Letters to the editor

  • Letter to Editor: Human contact

    To the Editor: Please find below part of the testimony I gave on March 8 in Augusta in support of LD 767, “An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails.” I am a pastor of a church here in Maine and I lead chapel services at the Hancock Country Jail once

  • Letter to Editor: Cultivating businesses

    To the Editor: As your readers well know, small businesses are the backbone of our community, our state, our nation — indeed the world. Individuals, and often couples, with a passion for food, flowers, art, the sea or a million other interests set out to create something new with dual purposes: to meet customer needs

  • Letter to Editor: Green New Deal needed

    To the Editor: The letter in the Feb. 28 edition of the Islander titled “New Deal a bad deal” wildly exaggerates both the cost of the Green New Deal and what’s in it. You can find the facts about that by Googling factcheck.org “Green New Deal.” The “bad” letter, like almost all attacks, fails to

  • To the Editor: In support of abortion care

    To the Editor: This week marks two important dates for the women’s rights movement. March 8 is International Women’s Day, and March 10 is Abortion Provider Appreciation Day (APAD). I am writing today to voice my unequivocal support of abortion care providers and the courageous work they do every day. These women, men and people

  • Letter to Editor: No room for dissent

    Democrats are laying the whip to the foundations of our republic. Those who represent us are either standing aside in mute obeisance or taking their beating in silence. What can be learned from the whimpers of the cowed, distant in the still? Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has laid down the law. The gauntlet has been thrown.

  • Letter to Editor: A politics of connection

    To the Editor: If you wish to change the course of our country from radical swings back and forth from left to right, moderates need an animating principle. That principle should be social justice. New York Times columnist David Brooks says the big idea that counteracts our core problems is “love your neighbor.” He ends

  • To the Editor: Border policy unconscionable

    To the Editor: I was one of four people of faith arrested at Customs and Border Protection last year. We were arrested for the apparent crime of peacefully attempting to speak with officers of the agency responsible for carrying out the immoral and illegal policy of taking children from their families and putting them in

  • To the Editor: Elder care

    To the Editor: I hope the Islander will continue to report on the Sonogee story. Not only does the closing upend elders, it adversely affects their families and friends who may just drop in for a visit while in town. It’s hard to have an impromptu visit when they’re moved to Ellsworth and beyond. This

  • Letter to Editor: Vaccine mandates

    To the Editor: Next Wednesday, the legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on LD 798, a bill that would remove two of the three exemptions from vaccine requirements for school and other public services, thus making Maine a mandatory vaccine state. Of the present three vaccine exemptions, the extremely restrictive medical