Letters to the editor

  • Letter to the Editor: Oil spill thanks

    To the Editor: I want to publicly thank the agencies and manpower who assisted with the clean up at Seal Harbor Parking Lot on Tuesday morning, July 24. The gasoline tank of my F250 sustained damage when its straps broke. I am very grateful to all of the following. Rob Alison, the Seal Harbor public

  • Letter to the Editor: What’s in a name?

    To the Editor: I wish to congratulate reporter Sarah Hinckley on her excellent, well-researched article on the correct spelling of Swan’s Island in the Aug. 9 edition of the Islander. I’m sure most of my fellow islanders are appreciative as well. I also thank and respect the editorial staff for its decision to use the

  • Letter to the Editor: Misleader in chief

    To the Editor: As candidate and president, Donald Trump has waged an increasingly shrill campaign to brand the American free press as purveyors of “fake news” and “enemies of the people.” We see his conduct as the classic gestures of a political misleader building a reactionary base. Thus we [were] heartened by the initiative of

  • Letter to the Editor: Value of a free press

    To the Editor: About a week before the Boston Globe called for a nationwide response to the flagrant attacks on the press, I was sent notification of this call for action, and forwarded this alert to the Islander, in case they had not received it from other sources. When the paper came out the following

  • Letter to the Editor: Checks and balances

    To the Editor: The Islander’s editorial of Aug. 16 reflects a basic misunderstanding of our constitutional form of government. The right to petition is enshrined in the First Amendment, which is 29 years older than the State of Maine itself. The First Amendment protects the freedom of the press and the right of the people

  • Letter to the Editor: Healthcare is complicated

    To the Editor: Recently the Maine Republican Party attacked Jared Golden, falsely claiming he wished to turn the United States’ healthcare system into a government run system like Britain’s. This is incorrect; his positions favor gradual expansion of Medicare and Medicaid to cover increasing groups of our citizens. This will not only provide people with

  • Letter to the Editor: Brooke Astor

    To the Editor: In response to the narrative in Viewpoint submitted last week by Philip Marshall about elder abuse and financial exploitation of Brooke Astor by his father, the truth needs to be told. A petition taking away Anthony Marshall’s long-held power of attorney and executorship of his mother’s Will was filed in NY Supreme

  • Letter to the Editor: Golden and health care

    To the Editor: How many of the folks you know — friends, family, neighbors — find getting necessary health care a worrying and all too often impossible task? Basic primary care for adults and children is simply denied those who do not have health insurance and cannot afford the high cost of medical care. Many

  • Letter to the Editor: Freedom of the press

    To the Editor: Thomas Jefferson observed: “a government without newspapers or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” The press is essential to inform the people and censure a government out of control. Although there may always be outliers, the press has met its responsibilities faithfully and with