is a tour de force. In constant motion, Paola brings to life at

  • To the Editor: It will take a united effort 

    To the Editor:   Justice Sotomayor wrote that the Supreme Court conservative majority’s “choice to shrink from Texas’ challenge to federal supremacy will have far-reaching repercussions … I doubt the Court, let alone the country, is prepared for them.”  The ideological heirs of the slave holding South and fellow travelers of the Confederacy have schemed – from the day the Constitution

  • To the Editor: Thank you, Mrs. Neilly 

    To the Editor:  My name is Alden. I am a fifth-grade student at Conners Emerson School. In last week’s Islander, I read about Mrs. Neilly’s retirement after 29 years as our principal. Even though I was only there for five of them, in that time I could tell she is kind, thoughtful and encouraging. I would like to wish her well in her retirement. She has done so much for all

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