Letters to the editor

  • Letter to Editor: Thoughtful colleagues

    To the Editor: I have been away for much of the summer, and it was with great sadness that I arrived back last week to find that West End Drug is closing. I wish Mike and Stacy Gilfillan and their staff nothing but the best. They have all worked so hard for so long. But

  • Letter to Editor: Sensitive lobsters

    To the Editor: Lobsters are smart, sentient animals, so it’s understandable that restaurateur Charlotte Gill wants to minimize their suffering, as reported in the “Hot box lobsters tested” story in the Sept. 15 Islander. Research has shown that lobsters use complicated signals to explore their surroundings, establish social relationships, recognize individual lobsters, and remember past

  • Letter to Editor: Where are the women?

    To the Editor: I write in regards to your “Thank a Police Officer” segment in the September 13 edition of this newspaper. I couldn’t help but notice that out of the approximately 99 officers working for eight law enforcement agencies in Hancock County, only 3 of the officers appear to be women. Excluding Ellsworth Police

  • Letter to Editor: Our best selves

    To the Editor: The writer of a letter to the editor in last week’s Islander questioned the meaning of the “Hate Has No Home Here” yard signs with the message in six languages from around the world. I grew up on an Ohio dairy farm in a family of conservatives, moderates, and a few liberals.

  • To the Editor: September is Recovery Month

    To the Editor: The number of individuals affected nationwide by use of alcohol, drugs, other addictive substances, and/or a co-occurring mental health disorder is staggering. More than 27 million people reported current use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs in 2015. Sixty-six million individuals, or 25 percent of our adult and adolescent population,

  • Letter to the Editor: Slow down on the ferry

    To the Editor: What makes a town? It’s the people who live here. And the people who live in this beautiful town want to hear and be heard! They want to hear the pros and cons, to voice their concerns, and to be really listened to. Town Council Members, about this ferry terminal business, slow

  • Letter to the Editor: Sign language

    To the Editor: It is tempting to view the signs which are appearing around us stating that “hatred does not live here” as a comforting reminder that most of us do not hate each other. However, there are other easily overlooked aspects to the signs that are troubling, particularly the fact that the sentiment is

  • Letter to the Editor: Protect our vets

    To the Editor: Many of us will remember friends and relatives who, after WWII, went to college or bought a home with their GI Bill benefits. And I am guessing many of us know young people who joined the military as their only realistic path to higher education. Now the Trump administration is slapping down

  • Letter to the Editor: Open letter to Janet Mills

    Dear Attorney General Mills, We the members of the Indivisible MDI Steering Committee would like to support your gubernatorial campaign, but remain unconvinced that you will develop respectful and fair relations with the Wabanaki nations of Maine. The statements on your campaign website under the heading “Working with Maine’s Indigenous People” are promising. “As Governor,