• Letter to Editor: Human contact

    To the Editor: Please find below part of the testimony I gave on March 8 in Augusta in support of LD 767, “An Act To Ensure the Availability of In-person Visitation in County Jails.” I am a pastor of a church here in Maine and I lead chapel services at the Hancock Country Jail once

  • Letter to Editor: Cultivating businesses

    To the Editor: As your readers well know, small businesses are the backbone of our community, our state, our nation — indeed the world. Individuals, and often couples, with a passion for food, flowers, art, the sea or a million other interests set out to create something new with dual purposes: to meet customer needs

  • Editorial: Neighborly news

    In recent decades, the combined pressures of shrinking circulation and reduced advertising dollars have spelled the end for hundreds of newspapers and thousands of jobs. That’s bad news for everybody, not just newspapers. The aftermath has left many corners of the country veritable “news deserts” lacking good local coverage. Local journalism holds government accountable, as

  • Editorial: Reaching 55 percent

    In 2003, Maine voters directed state government to fund 55 percent of the total cost of delivering local kindergarten to grade 12 public education. For the current 2019 fiscal year, the state contribution of $1.1 billion toward the total cost of K-12 education, including the cost of essential programs and services (EPS), plus the state

  • State of Maine: Bill info, only a click away

    A recent radio call-in show featured two Maine legislators, a Republican and a Democrat, invited to discuss the legislative session so far. It went like this. Caller: “You’re familiar with LD ABC? About taxes?” Legislator: “Er, not that specific bill…” Next caller: “You know the bill about lobster fishing, LD XYZ?” Legislator: “Umm, I’m not

  • Community Forum: First responders’ service, sacrifice

    By Sean Hall   Early this month the people of this state where reminded of just how dangerous the job of being a firefighter is. Captain Joel Barnes died saving the lives of his fellow firefighters, a true hero in anyone’s eyes especially the brothers and sisters in the fire service. This happened after several

  • Viewpoint: Our stories fit together

    By Bill Horner   I was born in 1941 at Mount Desert Island Hospital and graduated from Bar Harbor High School in 1959. As most of you readers know, there were three high schools on MDI in those days and competition in sports and for girls was pretty intense. I remember being thoroughly chastised for

  • Letter to Editor: Green New Deal needed

    To the Editor: The letter in the Feb. 28 edition of the Islander titled “New Deal a bad deal” wildly exaggerates both the cost of the Green New Deal and what’s in it. You can find the facts about that by Googling factcheck.org “Green New Deal.” The “bad” letter, like almost all attacks, fails to

  • To the Editor: In support of abortion care

    To the Editor: This week marks two important dates for the women’s rights movement. March 8 is International Women’s Day, and March 10 is Abortion Provider Appreciation Day (APAD). I am writing today to voice my unequivocal support of abortion care providers and the courageous work they do every day. These women, men and people

  • Letter to Editor: No room for dissent

    Democrats are laying the whip to the foundations of our republic. Those who represent us are either standing aside in mute obeisance or taking their beating in silence. What can be learned from the whimpers of the cowed, distant in the still? Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has laid down the law. The gauntlet has been thrown.