Opinion

  • To the Editor: 2018 a success

    To the Editor: As the Bar Harbor Chamber of Commerce puts 2018 to bed, we enjoy taking this opportunity to look back at the past year. Time certainly felt like it flew by! From the chamber’s perspective, it was a very successful year, and we know one of the biggest reasons for that success is

  • To the Editor: Plastic bag ordinance

    Together we are a group of concerned Bar Harbor citizens who have brought to the town council two ordinances that will restrict the distribution of single-use plastic bags and polystyrene containers in our town. In cooperation with other concerned citizens from Mount Desert, Tremont and Southwest Harbor, we have reinforced the efforts of four students

  • Letter to Editor: Housing crunch self-inflicted

    I thank your paper for its Dec. 13, 2018 article “Apartment project debated.” This article reports on some of the concerns about the four new two-story seasonal worker buildings (not merely two additional dwelling units) which are proposed to be added to the already-existing four seasonal worker buildings and jammed onto a less-than-two-acre lot at

  • Editorial: Law of the land

    The campaign, balloting and implementation of ranked choice voting occasioned no shortage of skepticism, challenges and outcries. But the time has come to accept ranked choice voting for what it is: the law of the land. U.S. District Court Judge Lance Walker’s ruling last week put to rest who won this year’s U.S. House election

  • Editorial: Peace and quiet

    The warm days of this past weekend melted some of the ice in creeks, streams and drainage ditches, but not all of it. Open water flowed between small, elaborate ice cliffs that had been formed and carved in the previous hard freezes. Everything is quieter in the winter. Over the weekend, if you sat by

  • Viewpoint: Building a Green New Deal

    Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein sees reason for hope even in the face of an administration eager to trash the earth and to muzzle all those who oppose its vicious agenda. Klein applauds the growing grassroots movement behind a Green New Deal. Agitation both within and without the halls of Congress — spearheaded by

  • To the Editor: Sadness into joy

    To the Editor: I have just passed the 20th anniversary of my son Mark Woolman Horner’s death by gunshot wounds. He was shot in the doorway to his home by an unknown assailant who packed two guns. One shot was a glancing blow. Either one of the other two shots was lethal according to the

  • To the Editor: Christmas children

    To the Editor: Jakelin Caal Maquin, age 7, died on Dec. 8 while being detained by our Border Patrol. We failed her, her family and friends, and the thousands of others fleeing violence, severe poverty and corruption in their home countries. Why are thousands and thousands of people, many with small children, walking for weeks,

  • Letter to Editor: A welcome decision

    To the Editor: Well, thanks to Federal Judge Lance E. Walker, I learned a new word: conclusory. It refers to assertions for which no supporting evidence is offered. It is how the judge referred to expert witness testimony in the attempt by lame duck Rep. Bruce Poliquin to overturn our ranked choice vote. Judge Walker