Opinion

  • Letter to the Editor: Constant turmoil

    To the Editor: The United States democracy has never been so threatened as under the leadership of President Trump. He has kept us, the citizens, in constant turmoil by belittling and insulting us. He has threatened to cause major violence rather then using a collaborative method to solve problems. He has not been truthful to

  • Editorial: A question with an answer

    Question 4 on the Nov. 6 ballot would provide $49 million for the University of Maine System, sharing the wealth among all seven of the state’s universities. In Hancock County, the bond would fund a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree program offered through the Mill Mall site of the University of Maine at Augusta.

  • Community forum: When times are tough, plan a kitchen

    By Martha Nordstrom   In those trying times, those boring times, those times of waiting, in the dull and onerous interstices between life’s more exciting moments, I plan kitchens in my head. That’s my coping skill and my mantra. It’s what gets me through a tough day. I’ve been doing it for more than 40

  • Editorial: Good sports

    Maine sports fans have enjoyed multiple years of title success. At this joyous moment, the Red Sox come to mind. Nor do the Patriots disappoint. Even closer to home, we have high school boys and girls putting everything they’ve got into every game, every play. And they have much to teach us about the true

  • Editorial: Not a power grab

    Bar Harbor’s voters will decide next week whether to create a commission to review the town’s governing document. Down the line, if the commission is approved, voters will also have to sign off on any proposed changes to the charter. It’s not the case that the charter commission must either repeal and replace the existing

  • State of Maine: Libraries are a haven

    The mid-term elections are just days away now, and the deadline for opining about the candidates has passed. So now, in the final frenzy, we must look elsewhere for subject matter. We could talk about skunks, which are unusually abundant on Mount Desert Island this fall. Likewise, deer in Gouldsboro. We could talk about birds,

  • Letter to Editor: Race thanks

    We at Island Connections would like to extend our sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of those affiliated with the 3rd Annual Running for Rides/Mary Parker Memorial Race, held Saturday, Oct. 13. The day was cool and overcast for the runners, however the rain held off until the last of the runners crossed the finish

  • Letter to Editor: Pond thanks

    To the Editor: Hamilton Pond is beautiful, again. I want to express my thanks to whoever did the work to fix the dam, and allow it to fill with water. I’ll bet the wildlife like it better, too. Good work. J. Clark Stivers Bar Harbor

  • Letter to Editor: Effects of microplastics

    To the Editor: A Green Plan presentation by Madelyn Woods, M.S., marine research coordinator, Shaw Institute, made me curious about plastic’s impact on the ocean, humans and our local economy. The presentation showed a mussel ejecting microplastics ingested from Maine waters; the mussel eventually stopped eating. Shaw Institute research (2012) detected microplastics in Blue Hill

  • Letter to Editor: Violence is a no-win

    To the Editor: Another October, another Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Another opportunity to acknowledge the prevalence of domestic violence and abuse, and to shed light on the courage of survivors. As executive director of The Next Step Domestic Violence Project, a nonprofit agency serving Washington and Hancock counties, I am heartened by the willingness of