• Amazing planes

    To the Editor: I recently read the Islander editorial “Aerial annoyances” and was struck by how different my reaction is to the so-called “aerial invasion.”

  • Government openness

    To the Editor: One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information.

  • Thoughtful

    To the Editor: We have been summer residents of Otter Creek for more than 40 years. We have read about and experienced the disrespectful behavior of some summer visitors, ranging from poop bags on land magnanimously left open to the public by David Rockefeller, disregard for no bicycle signs, speeding in the park on both bicycles and in cars, and screaming children.

  • Why I love Bar Harbor

    Normally, I love my town a lot. It’s a tiny tourist-focused town on the coast of Down East Maine. Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock here, checking out the mountains and the hiking and the kayaking and the whale watching and Diver Ed.

  • Mutual effort

    Efforts to extinguish a stubborn fire on Sept. 2 at the Portside Grill restaurant in Bar Harbor, while preventing its spread to other downtown buildings, required personnel from nine area communities and millions of dollars of apparatus. Meanwhile, volunteer firefighters from other towns throughout the county provided coverage for the towns having sent responders to

  • A deliberate approach

    Selectmen in Mount Desert and town councilors in Bar Harbor are to be congratulated for the deliberative approach they have taken in discussions concerning greater law enforcement cooperation. Slow and steady wins the race here. There are many facets to consider even with the experience of other towns in Maine serving as a guide. In

  • Are you prepared?

    To the Editor: Here in Maine, a popular saying is “if you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” However, as we saw with the recent flash flooding that southern Maine experienced in August, we all are well aware that extreme weather can be dangerous.