• Letter to Editor: Not taken for granted

    To the Editor: As I write this, too many voters are losing their right to exercise this fundamental right as an increasing number of states pass voter suppression laws. Because some local politicians are not accessible to their constituents, my vote is my only opportunity to voice my opinion on issues of concern. Too many

  • Letter to Editor: “Scam” claim is warranted

    To the Editor: On behalf of the No on One Campaign, we appreciate that this paper noted the serious flaws in Question One. This new tax on families making more than $128,400 will deter young professionals from settling in Maine and give us the highest income tax rate in the country. Moreover, Question One will

  • Letter to Editor: In defense of dogs

    To the Editor: The article in last week’s Islander about dogs at Little Long Pond is the second anti-dog article about The Land and Garden Preserve I have read. My husband and I walk our dog once or twice a day at Little Long Pond. We have never encountered aggressive dogs or unwanted attention by

  • Grohoski cares

    To the Editor: I have served with hundreds of legislators and observed hundreds more. From my observations it is clear to me that some serve because they want to help their constituents and their state. Some have narrower interests. Some give their time and talent and are effective. Some give less and we get less.

  • Editorial: Problems with Question 1

    Question 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot is a citizen-initiated referendum. Like so many recent citizen-initiated referenda, it does not stand up to scrutiny. Promoted by the Maine People’s Alliance, the initiative would impose a new tax on higher incomes in Maine to fund in-home health care services for the elderly and disabled. It also

  • Editorial: What can be learned?

    Five months after a town meeting debate and vote, the town of Mount Desert is finally getting closer to signing a contract and breaking ground on the redevelopment of Main Street in Northeast Harbor. The project has been in the planning stages for more than three years. Selectmen approved a revised plan that addresses some

  • State of Maine: State Senate races in focus

    Two state Senate districts have territory in Hancock County. One is District 7, the seat from which Republican Brian Langley is retiring due to term limits. Two termed-out legislators from the House of Representatives are vying to replace him. Republican Richard Malaby of Hancock is owner of the Crocker House in Hancock, and campaign season

  • Viewpoint: Why we asked for Article 3

    By Anthony Zambrano and Michael Tadenev   When Bar Harbor voters go to the polls in November they will find a local ballot question, Article 3, proposing a land use ordinance amendment regarding the Town Hill Rural and Town Hill Residential zoning districts. Article 3 proposes a slight extension to the Town Hill Rural district,

  • Letter to Editor: Universal home care

    To the Editor: As a doctor, I frequently see patients who can’t be discharged from the hospital because we can’t set up suitable home care. A measure on the ballot this fall would begin to fix that problem: Question 1, the Universal Home Care initiative. It deserves all our support. Question 1 would ensure all