• A taxing proposal

    To the Editor: As president of Katahdin Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, which includes troops on Mount Desert Island, I am writing to express our great concern and opposition to Governor LePage’s proposed taxation of real estate owned by nonprofit organizations. We, like a lot of other nonprofits, are financially fragile. The proposed legislation

  • Taking the fifth

    To the Editor: At the March 15 Bar Harbor Town Council meeting, the chairman prohibited comment from the public on matters in litigation. He stated there were “risks” should the council not respond to questions. Fortunately, the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution protects people from these risks. Councilors can “take the Fifth” and avoid

  • Alcohol awareness

    To the Editor: April is Alcohol Awareness Month, established in 1987 by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Inc (NCADD) to help reduce the stigma often associated with alcoholism by encouraging communities to learn more about alcohol, alcoholism and recovery. Alcoholism is a chronic, progressive disease, genetically predisposed and fatal if untreated. However,

  • Spring conditions

    To the Editor: The arrival of somewhat warmer temperatures and longer days – I hesitate to call it spring yet in spite of the calendar – has the hikers among us who have been more sedentary through the long winter itching to get out and stretch our legs. Most of us know about the carriage

  • Caring support

    To the Editor: Nurses are the backbone of a hospital. Their experience and expertise ensure that patient care is immediate and effective. They are routinely exposed to life and death situations at great risk to themselves; their efforts are literally lifesaving. Since 1982, Mount Desert Island Hospital nurses have developed and maintained the highest standards

  • Devalued

    To the Editor: I feel compelled to write and express my disappointment in the unnecessarily provocative headline about Kelly Sanborn’s medical leave on the front page of this week’s paper. It is disturbing to see such a respected educator so publicly humiliated. From the tone of the article, one might speculate there was some malfeasance.

  • Unbelievable

    To the Editor: I find it incredible in this day of technical advances and purported vigilance with regard to airline safety that a crash like the one in France last week is possible. I find it hard to believe that a man who was known to be under psychiatric care, and likely on mind-altering drugs,

  • Lyme disease options

    Maine’s physicians and patients need every tool available to help deal with the increasing prevalence of debilitating Lyme disease in the state. A bill that would protect physicians from professional censure for prescribing long-term courses of antibiotics, which have shown promise for treatment of chronic Lyme, was the subject of a public hearing before a

  • My journey to Selma

    By Senator Susan Collins As a young girl growing up in Northern Maine, the turmoil in the South during the 1960s seemed a world away to me. Our schools focused mainly on earlier periods of American history. We learned about the Civil War and the Emancipation Proclamation, but as students, we were not fully aware