Opinion

  • Editorial: The next frontier

    In a state where Vitamin D supplements are encouraged because we cannot soak up enough sunlight, the burgeoning popularity of solar power can be a bit of a head scratcher. But strides in technology efficiency, the critical need to reduce carbon emissions, rising consumer interest and state and federal incentives have positioned solar power to be the next energy frontier in Maine. Developers have proposed a slew

  • Editorial: Disappearing act

    In mid-January, before the pandemic drove record numbers of people to the unemployment lines, women eclipsed men as the majority of the United States workforce. Since the 1970s, working women have been on an upward climb, but in 2020, female workforce participation grew from 49.7 percent to 50.04 percent, which was enough to push them to the top spot.   The majority of those jobs, held in the healthcare, hospitality and retail sectors, have also been the ones hardest hit by the current coronavirus

  • Viewpoint: We should focus on non-voters, too

    By Sam Murray  As we enter the final weeks before the presidential election, many Americans are concerned about something that should be so simple: voting. Will voter turnout be greater or lesser? Will my vote be counted? These are profoundly important questions in one of the most undoubtably important elections in modern history. So many issues are at stake; from the pandemic, to the environment, economic recovery, and so

  • Viewpoint: Politics on the edge of reason 

    By Annlinn Kruger  Words shape our world. Regarding the election, there’s no shortage. We often give commonplaces short shrift. I’d like to give one its due. ‘Vote Your Conscience’ is used by the Right and Left. What does it mean? In “Hamlet,” one is advised to be true to oneself. By the end of the play, in which a transfer of power is corrupted

  • To the Editor: Plan needs more work

    To the Editor: The trial of the timed entry reservation system at Acadia National Park has been a nightmare on four fronts primarily. The town of Bar Harbor, The Jackson Laboratory, individual businesses and local residents have all been forgotten and affected by poor planning and, worse, execution of any planning. Road deterioration, increased and more dangerous speeding traffic, congestion, noise and pollution are

  • To the Editor: We can grow our own

    To the Editor:  Why is Maine so attractive to born-elsewhere politicians? It’s not as if we can’t grow our own.   Sen. Angus King hails from Virginia and went to law school there. Early in this current election cycle, former Obama administration official Susan Rice, born and raised in Washington, D.C., put up a trial balloon about running for our senate seat.

  • To the Editor: Luchini understands 

    To the Editor:  I am supporting Louie Luchini, who is running for reelection to State Senate, representing District 7. District 7 comprises a diverse group of constituents, from coastal and island to rural inland communities – each with unique economic challenges. Louie has demonstrated by the bills he has sponsored or been a part of that he understands and cares about each of these

  • To the Editor: Maine Senate

    To the Editor:  Two guys from Ellsworth are competing for the Maine Senate seat that covers most of Hancock County.  One is looking to the future and the other clings to the past.  The incumbent is first-term Senator is Louie Luchini. In his first Senate term, Louie has been a distinguished leader with a clear

  • To the Editor: No justification 

    To the Editor:     The defacing and theft of Republican election signs in the town of Bar Harbor over the past few weeks deeply concerns me. Is this what my ancestors and I, over the past four centuries in North America, have served legislatively and militarily to create and preserve?     Presumably, those who have done so believe